Language and Culture Programs
for Kids 4-16
Speak! Kids programs:
- Language and Culture Camps (Summer and other holiday/school breaks)
- High School Spanish 1-4 Intensives and Spanish Tutoring
- Speak! at School after-school enrichment programs at your kids’ school
- Travel program planning and language programs for school trips around the globe
- One-on-one and small group lessons in most of our languages
- Pre-travel language-culture “boot camps” for kids and families (custom)
2017 Language and Culture Programs for Kids
One-on-one Tutoring for Children and Teens
Is your child expressing a desire to learn a second language? Starting to forget a language learned earlier? Having trouble in a high school language class? Our convenient and effective individual lessons will help your child work at his or her own pace. Meet every day (ideal for summer!) or once a week, at a time (and location) that works for you.
We offer customized instruction in: English/ESL — Spanish — French — Italian — Mandarin — Arabic — German –Russian — Japanese — Korean — and more!
- $50/hour (10 or fewer hours)
- $47/hour (11-20 hours)
- $45/hour (more than 20 hours)
Family Language & Culture Lessons
Whether your goal is to enhance a family vacation abroad or to begin a longer-term educational experience together, language learning with Speak! can be a family affair! Our fun and effective family course can completely customized to fit your family’s goals, the ages and interests of your kids, and your busy schedule. Meet once (travel boot camp!), multiple times per week, or once a week at a time and place that works for you.
Speak! offers family lessons in many of our ten foreign languages, including French, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. $65 per hour ($75/hour in your home).
Japanese Language and Culture Camp – Spring Break 2018
Dates/Times: April 2-6, 2018, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Instructor: Hiroko Schierman
Camp Description: If your child is interested in the Japanese culture and wants to learn how to speak some Japanese words and phrases, don’t miss this fun spring break camp with Hiroko Schierman! Besides the language learning, we will “visit” a different place in Japan each day and learn what makes it unique — its climate, popular sightseeing spots, famous people, unique food, customs, and more. Each day’s lesson will incorporate games, songs, cooking and storytelling. Children will gain a deeper appreciation for Japanese culture in addition to learning some basic Japanese speaking skills!
French and Spanish Summer Camps at Highland
Our French and Spanish camps for kids take place at Monroe’s idyllic farm, (Ash Lawn) Highland. The combination of gorgeous outdoor learning and play spaces (formal gardens, endless lawns, vegetable, flower and herb gardens) and both historic and modern indoor spaces (event barn, pavilion, kitchen/craft rooms, Monroe’s house and out-buildings) make for an ideal summer camp setting. Each camp will integrate language learning with history, nature and culture exploration – i.e. we’ll learn and practice house vocabulary, design our own house with masking tape in the giant barn, then tour Monroe’s actual home in French and Spanish; we’ll get to know the farm’s animals while talking about them in the target language; we’ll learn about vegetables and herbs, go outside to pick/harvest them, cook something yummy and then devour our edible creations! At the end of each week, children will perhaps lead parents on a tour of Ash Lawn Highland in French or Spanish, display their artistic creations and/or perform songs and dances learned during camp.
Note: This camp is extra special because we’ll have Spanish and French camps going on simultaneously. Though they’ll be with their chosen language group for much of the time, children will also be exposed to the other tongue throughout the week, during free play and historic activities with Highland.
Summer 2018 Camps – TBA in January 2018
Ages: 4-10 years
Languages: French or Spanish, no previous exposure required, though it is recommended. These camps will be taught in an immersion style (i.e. avoiding English, lots of repetition and gesturing), though instructors will adapt accordingly to each child’s level of comfort and familiarity.
2018 Camp Dates to be announced in January!
Summer Teen Internships – French and Spanish!
(Check back with us in February for more information about Summer 2018!)
Summer Teen Tune-up: High School Spanish 1 or 2
Course Dates: August 7 – August 18
Days/Times: Monday – Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Total Course Hours: 20
Program Description: Tune up your Spanish before the start of the school year! Each course will include a comprehensive review of Spanish 1 or 2 content (grammar, vocab) taught in a dynamic and interactive style, allowing for lots of speaking (and listening) practice. Ideal for students wishing to gain a bit more confidence in the language/level as well as anyone wishing to move up a level (i.e. take Spanish 1 with us, start Spanish 2 at your school in the fall).
Summer Teen Tune-up: Spanish 4/AP Spanish
Course Dates: August 8 – August 17
Days/Times: Tues., Wed., Thurs., 6:30-8:30pm
Total Course Hours: 12
Program Description: Get ready for High School Spanish 4 or AP Spansh by stepping up your conversational skills. This class is led in a dynamic and interactive style, allowing for lots of speaking and listening practice, just in time for the new school year!
High School Spanish 1, 2 or 3: Individual and Semi-Private Lessons
Arrange the classes around your summer schedule, choosing from these course options:
- Individual Lessons (15 hours) – $725
- Semi-private lessons for 2 friends (18 hours) – $595 per student
- Semi-private lessons for 3 friends (20 hours) – $420 per student
Program Description: This one-on-one course is specifically designed for students who would like to opportunity to test-out* of High School Spanish I, II or II — or who have already taken a high school Spanish course and need additional practice before going on to the next level.
- Instruction in grammar, vocabulary and conversation
- Learn Spanish at a faster pace without the distractions of other classes
- Attain a level of proficiency equivalent to high-school Spanish I or II
- Develop an appreciation for Spanish language and culture.
* Contact your school guidance office for details on how to test-out of a language course.