ABOUT US

Innovative instructors founded Language Sprout in 2003 with the belief that the greatest gift a community can provide a child is a good education. We consider an understanding of cultural difference and fluency in a second language to be essential to our youngsters’ achievement as they prepare to enter a world of increasing globalization. As teachers whose duty it is to equip our children with these faculties, we strive to afford learners of all ages and backgrounds with both a quality foreign language instruction and an appreciation for diverse cultural contexts and customs.  We are passionate, creative, and dedicated to setting a new standard of second language education in a learning environment that is comfortable and fun!

OUR MISSION

Language Sprout envisions a Minnesota in which every child is equipped with multilingualism. To this end, we strive to provide quality foreign language instruction to all ages, with a focus on our youngest learners. In our age of increasing globalization, we believe that fluency in a second language is invaluable and that it is never too early for our kids to start developing their multilingual skills. In fact, our capacity to learn new languages lessens as we age. As such, we aim to serve a niche that is often ignored—younger foreign language learners—because they have incredible potential to gain fluency and are preparing to enter a world in which doing so is more critical than ever.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How young can I start my child?

Students can start attending our Parent-Child or Family classes at 18 months. If you are interested in a class for a younger child, we recommend private lessons. Private lessons are available for babies of any age and their parents. We do require that a parent or guardian stays with children under the age of 3, but feel strongly that when it comes to language learning, the earlier a student starts, the better.

Where are your teachers from?

Our teachers are from a variety of countries. Whether a teacher is a native speaker or a qualified fluent speaker, they all go through our Language Sprout Instructor Certification process, ensuring the quality and consistency of instruction in all of our classes.

What kind of training do your teachers have?

Our teachers go through Language Sprout Instructor Certification courses. Beginning teachers receive Level One certification. Teachers advance through four learning levels before receiving Master Level teaching certification. A teacher's advancement is based on training hours, amount of time in the classroom, and achievement as determined by observational reports on each instructor.

What should I be doing at home to help my child?

Parent participation is key to your child's success. We have plenty of materials to help you and your child to learn together. Allow your child to be your teacher if you don't speak the language. Play one of our memory games or go fish games in the target language as a way to practice together. Use TV time to watch videos in the target language, and read a foreign language book at bedtime. (For parents who cannot read the target language, there are hundreds of downloadable READ-TO-ME books available online.)

How do family classes work?

The family that learns together succeeds together.

We see our greatest success stories coming out of family classes. Not only is it a great opportunity for family bonding but learning as a family ensures that the fun continues after class ends.

It's easy for you and your children to get comfortable in our family-friendly learning environment, and our activities are useful in daily life.

Because we are a family-owned and operated school, we treat families the same as individual private lessons. All the members of your immediate family can attend a private family class for the same price as one person.

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Language Sprout Learning Center
1832 St. Clair Avenue · Saint Paul, MN · 55105
(651) 323-9523 · hello@languagesprout.com