Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

  • What advantages do children who learn a foreign language have?

    Children who have been exposed to a foreign language early often learn to read faster and with greater ease because they are able to recognize the relationship between letters and their sounds without the help of visual objects. Exposure to a second language clearly benefits children’s reading abilities. -(American Psychological Association May 1997)

    Children who learn a second language typically have better problem solving abilities, better reasoning skills, and are more creative. -(ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages & Linguistics)

    Children with bilingual skills outperform similar monolingual children on both verbal and non-verbal tests of intelligence and typically, have higher SAT or standardized test scores. -(Department of Education, USA & ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages & Linguistics)

    Exposing children to a second language not only gives them the ability to communicate with more people but also teaches them to appreciate and respect other cultures and people that are different from themselves. 

    Learn more about the benefits of Spanish or Mandarin for kids.

  • Why is it so important to start learning a foreign language as early as possible?

    Children have the capacity to develop new language more naturally than adults. Between the ages of 0 – 5 years old, children’s brains are prepared for language development. “The power to learn language is so great in the young child that it doesn’t seem to matter how many languages you throw their way. They can learn as many spoken languages as you allow them to hear systematically and regularly.” - (Learning Languages, Winter 1996)

    “Studies have shown, and experience has supported, that children who learn a language before the onset of adolescence are much more likely to have a native-like pronunciation.” - (ERIC)

    “Languages are for life and they can’t be taken away once you have learned them. By helping your child and continuing to help her, you’ll have a lasting contribution to her quality of life and understanding of others and their culture." - (Hodder and Stoughton Educational, 1994)

  • Will learning a second language interfere with my child's ability to learn English

    In most cases, learning another language enhances a child's English ability. Children can learn more about the English language by learning the structure of other languages. Young children are suited for learning a second language. They have an innate congitive ability to grasp languages as easy as learning a first language. Young children have an amazing ability to hear and reproduce new sounds allowing them to acquire languages quickly in a native and fluent manner!

  • Will my child become proficient in the second language? How long will that take?

    Achieving high levels of oral proficiency in a second language is a long-term process. A long-term commitment is essential. Children may not reach proficiency in every skill area. However, your child will have a strong second language base upon which to continue moving toward full proficiency. Language learning is influenced by many factors, including students’ personality and motivation, teacher expectations, parental support and program leadership. Student success requires the active involvement of all of these stakeholders.



Spanish Track Questions

  • How do I support my child's immersion experience if I don't speak Spanish?

    If the child comes to the school full-time they will not require reinforcement. However, to enrich your child's experience you could have playdates with the child's classmates, watch Disney films and/or listen to music in Spanish.

  • How long will it take my child to become proficient in the second language?

    Each child learns at a different pace. However, if they come to our program five full days a week it takes approximately 6 months to achieve language proficiency. Our motto is the more they go, the more they know.

  • My child already speaks the target language. Will my child be bored or unchallenged in your class?

    Not at all! Jump! Immersion School assesses your child's Spanish language abilities. Upon evaluation the Jump! Immersion School teacher's utilizes a differentiation approach to challenge all students at all levels.

  • My child does not know Spanish, will he/she be confused and not understand what to do during class?

    Our program is designed for children with all levels of Spanish knowledge. We believe in placing beginning children with children that already have Spanish ability. By doing so, children that are just beginning to learn can follow along by watching the children that do understand Spanish. It also makes the children that do know Spanish feel proud of what they know and encourages them to speak. We have found that this really works to encourage the beginners to learn quickly and encourage the Spanish speakers to improve their Spanish acquisition. By the end of the year, you will never know who began our program not knowing any Spanish. Everyone is speaking in past, present and future tenses. We are here to encourage the love of the Spanish language and will ensure that the children feel comfortable and secure. Learn more about our Spanish programs.

  • Myth: If I don't speak Spanish, how will I be able to teach my child?

    Parents do not have to be native speakers or know Spanish to teach it to their children. There are many venues that can be used to teach children Spanish; bilingual television, songs, bilingual preschool, books, movies, bilingual toys and computer games.

  • What are the advantages of learning a second language?

    Children with bilingual skills outperform similar monolingual children on both verbal and non-verbal tests of intelligence and typically, have higher SAT or standardized test scores. (Department of Education, USA & ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages & Linguistics)

  • What are your teacher qualifications?

    Our Preschool teachers have at least an associate degree with a minimum of 3 years teaching experience in early childhood development. Each teacher is a native speaker.

    Our Pre-Kindergarten through Second grade teachers are required to have an early elementary school education experience and a bachelor's degree in early elementary education or child psychology. Each teacher is a native speaker with a minimum of 3 years teaching experience.

  • What is language immersion education?

    A method of teaching a language by the exclusive use of that language where at least 50% of the instruction time is taught in the second language. At Jump! Immersion School students learn language arts, math, science, social studies in their selected language track and at a certain age we introduce English into the curriculum.

  • When should I expose my child to a second language?

    Between the ages of 0-5 years old, children's brains are prepared for language development.

    "The power to learn language is so great in the young child that it doesn't seem to matter how many languages you throw their way. They can learn as many spoken languages as you allow them to hear systematically and regularly." (Learning Languages, Winter 1996)

  • Will my child be prepared for regular school in all subjects?

    Absolutely! Jump! Immersion School offers education in all the Core subjects such as math, language arts, science, social studies, physical education and fine arts in both Spanish and English once they reach 4 years old. Students are well prepared to enter elementary school once they graduate from our immersion program.

  • Will my child fall behind when they enter primary school?

    On the contrary! Students take courses in English Language Arts and Math on a daily basis once they enter Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. This ensures that they meet the academic expectations required in English; children are able to read, comprehend, write and perform math problems in English. They are fully prepared for and most times exceed the state standards required for elementary school.

  • Will my child feel uncomfortable or lost in class because he/she doesn't speak the language?

    Not at all! Children that attend our program initially know the target language at different levels. Our teachers are equipped to manage each child's Spanish ability. They use differentiated learning techniques that ensures each child's academic needs are being met.

    With the encouragement of the teacher, children that don't speak the target language will follow along with those that do until they begin to absorb the language themselves. The teacher also uses engaging props and materials to enhance learning along with a total physical response approach which allows children to learn the language effectively and efficiently.

  • Will my child's English language and literacy development be affected in a Spanish immersion program?

    Not at all. The skills and concepts learned in the second language, transfer to the native language. In our program learners study school subjects, such as Singapore math, science, language arts and social studies, in the second language. The main purpose of this method is to develop the learners' academic proficiency in their second language in addition to their native language. At a certain age we introduce an English component to the curriculum to ensure each child has a strong English / grammar foundation in addition to their Spanish fluency.



Mandarin Track Questions

  • Do you feel that Mandarin is best taught in a private tutor environment vs. classes?

    Younger children learn not just from their teachers but from their peers. The classroom setting allows the child to learn from different sources. This is important for younger students; the classroom allows a hands on learning approach that encourages the child's academic growth.

  • Does your pre-school program challenge my child academically?

    In addition to Mandarin we have a highly effective educational curriculum. We focus on Singapore math, science, language arts, social studies, physical education, technology, library and art. Our academic program meets and exceeds State requirements. Our educational foundation is based on using differentiated learning to encourage and challenge your child to reach his/hers full potential.

  • How can I help them if I don't speak the language? Can I give them the tools they need to succeed?

    There are some online resources to help kids to learn language. Our teachers will provide parent's guidance on how to help their child with Mandarin. If your child wants to practice, a good way is by listening to music, books or watching movies in Mandarin. Our teachers provide you with resources required to continue your child's language progression.

  • How will I reinforce the language they learn since I don't speak Mandarin Chinese (do I need to learn the language myself)?

    If the child comes to the school full-time they will not require reinforcement. However, to enrich your child's experience you could have playdates with the child's classmates, watch Disney films in target language, listen to music and/or audio books in the target language.

  • Is your method effective when teaching Mandarin Chinese?

    The Jump! Immersion School teaching method is Mandarin Chinese immersion. Our philosophy is that we use immersion methods and small class sizes which allow us to leverage differentiate teaching for each lesson to meet each student's educational needs. We also utilize multi-sensory learning to address the different ways children learn language. Some learn via hearing some need to see so we tailor the program according to your child's learning style.

    Our focus is on inquiry based student centered learning. We will ask students open ended questions and actively allow the child to learn on their own and encourage them to be creative thinkers. Our teachers do ongoing assessments to ensure the students meet the expectations; we do formal and an informal assessment to ensure the child is grasping all the concepts.

  • Mandarin Chinese is a level four language; can my child learn Mandarin Chinese at an After School program?

    Jump! Immersion School After School Programs understand the Mandarin Chinese complexities and have native Mandarin speakers teaching the classes. The classes are fully Mandarin immersed the teachers don't speak English during class and is committed to identifying methods required to effectively teach your child Mandarin Chinese.

  • My child cannot learn Mandarin by attending a once per week class.

    We fully agree! That is why we encourage attending our school or our After School / Saturday programs. Our philosophy is: the more they go; the more they know!

  • My child doesn't understand the grammatical aspect of the native language. / My child speaks Mandarin but doesn't read and/or write the second language.

    The goal of our program is to effectively teach your child how to speak, read and write Mandarin. This includes all aspects of the language including grammar. If you have a native speaker at home your child will have more opportunity to speak with the native speaker but we will build the child's language foundation to include reading and writing.

  • What way do you teach the character writing?

    Mandarin Chinese uses simplified Chinese characters. We are teaching simplified characters because it is becoming more popular than traditional, it has fewer strokes than traditional.

  • Why isn't Mandarin Chinese offered at my child's elementary school?

    Mandarin Chinese is a level 4 language. We understand that and provide native speaking and experienced teachers. They fully understand the challenge of teaching Mandarin Chinese and provide a great foundation for your child to fully grasp and understand Mandarin Chinese.

  • Will my child fall behind when they enter elementary school?

    Quite the contrary. Children that graduate from our program tend to perform higher academically then their current grade level or are placed into the Gifted and Talented programs or get accepted into prestigious schools.

  • Will my child feel uncomfortable or lost in class because he/she doesn't speak the language?

    Not at all! Children that attend our program start the target language at different levels. Children that don't speak the target language will follow along with those that do until they begin to absorb the language themselves. The teacher also uses engaging props and materials to enhance learning as well as total physical response which allows children to learn the language one step at a time.