At The Español Experience, children learn Spanish the way they learned English—by hearing it spoken in context as they develop vocabulary and confidence to express their own thoughts.
The emphasis is on conversational skills, which children acquire in two key ways: through dialogue with skilled teachers, and through guided, relevant conversations with classmates.
Fun activities like art projects are used to spur conversation, such as, “Me gusta tu dibujo. (“I like your drawing"). This empowers children to quickly begin experiencing the excitement of communicating in Spanish.
Learning is supplemented with Spanish videos, songs, storytelling and games which also teach children about parts of the world where Spanish is spoken.
Special guests bring alive the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries while giving children additional opportunities to interact with new friends in Spanish.
And Spanish-themed field trips enable our families to enjoy new cultural experiences across New York City.
Time flies in weekly 2-hour classes where fun classroom activities change frequently in order to keep kids interested, motivated and looking forward to the following week.
Classes are offered on Thursdays 5 pm - 7 pm at the community center of the City Island Nautical Museum. Classes are also offered on-site at several schools. Ten-week cycles start each fall, winter and spring. Holiday breaks follow the NYC Department of Education schedule.
The Español Experience is available to children in grades K-8. Beginners and all skill levels are welcome.
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The Español Experience
Conversational Spanish for Kids
What makes our instructors so special? Each of them is a native speaker who grew up bilingual!
From an early age, they themselves experienced the joy of being able to communicate in both English and Spanish, and they're passionate about helping parents raise children who can speak two languages too.
Parents regularly receive email tips and online resources to help them strengthen skills at home and successfully raise bilingual kids.