Research shows that children gain academic advantages when they begin the study of a foreign language at an early age. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has documented that language learning supports academic achievement, provides cognitive benefits to students, and affects attitudes and beliefs about language learning and other cultures. Research also shows that language learners develop a more positive attitude toward the target language and/or the speakers of that language, as well as speakers of languages other than their native language.
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Question: Our family doesn’t speak Hebrew or have a connection to Hebrew, is Kavod still a good fit? Answer: Absolutely.
The study of Hebrew offers several particular advantages that all children can benefit from, making Kavod’s student demographic very diverse. Families who do and do not have a connection to Hebrew take advantage of the Kavod program to provide their children with these benefits.
The Benefits of Hebrew for All Children:
- 1. Hebrew is increasingly relevant in the world of international business, especially in the STEM fields. Israel is recognized worldwide as an indicator of the cutting-edge of industry developing the technology of the future. Mastery of the Hebrew language has pragmatic benefits as Israel’s influence in the world markets continues to expand. In 2012 Israel was only second to the United States in having the greatest number of companies listed on the NASDAQ exchange. Further, Israel is becoming an increasingly significant American economic partner and player in the global economy. In light of Israel’s growing influence and prominence, fluency in Hebrew and modern secular Israeli culture is a profound asset for students’ futures.
There are vast benefits of Dual Language. Learning any second language at a young age helps students academically, socially and creatively. Learning a language that is not based in the same letter-alphabet, increases these benefits. Learning the Hebrew alphabet is a wonderful mental exercise. It shows you how a Right-to-Left language works, how to read a different symbolic alphabet, how an alphabet without capital letters works, and how do vowel diacritics work.
Hebrew also powerfully exemplifies the capacity of language to unite people across time and space. Prior to its revitalization, Hebrew served as a connector of communities around the world. The study of Hebrew language, therefore, is a valuable vehicle for encouraging students’ development as global citizens and fostering students’ commitments to dialogue and understanding.
Kavod offers a weekly Spanish language class for Spanish language exposure. Similarly to the Hebrew model, this class is taught through the immersion model.
Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the United States, after English, and is the dominant language in many of our neighboring countries in the Western Hemisphere. A rising number of employers prefer individuals who can speak Spanish fluently. By 2050, the U.S. will be the largest Spanish speaking country, according to the Association of Spanish Language Academies. That means that all children will likely speak the language or at least have friends who speak Spanish.
Kavod Elementary recognizes that multicultural understandings are essential in our global community. Being exposed to a global perspective early in their studies helps students understand how their own community relates to communities around the world. At Kavod Elementary, we study multiple cultures as an important component of Kavod Elementary’s mission is to infuse students with values of understanding and respect for others.
The focus on our Global Studies curriculum is aligned with the Hebrew language instruction and to the social studies curriculum, allowing students to understand how history, culture, and language are deeply intertwined in the particular communities studied as well as all communities around the world; this allows students to explore and come to appreciate the immigrant cultures of many nations.
This curriculum begins in the early grades with an imaginary street in Israel called “HaOlam” Street, the World Street. Families, who emigrated from many countries around the world such as Morocco, Russia, Ethiopia, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Hungary and Poland, live on HaOlam Street. Children learn about these families, their different customs and their background as a beginning point for eventually understanding the countries from where those families emigrated. This specialized curriculum will work for ALL students, of ALL backgrounds, including those of Hispanic heritage living in our target community.
Kavod Elementary maintains strict compliance with separation of church and state and does not teach religion.