Project T.A.L.K.
(Toddlers Acquiring Language(s) Knowledge)

Project T.A.L.K. is a language immersion program designed to offer toddlers (Ages 2-5) an opportunity to expand their language development.  It is designed to enrich the social skills and early communication skills of toddlers by engaging them in a curriculum that encourages cultural diversity and an openness to and an appreciation of other diverse cultures.

Project T.A.L.K. give toddlers the opportunity to experience the customs, dance, arts, and language of Spanish or French.  This program provide age-appropriate material, games, songs, and enjoyable activities that will keep toddlers engaged and make learning memorable.

The benefit of toddlers learning a second language will begin a journey of lifetime achievements.  These benefits include:

  • Improving cognitive skills that gives opportunities for:
  1. Better problem solving skills
  2. Increasing creativity
  3. Increasing critical thinking skills
  4. Encouraging communication skills
  5. Better multi-tasking abilities
  • Improving linguistic skills
  1. The ability to reproduce sounds of a second language proficiently
  2. The ability to express oneself easily and smoothly
  3. Strengthens ear and speech muscles
  • Increasing self-confidence and self-motivation
  • Cultural Enrichment

Project T.A.L.K. is available to camps, daycare’s, churches, schools, head starts, communities, and any organization that has interest in expanding toddlers’ language development.

Research

  • Several studies indicate that individuals who learn a second language are more creative and better at solving complex problems than those who do not. (Bamford & Mizokawa, 1991)
  • Language learners show greater cognitive flexibility, better problem solving and higher order thinking skills. (Hakuta 1986)
  • Research suggests that foreign language study “enhances children’s understanding of how language itself works and their ability to manipulate language in the service of thinking and problem solving.” (Cummins 1981)
  • Early language study results in greater skills in divergent thinking and figural creativity. (Landry 1973)
  • Research indicates that children who are exposed to a foreign language at a young age achieve higher levels of cognitive development at an earlier age. (Bialystok & Hakuta 1994; Fuchsen 1989)
  • Foreign language learners have better listening skills and sharper memories than their monolingual peers. (Lapkin, et al 1990, Ratte 1968)
  • In an age of global interdependence and an increasingly multicultural and multiethnic society, early foreign language study gives children unique insight into other cultures and builds their cultural competency skills in a way that no other discipline is able to do. “The age of ten is a crucial time in the development of attitudes toward nations and groups perceived as ‘other’ according to the research of Piaget, Lambert and others. At age 10, children are in the process of moving from egocentricity to reciprocity and information received before age 10 is eagerly received.” (Curtain & Dahlberg 2004)
  • “…(E)xposure to a foreign language serves as a means of helping children to intercultural competence. The awareness of a global community can be enhanced when children have the opportunity to experience involvement with another culture through a foreign language.” (Curtain & Dahlberg 2004)
  • Early second language study promotes achievement in English vocabulary and reading skills. (Masciantonio 1977)