We all know that teaching a child a second language builds important skills and sets them up for learning for the rest of their lives. But finding the right class is not always easy! Here are some top picks for language classes in New York City.
22 Harrison Street
New York, NY 10013
Tribeca Language pretty much does it all when it comes to learning language! Classes are offered to children and adults ages 2 and up in Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Greek and more using their own QTalk Method. Classes come in all sizes, including private and group lessons, and there are online games to reinforce the lessons learned. Tribeca Language also offers a free trial class to get you started.
Musical Kids International
1296 Lexington Avenue
(between 87 and 88 Streets)
New York, NY 10128
If you are looking for a language program that not only teaches your child a new language, but a new culture as well, Musical Kids International is for you. Classes are offered in English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Hebrew and Chinese to children as young as 6 months and as old as 10 years (although ages vary by language). All of the teachers are native-born speakers of the language and classes integrate authentic songs and dances from the culture’s heritage to bring the language alive.
The Language Workshop for Children
888 Lexington Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10065
The Language Workshop for Children’s founder Francois Thibaut says, “Children remember the words that make them happy”. Using The Thibaut Technique ®, a whole language approach that uses both sides of the brain, children of all ages learn French, Spanish, Italian or Chinese. Classes are taught by native speakers and use music, games and visual aids to tap into the happiness that reinforces language.
Multiple Locations (Throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan)
My Baby Fingers offers American Sign Language classes for babies and toddlers, and also school aged children using music and games. The classes are hosted in homes and studios throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn and offer children of all ages the opportunity to learn one of the most widely used languages in the country.
Renee Smith is a blogger with Mom in the City.