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IWU Language School for Kids

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Language School for Kids

The IWU Language School for Kids was made possible by a 2014 IWU Donnocker Program Innovation Grant. We offer quality second language programs in French and Spanish that serves children PreK to 5th grade from the Bloomington-Normal community and surrounding areas. The IWU Language School for Kids (LSK) fulfills one of IWU’s mission statements to provide unique opportunities for our students. It also creates on-campus teaching opportunities for IWU teacher pre-candidates and academic internships in the languages; promotes community engagement, and, provides teaching experience to enhance competitiveness for post-graduate fellowships. Read more about our Saturday Language School.

Our mission is to raise global citizens who are competitive on the job market through demonstrated second language proficiency and with an appreciation for diversity and different cultures.

Our goals are to:

  • create awareness among schools and parents about the importance of early language acquisition and appreciation of other cultures;

  • introduce children to language learning and encourage at least minimal language proficiency;

  • promote cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity;

  • offer alternative learning and teaching opportunities;

  • provide a training venue for pre- and in-service teachers and those who seek practical applications for their futures in foreign language teaching; and

  • offer alternative ways to use language for community volunteers.


Dr. Carmela Ferradáns, Director

IWU Language School for Kids
Illinois Wesleyan University 
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900