IWU Language School for Kids

Learn by Doing: promoting natural, effective and rewarding second language learning

Closing Ceremony 2017

The IWU Language School for Kids was made possible by a 2014 IWU Donnocker Program Innovation Grant that was awarded to Dr. Christina Isabelli and is an initiative of the Language Resource Center. We offer a quality second language program that serves children from the Bloomington-Normal community. The IWU Language School 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.

*Adapted from the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters Language School

Contact Us

IWU Language School for Kids
Illinois Wesleyan University
Language Resource Center
Buck Memorial Library 107
1111 N. East St
Bloomington, IL 61701

Phone: 309-556-3101
Email: languageschool@iwu.edu