Featured Classes: Foreign Language Classes for Kids

“Teaching young children how to speak a second language is good for their minds,” according to two Cornell linguistic researchers. Studies from the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab and many other institutions routinely demonstrate the cognitive benefits of teaching a child a second language, such as improved concentration, academic readiness, expanded vocabulary, and greater cultural acceptance. In addition, researchers at Penn State University showed that the visual and kinesthetic elements of American Sign Language (ASL) are beneficial to the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in hearing students, including those who have difficulty writing, spelling, or challenging pronunciation.


This fall Compass is offering 9 foreign language classes in American Sign Language, French, Mandarin, and Spanish. All foreign language classes are interactive with classes for younger students incorporating songs, games, storytelling, skits, and outdoor activities to enrich understanding.

  • ASL (American Sign Language) for Little Fingers (grades K-2)…Open
  • ASL (American Sign Language) for Everyone (grades 3-5)…Open
  • French with Friends (grades 3-5)…Open
  • French Foundations (grades 6-8) FULL
  • Mandarin for Beginners (grades 3-5)  1 Space Remaining
  • Mandarin for Advanced Beginners (grade 4-6)…Open
  • Spanish Amigos (grades K-2) FULL
  • Spanish Conversation for Kids (grades 3-5)…Open
  • Everyday Spanish Conversation (grade 7-12)…Open

Foreign language classes are year-long, but registration is by quarter (7 weeks), so students can try out a language. All classes begin on September 6 and meet on Wednesdays in Oakton, (except Everyday Spanish Conversation starts September 8 and meets on Fridays). Register for these classes or others online!


Flags of Foreign Languages