Spanish Language Coaching

Students can now learn how to speak and write in Spanish through our immersive coaching sessions that tie language and executive function.

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way."

Frank Smith (1928-2020), Psycholinguist 

What does being bilingual have to do with executive function?

At EF Specialists, we believe in the importance of cultural awareness to help our students understand and appreciate the value of different cultures and languages. The benefits of bilingualism have been researched and studied for many years, and the results have proven to be overwhelmingly positive in the areas of academic performance and executive function control. Studies have shown that bilingual individuals consistently outperform their monolingual counterparts on tasks involving executive control. The constant use of two languages by bilinguals leads to changes in the configuration of the executive control network and results in more efficient performance on executive control tasks, even those that are completely nonverbal (Bialystok 2011).  

This is why we have created a program that combines learning Spanish and executive function coaching, the Spanish Language Coaching Program. By enrolling in this unique service, your child will receive their coaching in Spanish and English.

Our team of bilingual professionals will create and implement a coaching plan that is tailored to the individual's unique language capabilities and goals.

Learn more about our Spanish Language Coaching by reviewing our frequently asked questions below: 

Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of bilingualism!

Frequently asked questions

What level of Spanish can my child learn through the Spanish Language Coaching Program?

This depends on the child's individual language goals. They might choose to learn a very basic level of the language (novice level: short, conversational exchanges) or a more in-depth understanding (intermediate or advanced level: being able to speak, write, and read Spanish). This can all be determined during our intake and assessment process where we discuss and assess the student's current Spanish-speaking level and what their goals are.

What would a session in the Spanish Language Coaching Program consist of?

The session structure depends greatly on the student's language goals. The student has the option of receiving their executive function coaching using only Spanish during the session, or a combination of 50/50 in English and Spanish. If needed, Spanish tutoring could also be incorporated into the session time, where the coach and student work on Spanish class assignments.

How can learning Spanish help my child in school?

- Enhanced mental and cognitive development - Increased cultural awareness and acceptance - More future academic and professional opportunities - Sharpen their English skills - Ability to communicate better and with more people (Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the entire world!)

What are the benefits of being bilingual?

- Advanced cognitive development: Research has shown that bilingual children have stronger working memory, critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and are able to make decisions. - Social-emotional development: Bilingual children maintain strong ties to their family, culture, and community. These are key parts of a child's developing identity. They are also able to make new friends and create strong relationships using their second language. - Learning: Individuals who are bilingual and biliterate switch between two different language systems. Their brains are very active and flexible. Because they are able to switch between languages, they develop more flexible approaches to thinking through problems. The ability to read and think in two (or more) different languages promotes higher levels of abstract thought, which is important in learning. - Long-term success: One-half to two-thirds of adults around the world speak at least two languages. In today’s global society, they have many advantages. Globally, bilingual and biliterate adults have more job opportunities than monolingual adults.

What can I do at home that would help my child with their Spanish language acquisition?

- Learn Spanish with them! - Encourage the use of language apps on their device (Babbel, Duolingo, Rosetta Stone) - Encourage them to find and watch a TV series in Spanish - Encourage them to watch Spanish dubbed movies, especially ones they have seen many times and are familiar with - Have them teach you and practice with you

How long will it take my child to learn Spanish?

This is dependent on many factors: weekly session times, student's effort and willingness to practice outside of the session times, level of proficiency they wish to attain, current level of proficiency, rate of learning, etc. After your initial proficiency assessment and discussion of language goals, your coach will help you determine how much time would need to be ideally invested to reach your individual goals.

Who would benefit from enrolling in this program?

- Students interested in developing their bilingual skills - Students who are enrolled in Spanish classes at school and would like extra support
- Students pursuing Spanish majors
- Clients pursuing studying and/or working abroad opportunities in Spanish-speaking communities or countries.
- Bridging the communication gap between non-English speaking family members and English-speaking family members.
- Professionals employed in bilingual and/or Spanish speaking industries and careers - Professionals who wish to make themselves more employable - Anyone who enjoys learning and/or traveling!

Want to discuss a plan for you? 

Using the buttons below, you can either schedule a consult or sign-up for services. A team member will get back to you within 2 business days.