In a global economy, the world seems to be getting smaller. Now more than ever it’s important for our children to learn another language and culture. If you are thinking of exposing your child to a new language, here are some Seattle area schools that can help.

Seattle Japanese Language School
Seattle Japanese Cultural and Community Center of WA
1414 S. Weller St.
Seattle, WA 98144

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Did you know that youth, ages 6-18, may sign up for Japanese Language School classes at any time throughout the year? The instructors are committed to having the doors of learning opportunity continually open for young students. The instructors will work with each student to catch them up to the current level of assignments and topics.

German Language School
5001 NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98105

The German Language School for Children provides German Language classes as well as culture and customs classes for children grades K-12. Excellent Teaching Classes are conducted by certified teachers with German language backgrounds and native speaking fluency. The school’s program includes German reading and writing. Special emphasis is placed on conversation. Lessons are designed based on the student’s level of proficiency.

Sponge School
3107 S. Day Street
Seattle WA, 98144

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With three locations, including Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond, there’s a big variety of languages offered for young tots at Sponge School. Children can learn Spanish, Mandarin, French or Japanese. For children ages 0-4 years it’s classes with child and a caregiver. Classes are 55 minutes long. The first 45 minutes offer immersion in the target language. There’s play, sing, dance and explore in language. The last 10 minutes provide an opportunity for questions and discussion in English. Then for children ages 3 and up, Just Kids Classes are divided by age. The 85-minute classes are immersion classes and include games, art, music and movement. Classes are designed to teach communicative skills and functional language. You’ll receive take-home materials in order to provide support at home.

Alliance Française de Seattle
4649 Sunnyside Ave. North, #205
Seattle, WA 98103

The Alliance Française de Seattle promotes the French language, increases awareness of French and francophone cultures, and fosters friendly relations between them.
Children between 4 and 11 evolve through 3 levels (complete beginners to advanced) in 4 different age groups. Unlimited options are yours to discover, so you can shape your child’s experience with the help of true specialists.

The Spanish Language School
1426 220th St SW
Bothell, WA 98021

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The Spanish language school provides private and group classes for children and adults. Children between ages 3 and 2nd grade are taught Spanish through the use of songs, stories and interactive games. The children experiment with words and basic expressions to help them learn the language in a playful and natural manner. This is a full immersion program.