September is right around the corner and that means CENY’s Saturday Spanish Immersion Program for kids is open for registration, right here on the Upper West Side at P.S. 084 Lillian Weber (32 West 92nd Street)!
CENY (Centro Educativo Español) is a non-profit organization that runs a Saturday Spanish immersion program for kids since 2009. The multi-cultural community has a common objective: to incorporate the Spanish language and culture into the personal and academic lives of the students who come to their center.
CENY’s unique curriculum is designed for 3 to 14-year-old children who have access to Spanish at home and possess a basic level of proficiency – but want to strengthen and expand their comprehension and vocabulary. It encourages them to think in Spanish in a spontaneous way, as any child living in a Spanish-speaking country would do. CENY organizes classes by grade in unique small groups of up to 14 students per class. Classes run from mid-September to mid-June, 31 Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CENY’s Spanish immersion curriculum aims to integrate and complement the Spanish and U.S. educational systems and cultures, facilitating the transfer of knowledge between the two languages and fostering balanced bilingualism. All teachers are NYC licensed schoolteachers and native Spanish speakers with an extensive expertise in bilingual education.
The CENY curriculum adopts a globalized teaching perspective, interconnecting various learning areas through the integration of plastic arts, music, poetry, bodily expression, as well as natural and social sciences. This approach aims to introduce students to the academic application of the Spanish language, while simultaneously expanding and enriching their understanding through the exploration of subjects aligned with their individual interests. In this way, reading comprehension and oral and written expression, including grammar, are worked on as cross-cutting content, associated with all learning areas.
CENY’s methodology is based on social interaction, games and collaborative study in groups and work teams, to facilitate the affective learning of the language that leads to self-esteem, recognition and respect for cultural diversity.