“Coming from a home where only English is spoken, it was very exciting to hear my daughter begin labeling the world around her with her new Hebrew words. Her counselors provided a warm, nurturing environment for her to explore through an Israeli lens. I feel this experience really enhanced her developing Jewish identity. This program was everything we thought it would be and so much more!”
Stacey, Apachi Ivrit Parent

Frequently Asked Questions

Children enrolled in an immersion school are literally immersed in their new language; all of their instruction will be in Hebrew. Your child won’t just speak Hebrew when building his or her new language skills—he or she will also learn about general education topics, in a second language.

Immersion teachers realize that the children will not understand everything they say. They use body language, visuals, manipulatives, exaggerated facial expressions and expressive intonation to communicate their meaning.  It is common for children to speak English with their peers and when responding to their teacher. As time progresses, children naturally use more of the immersion language. To draw children into using the language, teachers often use songs, useful phrases, changes and rhymes and carefully structure the day with familiar routines.

Children who study a new language through an immersion program, rather than an hour a day or weekly, can achieve near-fluency. An immersion program may also improve your child’s mental flexibility, pattern recognition, and problem-solving skills.

JCC Chicago is committed to developing and supporting broad-reaching transformational projects and ideas that will impact the next generations in Jewish life.

The study of Hebrew offers several advantages. Hebrew has been revitalized over the past century and a half, evolving from a classical into a living language and igniting a secular, Hebrew-speaking culture in modern-day Israel. Hebrew also exemplifies the capacity of language to unite people across time and space, serving as a connector of communities around the world. The study of the Hebrew language is a valuable vehicle for encouraging students’ development as global citizens and fostering students’ commitments to dialogue and understanding.

Children under 10 who are exposed to the sounds and rhythms of other languages are culturally flexible and hard wired to learn languages. Children who start learning a language early automatically get more exposure – an important factor in achieving higher scores on Advanced Placement tests.

Research consistently finds that the immersion experience enhances English language development. It is assumed that immersion students will have consistent exposure to and support for English at home and in the community. Parents need to provide their children with experiences that will enhance their English language and literacy development. For example, they should read to their children every day and involve them in games and activities that complement their classroom learning. The stronger the development of the native language, the greater the proficiency in the immersion language.

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