Looking for a unique afterschool activity for your child this fall? Consider enrolling him or her in a foreign language program. Picking up another language helps kids think and learn better, giving them a leg up now and in the future in their personal, academic and professional lives. An array of language classes are available throughout the state, where children can learn Spanish, Italian, French, Mandarin Chinese and more. Here are some of our top picks.


Language ClassesGainVille Learning Center

Address: 17 Ames Avenue, Rutherford
Details: This learning center features three main programs. Pre-K and K immersion sessions are geared for two to five year olds. Children are exposed to languages like Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese through play, games, crafts, music and food. Bi-weekly Parent & Me classes are offered in Mandarin, Italian, Spanish, Arabic and French. After-school language programs for ages six to 13 year old are also available. Kids learn about various cultures through cooking, arts and crafts, geography and history lessons.
More info: www.gaincontact.com or call 201-507-1800


Language ClassesGerman Language School

Address: The Berkeley School, 47 Berkeley Avenue, Westwood
Details: German Language School’s classes are offered at The Berkeley School, typically on Saturdays. Younger children start off with a Mommy and Me group. Classes go through the high school level, where students can prepare for exams like the AP German exam or the SAT II German subject test. Adults aren’t left out of the mix, with classes geared to a range of levels, from beginner to advanced.
More info: www.germanschoolnj.org or call 201-825-9770


Language Classes The Hebrew Corner

Address: 7 South Main Street, Marlboro
Details: The Hebrew Corner is an alternative Jewish learning center for children, teens and adults. Through group or private lessons, students learn Hebrew, holidays, Jewish values, about Israel or the Bible. Kids can also train for their upcoming bar or bat mitzvah at their own congregation or for a ceremony in Israel. Hebrew Corner is independent and not affiliated with any branch or philosophy of Judaism.
More info: www.thehebrewcorner.com or call 732-995-0419


Language ClassesJump! Immersion School

Address: Locations in Edison, Livingston & Westfield
Details: Formerly known as Salta! Jump Into Spanish, the school was renamed in 2015 to reflect the addition of Mandarin Chinese to its program. Curriculum focuses on language arts, math, science, social studies, fine arts and more. Full day immersion programs are available for preschool through second grade students. After-school and Saturday immersion classes are also offered.
More info: www.jumpimmersion.com or call 732-371-2221


Language Classes

The Language Institute

Address: 175 Fairfield Avenue, West Caldwell
Details: The Language Institute offers weekday and Saturday classes for kids ages four and up. Groups are small and individualized, with class sizes capped at five children. Their interactive method engages kids with age-appropriate materials and fun, hands-on activities to help them develop oral comprehension and speaking skills. Children are immersed in the language through games, songs, projects and more.
More info: www.thelanguageinstitute.com or call 973-228-1843


Language Classes The Language School

Address: 69 Broad Street, Red Bank
Details: Located in downtown Red Bank, the school provides dynamic and interactive foreign language classes in French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Arabic and other tongues. To get kids three and up actively involved, they use foreign games, toys, songs and other activities. Reading and writing is incorporated into classes as kids get older. They offer private, semi-private or group lessons. The younger set can take advantage of playgroups, preschool and kindergarten programs, and Mommy & Me classes.
More info: www.thelanguageschool.com or call 732-530-0265


Language Classes The Language Workshop for Children

Address: Locations in Madison, Montclair & Ridgewood
Details: Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary schoolers learn French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese, depending on the workshop’s location. Classes are taught using a method that combines a carefully structured curriculum with your child’s love of play. This technique helps kids learn naturally, not by translating. First they hear, then they understand and finally they speak. Original music, language immersion, festive visual aids, action games and vocabulary-building songs are all used in the program.
More info: www.languageworkshopforchildren.com or call 212-628-2700


Language ClassesLet’s Play in Italian

Address: Multiple locations in Essex, Hudson, Morris & Union counties
Details: At Let’s Play in Italian, kids and adults learn about the Italian language and culture. Mommy & Me classes are available, along with full and half-day preschool and kindergarten options, depending on the location. Let’s Play in Italian offers after-school programs for children and teens, private lessons for children and adults, and birthday parties too.
More info: www.letsplayinitalian.com or call 908-322-5439


Language ClassesSpanish Workshop for Children

Address: 33 Mercer Street, Princeton
Details: Immerse your child in Spanish at this Princeton-based language school. The Spanish for Toddler program introduces your little one to the language in a parent/child playgroup with interactive activities. During drop-off preschool sessions, kids learn in a fun-filled atmosphere featuring storytelling, movement, art, music and dramatic play designed to develop early childhood skills. Older children can enroll in a full language immersion program.
More info: www.spanishworkshopforchildren.com or call 610-489-5595


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