Teaching Philosophy & Mission

Second only maybe to a full time immersion school, our after school language program is the best way for your child to learn a second language.  We use a combination of all modern immersion techniques including the Communicative Approach and Task-based language learning.  We stand by the practice of not translating new words to English but rather using a series of visual cues and gestures.
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After-school Programs


Not every parent will be able nor would want to send their child to a full- time immersion school for various reasons. However, today’s modern parent knows the value in and  still would like to use the window of opportunity of a child language acquisition abilities.  It takes hundreds of hours of study to learn a language through immersion, so how do we teach a child with less time per week?

We use immersion techniques. This doesn’t always mean 100% immersion all the time, but more importantly, that nothing is translated into English. Our lessons and class size is designed to give children ample time to derive meaning through context. There are many private language programs out there that are able to introduce ‘notions’ of a language to your child, by teaching colors, numbers, and animals that seem to float in space. Culture Club’s unique after-school program and teaching style was designed to give your child more immersion ‘time’ for your dollar.

We are confident that when children are given the time to settle into a second language environment, where they are building community with their classmates, they are more comfortable and quicker to start using the language. And they will be using complete sentences from day one!


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Culture Club to You!

We believe strongly in the benefits of early childhood second language learning. We want to build a community of young language learners all over Portland, and believe the best way to do this is to bring our classes to you! Enrich a school, daycare program, or home by offering either French or Spanish without having to create an entire infrastructure or curriculum. Our teachers will come to your school or home with our program.
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