At La Escuelita (the “little school” in Spanish), we understand second language acquisition as a natural process. In this linguistic context, we see the adult as a facilitator, not as a teacher. We ensure that our interactions are in line with the child’s needs and linguistic abilities. In the early stages of life, language is inseparable from sensorial perception and movement: the child’s activities are based on their needs and interests. We adults bring our attention to these and offer language for the child to use.
The Catalan scholar Josep Maria Artigal put it best: “Languages are learned when someone uses them to do things with someone else who shares the same intention. This someone, someone else and intention, are spaces that need to be built.” La Escuelita’s goal is to build this very first space in the Spanish language.