Here at Global Youth Support Center (GYSC), we are strong advocates for learning a new language. We live in a multilingual world, where connections are more important than ever. The world is becoming increasingly globalized, and knowing a second language can benefit your personal and professional life, whether traveling, applying for new jobs, etc.
GYSC Offers incremental options for language immersion programs, from beginners who want to learn, to experts who wish to refresh their language skills. Talented and motivated teachers provide expert instruction in small-and large-group settings. Specific language-learning groups of 4-10 learners are assigned based on participants' language abilities, allowing everyone to be challenged based on their level of fluency. Learners of all skill levels actively engage in experience-based situated learning scenarios that enable plenty of practice and advance your competencies. Advanced learners benefit from almost limitless opportunities to practice their language with fellow learners and our instructors. They will enjoy the opportunity to explore more deeply topics of personal interest within the context of the program. With language Immersion, our students will learn about other cultures, International Affairs and be inspired to be a global citizen.
It is one of the growing languages in the Milwaukee area because of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and the African diaspora from Kiswahili-speaking countries. Kiswahili is "among the 10 most widely spoken languages globally, with more than 200 million speakers," There are 90,000 Kiswahili speakers in the United States. According to the Africa Renewal issue of December 9, 2021, by Vivian Lisanza, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), at its 43rd General meeting held on September 23, 2021, designated July 7 as the World Kiswahili language Day — the official day to celebrate the Kiswahili language. The decision made Kiswahili the first African language to be feted by the UN. It is one of the official languages of the African Union (AU). Kiswahili was a made-up trade language between Bantu ethnic groups on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Arabs, and Persians; the language dates back to the 2nd century. It's the official language of Kenya, and for Tanzania, it is both the official and national language, thus making it the Lingua Franca of the United Republic of Tanzania which has more than 60 million people.
Kiswahili speakers are spread in more than 14 African countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Sudan, Somalia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Comoros, Madagascar, and as far as Oman and Yemen in the Middle East. Southern African countries such as South Africa and Botswana have introduced it in schools, while Namibia and others consider doing so. As of August 19, 2019, 16 African countries agreed to adopt Kiswahili as a formal language.
Also, it is estimated that more than 100 Universities offer Kiswahili courses. Most African languages are tonal languages, meaning the difference in the pitch of the pronunciation of a word changes its meaning. That complicates language learning as well as understanding the process. However, Kiswahili is unlike other African languages; it is not a tonal language, just like English. It is easier to read, write, and pronounce Kiswahili words because the way you pronounce them is the way they are written.
It is one of the most popular languages globally, and it is the most useful business language other than English. French is known as the romantic language spoken by over 434 million people worldwide in all continents; it is a first or second language in over 40 countries. A fun fact about French is it has deep roots in Milwaukee. The future of the French language is often discussed in the news, with experts saying French will become the most spoken language in 30 years. Why not get a head start? A leading world language, French is taught in universities worldwide and is one of the world's most influential languages because of its wide use in the worlds of journalism, jurisprudence, education, and diplomacy.
Another fact is that the country with the highest French-speaking population is not France. Instead, an African nation, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tops the list with a total of more than 77 million. Also, there are 21 French Speaking Countries in Africa, namely The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Chad, Guinea, Rwanda, Burundi, Benin, Togo, Central, African Republic, The Republic of the Congo, Gabon Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Comoros, Madagascar and Seychelles with a population of 277,659,755 French speaking, These countries use French as their official language, and this is due to is due to France and Belgium's colonial rule in the continent.
German is one of the major languages in the world. It is the most spoken native language within the European Union. German is also widely taught as a foreign language, especially in continental Europe, where it is the third-most taught foreign language (after English and French), and the United States. The German language has been influential in philosophy, theology, science, and technology. It is the second most commonly used scientific language and most widely used on websites. Milwaukee is the most German of major American cities, and Germans have constituted Milwaukee's largest immigrant group due to many German immigrants coming to Milwaukee in the 1850s. Learning German is one of the best ways to learn history.
According to Lingoda .com, German is not only spoken in Germany. Survey have shown that German is one of the world's top ten most commonly spoken languages, including English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian, and Kiswahili (since September 2021). It is estimated that worldwide there are 90 million native German speakers. In addition, German is spoken as a second language by an additional 10 to 25 million people and as a foreign language by 75 to 100 million people.
Six European countries use Germany as the official language, with Germany having more than 80 million speakers, Austria – 8 million speakers, Switzerland – 4.6 million speakers, Belgium – 75.000 speakers, Luxembourg – 390.000 speakers, Liechtenstein – 35,000 speakers. Also, there are ten countries in which German has official status and is a recognized minority language; the ten countries include Italy (Bolzano/Südtirol), France (Alsatian), Czech Republic, Hungary, Denmark. Poland (Silesia), Russia, Romania, Slovakia, and Vatican City. It is vital to know that the German language has significantly influenced other cultures and languages. Germany's leading position in the global economy gives us another important reason to learn German. Germany's economy is the largest in Europe, and the world's fourth-largest economy, behind the United States, China, and Japan. It means that German is an important language for people working in the automotive, manufacturing, and engineering sectors. There is also a large percentage of books written in German or translated into this European language. It is believed that 10 percent of all printed books are in German. The Goethe Institute is considered the world's most important cultural organization for German speakers and learners. This institution was founded in 1951 and now has more than 150 branches worldwide, not just in German-speaking countries. The Goethe Institute promotes German culture and language and has a varied educational program.
Germany is known for having a large number of extremely long words. It is not uncommon to find 40 or even 60 letters words. Dutch and English are the closest languages to German. During the 18th century, German was very close to becoming the United States' official language; English won by only one vote when it went to the polls.
Intended for students with no previous experience with a secondary language.
Intended for students who have had limited formal instruction in the secondary language and seek to review the basics thoroughly, solidify previously learned structures, learn new systems and vocabulary, and expand all their skills.
An integrated, intensive program for students who have received formal instruction in their secondary language and have achieved some proficiency but are not yet able to function independently in full immersion. Level 2 focuses on the following:
Aimed at students who have had previous instruction in their secondary language and whose results on the placement test indicate that they have reached an intermediate level of proficiency. Typically, the students in this level have studied the language fundamentals but need further instruction in the language skills of written and oral comprehension and written and oral expression. Level 2.5, therefore, focuses on the following:
Students who have had significant previous instruction in their secondary language can function independently in full immersion. Typically, students at this level demonstrate textual/writing ability beyond the sentence level. The individual components of the program are designed to complement one another, and all include intensive study of the language. The four-course segments share the following common objectives:
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