Sing-A-Lingo Supports the Excellence and Innovation in Language Learning Act (H.R 6036)

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A bill, called The Excellence and Innovation in Language Learning Act (H.R. 6036), recently introduced into congress draws on what language experts have known for a long time: children are efficient language learners-- the earlier the better. This bill links our nation’s underperforming k-12 language programs with risks to our national security and economic future. Sing-A-Lingo, whose award-winning products help children, parents and teachers bring language to young children, is proud to support this bill.

"Our philosophy is that children should learn language as part of their normal routine, so our songs cater to everyday objects and events. From the tub to the dinner table to getting up in the morning, En Mi Casa has a song for every part of the day"

Sing-A-Lingo understands the value of teaching language to children early in life. Research proves that children retain language skills longer when introduced at the K-5 level, and now Congress has recognized that our national security and economic viability depends on starting instruction earlier and more effectively. Recently, U.S. Congressional Representatives Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced a new bill, the Excellence and Innovation in Language Learning Act (H.R 6036).

The bill proposes initiating language instruction in early childhood and emphasizes the importance of continued study throughout a student’s education to ensure true proficiency in a second language. The bill aims to introduce language earlier and to prioritize good program design over years of study. To accomplish this, the bill calls on the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce to pool current research and best-practices. State officials can then develop programs designed to effectively transition students from the elementary level, to the middle school level and then to the high school level. Should the bill be enacted as law, states will have two years to comply.

As an educational company that makes music and related products for teaching children a second language, Sing-A-Lingo has built its business on the belief that second language fluency is not only a great advantage, but a necessity for the next generation of Americans. As we continue to evolve into a more global society, communicating with other countries and better understanding other cultures will become increasingly important. For example, the Council on Economic Development estimates that American businesses currently lose $2 billion each year as a direct result of lacking cross-cultural skills. This number will only increase over time if our nation’s children are not armed with the language skills they need.

Sing-A-Lingo strongly urges you to contact your representative to express your support for this bill.    

How Sing-A-Lingo Effectively Teaches Young Children Spanish

Sing-A-Lingo is an educational company that supports parents, educators and caregivers in their efforts to teach young children a new language by introducing them to fun, upbeat music that encourages learning and helps them better understand and retain the language. Sing-A-Lingo’s En Mi Casa Album feature catchy lyrics in Spanish about common activities, so children learn easily by incorporating the language into their daily routine. The songs included on the album are about practical, functional topics in environments where children already find themselves, so practicing Spanish just happens.

"Our philosophy is that children should learn language as part of their normal routine, so our songs cater to everyday objects and events. From the tub to the dinner table to getting up in the morning, En Mi Casa has a song for every part of the day--making life your very own musical!" says Piña Madera, co-founder of Sing-A-Lingo.

Sing-A-Lingo’s music is developed using a proven learn-through-music technique that links music, movement and language. This unique teaching philosophy makes language-learning fun and easy, while providing life-long benefits. Studies have shown that children who learn multiple languages at an early age are more likely to acquire authentic accents as well as improved understanding of abstract concepts like math and music. In addition, learning a second language encourages children to open the door to new cultures by helping them understand and appreciate people from other countries. Being bilingual also gives students a head start in fulfilling language requirements for college and increases job opportunities in the future as more careers consider knowing another language as a real asset.

The En Mi Casa Album has been well-received by parents, educators and children everywhere and Sing-A-Lingo has received 4 national awards including: Parent’s Choice Award, iParenting Media Award, NAPPA Award and The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, whose testers fell "in love with the music." Their review continues: "From the catchy lyrics to the lively and upbeat tunes this is far more than a language lesson on a disc."

Sing-A-Lingo understands how important it is for educators and parents to work together to achieve education goals, which is why the songs included on the En Mi Casa Album are appropriate for use in both the classroom and at home. Also, In addition to the En Mi Casa Album, Sing-A-Lingo offers additional learning tools, including Lyric N’ Language Cards To-Go and the Buenas Noches, Amigos Singable Book, which helps turns bedtime into a fun language lesson.

About Sing-A-Lingo

Sing-A-Lingo is an educational company that supports caregivers and educators in their efforts to teach young children a new language. Using a well-respected method that teaches language and movement, Sing-A-Lingo makes fun and useful teaching tools that are easily incorporated into typical childhood activities. Headquartered in Medford, Mass., Sing-A-Lingo is a woman-owned, privately-held company. For more information or to purchase products, please visit http://www.singalingo.com or call 617-852-9687.

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