but it's a very important one.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2008
Onlingo, creator of the unique Triple Dimension Language-Living Approach to language instruction, announced the launch of a pilot program to support in-school language learning programs with a $100K donation of Onlingo materials to St. Matthew's Day School in San Mateo, California.
Onlingo seeks to improve multi-lingual acquisition at an early school level, in part due to a lapse in multi-lingual competitiveness between American students and their counterparts in other Western countries. "According to the National Language Conference hosted by the U.S. Defense Department, our nation is at a crisis point regarding the severe lag in non-native language proficiency, compared to other industrialized nations," said Andrea Scarnecchia, VP of Product Marketing for Onlingo. "We want to do our part to advance language learning in education because it is not just our business, it's our commitment."
By donating $100,000 of resource materials to St. Matthew's, Onlingo seeks to facilitate student language learning at an early age. "St. Matthew's is extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity provided by Onlingo to extend our language learning program for our students," said Ellison Yufenyuy, Language Professor at St. Matthew's Day School. "Our language classes now feature the Onlingo program which gives us an opportunity to enrich our students' immersion which has been shown to be a very effective method for learning." While students find success with an immersive language-learning method, studies have also shown that language learning benefits the student apart from their newly acquired lingual skills. The process itself enriches students' English language development and provides students with a greater sense of global awareness, confidence and learning strategies that will be useful in many areas of life.
"It is a small first step," said Scarnecchia. "but it's a very important one."
Launched in 2005, Onlingo has quickly risen to become a leading language learning program that utilizes the proven methods of cultural immersion, repetition and interactivity to teach Spanish, French, German and Italian. Onlingo's core belief is in "Language Living" which is the idea that truly knowing a language requires an understanding of both the culture and the spirit of the country. The team at Onlingo believes that Language Living is achieved by hearing, seeing and reading as though immersed in a culture. Onlingo's multi-modal approach allows a consumer to learn the way they learn best. Onlingo is a product of Syndero, Inc., a consumer products company based in San Francisco, CA. Please visit http://www.onlingo.com to learn more about their unique and personalized language learning programs.
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