Bridges: Children, Languages, World
Bridges: Children, Languages, World is a project that offers exploratory language and culture classes to young learners in the greater Bloomington, Indiana area. Knowing that learning world language at an early age enhances linguistic ability overall, the central goal of Bridges is to ignite interest in learning about different languages and cultures and inspire children to pursue both with excitement and enthusiasm all their lives.
Bridges provides instruction to children in languages not typically offered in the public school system. Volunteer instructors are typically native speakers or learners of these languages. The Turkish language program, “Merhaba,” is supported by IU’s Center for the Study of the Middle East and the Turkish Flagship Center. The Fall 2016 Merhaba instructors are working with 2nd graders who attend Bloomington’s Banneker at the ‘View after-school program at Fairview Elementary School.