Language Enrichment Associates (LEA) has been formed to help people learn foreign languages and appreciate the complexity of language in our daily life.
A principal aspect of learning a foreign language is study habits and skills. The foundation of this is a format for working with new material that requires multiple aspects of concentration.
Primarily, LEA started working to help students acquire second languages with more comfort and ease in an independent, non-curriculum based, non-traditional approach to languages.
Students quickly also came to see the value of foreign language vocabulary in English. Words from Spanish, French, Latin and even Greek are used with regularity and understanding their meaning deepens comprehension and broadens vocabulary in English.
Finally, language is a human component, and LEA has started to work with publishing small booklets on language acquisition and expressions of the human condition.
Language Enrichment Associates was born out of the experience of foreign language teachers working with struggling students. It is an effort to aid students in their foreign language acquisition.
For many students, their exposure to a foreign language in high school is their first in-depth experience with a foreign language which utilizes the four skill areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. While some students take quickly to the language and flourish and others may show signs of struggle early, a good number fall between the lines and, while not failing, are not achieving a sustainable level of linguistic success. Due to the ongoing nature of secondary language acquisition, failure to address this deficient level may condemn a student to continued mediocrity, frustration and constant risk of failure.
This lack of confidence and ability most clearly manifests itself in the middle of Level I and Level II of languages, at a time when it is extremely difficult to stop and review all previous material. These levels are crucial to the realization of language acquisition.
Language Enrichment Programs, such as Spanish Language Enrichment, are designed to help counter that overwhelming sensation of linguistic drowning by providing students an informal introduction and/or review to their foreign language, thereby equipping them to “swim” when they jump in the pool of a formal foreign language classroom.
By providing this service to students and parents, we are demonstrating a concern for their overall success by preparing them to achieve. The informal nature of LEA programs allows students and parents to focus on the beginning concepts of language – the elemental building blocks – so that future academic performance based on this foundation will be firmly grounded.