Open your child to the world!

A foreign language puts the world in your child's backyard, bringing other cultures to life. Introducing Language Stars’: play-based, full-immersion foreign language classes that open children's minds to new worlds. Toddlers, pre-schoolers and K-5th graders benefit from an early start, during a unique window of opportunity when their young brains absorb the magic of another language and culture easily and rapidly.

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Programs

Parents and Tots (60 minutes)

Join your child in our Parents and Tots foreign language learning programs! Toddlers learn along with mom, dad, or a caregiver and focus on building foundational vocabulary.

Each week’s curriculum features a targeted learning topic such as colors, clothing, food, or body parts. Every weekly song, game, activity, snack, and art project is designed to reinforce this key learning topic through exciting activities.

Parents and children learn together, incorporating new words into simple phrases with parachutes, puppets, bubbles, books, and more!
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Kids Only (85 minutes for ages 3-5, 5-8, 8-10)

In our Kids Only classes, children climb the Language Stars Learning Ladder, building valuable foreign language skills with each step up.

These full-immersion programs engage, entertain, and educate, entirely in the foreign language! Your child will learn to communicate actively in age-appropriate groups of 4-8 children. We track and communicate individual learning progress regularly.
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Summer Camps and Classes

Language Stars offers foreign language summer classes that meet weekly as well as week-long summer camp experiences. Summer camps provide an opportunity for increased language exposure through a variety of fun outdoor and indoor activities to reinforce the language. For example, while making a snow cone, our students spontaneously use their target language to request flavors, colors, and what they like and don't like. Indoor bingo tournaments bring out their natural ability to communicate what numbers, animals, or foods they have or don't have on their game boards. Summer campers have such a blast that they often forget they are experiencing it in another language.
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Languages

Spanish

The language of Spain and Latin America — and the second most spoken language in the world — is Language Stars' most popular foreign language class. Our Spanish teachers come from Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Spain, and other Spanish speaking countries and are excited to share their rich cultures with our students. Learn more »

Mandarin Chinese

China's most popular dialect is Language Stars' fastest-growing language class, which shouldn't come as a surprise given that it is the most widely spoken language in the world, with more than one billion speakers. Our Mandarin teachers come from mainland China and Taiwan and enjoy sharing their heritage and language.
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French

With 120 million speakers worldwide, French is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, one of the three official languages of the European Commission, and is spoken on every continent.
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German

The language of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland is a bold language with a proud heritage. We invite you to say "Guten Tag" in the language of philosophers and poets, monarchs and Mozart, Einstein and engineering.
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Italian

The language of Dante, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and countless other Renaissance figures can surely turn your little artista into a Renaissance Man or Woman and get them started living "La Dolce Vita."
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Arabic

Standard Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries with nearly 300 million native speakers, Concentrated in North Africa and the Middle East, Standard Arabic is an official language of the United Nations, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference, and the African Union. Standard Arabic is also the 11th most spoken language in the United States.
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Locations

Chicago Locations

Arlington Heights
Barrington
Chicago / Andersonville
Chicago / Lincoln Park
Deerfield / Lake Forest
Hinsdale / Oak Brook
Naperville
Wilmette / Evanston

Chicago / Hyde Park
Geneva / St. Charles
Park Ridge
Wheaton

Washington DC Locations

Alexandria
Bethesda
Fairfax
Gaithersburg
McLean / N. Arlington
Reston

Language Stars At School Programs

Hundreds of schools in Chicago and DC.
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Top 5 Reasons our Families Choose Language Stars

Our Teachers are Second to None

Language Stars recruits the best, brightest, and most energetic teachers from more than 20 countries around the world.

Only 1 in 50 applicants becomes a Language Stars teacher. Teachers are chosen for their experience in educating children and for their enthusiasm and ability to teach dynamic, engaging classes. Language Stars provides each teacher extensive training before they teach their first class.

Our Curriculum is Our Own - Developed Over 14 Years

We teach children new languages the same way they learn their first language.  Language Stars' FunImmersion® method maximizes fun in a full immersion setting. 

Additionally, a typical class has 4-8 students with a maximum of 8, so you can be assured that your child is getting the attention (s)he needs to learn effectively.

Our dynamic, native-speaking teachers immerse children entirely in the target language through a high-energy mix of games, projects, music & movement, treasure hunts and more that have been designed to promote learning and fun.  Our curriculum has been carefully developed and refined by a team of expert linguists and educators and is aligned with state and national standards.

The Flexibility You Need

We know how busy parents are today - so we developed all our programs to help fit into your lifestyle.  We offer a free trial classto get started so you can see FunImmersion® in action before making a decision. Once you enroll your child, we offer discounts for multiple programs or languages, siblings, or pre-payment.  If you need to miss a class, just let us know in advance and we will schedule a make-up free of charge.  If you need to stop the program for any reason, let us know, and we will refund any unused tuition after notice of cancellation. 

Our Leader is a Believer

When she was younger, Leslie Lancry, founder of Language Stars, pursued her love of language.  So by the age of 21, she was already fluent in French, Russian and Spanish, conversant in German and Japanese, and had gained invaluable experience teaching foreign languages to kids and adults alike. Lancry earned her undergraduate and MBA degrees at Harvard University and took that wealth of knowledge with her to Bain & Company in France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. After that she joined Disney Consumer Products in Europe as Manager of Strategic Planning.

Following her corporate stints around the globe, Lancry turned her attention back to her true passion, bringing multilingual education to as many American children as possible. Through her research, she came to believe in the "Window of Opportunity" for young children to learn a foreign language easily, and she committed herself to fostering a future generation of multilingual Americans by focusing on young children through Language Stars.

Leslie currently resides in Chicago with her multilingual husband and her two multilingual children.

You Can Start Anytime, Even Today!

Because each child learns language at his or her own pace, and our programs are immersive, kids can dive in at any point in time, as long as there is space available. Just call us, or fill out the form to the right to find the best option.  We'll do our best to make a spot available for you to start as soon as you would like!

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