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Educational Goals

Oh Noah! introduces kids to collections of vocabulary words that are accessible and of interest to this age group. They include:

  • Animals
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Furniture
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Vehicles
  • Playground equipment

The webisodes also teach chunks of language -- common phrases like "Please may I have?" or "I don't understand" -- that can give kids a leg up on learning a new language. Phrases like this are sprinkled throughout Oh Noah!. And the visuals provide the context needed for viewers to understand what’s going on, allowing them to make sense of the language.

In addition to language instruction, Oh Noah! models behavior that encourages development of:
  • Self-confidence
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity and imagination
  • Good citizenship

The Center for Applied Linguistics confirms that learning a second language at an early age:

  • Has a positive effect on intellectual growth.
  • Enriches and enhances a child's mental development.
  • Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.
  • Improves a child's understanding of his or her native language.
  • Increases job opportunities in many careers where knowing another language is a real asset.
Changing demographics in the United States make clear the importance of learning Spanish. According to the 2007 American Community Survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language spoken at home by over 34 million people age five or older. In fact, the United States is the world's second largest Spanish-speaking country, second only to Mexico.
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