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After School Language

HudsonWay Immersion School has been a pioneer in language immersion since 2005. Our after school language classes provide a fun and effective way for preschoolers (ages 3–5) and elementary school age children (grades K–8) to acquire Mandarin or Spanish language skills. After School Language (ASL) is taught by our experienced, native-speaking day-school teachers, who are versed in best practices for immersion education. 

  • Flexible after school scheduling (1, 2 or 3 days a week)
  • Small class sizes allow for personalized attention and support
  • All language levels welcome
  • Native speaking, experienced teachers

View the 2019–20 After School Calendar for Stirling

Download the ASL @ HWIS Stirling — Registration Form


Through immersion and project-based learning, HWIS After School Language classes create the most effective and enjoyable environment to develop language skills. Children build upon previous lessons and work cooperatively on projects, which form the basis of motivation for language learning, that build confidence, critical thinking, and planning skills.


Our Goals

We help students develop language skills, preparing them to be active global citizens. Our goals are helping children to function using the target language for specific meaningful interactions and tasks. The framework for the gradual progression is taken from curricula developed by the American Council for Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and is therefore standardized and recognized by foreign language programs nationwide. We focus on “Can Do” statements that develop confidence and motivation.


Our goals for various levels are as follows. . .



  • Listening: Ability to comprehend subject matter in addition to understanding words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life.
  • Speaking: Ability to present information about oneself and other familiar topics using words or memorized phrases.
  • Reading: Ability to recognize characters and some phrases; understand the main idea behind simple text.
  • Writing: Ability to print words, characters, phrases, lists, and short messages on familiar topics.



  • Listening: Ability to understand the main idea behind simple conversations and stories.
  • Speaking: Ability to present information using a series of simple sentences, make a presentation using connected sentences, and participate in social interactions by asking and answering questions.
  • Reading: Ability to understand the main idea behind simple text with familiar topics; read stories and descriptions about events and experiences in various timeframes.
  • Writing: Ability to write briefly about familiar topics using simple sentences; write simple paragraphs.



  • Listening: Ability to understand the main idea behind speech and comprehend information presented in a variety of genres.
  • Speaking: Ability to hold conversations beyond those of everyday life; discuss topics & events.
  • Reading: Ability to understand the main idea and supporting ideas behind topics of some length.
  • Writing: Ability to write about topics of general interest, events, and experiences in different time frames.