After School Language

HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) 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.

HudsonWay's ASL program offers:

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


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 forms the basis of motivation for language learning and builds confidence, critical thinking, and planning skills.


HWIS helps students develop language skills as they prepare to become active global citizens. Our goal is to help children 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 on the 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.






Ability to comprehend subject matter in addition to understanding words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday

Ability to understand the main idea behind simple conversations and stories.

Ability to understand the main idea behind speech and comprehend information presented in a variety of genres.


Ability to present information about oneself and other familiar topics using words or memorized phrases.

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.

Ability to hold conversations beyond those of everyday life; discuss topics and events.


Ability to recognize characters and some phrases; understand the main idea behind simple text.

Ability to understand the main idea behind simple text with familiar topics; read stories and descriptions about events and experiences in various timeframes.

Ability to understand the main idea and supporting ideas behind topics of some length.


Ability to print words, characters, phrases, lists, and short messages on familiar topics.

Ability to write briefly about familiar topics using simple sentences; write simple paragraphs.

Ability to write about topics of general interest, events, and experiences in different time frames.

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