What is Global Minds?
Global Minds is a weekday preschool that also operates as an after school language learning facility for children in grades K-12th. In our preschool program, our experienced, caring teachers primarily focus on speaking Chinese, Spanish or French since it is the natural first component of any language. Through demonstration, repetition, group, individual and interactive play, Global Minds makes becoming bilingual an easy, fun, and playful experience!
For the after school Mandarin Chinese program, we teach traditional characters, and pinyin (the romanization of Chinese). It is our belief that Chinese has become a relevant language universally, and will continue to become more important in the future.
We also have developed courses for different levels of Spanish and French. These two languages are the most studied linguistic courses offered in America in middle school, high school and at the collegiate level. They offer up a myriad of opportunities in the fields of business, translation and interpretation for those who can develop them as a fluent second language.
We offer one-on-one and small group classes, limited to 7 students. This allows our teachers to cater to each individuals’ weaknesses and strengths. At Global Minds, we believe that learning another language does not just allow one to speak with others, but it also helps one to understand other cultures, values and customs.
Adam Maynard, Global Minds’ Director, spent many years teaching English as a foreign language in Tanzania, South Korea, Thailand, China and Taiwan. He returned to Arizona with a vision to bring his enthusiasm for teaching and foreign languages home; the result is Global Minds World Languages Preschool & Academy. With his extensive experiences in teaching and studying foreign languages, Adam has developed a curriculum that is educational, fun, fluid and painless for his students to achieve their goal of being bilingual.
- Are conversational in English and another language.
- Have a B.A. or M.A. in a related field.
- Are experienced in teaching world languages.
- Have a love for children.
- Every homeroom head teacher is a native speaker.
- Adapt to different learning styles and personalities.
- Make learning effortless and fun!
Why We Teach Global Languages?
At Global Minds we believe that monolingualism is the illiteracy of the 21st century. Learning a second language is beneficial for a multitude of reasons. Learning a world language not only allows you to understand another culture and communicate with over hundreds of millions to a billion people, it also enhances your critical thinking and problem solving abilities. Tests have proven that children who speak a second language score higher on standardized tests. The earlier a child learns a second language, the easier a time they will have with the languages sentence structure, inflection, tone and other language components.
The three languages of Mandarin, Spanish, and French are spoken in North America, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Mastering any one of these three languages allows for countless job opportunities in multiple fields of business in the future.
How We Teach?
Our teachers are all proficient at teaching preschool age children. With their ability to use body language, hand gestures, facial expressions, role play and leading by example, our teachers are able to convey a second language to children effectively and effortlessly. Their ability to express various emotional messages vocally and visually allows the children to understand what they are saying. For our after school program, the teachers easily transition children into the reading and writing aspect of their target world language, while further enhancing their development of higher vocabulary. Each teacher has a passion for bilingualism and a love for the children that they teach!
Global Minds classrooms are highly conducive to learning, filled with puzzles, toys, manipulatives, books, technologies, games, exceptional teachers and more! We invite you to come by for a tour of Global Minds and see our wonderful learning facility! We look forward to your visit.