Foreign Language Project

The Bowdoin College Children’s Center is soliciting applicants for its Spring Foreign Languages Internship Project, providing foreign language immersion for children between 2.5 -5 years old. Students commit as little as 2 and up to 5 hours per week to either the older toddler or preschool classroom, exposing young children to a second language through stories, rhymes, conversation and song.  We are open to all world languages, and wish to identify students who have native or near-native fluency in their language(s).

Students are expected to:

  • Prepare brief weekly lesson plans ahead of classroom visits that identify songs and/or rhymes to shared as well as the title of books to be read with class
  • Plan an optional cultural celebration (as appropriate) connected to the language in collaboration with the director
  • Meet weekly with other interns and the director to discuss curriculum, children’s experiences, and questions that arise
  • Commit to weekly time engaging the classroom on schedule agreed upon by applicant and center

Students will gain:

  • Knowledge of designing early childhood foreign language curriculum with College faculty and professionals
  • Experience working with young children in an accredited early childhood education center
  • Experience and support for future jobs, internships or programs relating to foreign language pedagogy and/or early childhood education

Interested applicants should email Anne Adams at aadams@bowdoin.edu. Please include titles of relevant courses taken at Bowdoin, the language(s) you speak, and other related personal or professional experience.