isla

Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition

Encouraging global citizenship of native Spanish-speaking children through literacy, science, and art education in Spanish.

ISLA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides a supportive environment for native and heritage Spanish-speaking children to learn and explore in the Spanish language. Our free heritage language classes include literacy, science, arts, and outdoor education as well as cultural programs to nurture each student’s unique cultural heritage and multicultural experience.

Want to practice your Spanish? Let ¡Úsalo! serve as your personal Spanish practice consultant, connecting you with events happening in Spanish all over the triangle. Many events require no registration and all are free! Kids, beginners, intermediate conversationalists, and fluent speakers are all welcome to explore the many ways to use Spanish in the Triangle. ¡Úsalo!

Click here to see the ¡Úsalo! Calendar of upcoming events in Spanish in the Triangle

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in the past five years Hispanic students have scored 25-30 scale points lower than non-Hispanic students on state reading and mathematics tests. However, studies have shown that literacy education in Spanish not only allows students to succeed in their native language, but gives them fundamental skills that carry over to English and prepare them for success in English-only classrooms as well. Through high-quality instruction in Spanish, ISLA aims to lessen the academic achievement gap between Hispanic and non-Hispanic students.

In addition to free Saturday programs for children, ISLA coordinates a Spanish language lending library, parent community resource program, volunteer program, newspaper project for ISLA students’ siblings, and weekly community events in Spanish for children in Carrboro and Chapel Hill.