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Bridges: Children, Languages, World

Exploring World Languages and Cultures

Bridges: Children, Languages, World is a project that offers exploratory language and culture classes to young learners in the greater Bloomington, Indiana area. Knowing that learning world language at an early age enhances linguistic ability overall, the central goal of Bridges is to ignite interest in learning about different languages and cultures and inspire children to pursue both with excitement and enthusiasm all their lives.

To access activities and content from the Bridges Program, please click here.

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Mission Statement

Bridges' mission is to provide quality language and culture instruction to young learners in community settings.  Bridges also offers professional development opportunities for IU language students of Less-Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) who serve as instructors and volunteers.  Bridges classes expose young learners and their instructors with a rewarding, safe environment to obtain new skills and gain confidence in their ability to participate in the learning/teaching process, reflecting the increasingly diverse and interconnected world in order to cultivate a new generation of internationally-minded citizens.

EASC and Bridges

An important part of our mission at EASC is the promotion of programs that introduce community members to East Asian languages and cultures. It is with this constant goal in mind that we proudly support the Bridges program in introducing elementary children to the world's languages.

Spring 2017 Schedule

Classes start February 4 and end April 15, 2017

  • Ya Ya I- Introductory Chinese (Saturdays, 1:30 - 2:30PM)
  • Ya Ya II/III- Intermediate Chinese (Saturdays, 2:30 -3:30PM)

Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408-4001

Please note: These classes are cumulative with one week building on the next so, consistent attendance is encouraged.

For information about previous Bridges semester materials, see the EASC Bridges Archives.


In addition to the EASC, the Russian and East European Institute (REEI) is also supporting the Bridges program through the teaching of the Russian language.

Contacting Bridges

Please feel free to contact us with your questions or comments.

Suriati Abas
Language Program Coordinator