ATL LANGUAGE ACADEMY INC. (HIRAM, GA)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Rosette Mazikou
  • Title:Program Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:ATL LANGUAGE ACADEMY INC.
  • Address:P.O. BOX 224
    HIRAM, GA 30141
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:404-918-4926

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General

  • Mission:
  • Teaching a new language is the main focus of our mission. ATL Language Academy believes that a second language helps to expand new horizons and serves as a bridge to understanding other cultures. The focus of our organization is on serving low-income families and in doing so we will play a critical

  • Overview:
  • Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the ATL Language Academy, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization designed to teach people of all ages a second language. We are determined to help children and adults of the twenty-first century to speak and read more than one language. We work with local daycare centers, public schools, charter schools, and private institutions to teach foreign languages and foreign cultures. Our programs are designed to enhance learning ability by providing both auditory and visual reinforcement to learn languages. Participants in our programs will actually explore how different languages are used in the appropriate situational context.

    At this time our organization will be teaching the French language. French is the second frequently taught language in the world right after English. Internationally, French is the only language spoken on five continents. Also, 28 countries use French as their official language. In addition, research has confirmed that children who speak a second language do better in school, and score higher on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). In the future we would like to expand the programs we offer to include languages other than French, such as Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and others.

    A distinctive quality of the organization’s programming is its Founder and Executive Director, Mrs. Rosette Carolle Mazikou, who is a native French speaker that was born and raised in Brazzaville, Congo (former French Colony). In 1996, Mrs. Mazikou came to the US to complete her education. She earned an Associate Degree in Computer Information System (CISCO Networking) from Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia, and a Bachelor Degree of Art in Modern Language and Culture- French III Applied Business from Kennesaw State University, Georgia.

    Based on her credential from advanced placement test for French Language graduate studies, she received a special recommendation from the college of humanities and Social Sciences for successfully achieving Dean’s list distinction of fall 2008 and 2009 semesters. For a very long time, the art of teaching has been Mrs. Mazikou’s passion and goal. Indeed, she taught Elementary through Middle Schools, and High Schools with the Paulding County School District. As a great learner and teacher, she always believes that education is an exchange of knowledge from one individual to another without boundaries and judgments.

    After living in Georgia for 15 years, Mrs. Mazikou has observed the very limited number of people who have taken an interest in learning a second language. Especially among low income populations, where a limited number of families have shown interest in learning a second language due to the limited number of opportunities available to them. It is this realization that has motivated her to open this previously closed door to as many people as possible, especially children, who have the ability to become excellent language learners.

    All of the programs offered by the ATL Language Academy, Inc. will be administered by a well-trained staff that are experienced and enjoy what they do. These individuals are also dedicated to leading the organization as it grows and expands in the years to come.

    ATL Language Academy, Inc. will strive to reach out to and serve as many individuals in our community as possible. Every person is important to us. By securing staff, materials, and resources, we believe we can provide programs that make learning a foreign language exciting and something that people want to do. It is our goal to increase the number of individuals in our community who speak multiple languages and as a result create a more understanding and well rounded community.

  • History:
  • In today’s global society it is becoming increasingly important to know how to speak multiple languages. There are benefits to speaking more than one language. The benefits of being multilingual extend to both children and adults. These benefits stretch across many aspects of our life including socially, professionally and educationally. Unfortunately, there is a very large number of Americans who do not speak any language other than English, and as a result do not receive these benefits.

    In the United States we are behind most other countries in the number of children who have the ability to speak multiple languages. According to the Associated Press, 66 percent of the children in the world are raised to speak two or more languages, compared to only 6.3 percent of the children in the United States. There are numerous studies which show that the earlier an individual begins learning a foreign language the easier it is to learn. Studies also show that individuals who have the ability to speak more than one language can learn new languages quicker and easier, especially when the 2 languages are from the same language family.

    As a result of these studies foreign language programs for children have showed a significant increase in popularity in recent years. Learning a second language at an early age also has a great deal of benefits. It has a positive effect on intellectual growth while enriching and enhancing mental development. Students who learn second languages at an early age also have more flexibility in their thinking, a greater sensitivity to language, a better ear for listening and an improved understanding of their own native language.

    Children who learn a second language before the age of five have been shown to have denser grey matter in their brains than their monolingual peers. Gray matter is the part of the brain that controls language and communication, and a higher density has been correlated with increased intellect.

    Individuals who learn second languages at an early age are also more likely to become better global citizens. Learning other languages has been shown to provide children with the opportunity to communicate with people they would otherwise not have the chance to know. Those learning second languages at early ages are also more open to and understanding of other cultures and people from other countries.

    The benefits of learning a second language or multiple languages also go far beyond childhood. According to a 2010 study of 211 Alzheimer’s patients, bilingual individuals were diagnosed with the disease 4.3 years later and exhibited symptoms of the disease 5.1 years later than those patients who spoke only one language. Just as crossword puzzles and learning a musical instrument have been shown to boost the brain’s “cognitive reserves,” so too does learning more than one language. While these cognitive reserves won’t prevent dementia entirely, the study concluded that they may keep Alzheimer’s at bay by “compensating for the accumulation of amyloid and other brain pathologies.”

    Critics of bilingual education say that it creates confusion in young brains, but science shows that the discipline required to switch between two languages actually improves a child’s ability to focus on an individual task – and to control themselves. “Bilingual kids have better self-regulation, which will help them do better in school,” explains Temple University speech pathology professor Carol Scheffner Hammer. This advantage was demonstrated in a2008 study that was conducted by the University of Washington, which concluded that increased self regulation – also known as “executive functioning” – provides bilingual children a “significant” advantage when it comes to “tasks that appear to call for managing conflicting attentional demands.”

    The benefits of being multi lingual extend far beyond childhood. Individuals who have the ability to speak a foreign language fluently have many more job opportunities available to them and in many cases have the potential to earn more than their counterparts who only speak one language. On average, bilingual pay differentials range between 5 and 20 percent per hour more than the position's base rate, according to Salary.com.

    Having the ability to speak multiple languages is also a common trait among business executive, of which nearly two-thirds have the ability to speak at least 2 languages.

  • Year established:2011
  • Endowment:Unknown

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Non-operating
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