The mission of ReDefiners World Languages is to develop a compassionate community of global citizens, who are both economically and socially responsible, through world language and cultural enrichment.
Through mutual understanding and respect, our vision is to see the various cultural communities across the nation unite as one, spearheaded by the children of today; children who regularly participate in world language and cultural education as a normal part of the elementary curriculum.
Our organization is deeply grounded in our core values. We believe all children, regardless of background, are capable and deserving of language learning opportunities, language learning needs to begin before age 10, intercultural education and authentic relationships promote greater peace and in today’s society, and students need to become global citizens.
Founded by a full-time educator, parent, and advocate for language learning, ReDefiners is a non-profit organization that prides itself in being a pioneer in the early language education programing in Hillsborough County. The organization is made up of qualified teachers, international student volunteers and business professionals who are passionate about language and cultural education. We offer language classes in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish and English to children in PreK-5th grade.
“Learning a foreign language, and the culture that
goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can
do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy
and cultural outlook of children.”
Former Secretary of State for Education
There are approximately 6,500 languages in the world, so where does one start the journey? The U.S. department of National Security has named over 60 non-western languages as crucially needed languages for U.S. citizens to acquire. Among these are Arabic and Mandarin, both languages that we have chosen not only because of their designation but also because of the need to improve cultural relations and the sheer popularity of these languages in global affairs. We have also chosen to offer Spanish because, let’s face it, it is the unofficial second language of the U.S. and it would behoove many to acquire this language to remain competitive.
Finally, ReDefiners recognizes the importance of English as a global language and the need, that so many of our Elementary schools have, for English Language services for non-native speakers. We are a society of rich diversity, especially here in the Tampa Bay area, with speakers of various languages, all equally important. Monolingualism is a thing of the past, choose a language and let’s move forward together as we seek improved cultural relations and equal opportunity for all, regardless of socioeconomic status.