The program not only offers exposure to the Spanish language but also to the customs of the Hispanic culture.
New vocabulary is introduced in each thematic category, such as feelings, body parts, family members, adjectives, and days of the week. This is followed by lessons in customs and traditions. Students are expected to describe themselves and others, express how they feel, and articulate their likes and dislikes in Spanish, both orally and in writing. In junior kindergarten through first grade, students learn the vocabulary for colors, numbers, shapes, family members, days of the week, and body parts. This content is introduced and reinforced through fun games, puppet shows, videos, role-playing activities and songs with the music teacher. By fourth grade, students are expected to write full sentences in Spanish to express their feelings and describe characteristics of family members and themselves. Projects become the medium of learning so that students can work on team-building, collaboration, and cooperation as they continue to practice their writing and oral skills.
Below are the main components of the Spanish academic program.
Verbal and Written Communication
Students are exposed to simple commands, questions, statements, and short conversations. By fourth grade, students are exposed to written Spanish, verb conjugation, and project-based learning.
Initially, students become familiar with the sound of the Spanish language and begin to label and identify the vocabulary. Over the years, previously learned vocabulary is reinforced and introduced as written words.
Students develop an understanding of the similarities and differences between Spanish and English. Important people, customs, and traditions of Spanish-speaking cultures are explored. Key elements of Spanish and Hispanic history are also read and discussed.
Students focus on strategies for communicating and understanding language by putting their Spanish skills into practice.
Throughout these courses, students will focus on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The courses have been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). All classes are conducted primarily in the target language with a goal of helping each student become a competent communicator.
Across all levels, students will study the vocabulary and patterns of the language and practice them through engaging conversations and real-life experiences. Spanish Intro through Spanish 4 advanced courses are offered. Levels are determined by a Spanish placement test results, current Spanish course enrollment, classroom assessments, & teacher recommendations.