Foreign Language

Foreign Language 2017-04-26T18:27:41+00:00

The Foreign Language program is integrated into classrooms and lessons are given in mixed-age groups.  Emphasis is given to the 5 C’s of the National Standards of Foreign Language: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities.  It is the expectation that the exposure to another language will result in a positive attitude toward learning languages and experiencing other cultures.

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PRE-PRIMARY/ EARLY ELEMENTARY

Spanish is explored once a week for 30 minutes using songs, games, finger plays, stories and short activities to introduce vocabulary.

Lessons Include:

  • Greetings
  • Patterns
  • Commands
  • Colors
  • Numbers
  • Fruit
  • Farm Animals
  • Parts of the Body
  • Days of the Week
  • Months of the Year
  • Family
  • Holidays
  • Feelings
  • Weather
  • Music & Culture

LOWER ELEMENTARY

Spanish classes are taught in small groups for 30 minutes.  The emphasis is on speaking.  Students continue to build, in more detail on the work done in the Pre-Primary & Early Elementary classrooms.   Throughout the Lower Elementary,  students learn vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and sentence structure.  These lessons also help student develop listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Lessons Include:

  • Greetings & Courtesy Expressions
  • Expressions of Feelings
  • Commands
  • Numbers 0-100
  • Colors
  • Days of the Week
  • Months of the Year
  • Weather
  • Seasons
  • Parts of the Body
  • Fundamental Needs
  • Vowels
  • Holidays
  • Art & Culture
  • Simple Conversational Patterns
  • Alphabet
  • Farm Animals

UPPER ELEMENTARY

Spanish classes are taught once a week for 45 minutes. Lessons include speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students learn the languages through games, songs, chants, books, conversations, and skits.  Topics covered are family, animals, occupations, food and beverages.  As well as using the verbs to have, to be, and to want in conversation, common questions and answers, and memorizing popular riddles.

Lessons Include:

  • Speaking
    • Oral
      • Discussion
      • Singing
      • Reading Aloud
    • Comprehension
      • Oral Instructions
      • Written Instructions
      • Oral Response
      • Written Response
    • Word Study
      • Vocabulary
      • Syllables
    • Grammar
      • Parts of Speech
      • Verb Conjugations & Tenses
      • Spelling
    • Reading
      • Literature
    • Writing
      • Use of Dictionary & Latin Resources

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle School offers Spanish for 1 hour, twice a week, for a total of 2 hours. Middle School Spanish is designed to prepare students to successfully meet the challenges of high school Spanish. Native Spanish speaking instructors teach much of the class in Spanish, using a program called ¡Avancemos! as a base for the curriculum.  The basic objectives of the program are to help students attain proficiency in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), aid the students in acquiring a firm linguistic base, which is the foundation of effective communication and meaningful language proficiency, present the target language within the context of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world and their cultures.

Lessons Include:

  • Speaking
    • Emphasis on conjugation of verbs
    • Oral
  • Reading and Writing
    • Dictation
    • Translating text