The World Language program offers students in preschool through 8th grade an appreciation of a language and culture other than their own, and broadens their insight into the diversity of the people of the world. Based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Instruction, our program focuses on communication, culture, connections with other disciplines, comparison of language and culture, and communities. All students are expected to show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using world language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
Students in preschool through 8th grade study Spanish on a part-time basis (one-two times per week), with the exception of 7th & 8th grades who study either French or Spanish. At the conclusion of the 2016-2017 academic year only Spanish will be offered.
The preschool through 3rd grade program begins with the introduction of Spanish letter sounds, numbers, colors, prayers, animals, and family members. The teacher shares her love and enthusiasm for the Spanish language through exciting stories, songs, and games.
In 4th through 8th grades students engage in a comprehensive program that is rich in language, culture and print. Classes prepare students in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis is on oral communication and classes at this level are taught mostly in Spanish. Students are expected to communicate in Spanish and participate regularly. Grammar and vocabulary are taught in a variety of ways. Projects and assignments are assigned regularly.