Early Childhood Foreign Language Education - Spanish
The Spanish program is designed to: help students build linguistic proficiency and strive for accuracy in communication; encourage students to think critically and take risks while expressing themselves in Spanish by using all the elements of language at their disposal; integrate culture and language in a way that stimulates curiosity and deepens their understanding of other cultures; and enhance appreciation of the cultures of the diverse world. This course integrates the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – to prepare students to accomplish real communicative tasks in Spanish. It uses a variety of materials, including media and technology, to support different learning styles. Projects are tailored to meet the needs of students.
Field trips range from concerts to museums to restaurant outings, driven by the interests of the students. Classes have hosted a variety of guest speakers and performance to enhance their learning. Guests have included a flamenco dancer, a poet, and a visitor from Ecuador who gave a presentation on chocolate production.
In eighth grade, students take the online National Spanish Exam as a culminating assessment and for the experience of taking a language test online.