Becoming proficient in a second language is not solely about memorizing vocabulary, learning new phrases, and conjugating verbs. It is also important to develop a better understanding of the culture of other countries and how their unique qualities compare and contrast to our own. Familiarizing ourselves with another nation’s way of life helps to broaden our global lens. This is an important element to The Summit’s Spanish program.
Fridays are dedicated to exploring various Spanish-speaking countries around the world. In the lower grades, students spend each trimester learning about a different country’s geography, flag, coat of arms, popular landmarks, animals, music, etc. The upper grades take this one step further by doing their own research on a specific country of their choice and completing a cultural project that is presented in front of their peers. Some of these projects include Google Slide presentations, musical performances of an authentic song or dance, cooking demonstrations of an authentic dish, travel videos, board games, and travel brochures.