Program Overview

Early Learners

A Total Physical Response (TPR) method is used in learning Spanish.  This method involves using actions and physical activities to stimulate both sides of the brain.  Songs, games, silly chants, role playing, using gestures and physical movement are among the activities utilized.  The goal is to make the first experiences with a new language enjoyable and natural for each student.  When appropriate, Spanish is integrated into the curriculum allowing the student to make connections with what they are learning in other subject areas.  Students will explore new vocabulary on a variety of different topics, have simple dialogues, learn basic grammar concepts, and explore the cultures of different Spanish-speaking countries.

Lower School

A Total Physical Response (TPR) teaching strategy will be emphasized in learning the language.  This form of active learning involves physical movement to utilize both sides of the brain (i.e. songs, games, silly chants, role playing, gestures, etc.)  Cooperative learning, hands-on activities, and projects will also play a role in the learning process. When appropriate, Spanish is integrated into the curriculum allowing the student to make connections with what they are learning in other subject areas.  Students will continue to build on their listening vocabulary and further develop their comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. In addition, they will be introduced to more complex grammar concepts, create and perform their own conversations, and gain a solid cultural understanding of various Spanish-speaking countries.

Middle School 

In Middle School students will build on previous skills and knowledge along with deepening their understanding of the Spanish language. When appropriate, Spanish is integrated into the curriculum allowing the student to make connections with what they are learning in other subject areas.  An emphasis will be placed on the four major components:  listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.  Students will continue to expand on their vocabulary and cultural understanding through themed units.  Additionally they will develop a broader understanding of verb usage and grammar while exploring new concepts. Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including projects, oral presentations and dialogues, quizzes, and written assignments.

High School 

In High School Spanish, students refine their listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills through in-depth studies of authentic sources (i.e. newspapers, music, performances, books, movies, etc.).  When appropriate, Spanish is integrated into the curriculum allowing the student to make connections with what they are learning in other subject areas.  Students will master a number of grammatical concepts, such as the subjunctive mood, use of pronouns, proper sentence structure, and other nuances that are specific to the language.  By the end of High School Spanish II, students will have gained an extensive vocabulary, a strong understanding of Spanish grammar, and a deepened cultural appreciation for Spanish-speaking peoples and countries.  Students will be assessed through a variety of projects, quizzes, presentations, and written submissions.