The Spanish Program is centered on fostering linguistic proficiency while also deepening students' cultural awareness and appreciation of Spanish culture. The carefully designed lessons focus on developing the four core language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking, through developmentally appropriate and engaging activities.
In the Lower School, the Spanish Program lays a solid foundation for language learning, with a primary emphasis on oral proficiency. The curriculum is structured to help students build their language skills through engaging and interactive activities, preparing them for more advanced studies.
As students transition to Upper School, the curriculum evolves, emphasizing meaningful connections to the Spanish language and culture. It seamlessly incorporates cultural contexts into language learning, fostering deeper personal connections for the students. This program aims to fully immerse students in the language, enriching their appreciation of its practical significance.
The innovative, story-based curriculum teaches grammar in context, downplays error correction, and prioritizes identifying language patterns to promote intuitive learning. Through this approach, students are encouraged to develop fluency by actively communicating in Spanish, rather than through mere analysis, thereby becoming competent and confident communicators.