Lower School students are exposed to the Spanish language using the “Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling” (TPRS) approach. Beginning in the early childhood years, students learn basic communication skills to engage in daily conversation, act out stories, provide and obtain information, and express feelings and emotions in Spanish. As students progress through the elementary grades, they participate in spontaneous spoken, written, and signed conversations. Students present on familiar topics, transitioning to more narrative and descriptive uses of language over time. Novel studies and dramatic storytelling provide opportunities to demonstrate fluency and comprehension in written Spanish.
As a result of Spanish class, students will develop a curiosity and openness to cultures and languages other than their own and an appreciation and awareness of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture in order to become global citizens.