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Spanish

Spanish is taught formally from Grades 1-8, although the Kindergarten children often listen and participate in the games, songs and poems of the older children. They also learn songs in Spanish during all school sing.

The Kindergarten children also participate in the Spanish play/s that are staged.

The Spanish curriculum corresponds with the themes they are studying in their block work. In the first three grades, Spanish is taught orally.

The idea is to imitate, to the degree that it is possible at school, the way that children learn their first language. The teacher:

  • sings
  • plays
  • games
  • recites poems
  • introduces fields of vocabulary that are relevant to the specific age of the children
  • uses consciously grammatical phenomena that the teacher will make the children aware of from 5th grade onwards
  • uses role play and dialogues to simulate conversations in a Spanish speaking country
  • uses theater to give them opportunities to speak in the context of a story

In other words, the first three grades are the formative learning years, in which the children build as natural a relationship to the language as possible.

Reading is introduced in fourth grade. The children read texts that they have already learned orally, thus preventing mother-tongue interference in the pronunciation.

Writing emerges out of reading just as with the first language work.

The children are introduced to other languages at this early age in order to retain the natural ability that every child has, to learn any language that exists on the planet. This also gives the child the experience of other human beings naming the world differently, relating to the world differently and understanding the world differently. Even more, it helps a child to experience through the stories, music and words, from a very early age, that we are all, wherever we come from, first a human being, then a speaker of Spanish or any other language.

From 5th grade onwards, the children begin to read original age-appropriate literature, become aware of the grammatical phenomena of the language, expand their vocabulary.

By 8th grade it should be possible for each student to hold an age-appropriate conversation in Spanish.

Learning languages is a contribution to helping the children become a citizen not only of their own locality but also of the world.