Foreign Languages

Third graders making arepas during Spanish class.

Third graders making arepas during Spanish class.

All students study Spanish and German from grades 1–7. In eighth grade, students choose to focus on either Spanish or German and study the language four days a week. Beginning in first grade, the children learn in the same way they learned their own native tongue: through story, song, rhyme, and movement. Games, counting, tongue twisters, festivals, and other activities provide opportunities to experience each language and culture. Grammar and written work begin in the fourth grade, and the curriculum grows in the upper grades to include geography, poetry, and literature. Students present short plays, songs, and poems in Spanish and German at school assemblies.

Third grade German play, in which each student has a part.

Third grade German play, in which each student has a part.

All students study Spanish and German from grades 1–7. In eighth grade, students choose to focus on either Spanish or German and study the language four days a week. Beginning in first grade, the children learn in the same way they learned their own native tongue: through story, song, rhyme, and movement. Games, counting, tongue twisters, festivals, and other activities provide opportunities to experience each language and culture. Grammar and written work begin in the fourth grade, and the curriculum grows in the upper grades to include geography, poetry, and literature. Students present short plays, songs, and poems in Spanish and German at school assemblies.

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