¡Bienvenidos a las Clases de Espanol! | Welcome to Spanish Classes
Hi, I’m Mrs. Dara Ury, and I’m pleased to be teaching Spanish at SCL. Below are class descriptions based on grade level ranges. Studies have shown that students learn a second language best if they are immersed in the target language at a very young age. This means our pre-K program is the perfect time to start learning Spanish! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In PreKindergarten (ages 3 and 4), we focus on exposure to the Spanish language and culture in 10-20 minute intervals once a week. Students learn about colors, numbers, shapes, clothing, body parts, and school items in Spanish through songs, activities, games and craft projects all with directions in Spanish. By the end of December, many pre-K students will be able to follow all of the teacher’s directions in Spanish without English or Total Physical Response (a method used to physically show actions and words, in place of translation).
Kindergarten: All classes are taught in Spanish. Students learn new vocabulary and colors, shapes, numbers, body parts, and explaing feelings through Total Physical Response activities, as well as songs and games. In addition, writing activities in Spanish are introduced.
1st-3rd Grade: All classes are taught in Spanish and with Total Physical Response. Students complete more written and craft activities with oral and written directions in Spanish. In addition, many lessons incorporate the different content area subjects such as math, science, and talking about a story we have read.
4th/5th Grade: All classes are initially taught in Spanish with English to back up important grammatical checkpoints, and to check understanding of oral and written directions. Students learn how to construct more complex sentences in Spanish, as well as how to tell time, ask and answer questions with each other, and enhance vocabulary through different projects.
6th-8th Grade: All classes are taught in Spanish, with an emphasis on oral communication. This is to prepare students for classes at our local high schools at Level 2 Honors, where all classes are taught in Spanish. Students focus on asking and answering questions in Spanish about stories and chapter books they have read. In addition, advanced grammar is taught and applied in many different projects, speaking, and writing opportunities.
In the 8th grade, students prepare for the Spanish placement tests at the various local high schools. These normally take place before Winter Break or shortly thereafter in January.