World Languages

At All Saints’, we believe in a proficiency-based language experience that encourages students to cultivate a global perspective from a young age. The goal of the world language program is to foster an understanding of and develop an interest in a culture other than our own through the study and practice of the target language, carried out in a way that also prepares our graduates to enter a Level II course, or beyond, once they enter high school.

Primary program objectives:
  • Ensure students achieve a balance between the mechanics of the language, and the ability to effectively communicate ideas, thoughts, and beliefs
  • Engage students within the framework of an immersion classroom where the target language is used as much as possible
  • Guide students in fostering an awareness and appreciation for Hispanic and Francophone cultures

Lower School

Students are enrolled in Spanish, beginning in the first grade. Class instruction is held in the target language. The focus in lower grades is placed on developing oral communication and conversation skills. Songs, stories, games, poems, and props are used to encourage children to participate actively in speaking the language.

T.P.R. (Total Physical Response) Storytelling, a method that permits immediate comprehension of the input as students listen to and mimic the phrases in the target language, is used in grades 1 - 5.  
Students enact dialogues and readings, focus on conversational skills and expand their knowledge of Hispanic countries through poetry, songs, and readings.

Middle School

In middle school, students transition to the more academic style of instruction employed, having gained oral confidence through the lower grades’ Total Physical Response Storytelling (T.P.R.) method of language acquisition.

Classes meet five days out of the six-day cycle, thus allowing more time for individual attention and multiple opportunities for students to participate. This consequently fosters a greater sense of self-confidence in the students’ approach of the language.

After successful completion of eighth grade foreign language, the majority of graduates place into second year high school Spanish or French.

World Languages

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World Language Competitions

An additional highlight of the Upper Grade foreign language program is the participation by all foreign language students in the annual National Spanish and French competitions. 

Curriculum

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  • ECC

    In ECC, students explore the Spanish language through fun-filled activities such as singing songs, telling stories and playing games. The children discover introductory conversation skills and vocabulary related to topics such as daily routines, colors, animals and more. This initial exposure allows for students to seamlessly enter into first grade Spanish.  
     
  • 1st Grade

    In first grade Spanish a broad variety of vocabulary is introduced through songs and games. Students learn about animals, days of the week, months, the weather, seasons and more.
     
  • 2nd Grade

    Second grade Spanish reinforces concepts covered in first grade while placing a greater emphasis on conversational and writing skills. Colors, shapes, and family are among the various vocabulary groups introduced.
     
  • 3rd Grade

    In third grade Spanish, students delve into the world of feelings, clothing, family, fruits, and vegetables. The fruit and vegetable unit results in a scavenger hunt in our very own organic garden where students put their language skills to the test. The third graders ultimately venture on a field trip to a local farm stand where they purchase produce using a dialogue they have learned entirely in French or Spanish.
     
  • 4th Grade

    In fourth grade world language, students review and expand the language skills developed in ECC through third grades. The total physical response storytelling (TPRS) method is used more extensively.
     
  • 5th Grade

    Fifth grade world language students review and expand the language skills developed in ECC through fourth grades. There is a continued emphasis placed on speaking, reading, and writing. Total physical response storytelling (TPRS) continues to be used. Verb conjugations in the present tense of both regular and irregular verbs are introduced.
     
  • 6th Grade

    In sixth grade, students expand their conversational skills and vocabulary. Stories, games, skits, and poems add life to their newly acquired grammar skills. Verb conjugation of the present and near future tenses is mastered.
  • 7th Grade

    Seventh grade students review basic grammatical structures and vocabulary developed in sixth grade. Students work with a variety of verb tenses to further their foundation of grammar. Both auditory comprehension and speech are stressed. Films, music and multimedia presentations further their interest and understanding of the language.
     
  • 8th Grade

    In eighth grade, the opportunities to develop proficiency are maximized. Weekly writing assignments and conversation practice based on authentic situations aid students in progressing in the language. Eighth graders are challenged to increase their abilities in both oral and written proficiency throughout the year. They achieve a greater mastery of a variety of vocabulary, verb tenses, and grammatical structures.
    After successful completion of eighth grade world language, the majority of graduates place into second year high school Spanish or French.