Spanish Specialist Program

  • Overall District:

    “The goal of the K-5 Spanish Specialist Program is to create a globally-minded climate throughout the whole school, increase multicultural experiences, strengthen bonds with our Spanish-speaking students, and lay a foundation for future language learning.”

     

    Oak Knoll Description:

    Oak Knoll has adopted a highly successful and research-based contemporary style of language teaching called the communicative language approach.  Instead of teaching students explicitly about grammar and language structures and working from lists of words for students to memorize, they will be teaching meaningful communication that comes up naturally through student-centered, engaging tasks. Much like the way parents teach children their first language, they will be immersing them in comprehensible Spanish during class time, supporting students to understand and create authentic language.  

     

    Laurel Description:

    Laurel has adopted a highly successful and research-based contemporary style of language teaching called the communicative language approach.  Instead of teaching students explicitly about grammar and language structures and working from lists of words for students to memorize, they will be teaching meaningful communication that comes up naturally through student-centered, engaging tasks. Much like the way parents teach children their first language, they will be immersing them in comprehensible Spanish during class time, supporting students to understand and create authentic language.  

     

    For more information here is a link to Maestra Malone’s “Why Learn Spanish” website: http://malonespanish.weebly.com/why-learn-spanish.html

     

    Encinal Description:

    At Encinal, all K-5 Students participating in the Spanish Specialist program receive between 45-60 minutes a week of Spanish instruction from a Spanish specialist teacher. Along with teaching meaningful communication comes up naturally through student-centered, engaging tasks. Encinal’s program also offers a variety of cultural experiences that provide opportunities to develop cultural literacy and awareness.