Spanish in Lower School
Primary Circle and First Grade have two thirty-minute Spanish classes per week and Second through Fifth Grade have two forty-five minute Spanish classes per week.
Students enter the Lower School Spanish classroom and are immediately immersed in the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. The Lower School Spanish Program strives to incorporate themes from the core curriculum to deepen learning, to provide students opportunities to master Spanish conversational skills needed in the real world, and to connect students to the local Hispanic community through field trips and to the global Hispanic community through a Fifth Grade immersion trip to Puerto Rico and other exchanges via technology.
Lower School Spanish classes are taught entirely in Spanish because research shows that students learn the most when
they are immersed in the language, similar to how we learned our first language. Also, speaking in the target language throughout the whole class does not limit the amount of Spanish the students can learn in one class. Pictures and gestures are used to help the students comprehend, and many songs, games, stories, skits, and engaging activities are incorporated to make learning Spanish enjoyable.
The cultural enrichment of foreign language study is critical in promoting the acceptance and appreciation of all people.
Learning a foreign language has countless benefits. First, becoming fluent in Spanish permits communication with the 400 million native Spanish speakers in the world. The cultural enrichment of foreign language study is critical in promoting the acceptance and appreciation of all people. Also, Spanish class reinforces other subjects in the target language, such as social studies, science, math, language arts, music, physical education, art, and health. In addition, foreign language study increases creativity, enhances listening skills and memory, and improves standardized test scores. Foreign language class is another opportunity to improve self-confidence, feeling accomplished by successfully communicating in the target language. Finally, learning a foreign language is distinct advantage in the work force as the world becomes more connected through travel and technology. With Westtown’s excellent pre-K through 12 Spanish program, students are fortunate to have an early start to learning Spanish, which will allow them to reach higher levels of proficiency and gain native-like pronunciation.