At Frankford Friends School, we know that learning a language is an interactive process. Students learn best through accessing visual and auditory tools that make learning fun and interesting. Our Pre-K through Fourth Grade classes learn Spanish (2 days a week) through using memory tools, color, songs, and patterns to increase their vocabularies. They play games and do skits that will help increase their ability to have practical conversations.
In grades 5 through 8, students learn Spanish using a more formalized process (3 days a week for grade 5/daily classes in grades 6 – 8) which includes reading novels in Spanish. Following a communicative language methodology, our students continually develop the four skills on which foreign language acquisition is based – writing, reading, listening, and speaking. Grammar skills are also built upon and enhanced by games, readings, and songs to ensure a higher level of proficiency.
Students are encouraged to use Spanish as much as possible, both in and out of class. Classes practice their skills during school trips to Spanish restaurants, on Skype sessions with native speakers, and through filming and recording themselves. Digital tools and resources broaden the span of student listening and speaking skills that can be practiced at home at the students’ own pace. Students also learn about current events and the culture in Spanish speaking countries.