Spanish

Spanish FLES:  Spanish Foreign Language in the Elementary School

Teachers:

  • Shelley Jennings
  • Yanira Umaña

Students in grades K-5 will participate in Spanish class twice a week for a total of 80 minutes weekly.

The Importance of El Español

We believe that El Español is:

  • An increasingly important vehicle for knowledge, communication, understanding, and success in an interdependent global society
  • An essential part of student education
  • A means to broaden student’s cultural horizons and encourage a multicultural view of the world
  • Important in fostering cross-cultural understanding
  • A career asset, giving the student a marketable skill in the international workplace of today

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

The Spanish FLES program will benefit students whose first, second, or even third language is Spanish.  The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language has established goals and standards, which are used as the Programa de Español’s organizing principles.

  • Communication:  Use knowledge and language skills for functional communication
  • Cultures:  Gain knowledge of other cultural perspectives and practices
  • Connections:  Connect Spanish language study to experiences in other curricular areas and to personal interests
  • Comparisons:  Compare the target language and culture with their own language and culture.
  • Communities:  Use the language and apply learning to the world beyond the classroom.

Expectations For Estudiantes

  • Set aside a specific time every evening to study.
  • Spend 15 minutes every evening reviewing Spanish.
  • Create flashcards to help you both study.
  • Ask your child to teach you what she/he learned in class that day.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions in class.
  • Provide opportunities for your child to be exposed to the target language outside school whenever possible; movies, TV programs, music, cultural events.

Tips For Parents of Language Learners

  • Set aside a specific time every evening to study
  • Spend 15 minutes every evening reviewing Spanish.
  • Create flashcards to help you both study.
  • Ask your child to teach you what she/he learned in class that day.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions in class.
  • Provide opportunities for your child to be exposed to the target language outside school whenever possible; movies, TV programs, music, cultural events.