Studies have shown that immersion in a foreign language before the age of nine enhances not only students’ linguistic abilities but their cognitive abilities as well. The Spanish language program at Seven Arrows goes far beyond the goals of language acquisition: It adds to the school’s overall vision of developing students who view themselves as global citizens. The school is deeply committed to integrating Spanish language and Latin American and Spanish cultural awareness into its core curricular offerings.
Spanish is taught at all grade levels several times weekly. The program is designed to provide a solid foundation in basic Spanish speaking and listening skills, to nurture a love of learning, and to instill and inspire respect for and curiosity about Spanish-speaking cultures. Students develop a solid foundation, acquire ample vocabulary, and begin to understand and communicate using a multitude of modalities, from music and theater to personal experiences, poems, and Spanish-language literature. Spanish is taught:
5 times per week in kindergarten – grade 1
4 times per week in grades 2 – 3
2 times per week in grades 4 – 6
Seven Arrows believes strongly in a literature-based approach to teaching language. Through literature, students engage in activities such as illustrating story scenes, learning vocabulary as a story progresses, and practicing written and auditory comprehension skills. Spanish at Seven Arrows is known for its innovation and fundamental ties to the most current research in second-language acquisition. The program’s greatest strength lies in its focus on creating authentic, relevant cultural experiences that not only teach students Spanish-language fundamentals but also inspire them to appreciate the culture, further contextualizing the use of the language.
Spanish is seamlessly integrated into art, music, drama, language arts, Edible Garden, technology, and more. Our Spanish program also comes to life in two special global festivals: El Día de los Muertos, in the fall, and our Mother’s Day festivities, El Día de Madre, each spring.