The mission of the Greenspring Montessori’s Language Program, which focuses on teaching Spanish as a Second Language, is to provide exposure and opportunity for students to build Spanish comprehension and communication. Each student is encouraged to nurture a love for the language and culture that will motivate them to continue learning and exploring Spanish for years to come.
Why Foreign Language Instruction is Important to Our School
The study of another language leads to improved communication skills, cultural understandings, enhanced critical thinking skills, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Maria Montessori’s term “sowing the seeds of interest” could well be used to describe the overall goal of the second language program (especially in the earlier years). This means creating enjoyment, awareness, and an eagerness to learn more. It also means that different children will achieve different levels of communicative competence, given individual needs, personality and learning process.
We expect that early exposure to other languages will create a facility for understanding and speaking them and greater ease in later language study. It also creates an early consciousness of cultures – an awareness of the richness of our many ways of being human.
In a Montessori setting a second language may be viewed as one more learning experience within the prepared environment – offered, not imposed, in ways that will attract children’s natural interest and engage their response.
Concepts and vocabulary are presented and reiterated throughout each class so that students can develop conversational Spanish skills. Interactive activities and games give each student opportunities to express themselves in Spanish. By making Spanish fun, we help students become comfortable using their learned language skills and able to respond with full sentences. Through the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, students are able to broaden their awareness, familiarity and comfort with the target language. It is amazing how fast and easily children can learn Spanish!
This Program is designed for all children including English language learners, students with learning differences, and advanced learners.
Each Spanish class (depending on level) covers a range of topics including grammar, vocabulary, conversational skills, pronunciation, reading, and writing. The curriculum integrates key elements by theme, such as numbers, colors, animals, school, and home, using these themes to introduce new concepts and vocabulary, actions and verb phrases. These topics are reviewed in each class through games, songs, and activities to reinforce language connections. Once the basics are learned, it is possible to move on to more complex ideas.
The goal of the Spanish as a Second Language Program is to be integrated into the Montessori curriculum at every level. The Toddler and Children’s House Programs receive Spanish lessons in their own classroom environments. The Upper and Lower Elementary Programs split their Spanish class time between their classrooms and the Spanish classroom. The Adolescent Program’s classes take place five days a week in the Spanish classroom environment.
From the Spanish Program
Hello and welcome to Spanish class!
Something old and something new…
We are off to a great start and the students are already enthusiastic to share […]
A great part of our language program: every student from the Adolescent Program visits a Children’s House classroom twice a month to read a […]
Both Lower Elementary classes met their goal of Spanish Outside the Classroom by collecting and sharing over 300 words. All these words were heard […]