Lower School Spanish

The Lower School Spanish program is driven by St. Elizabeth's School's commitment to nurturing students' empathy and inspiring a love of learning about the world beyond the classroom. Research shows significant, enduring benefits of early exposure to a second language, including enhanced problem-solving, critical thinking, and listening skills. Our Lower School Spanish program focuses on promoting language acquisition and cultural understanding through learning opportunities that emphasize high-frequency words and phrases, and involve movement, music, and storytelling. Our primary methodology is Teaching with Comprehensible Input (TCI) and our primary methods include Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) and Comprehensible Input (CI).

Middle School Spanish

In these courses, students will learn Spanish by doing! The objective of it is to allow students to communicate in real-life situations. Students will develop the language they need to interact confidently in Spanish. They will have the opportunity to know the richness and diversity of cultures that compose the language, with nearly 600 million speakers around the world and more than 50 million in the United States. 

Students will be immersed in real-life scenarios, so they need to develop higher-level thinking skills. This will include listening, memorizing and repeating, and developing skills to communicate. Students will also progress on their learning strategies to expand their language skills. The course is designed to engage students through their interests in order to be socially and emotionally relevant. And last but not least, students will develop their perceptions of the world by raising awareness of different cultures and the inseparability of language and culture. 

Spanish 1 will be covered over two years. 

In Spanish 1A, students will use Mundo Real 1A as their textbook. Mundo Real 1B will be completed in 7th grade.

In 8th grade, students will cover Mundo Real 2A.

Heritage Speakers also will have the opportunity to increase their vocabulary and knowledge of the language with “Cuaderno Hispanohablantes” both for levels 1 and 2.