Lexington's Spanish Program
“To succeed in the twenty-first century, today’s students need to develop academic knowledge, proficiency in English, and linguistic and cultural literacy in several of the world’s languages and cultures. The ability to communicate in culturally appropriate ways in a variety of settings will ensure success in a technologically driven global economy……Success in an interconnected world depends on students’ effective use of language and cross-cultural communication skills.” (CA Dept of Ed. Standards for World Language, pg. vi)
Welcome to the Lexington School Spanish Program! At Lexington, we recognize, celebrate, and value all home languages. As an International Baccalaureate school, we are also required to teach a second language. California is third in the country for having the most Spanish speaking individuals and Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. Therefore, we believe it is important our students leave Lexington familiar with Spanish and appreciate the cultures that speak it.
Our goal is to expose all students to Spanish whether they are beginners or advanced speakers at least twice a week. Students explore the language and cultures that use Spanish. Through our Spanish program, we strive to instill an appreciation for learning languages so that students will continue to seek out and learn ANY new languages in the future.
For those who already speak Spanish, time during the school day exposed to Spanish, along with opportunities to practice their advanced language skills throughout the year through peer teaching during class, class and whole school events, and individual projects with parent support, benefit these students as well. Read more about how we support advanced speakers here.
All students will practice Spanish through listening, speaking, singing, reading and writing, and gain an awareness and appreciation of other cultures in order to better participate in an ever-changing global society.Students at Lexington currently participate in Spanish study two or three days a week. Research shows the more often the lessons, the better, so students have a better chance at retaining the language.
The Spanish program at Lexington School is a communication based program (as opposed to a literacy or grammar-based program, as you might find in high school) for the following reasons:
- Young children can acquire a good accent during this amount of class time. Vocabulary can be learned later. Verbal accents are best acquired when young.
- They are often less inhibited about speaking as compared to adults or adolescents - those beginning a new language in Middle or High School, or later.
- A grammar based program is not developmentally appropriate for the primary years (K-2). Grades 3-5 will do more written activities.