St. Clare K-8 students will explore, experience, and learn about Spanish language and culture in order to:

  1. Feel comfortable speaking Spanish with greetings, simple questions and answers, and basic vocabulary.
  2. Develop facility with foreign language learning in general–different mouth shapes, grammar, repetition, and retention.
  3. Develop an understanding of how language points to the different ways that people and cultures see the world.
  4. Gain confidence to communicate with Spanish-speaking people in the U.S. (neighbors, parishioners, students, patients, employers, employees, co-workers, community members, leaders) and in the 20+ Spanish speaking countries throughout the world. Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world.
  5. Gain some introductory knowledge and facility in preparation for Spanish at the high school level.

Students will participate in the following activities to learn about Spanish language and culture:

Class conversations

Repetition activities (whole class, small group, and individually)

Games for practice

Videos for native speaker modeling

Learning about history and culture; Culture-bearer guests

Listening, reading, and writing simple stories.

Passwords to enter and leave classroom

Movement activities to solidify learning

Storybooks read by Ms. Boos and student/parent native speakers

Art and drawing projects

Songs and music