Tenemos que comprender claramente que cuando nosotros le damos la libertad e independencia al niño, le estamos dando libertad a ese aprendiz apuntalado por su acción, quien no puede funcionar sin trabajar o estar activo.
In today’s changing world, there is a need for children to have a global understanding. To be able to know not only another language, but another culture with different values, customs, and traditions is key for our students in these times. It broadens their understanding of the world around them and opens entirely new worlds to them. Beyond these social and experiential benefits, recent research has shown that learning and maintaining a second language brings large, measurable cognitive benefits that last through a lifetime.
For primary and lower elementary programs, we implement a methodology that is movement and activity based, utilizing many props, gestures, and visuals. In each class students learn new phrases, vocabulary, as well as some grammar through the use of games, songs, and stories. Once a week, students do voluntary reading for 10 to 15 minutes, according to his/her level.
PROFICIENCY THROUGH READING & STORYTELLING
For upper elementary as well as middle school, the methodology used is called Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS). This methodology allows students to learn a second language like they have learned their first. Three to six structures are presented per class that can include verbs, nouns, and phrases. Every structure is understandable through written translation, gestures, and movement, so every style of learning is included. Students then choose a story to act out, making learning a kinesthetic experience. Besides songs and games, students read a novel in Spanish, allowing them to be directly immersed in the Spanish culture while expanding their vocabulary.