Middle School Spanish

Spanish classes use games to build a strong sense of community in the classroom. Students learn to trust each other and build connections through body language, laughter, and Spanish.

In order to participate, students hold each other to speaking 100% in Spanish. Students learn to infer meaning when they are confused and talk or gesture around gaps in vocabulary. By learning to navigate meaning organically, students build the skills necessary to acquire language.

Students are constantly pushing each other to take risks and push their language use further each day. Speaking a foreign language isn’t easy, but with a powerful community, it is fun. As students take risks together, they help build community and push their peers learning to the next level.

Learning by Speaking

Students are expected to participate 100% of the time in Spanish class, and to stay in Spanish throughout the class. By immersing themselves in Spanish, students begin to learn the natural way.

Rather than keeping quiet for fear of making mistakes, Innovation students are encouraged to speak as often as possible, embracing errors as a natural part of learning a language.

Day-to-day classes use games, constant physical activity, and group-building methods to create an error-tolerant, risk-free environment for students to learn in.

Spanish at IACS

  • Using the Target Language
    Students are expected to participate 100% of the time in Spanish class, and to stay in Spanish throughout the class. By immersing themselves in Spanish, students begin to learn the natural way.
     

    Rather than keeping quiet for fear of making mistakes, Innovation students are encouraged to speak as often as possible, embracing errors as a natural part of learning a language.

    Day-to-day classes use games, constant physical activity, and group-building methods to create an error-tolerant, risk-free environment for students to learn in.

  • Assignments
    While classes focus on active games and improvisational fun, students complete a number of assignments to both assess and support their language learning.
     
    Cuadernos: students write in Spanish regularly in notebooks during class and at home.
     
    Learning Journal: Students keep a reflective journal about the experience of acquiring a new language. 
     
    Rubrics: Students are assessed with rubrics at least once a quarter. The rubrics help students monitor their growth on the ACTFL proficiency scale.