Spanish

At St. Elizabeth School, Spanish is taught to all learners in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Spanish education this school year with The Language Project. This program provides us a teacher and a curriculum to use in presenting Spanish instruction. The Language Project focuses on immersion as the primary element in presenting language to students. Our classroom teacher, Miss Miriam Cumsille, speaks to the students in Spanish as she leads the class in the grade level curriculum. 
 
Who Are We?
The Language Project is super excited to be partnering with St. Elizabeth this year as your Spanish language education providers. They specialize in immersion-style language education for children aged 2 -14 years old. Students will learn Spanish the natural way through a multi-level, play-based, total-immersion curriculum. Classes include dynamic and high-energy games, music, stories, and movement activities to teach practical and conversational Spanish, including reading and writing skills in the language.
 
Why Learn Early?
Childhood is prime time to learn a second language.  During this time, children are able to pick up on language naturally without the explicit explanation of grammar rules that adults struggle with.  Additionally, ear and speech muscles in children are more easily able to distinguish different sounds in languages, which result in native-like accuracy and pronunciation in a second language.
 
The Benefits of Bilingualism
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, even before English! By being bilingual in both languages, a child’s brain has enhanced math and problem solving skills, greater decision making skills, a better working memory, better performance on standardized tests, and a new found sense of cultural awareness! We believe that languages are a gift, a gift that lasts a lifetime!
 
Assessments
The profesor will conduct periodic formative evaluations to determine students’ progress. The results of these assessments are used to modify instruction. Students’ language development will be assessed more formally three times a year and a report will be sent home in conjunction with quarterly report cards.