The Summit School Spanish program focuses on curriculum that is hands-on and real world. Our activities are based on music, chants, TPR (total physical response – language in action), manipulatives, arts, games, videos, computer, thematic units, books, magazines, maps, globes, graphs, guest speakers and culture of Spanish speaking countries.
Spanish language experiences, as recommended by state (AZ) and national foreign language standards will include:
- Respond to simple commands
- Perform short plays, poems, and songs
- Express and react to a variety of feelings
- Participate in age-appropriate cultural activities
- Recognize how the target language and its culture add to the richness of our own cultural diversity
- Discuss topics in other school subjects in the target language (e.g. math: “más-menos”, science: “los planetas”, etc.)
- Present reports in the target language orally and/or in writing on topics being studied in other classes
- Make basic comparisons between the celebrations of the target culture and their own culture (e.g. Halloween and “EL Día de los Muertos”)
- Compare and contrast a variety of art forms (e.g. music, dance, visual arts and drama) with their own culture through oral and/or written description and/or performance
The Spanish Language Curriculum at Summit School is aligned with Arizona State Standards and National Standards for Foreign Language. Summit’s Spanish curriculum also integrates with grade level teachers to create thematic units of study that incorporate both class room activities and learning in Spanish classes. Spanish is taught by Elsa Conti for preschool – 4th grades and Andrea Gonzalez-Cantwell for fifth – 8th grades. These two highly experienced teachers have added many key contributions to the curriculum with significant educational outcomes, which include:
- Systematically created new programs to challenge bilingual students as well as gifted students. Showed resourcefulness and teaching effectiveness in meeting the needs of students with limited Spanish language proficiency as well as learning disabilities.
- Integrated Hispanic celebrations and educational events in the Spanish program as part of the celebration of diversity and cultural awareness.
- Initiated an after-school Spanish Conversation Club.
- Offering after-school tutoring, and enrichment classes.
- Incorporated technology into students’ Spanish learning activities for varied academic disciplines. Successful efforts in enhancing student understanding of material led to a formal morning meeting presentation on “Technology Integration across the Curriculum.”