From the core of the Montessori Language area, applied with the Montessori philosophy and teaching methods, an innovative Curriculum was created for the Spanish course at EACMSI.
Students begin their journey to learn Spanish as a second Language using concrete materials for vocabulary acquisition and experience a three-dimensional learning process called “The Montessori Method for Spanish Lessons”.
From Extended Day to the Junior Level third year, curriculum increases in level of complexity and depth. Every year, each subject studied is built upon for the next level.
With frequency, students exercise basic conversation and improve greeting skills. They learn about emotions and how to express their immediate needs, etc.
Children learn songs that include specific vocabulary for each area of the curriculum. They play games to promote memorization of new vocabulary as well as common sentences.
They explore vocabulary related to colors and how to use them as adjectives in short sentences.
They learn numbers that are later incorporated into conversation as vocabulary that enables children to read a calendar, practice making phone calls, and tell their age and birthdays, among other things. They learn how to count money, tell temperatures, tell time and general use of quantification.
They learn how to describe the weather and the nomenclature related to clothing people normally wear during each season. Later, they apply that amount of vocabulary to mock trips, where they prepare a passport, learn about transportation, traveling, packing, hotels and how to order food at restaurants and even to invite a new friend to play.
Children learn to talk about their family, their home, where they live, pets and friends they have. They explore nomenclature related to their favorite hobbies and sports and how to ask and answer questions, and to discuss their likes and dislikes.
Under the subject of food, they learn an extensive vocabulary related to goods, including most common dishes and ingredients in everyone’s diet. They learn names of drinks, fruits, vegetables, deserts and condiments as well as vocabulary related to kitchen utensils and recycling.
To support pronunciation, children learn about the Sounds of Letters. They first study each letter of the Spanish Alphabet then, they exercise the pronunciation of consonants and vowels combined. They also practice pronunciation with a list of words in the Spanish Dolch work as well as words with specific sounds unfamiliar to a non-Spanish speaker.
The classroom is divided into two groups. They meet twice per week for a 40 minutes lesson plus a third time for 15 minutes for new lesson introduction, to learn new songs, practice conversation or story time.
Each classroom is divided into two groups: intermediate (Sol) and advanced (Luna). Students meet twice per week for a 45 minutes lesson.
UL 1st & 2nd Years are divided into four groups and meet twice per week for a 30 minutes lesson.
Middle School Spanish builds on the foundations of Upper Level. A more in-depth study of the Spanish language begins with a strong focus on how language is acquired. Students explore different tools for self-study including audio exercises, online memory programs and video clips. They are encouraged to reflect on their learning styles and adjust their studies accordingly by using appropriate methods and tools. Many of these tools are designed to give students confidence and a sense of accomplishment.
Grammar study with a strong focus on verbs and sentence structure allows students to read and translate sentences and start writing short paragraphs.
During Middle School, students learn how to receive and express information in Spanish and verbalize feelings and opinions. Language is embedded in contemporary context through music, country studies and culture, online clips and other materials. Students are encouraged to explore topics that relate to their own experience.
Understanding Spanish and speaking the language are two skills that are challenging for most students. In Middle School a strong focus on speaking and listening not only helps students to improve those skills, but also prepares them for their trip to Costa Rica in their final year at EAC.
In Costa Rica students are immersed in Central American culture and language. Daily language study and practice at a renowned language school with their Costa Rican teachers help practice what they’ve studied at home in class. Volunteer activities and cultural explorations give students a meaningful purpose to use Spanish in context. Connecting with a different culture through language is extremely rewarding and has a deep impact on all students.
This experience solidifies knowledge of the Spanish language and gives students a strong foundation for their future language studies.
Our special events and celebrations include:
United Nations Day
Cultural Studies of the Twenty-one Countries that has Spanish as an official Language. Geography and mapping each country.
“Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead)
A day to appreciate the work of peace makers, artists, painters, writers, ……
“Día de San Valentin” (Valentine’s Day)
Acknowledge values of kindness, gentleness, caring for others and nature.
“Día del Idioma Español” (Spanish Day)
Learn about the demographics in the world and the importance of learning a second Language as a mean to communicate with other cultures.