Upper Level Spanish
Upper Level Spanish students learn about spanish speaking countries and their cultures through studies of history, geography, art, celebrations and customs of its people.
Language study includes learning about cognates and the many words that English borrows from Latin. Exploring connections between different languages help students understand their mother tongue and build a strong foundation for future language studies. Grammar is explored through materials in context and in speech.
Research shows that memory works better when visual and auditory information are combined. Multimedia is an efficient way to help anchor vocabulary. Students are exposed to different Spanish accents and real-time Spanish.
Third year Upper Level students start building their own short sentences and express simple concepts in Spanish.
Middle School Spanish
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 excercises, 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.