Spanish classes take place twice a week in Preschool through sixth grade. In addition, children are exposed to a variety of foreign languages through songs and theme-related materials. Some languages that we have explored include: French, Italian, Latin, Japanese, German, Russian and some Native American languages.
Spanish is taught through movement, stories, games and songs, and is based on the TPR (Total Physical Response) system. TPR (Total Physical Response) is a teaching method developed by Dr. James J. Asher, based on the research that shows that students learn best when they are exposed to language using their kinesthetic sensory system. Learning is stress-free and fun for the students. Students move and talk, they sing, and they act out stories.
1. Listening comprehension precedes speaking ability. There is a connection between comprehension and the learner's body. Commands are used to help the students to comprehend. (We'll start with
'stand up, 'sit down, and move to more complex movements such as 'walk to the door and give John the doll.')
2. Speaking is not forced from students, and grammatical and pronunciation errors are not explicitly corrected.
3. Modeling by the instructor with a few students precedes a demonstration by the individual student that the instructions were understood.
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