At Meadowbrook, we begin studying World Languages in our Early Childhood Education program and continue through 6th grade. We believe that second language acquisition should begin at the earliest age possible when the young child's speech organs are flexible, the mind is uninhibited and imitation happens readily.
This study is designed to underscore a variety of important lessons:
- To reinforce an understanding of our role in our global society and also the need for tolerance and understanding of others.
- To broaden horizons and open doors to a world of new experiences and opportunities.
- To offer the chance to communicate with people around the world and here in our local community as well as learn about other cultures.
- To develop self-confidence while engaging others in our global community.
The four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing are learned and developed in world languages with age-appropriate activities. Through conversation, art, games, puppets, songs and some grammar, we strive to instill a love of language and a desire to continue language study. Our International Club studies various cultures from around the world, both ancient and present and gives a glimpse of our global society through presentations at our school assemblies.
Lower School Spanish Language Instruction
Our Early Childhood Education program through second receives Spanish language instruction. Our young learners develop a solid foundation in the Spanish language through a sequential immersive program. When foreign language is introduced at this early age, the children are able to absorb the second language effortlessly and imitate the speech sounds while developing accurate pronunciation.
Third and Fourth Grade
At this level, a second foreign language is introduced and the students meet twice a week to learn Spanish as well as French. In Spanish, the students continue on their adventures with the "Descubre Espanol" program. In French, the students begin with a program developed in France called "Alex et Zoe." a thematic approach allows for the children to review and grow their skills in Spanish and learn French while making numerous cross-disciplinary connections. There is a strong focus on communication and role-play imitating real-world situations.
Fifth and Sixth Grade
At this level, the students meet three times a week to learn Spanish, French, and International Studies. The students are provided with the necessary foundation for the continued study of Spanish and French. They are presented with the basic structure and grammar of the languages and conversational skills needed for every day situations. In International Studies, the students become familiar with the geography of the Spanish and French speaking world and explore it through many cultural activities.