Spanish

Spanish at Meridian introduces students to the language in a native immersion classroom environment.

 

The Spanish language program at Meridian allows our students to learn Spanish in the most natural form possible by following the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (formerly known as the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century). The World-Readiness standards have been revised with important changes that focus on Literacy, Real-World Applications, and 21st Century Skills. Your child will be immersed in a well-rounded Spanish Literacy environment that focuses on the five goals for language learning that are referred to as the 5 Cs:

Communication
The ability to understand and convey ideas orally and in writing. These include listening to authentic audio, presenting information, exchanging ideas, etc.

Culture
The study of the language and of the people who speak the language. The two are impossible to separate.

Connections
The transfer of knowledge and its application to different situations in the target language. Students who are able to research a variety of topics and discuss these with native speakers in their language have developed a better sense of global awareness.

Comparisons
The study of similarities and differences between languages and cultures. As students engage in authentic language activities, they are forced to reflect on the differences and similarities and, in so doing, gain a better understanding of their own language and culture.

Communities
The extension from the classroom to the community offers experience with real-life situations. The technology is now available for students to interact with native speakers, making their language study applicable outside the school environment.

Our Spanish program not only focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing but exposes students to different cultures so they can learn to embrace differences and develop a love of learning Spanish.

Program Highlights

  • native speaker instructor
  • cultural celebrations
  • Spanish Club for heritage speakers and advanced students
  • collaboration with classroom teachers and other specialist programs