"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." – Frank Smith
SPANISH language and culture are introduced to children beginning in preschool. Introducing foreign language studies at an early age takes advantage of the developing brain’s receptivity to acquiring new sounds and provides a jump-start to ongoing language capabilities.
The Barnesville School's Spanish program is taught by native Spanish speakers to children starting in Preschool. Introducing foreign language studies at an early age takes advantage of the developing brain's receptivity to acquiring new sounds and provides a jump-start to ongoing language capabilities. By the time students depart eighth grade, they are proficient in Spanish in the areas of communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.
The Preschool program is for children from three years of age to pre-kindergarten and is based on building vocabulary in accordance with specific units. The program introduces students to the language through the use of games, songs, and movement. Children who are three years old, in early childhood, have Spanish once a week for fifteen minutes, while those in pre-k have class twice a week for 20 minutes twice a week. Kindergarten continues this program, meeting twice a week for 30 minutes.
From first grade to fourth grade, Lower School uses a program called, “Descubre el Español” based on books by the editorial company Santillana. This program consists of eight units. Each unit is divided into four weeks. Additionally, each unit focuses on a specific Spanish-speaking country and provides information about its location, characteristics, and culture.
Students continue their language-learning adventure by progressing to the next level of Middle School Spanish. Throughout class instruction, students focus on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices that reinforce vocabulary and grammar.
DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language)
Qualified seventh and eighth graders prepare for and take the DELE Exam which measures proficiency in vocabulary and grammar as well as reading and listening. These exams are official international titles certifying degree of competence and mastery of the Spanish language, granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are divided into six levels:
Spanish Diploma Level A1 (Breakthrough)
Spanish Diploma Level A2 (Waystage)
Spanish Diploma Level B1 (Threshold)
Spanish Diploma Level B2 (Vantage)
Spanish Diploma Level C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency)
Spanish Diploma Level C2 (Mastery)