In today's ever shrinking world it is important for students to not only have an understanding of other cultures, but have the opportunity to learn languages other than English. Spectrum offers French instruction to students from Preschool through Middle School and offers Japanese to students enrolled in Upper Elementary and Middle School.
The focus for early childhood French is oral language and active physical engagement. Stories, poems and rhymes, along with vocabulary related to classroom learning, are introduced. In the elementary years, the twice-weekly language time continues the oral focus, with written language becoming a greater part of the program. World cultures are woven throughout. French grammar and language play a greater role in the twice weekly program in Middle School.
Students in Upper Elementary and older are offered Japanese Language as a second world language. Students focus on oral language, Japanese culture and Kanji at first, gradually adding more grammar, vocabulary and syntax throughout the years. Japanese is offered opposite French twice per week.
Students have taken trips to the world class Anderson Japanese Gardens. At the gardens they have experienced Japanese culture through viewing the garden and tea ceremony. We feel lucky to have these authentically maintained gardens right in our own back yard.