Learning how to learn a second or third language will position Spectrum students to engage in deep world language study as they have further opportunities in high school and college. At Spectrum, interacting with different languages and cultures takes a variety of forms:
- Part of understanding language and languages is understanding heritage, place, and connections. Our special focus on family this year will give us plenty of opportunity to talk about our family histories and geographies, and learn cultural and language connections to those.
- For our oldest students, we are using an online platform called MEG, where students interact with a native Spanish-speaking teacher from Columbia. The platform includes lessons, games, quizzes, and projects to be completed throughout the week.
- Intermediate and Upper students will also have the opportunity to begin or continue Japanese with Keiko Hall, as an elective.
- We have had some success with some students using a free app called Duolingo. We will use this app to support students who would like to learn one or more different world languages during worktime.
With the Japanese phrase written on the canvas, these are custom illustrations of what it means to each student. Translation? “Everyday is a good day!”
Finishing up Happy New Years cards to mail to people in Japan!
Our last session with Liz Ocana, a Spanish teacher in Columbia, saying goodbye with a friendship song in Spanish.
A is for Awesome job, Preschool!
ASL Handshape Word Wall, with a QR code on each word to scan and watch a video of how the sign is done!