Marin Preparatory’s Spanish Infusion program is designed to instill love and enthusiasm for language and to build on the cultural-linguistic literacy of every child we nurture. Our teachers are distinctively coached to follow principles of the communicative teaching methodology of second language instruction. The heart of our learning experience includes hands-on activities, ample opportunities for meaningful practice, and numerous additional opportunities throughout the school day to engage in natural interactions that support a gradual and authentic language acquisition. Designed with the consideration of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, Spanish Infusion pairs the “five Cs” (Communication, Cultures of Spanish-speaking countries, Connections, Comparisons and Communities) with important academic subjects including literature, science, history, music and visual and performing arts.
In addition to the presence of Spanish language throughout the school day inside and outside the classroom, Marin Preparatory students engage in the following concrete stages of Spanish language learning:
- Exposure (kindergarten): Students are exposed to daily 45-minute Spanish classes entirely in the target language and begin to create a solid basis for comprehension, oral expression and sound-letter relationship (alphabet recognition).
- Foundation (grades 1 and 2): Students continue to engage in daily 45-minute Spanish classes to communicate basic needs and further develop their listening, reading and writing skills.
- Exploration (grades 3 through 4): Students delve into more systematic daily 60-minute classes to further explore Spanish language and Hispanic cultures as represented around the globe.
- Production (grades 5 through 8): Students attain language learning with a daily Spanish class followed by electives in the target language (8 hours a week). By the end of 8th grade, the expectation is that students will have made Spanish their own and most likely test into a high level of Spanish, or initiate the study an additional language in preparation for university.