PreK -Grade 2 learn Spanish through oral instruction; using songs, games, dance, art and other techniques to help identify, memorize and utilize varied vocabulary.
Grades 3 & 4 learn the Spanish language through oral instruction; using songs, games, dances, art and other techniques to help identify, memorize and utilize varied vocabulary. Students in Grades 3 & 4 use their knowledge of English phonics to help them pronounce and memorize Spanish phrases, as well as to spell Spanish words phonetically. There is also an emphasis on aspects of Spanish culture, such as the celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
Starting in Grade 5, the Spanish alphabet is officially introduced and the transition from hearing and speaking, to reading and writing begins. Students in Grades 5 – 8 expand their knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and learn about proper grammar in the Spanish language.
They have many opportunities to put these new skills and concepts to use in practical ways. CLCS Spanish students participate in a Pen Pal program with a “sister school” in Honduras through the Cornell non-profit, Mayor Potencial. Our students write to and receive letters from their friends at Ramon Rosa Elementary School, in El Rodeito, Honduras, at least twice a year. Towards the end of the Spring semester, students in Grades 7 & 8 take a field trip to Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant in Cortland, and are required to order and speak in Spanish while enjoying their meal. Occasionally, the students are even able to video chat with friends in Spanish speaking countries.