Our Spanish classrooms are spaces where students feel comfortable taking risks as they work to acquire new language skills by speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
In K-5 Spanish classes students play games, sing songs, recite poems, tell and act out stories and plays, and explore the traditions and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Each class provides opportunities to develop oral language and conversational skills. Resources include research-based strategies such as GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Development), TPR (Total Physical Response), and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling).
Our MS Spanish program focuses on communication, using TPRS strategies, and strengthening student’s ability to speak, listen, read, and write in Spanish. Students study conjugation, pronouns, and sentence agreement. Vocabulary is taught and acquired through reading and cultural themes such as: families, identity, Día de los Muertos, and California as part of Mexico, and later, through research projects. Spoken language is used daily through greetings, conversation, skits, and presentations. In 7th grade, students move on to more complex grammatical topics such as irregular verbs, the preterite, the difference between Ser and Estar, and reflexive verbs and pronouns. In 8th grade students study the present progressive, the preterite, and imperfect, and spend the year preparing for a one-week immersion trip to a Spanish-speaking country, which takes place in the Spring.
For more information
Paula Farmer, Director of Admissions
(510) 665-8800 Ext. 103
K - 8 Campus
1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Early Childhood Campus
2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709