Español at The Grammar School is taught in grades 5th – 8th. One of the main goals in Spanish is for the language to come alive for the student. Therefore, each class begins with a song, game, or a poem from a Spanish poet. Classes are highly interactive and communicative. We use art, music, and other activities to encourage students to have fun and take risks while expressing themselves in the language. Each grade studies and discusses the joy of a country’s literature, customs, and geography.
In 5th and 6th grades, students are in introduced to the language and cultures of Spanish speaking countries, while developing a strong foundation across the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students create their own textbooks and spend time making projects that reflect their learning. Students learn about Mexico and Puerto Rico and their profound cultures. In the spring, the classes take a trip to Vermont farms to meet Mexicans that work on the farms. We interview them and do service learning projects together while embracing the Mexican culture and customs.
In 7th and 8th grades, more complex grammar is taught though literature and projects. Students continue to learn through poetry, songs, plays, and oral exercises, and they continue to create their own textbooks. In 7th grade, Spain is one of our main focuses. Students look at Don Quixote, as well as Garcia Lorca and other famous poets. They learn about Spain’s traditions through projects, games, and literature. In 8th grade, students study Latin America, as well as South America. Students take a look at indigenous cultures and South American writers. By 8th grade, more advanced conversation, grammar, reading, and writing instruction is given. In the spring there is an optional trip to Ecuador, where students do a Service Learning project in an indigenous village. At TGS they have the opportunity to use their Spanish and make it come alive!