Bold and Brave Language Learners
The Spanish program at Friends School Haverford begins with our youngest children and continues through the eighth grade. The program is designed to teach basic language skills necessary to communicate in Spanish, establish a strong foundation for further study, and to foster love of the Spanish language. The curriculum highlights Spanish and Latin American countries, cultures, and peoples. Friends School Haverford students are taught to be bold and brave language learners, comfortable using their Spanish here and abroad.
Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
Spanish instruction travels to the prekindergarten and kindergarten classes at Friends School Haverford! The Spanish teacher visits these classrooms to integrate language lessons into the broader curriculum. Students practice basic language concepts such as colors, numbers, and family relationships. They enjoy learning about Spanish language and culture through song, dance, stories, and art projects.
First through Sixth Grades
At Friends School Haverford, Spanish class is taught with an emphasis on building strong foundations for future study. Spanish class is a coordinate subject for elementary and middle school classes. Classes are based on “The Five C’s of Foreign Language Study”: Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Community. In younger grades, instruction focuses on listening and speaking skills. As students grow more comfortable with the language, instruction expands to developing reading and writing skills. Students enjoy participating in multi-sensory activities–like games, songs, art, stories, theater, and music–that reinforce language skills and engagement in Spanish-language cultures. Whenever possible, students work with authentic Spanish materials to provide a more realistic and immersive language experience.
Seventh & Eighth Grade
Seventh and eighth grade students study Spanish more formally and frequently than in previous years–but also just as joyfully! The Spanish class meets three days a week as a core class in students’ schedules. As in the younger grades, the curriculum follows the Five C’s of Foreign Language Study: Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Community. The course follows the Avancemos textbook, which students access via their individual MacBooks. Seventh and eighth graders develop their vocabulary and grammar skills through speaking, reading, writing, and listening activities. Students understand and enjoy Spanish-speaking cultures by reading Spanish novelettes, writing research papers, playing Spanish games, and watching Spanish language movies. By the end of the eighth grade, students are ready and prepared to begin Spanish II upon entering high school.
Each spring, the eighth grade class leaves the classroom–and the country–to travel to a cloud-forest community in the San Luis valley of Costa Rica. This week-long Costa Rica service trip provides eighth grade students the opportunity to reinforce their Spanish learning and grow in their knowledge and appreciation of Costa Rican culture. Students practice their Spanish conversational skills with residents of the community and students from our sister school, Escuela Altos de San Luis. The experience offers rich cross-cultural exploration, combining Spanish immersion with lessons on environmental conservation, history and cultures of the region, and impactful service learning. Their time in Costa Rica energizes eighth graders for the more intensive Spanish language learning.