Academics

Spanish

Our Spanish curriculum employs Teaching with Comprehensible Input (TCI), a collection of approaches, techniques, and strategies that prioritize the delivery of understandable and compelling messages in the target language. This style of instruction is based on the Comprehension Hypothesis which says that we acquire language when we understand what people tell us and what we read. In other words, there is no need for rote memorization of vocabulary or grammar rules; instead, a firm knowledge of grammatical rules and a large vocabulary gradually emerge as language acquirers get more comprehensible input.

Our Lower and Upper School teachers strive to teach at least 90% of the time in the target language. it is a collection of research-based principles that informs what we do in our classrooms and the belief that believe that input must be compelling, not just comprensible.

Students are also exposed to the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries through celebrations, music, and observances of Hispanic traditions such as Dia de los muertos and Las posadas. Just prior to 7th grade, students may choose whether to continue Spanish or switch to Latin for their last two years at TCS. Students who have successfully completed the course work of Spanish I in eighth grade can generally enter the second year of high school Spanish.
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