The Spanish language program at Saltwater P-9 College has an ultimate goal: to enable our students to communicate in Spanish.
Language learning fosters students’ ability to think and reflect about how language works, and to develop an understanding towards others. At Saltwater P-9 College, students from Grade Prep to Six enjoy one session of Language Other Than English (L.O.T.E.)-Spanish per week. Students have fun learning Spanish language and culture through classroom routines, learning activities involving information and communication technology, craft and language practice. The Spanish program aligns with the Australian and Victorian Curriculum and takes a very practical approach that places students in realistic, everyday situations. At our school, students learn Spanish for authentic, meaningful communication. The program puts greater initial emphasis on fluency and gradually introduces grammatical accuracy. When possible, lessons are delivered exclusively in Spanish.
Students also have the opportunity to learn Spanish through their units of inquiry, as part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years’ Programme (PYP) provided at Saltwater P-9 College. Combined with the PYP, the L.O.T.E.-Spanish program contributes to an internationally minded program, which is intended to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect. In addition to their communication skills in Spanish, students also develop their intercultural capability through unique Spanish cultural experiences such as ‘El día del Libro y la Rosa’ or ‘La Feria de las Flores’.
At Saltwater P-9 College, we strive to maintain student motivation and engagement with Spanish, as this is the most powerful predictor of success in learning a language.