Can you tell me how to get to Macchu Picchu?
The Spanish classroom at RMDS is a joyful place. As students craft silly stories, they laugh together. Student work on the walls uses language, photos and drawings to tell stories about “Cuando era niño…” Every student, no matter his or her level of experience, participates comfortably in the conversation.
Our Spanish classes use the Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) program, which is designed to immerse students in a language environment that is fully comprehensible. It combines storytelling, performance, reading and writing to introduce new words, phrases and structures. As students focus on stories, they are exposed to new vocabulary, grammar and language skills in context. Compared to traditional textbook and grammar-focused foreign language courses, TPRS improves skills in speaking, grammar and reading while increasing motivation.
The capstone of the Middle School Spanish curriculum is the eighth grade class trip to a Spanish speaking country. In recent years, students have traveled to Nicaragua and Peru, combining visits to cultural and natural landmarks with community service. Eighth graders return from their trip with an expanded worldview and a newfound confidence in their speaking skills.