La Hora de Español

Haddonfield's Elementary World Language Program

¡Bienvenido a la clase de español!

2nd Grade Program

The 2015-2016 school year has started in full swing in a very positive way. Your children have had their first few classes of Spanish in their second grade classrooms. In second grade, the students will continue to enhance their second language acquisition skills and continue to increase their proficiency levels.

If you are new to the district, welcome to Haddonfield and to our World Language Program. If you are new or not, you will want to read the information below so that you have a better understanding of our world language program. Throughout the year, you will receive newsletters from me showcasing your children's projects. You will become familiar with seeing these Smore newsletters/flyers filled with happenings from Spanish class!

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Every Child Can Do It!

We promote the idea that every child can be successful when acquiring a second language. We believe that every child has a right to learn and be exposed to a second language no matter the differences in learning abilities and styles. Therefore, our main goal is create a safe environment in which the students will feel respected and free to take risks. By doing so, our students will feel they can succeed when acquiring a second language. Most importantly, they will continue to want to learn, develop love and respect for a second language, and they will increase their cultural awareness. Our students will develop openness and appreciation of the target language and its culture. Many of our young learners will feel empowered by attempting to communicate effectively and appropriately in a language other than their native tongue.
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Our Philosophy

At Haddonfield Public School District, the world language study for the elementary students begins in first grade and continues through fifth grade. During the elementary years, the children will be exposed to the Spanish language and culture. They will continue to acquire a second language during middle and high school years.

Your second grader will experience a communicative approach which means that from the time the students enter the second language acquisition environment, the program will be presented in the target language. Our vision is progressive and follows the Common Core and The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards which emphasize communication, culture, 21st Century Skills, and technology as major parts of teaching and acquiring a second language. We encourage our learners to acquire and produce meaningful communication that can be used in real life situations in the classroom AND in our global society as well.

Common Core skills are deeply embedded in our second language acquisition classes. We focus on the three modes of communication which are called "Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational." As ACTFL clearly states, the "Staircase of Complexity" is the spiraling effect of language learning that recycles and builds upon previously learned material in order to build proficiency.

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How do we do it?

This communicative approach includes developmentally appropriate thematic units and continued practice by implementing activities in three modes of communication which include interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational, Spanish. They are standards-based and help your children build proficiency. We believe that language instruction should seek to impart active and practical skills in the art of communication and that true communication is achieved only when cultural patterns are perceived as part of the learning. Since language and culture are bound together, cultural understanding should be developed along with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Moreover, this approach is accomplished through the use of technology, movement, music, and activities. We provide a multitude of ways to expose the children to authentic language. We are interdisciplinary. Students will be using Spanish to learn language, culture, art, literature, history, numeracy, and culinary appreciation. Remember, languages are tools and we must use these necessary tools in order to communicate! The students will be able to demonstrate what they are capable of doing with the language, and they will improve proficiency levels when producing language throughout the world language program and in real life.

The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli

Let's Have a Great Year!

I look forward to building a relationship with you and your child. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me. All of my contact information is listed below.