The goal of the St. Philip’s foreign language program is to give each child an appreciation, enjoyment, and knowledge of different languages and cultures. The foreign language program aims to promote cultural awareness through the study of the culture and of the countries where the target language is spoken. St. Philip’s offers courses in French, Spanish, and Latin.
Both French and Spanish are introduced in preschool. Early Childhood (PreK3, PreK4, and Kindergarten) students study each language for half a year, with lessons once a week for PreK3 and twice a week for PreK 4 and Kindergarten. Rising 1st graders select either French or Spanish for continued study. Classes are held three times a week for 1st through 5th grade. This program is designed to help students acquire both the written and verbal skills necessary to communicate effectively in their selected language.
In addition to Spanish or French, St. Philip’s 4th and 5th graders receive bi-weekly instruction in Latin as a foreign language, and as part of the language arts curriculum. Students are exposed to the rich history and cultural importance of this language. The study of Latin also enhances students’ English vocabulary acquisition, as students build recognition and comprehension of Latin roots in English words.
Foreign Language objectives are met using a variety of strategies including those outlined below:
- A natural, contextual approach to spoken language
- The use of music, poems, stories, and movement
- Intonation and inflection exercises
- Creative use of technology
- Engaging, relevant cultural activities