The Spanish curriculum at St. Ann School provides the students in grades 3 & up exposure to a foreign language. The general curriculum is based on vocabulary, cultural awareness, speaking, reading and writing skills based on the different levels of competency among the students.
Interactive lessons are taught through the use of games, songs, and instructional media to keep the students interested. The Spanish program also exposes the students to bilingual reading books and stories. The students in grades 7 & 8 use the Prentice Hall Realidades textbook and practice workbook as part of the Foreign Language curriculum.
In keeping with Catholic religious tradition, St. Ann’s Spanish classes incorporate Catholic prayers, feast days, holidays, and traditions as part of the Spanish curriculum.
Hispanic American awareness is highlighted during the Hispanic American month every year from mid-September to mid-October. At Christmas, students learn about similar as well as different traditions. Students study the “carnival” season which precedes Lent or “cuaresma”. And of course, the students enjoy Cinco de Mayo, or the battle of Puebla, which marks the Mexican defeat of the French Army. Being immersed in Spanish culture, customs and language provides a comprehensive foreign language program for our students.