PYP - IB Spanish

¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!

Learning a second language is an integral part of the PYP curriculum.  As stated in the PYP document Making it Happen, “A PYP school provides the opportunity for all students to learn more than one language.  Exposure to and experience with language, in all its richness and diversity, opens doors to key questions about life and learning, and encourages students to develop responsible attitudes and find appropriate ways to take action, in order to make a difference in the world.”  PYP Spanish fosters the development of risk-taking, open-minded, communicative thinkers. 

PYP Spanish Objectives

·   Positive Experience Learning a Second Language:  Our focus is building future enthusiasm for lifelong language learning.  Students who    have early, positive experiences with a second language are more likely to continue this learning at the secondary level and eventually reach proficiency.

· Willingness to Communicate in Spanish:  Language is learned best when it is used to communicate with others.  Students will be encouraged to take risks and use their Spanish in and out of the classroom.

·  Developing Oral and Written Expression:  Students will sequentially develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish.  Students will be exposed to a variety of Spanish voices in music, spoken and written word and learn about the cultures of different Spanish speaking countries.

Throughout the year we will discuss how we can demonstrate the IB PYP Learner Profile and attitudes during Spanish and how these skills help us learn. Students are expected to demonstrate a positive attitude, cooperative learning skills and a willingness to experiment with a new language. 

Students will be assessed through direct observation of oral, aural and written work during all group activities and through individual, one-on-one oral, aural and written assessments of key vocabulary and structures.

Bonny Slope Spanish Classes 

In support of Bonny Slope's strong commitment to the acquisition of multiple languages, every student learns Spanish.  Spanish classes begin in kindergarten, where students attend class for 30 minutes each week.  In first through fifth grades, students attend Spanish classes for two 30 minute periods per week. 

Units of inquiry in a PYP Language B programme are designed with central ideas based around the following:

  • Languages have origins (sometimes similar/sometimes different to our own).
  • Languages have oral and written aspects.
  • Languages are built on patterns.
  • We use languages to make connections with other human beings.
  • We use language to explain the world.
  • Learning another language helps us to better understand our own.
  • Learning a language helps us to appreciate countries and cultures.
  • Languages can be a tool for further study.

The aims of the study of modern foreign languages are to:

    * enable the student to use language(s) effectively as a means of practical  communication,

       providing a sound base of communication skills necessary for future study, work and leisure

    * enable the student to understand the nature of language and the process of total language learning

       which comprises the integration of linguistic, cultural and social components 

    * enable the student to develop an appreciation of a variety of literary and non literary texts

    * offer insight into the cultural characteristics of the communities where language(s) is (are) spoken

    * encourage an awareness and understanding of the perspectives of people from other cultures

    * promote involvement with different communities, where relevant

    * provide access to varied sources of information

    * foster curiosity, a lifelong interest and enjoyment in language learning

"Knowing how, when and why to say what to whom"

All the linguistic and social knowledge required for effective human-to-human interaction is encompassed in those ten words.  So, while grammar and vocabulary are essential tools for communication, it is the ability to communicate with users of other languages that is the ultimate goal of today's second language instruction.  

(Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, ACTFL, et al, Allen Press, Inc., 1999)