Watch RBCS Students Relate the Story of The 3 Little Pigs in Spanish
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The Spanish program at the Russell Byers Charter School is fully integrated into the life of the school. The goal is to expose students to another language and another culture as part of their everyday curriculum. In this way, speaking Spanish—or any second language—becomes more natural and expected, and students can also begin to place their own neighborhood and culture within the context of a larger world.
Spanish instruction at the Russell Byers Charter School integrates the National Foreign Language Standards into a whole language approach where class time is focused on using the target language. Students learn songs, chants and skits that enable them to internalize pronunciation, vocabulary and linguistic patterns. Students also develop competency in Spanish through movement, listening to stories, practicing dialogues with puppets and games. Students are engaged in a multi-sensory approach utilizing a variety of technology that makes learning easy, meaningful and fun. At the end of each semester students perform songs and plays in Spanish for the school community in order to share and celebrate what they have learned.