The Spanish curriculum at Williamsburg Northside School opens up new worlds of communication and cultural understanding for our K-8 students. It is our mission to develop a progressive curriculum that supports students learning in an environment based on their interests that recognizes the worth of cultural diversity and promotes global citizenship.
Students will study and work in interdisciplinary projects within each thematic unit and form connections to their Spanish curriculum and everyday life. Students sometimes will find themselves working independently and in groups.
The content of our Spanish program is aligned with the National Standards for Foreign Language Education, the Common Core Anchor Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, and three modes for the Novice-Mid level.
Three Modes of Communication
The Interpersonal Mode is characterized by the active negotiation of meaning among students. Students observe and monitor one another to see how their meanings and intentions are being communicated. Adjustments and clarifications are made accordingly.
The Interpretive Mode focuses on the appropriate cultural interpretation of meanings that occur in written and spoken form where there is no recourse to active negotiation of meaning with the writer or the speaker.
The Presentational Mode refers to the creation of oral and written messages in a manner that facilitates interpretation by members of the other culture where no direct opportunity for the active negotiation of meaning between members of the two cultures exists.