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Revels Song 2012

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Here's the Spanish song (half in Spanish and half in Catalonian). Please listen to it (mp3 format) and practice it at home (lyrics included in PDF format). Revels is next week!

All files are at the bottom of this page. Have fun!

Lower School Spanish

"Learning to speak another language means taking one’s place in the human community. It means reaching out to others across cultural and linguistic boundaries. Language is far more than a system to be explained. It is our most important link to the world around us. Language is culture in motion. It is people interacting with people."
Sandra Savignon  Communicative Competence: Theory  and Classroom Practice. Reading, MA Addison Wesley, 1983, p. 187 .


Are there different programs for modern languages?

Yes. These are the most common ones:
1.      Immersion: provide instruction in the foreign language for at least 50% of the day (all subjects are taught in the target language). Goals: Good proficiency in the target language.
2.      FLEX or Exploratory: provide exposure of students to one or more languages or cultures. Minimal foundation in language learning. Goals: Limited or no proficiency in the target language.
3.      Sequential FLES (Foreign Language at the Elementary School): provides language instruction in the four communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Provides long exposure to one language. Goals: Proficiency in the target language.

Which language program does Catlin Gabel offer?

Catlin Gabel provides a Sequential FLES program.

How often do students meet for language class?

Every grade meets three times a week for 40 minutes each class.

What are the goals for language learning?

Our goal is for our student to become proficient enough to pragmatically use in real life situations what they learn in the classroom. We teach students how to listen carefully, how to pronounce accurately, how to do some reading and writing and how to role-play cultural experiences by “being in foreign shoes”. Listening to a great deal of the target language is necessary before students can produce even small amounts of the foreign language.

What is the curricular foundation?

It’s what we call “the 5 C’s”:

Communication: Communicate in Languages Other Than English

1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
1.2 Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Cultures: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures

2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.

Connections: Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information

3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the second language.
3.2 Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the second language and its cultures.

Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

4.1 Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
4.2 Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

Communities: Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home and Around the World

5.1 Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
5.2 Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

Why learning a foreign language?

  • Enjoy learning a foreign language
  • Are curious about strange sounds and secret codes
  • Are curious about customs in other countries
  • Are excellent mimics and are less self-conscious about using authentic pronunciation than adolescents or adults
  • Enjoy correlating the study of a foreign language with other areas of the school curriculum
  • Begin to master the sound system of the foreign language and develop a feeling of “at-homeness” with the language
  • Begin to comprehend that knowing a second language may help them in their future careers
Foreign language exposure
  • Helps them develop openness to other people, cultures and ways of life
  • Helps them attain greater academic achievement in other areas of study
  • Develops clearer understanding of the English language and greater sensitivity to structure, vocabulary and syntax
  • Improves knowledge of Geography
  • Improves their SATs (especially in the verbal area)
  • Fosters a sense of humanity and friendship
  • Increases students’ adaptability to different environments and modes of acting and thinking
  • Provides insights into the human mind and language itself
  • Develops the skills and habits essential to the learning process, creative inquiry and critical thinking
  • Leads the students to discover and examine their own personal values and civic responsibilities