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Spanish Program

The IES Language Foundation method recreates a process of natural language acquisition, which is similar to the way children learn their primary language. The methods are designed to create a natural learning environment using games, activities, poems, drama, songs, and physical actions and hand gestures to make the language come alive. 

For Kindergarten to Third Grade the program emphasizes listening and speaking skill only. For Fourth to Eighth Grade the program introduces grammar and vocabulary and will do exercises in conversation, translation and group presentations. 

The immersion process occurs naturally and gradually over the school year through the students' comprehension of basic words covering a variety of everyday topics. A new word list is introduced every two weeks. As the students build their vocabulary, they can generate simple conversation. This encourages more natural verbal communication in Spanish.

Course Standards

  • Communicate in Spanish
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture
  • Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world

Classroom rules

  • Be respectful and courteous to everyone in the classroom
  • Have a positive attitude and always try your best
  • No chatting in class and always raise your hand to ask a question


  • K - 3 will receive a letter grade based on 50% participation and 50% monthly assessments. Any grade above 60 will receive a pass.
  • 4 - 8 will be graded in the following way 50% participation, 25% assessments at the end of each unit and 25% written work in class and homework.

Grading break down

  • 90% - 100% = A
  • 80% - 89% = B
  • 70% - 79% = C
  • 60% - 69% = D
  • 60%> = F