Language Program Embraces Cultural Anthropology

Language Program Embraces Cultural Anthropology
Posted on 01/22/2019
Studies have shown that children who study a foreign language perform better in their native language as measured on standardized tests. This is especially evident when a language is introduced at an early age and with the inclusion of lessons that incorporate cultural anthropology.  According to a study conducted by the University of Massachusetts, it is evident that culture is not only inseparably related to language, but also plays a major role throughout the teaching and learning of a language. 

SJA is committed to a robust world language program.  This year, we have adapted an enriched World Language Program through the use of various new resources, including but not limited to the Authentico World Language Program. Primary students learn simple vocabulary through stories, songs and videos while also learning about the various countries where Spanish is spoken.  As our early learners progress into the middle grades, students learn to use phrases and vocabulary useful in basic conversations.  They also continue to learn about the traditions and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.  In grade 6, students begin a rigorous high school level Spanish 1 program.  As the students’ language skills grow, they also continue to deepen their understanding of the Latino culture as they celebrate holidays like El Día de Los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo and more.  A favorite highlight is the salsa dancing trip in eighth grade. Our graduates have a meaningful understanding of the Latino culture and are ready to continue their studies in Spanish 2 in high school.

In addition to our world language program, students also have the opportunity to participate in further language study through our enrichment programs in the following languages: French, Italian, and Chinese.