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Overview and Philosophy
Spanish at GMS is an interactive program designed to provide a rich learning environment to our students. In both the Fluent and the Non-Fluent Speaker classes, students experience an engaging learning environment that utilizes challenging, exciting, and fun Spanish activities in the classroom and within the Latino community to enhance understanding of the Spanish language and its diverse culture and heritage.
The Spanish Department’s mission is to encourage students to appreciate and connect language and culture with the real world by improving their grasp of Spanish. Advancing students’ oral, listening, and writing skills while motivating them to learn and love Spanish reinforces the importance of being bilingual in California. Each student understands that learning Spanish requires focus, motivation, practice, and a willingness to use Spanish during classroom activities and on a daily basis. Spanish classes at GMS help improve fluent and non-fluent speakers’ literacy skills; however, it takes more than just skills to become a fluent or successful Spanish speaker. At GMS, each student engages in an individual and group Spanish learning process that embraces an inclusive learning environment with engaging discourse and innovative instructional technology. Providing a respectful, rich, and safe classroom environment ensures that every student is able to apply herself, make and rectify mistakes, take risks, and work on her understanding and use of the language during her three years in the GMS Spanish Language Program.
- Master the present, past, and future tenses in diverse oral and written applications.
- Master the technique, Total Physical Responses (TPR).
- Improve oral and written skills and reading comprehension by integrating technology into the study of Spanish.
- Develop a better appreciation of Latino culture and the Spanish language through regular contact with the Latino community.