Spanish - 5th Grade

The Elementary Spanish program at Synergy is a Foreign Language Exploratory Program (FLEX) and it is taught using a research-based Comprehensible Input (CI) approach. What is comprehensible input? In a Comprehensible Input classroom, students are given input (language) that they mostly understand (about 90% of the words used) with the other 10% of the input being language they aren’t familiar with yet. The program's goal is long-term language acquisition at the student’s own pace. The main tool used to provide the target language is storytelling. The program also incorporates music and hands-on activities to explore the language in the context of Spanish-speaking communities and countries in Latin America and around the world. The main source Synergy uses for elementary students is the CI curricula from the Storyteller’s Corner and OohLaLlama. After Spring Break, 5th grade students are introduced to the Señor Wooly online curriculum as an introduction to the Comprehensible Input classroom at the middle school level.


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