Peabody offers both Spanish and French to students, starting in Kindergarten. In these classes, we give students the chance to put themselves in others’ shoes, culturally speaking. In the early grades, language acquisition is introduced mainly in a self explanatory context, through songs, rhymes, games, and short commands (TPR method). The children learn the language in a very playful way that encourages them to acquire basic vocabulary such as greetings, colors, numbers, body parts, and food. They learn to talk about themselves, identify various characteristics and details in the world around them. Gradually, they are able to interact in simple conversational situations. In K-3, students are exposed to both Spanish and French, after which they choose one language to focus on for the remainder of their studies at Peabody.
In the early grades, language acquisition is introduced mainly in a self explanatory context, through songs, rhymes, games, and short commands using the TPR method. TPR (Total Physical Response) is a language teaching method based on the coordination of language and physical movement. and is an example of the comprehension approach to language teaching.
In the upper elementary levels, students explore an array of topics, including beginning reading and writing skills, and engaging in more complex conversation.
In Middle School, World Language becomes a core academic subject that meets advanced studies requirements and is ultimately worth high school credit. Students engage in a curriculum that reinforces pronunciation and grammar concepts, as well as develop oral and writing skills. Cultural components, such as literature, cinema, and current events, are also incorporated into their studies. In addition, students will also be able to participate in special projects and immersion opportunities.