Program Guidelines Related to Curriculum

    • Use Spanish for classroom management as well as for instruction.


    • Help learners to clarify meaning and express understanding without translation.


    • Provide learners with a rich target language environment that includes extended listening opportunities such as narration, description, and explanations.


    • Provide learners with meaningful concrete experiences, making extensive use of visuals, props, hands-on activities and technology.


    • Present vocabulary in chunks and in context rather than as isolated words or lists teaching around a themed unit lasting between four to six weeks.


    • Seek ways to include meaningful cultural content in every unit.


    • Use songs and rhymes to reinforce meaning and practice language using culturally authentic versions whenever possible.


    • Assess learner progress frequently using a variety of assessments.


    • Use a variety of strategies to maintain frequent and regular contact with parents through newsletters and website information.