At LACS, we believe the study of foreign languages completes and improves a student’s education while providing the foundation for further personal enrichment scholastic achievement and future economic opportunities. It also sharpens intellect, teaches reasoning and deduction, and hones in logic. Students that are introduced early to a bilingual world can become proficient over time
Research shows that learning a second language boosts problem-solving, critical-thinking, and listening skills, in addition to improving memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask. Children proficient in other languages also show signs of enhanced creativity and mental flexibility. As a result, Spanish is taught in our Elementary, Middle and High Schools. American Sign language is taught in our Middle School.
We introduce the Spanish Alphabet in Kindergarten and teach them the sounds of letters. Students learn greetings, basic vocabulary, numbers, colors, shapes and more. First and Second grade students review the material learned the year before, and are introduced to new vocabulary and simple sentence structure. They learn articles, singular and plural words as well as gender.
In Third and Fourth grade students begin simple conjugation of regular verbs and are introduced to more complex sentence structure, as well as a more expansive vocabulary. By Fifth grade, students begin conjugation of irregular verbs and continue to practice all of the above.
Our Middle School Spanish class follows a curriculum that is actually used in many Spanish I High School classes. All of our lessons are enriched with cultural activities and traditions, including art and music. Games, geography, and very fun and engaging special projects and activities are part of the Spanish curriculum. For example, our students participate in a Fifth grade Fashion Show, Middle School restaurant outing and various video projects. In Middle School, language options expand to include sign language.
In High School, Spanish will use all learned in previous years. Our main goal areas include: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities. Learners will master a higher level of communication skills, spoken and written. They will develop language and cultures comparisons, and they can use the language for enjoyment, enrichment and advancement. It is our desire to introduce Missions work to Spanish speaking countries.
The Middle School ASL program exposes students to the basics of American Sign Language. Through a combination of the Start ASL offline course and in-person instruction, students learn essential vocabulary, dig deep into proper ASL grammar, and are explore Deaf history and culture. Throughout the course, students gain valuable insight into the perspectives, struggles, and victories of the vibrant Deaf community. Students are provided with videos by ASL professionals which enable them to learn the ASL signs correctly and quickly. Games, conversations, and musical presentations give students opportunities to practice and refine their signing. A highlight for students is a field trip to the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, where they are able to get a firsthand look at Deaf education and interact with a Deaf tour guide.