Learning foreign languages at an early age has been shown to improve cognitive abilities and academic performance, as well as increase empathy and understanding for other cultures.
As part of our core curriculum, West Portal Lutheran introduces Spanish to students in the 6th grade. In 7th grade, students choose to study Spanish or German as their foreign language for the following two years.
In our German program, we learn about the land of Luther, the Alps, Mozart and Beethoven, Einstein, castles, cathedrals, and fairy tales.
Using “realia” from contemporary German life, the students learn to carry on everyday life experiences in German including shopping, going to the movies, dining out in restaurants, family celebrations, among others. Our focus on grammar reinforces the lessons learned in English class.
Our Spanish program for grades 6-8 provides our students with a foundation to further learn other foreign languages. Spanish language learning is integrated through vocabulary building, conversation, grammar, culture and also includes music. All Spanish students will be well-prepared to move on to high school Spanish classes and have the basics to select another language of their preference. In addition to acquiring language skills, students also gain appreciation for another language and culture.