Elementary French and Spanish
Beginning in Kindergarten, students at St. Bridget study both French and Spanish. Students study each language for one semester each year. By starting language study so early, St. Bridget’s students have a wonderful foundation that allows them to excel in their language studies in Middle School with the opportunity to earn high school credit.
Kindergarten students enjoy a brief exposure to French/Spanish through 25 minute classes once a week. They learn basic greetings, names, a prayer, numbers 1 to 10, colors, children’s songs, nursery rhymes and holiday customs.
First and Second Grade students have two twenty-five minute classes per week; Third Grade meets for two thirty minute classes per week. These students develop their listening and speaking skills by hearing and repeating basic vocabulary, conversational questions, and prayers. Students listen to familiar stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and dialogues in French/Spanish, as well as watch videos.
At the Fourth Grade level, classes meet twice a week for forty minutes and a variety of materials described in the above paragraph are again in use. Students continue to study with emphasis placed on listening and speaking skills while they begin the development of reading and writing skills. Students use the workbook Discovering Languages: French/Spanish and use a section of their notebooks for vocabulary.
Fifth Grade students meet for 50 minute classes twice a week. They continue to work on the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. They use the text French/Spanish Is Fun Book A (Amsco Publications) and keep a notebook.
The Foreign Language program incorporates geography and cultural studies. School-wide celebrations include Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo.