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Curriculum Detail - LS

Lower School Academic Departments

Modern and Classical Languages

The primary goal of foreign language study in the Lower School is to instill in students a joy of learning another language through level-appropriate speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural activities. The focus is on developing proper pronunciation and good communication skills. All students in grades JK-3 learn Spanish. In fourth and fifth grades, students choose between Spanish and French.
  • Spanish JK

    All students in grades JK-3 learn Spanish. The classes are taught primarily in the target language using authentic materials. Students explore vocabulary and phrases as well as various cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries such as food, music, holidays, and customs. The curriculum is hands-on and includes conversation, singing, and games. Technology is integrated to enhance speaking and listening skills. As students progress they will also read and write in Spanish. The ultimate goal is to build a foundation to communicate in another language and appreciate the richness of other cultures.
  • Spanish K

    All students in grades JK-3 learn Spanish. The classes are taught primarily in the target language using authentic materials. Students explore vocabulary and phrases as well as various cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries such as food, music, holidays, and customs. The curriculum is hands-on and includes conversation, singing, and games. Technology is integrated to enhance speaking and listening skills. As students progress they will also read and write in Spanish. The ultimate goal is to build a foundation to communicate in another language and appreciate the richness of other cultures.
  • Spanish 1

    All students in grades JK-3 learn Spanish. The classes are taught primarily in the target language using authentic materials. Students explore vocabulary and phrases as well as various cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries such as food, music, holidays, and customs. The curriculum is hands-on and includes conversation, singing, and games. Technology is integrated to enhance speaking and listening skills. As students progress they will also read and write in Spanish. The ultimate goal is to build a foundation to communicate in another language and appreciate the richness of other cultures.
  • Spanish 2

    All students in grades JK-3 learn Spanish. The classes are taught primarily in the target language using authentic materials. Students explore vocabulary and phrases as well as various cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries such as food, music, holidays, and customs. The curriculum is hands-on and includes conversation, singing, and games. Technology is integrated to enhance speaking and listening skills. As students progress they will also read and write in Spanish. The ultimate goal is to build a foundation to communicate in another language and appreciate the richness of other cultures.
  • Spanish 3

    All students in grades JK-3 learn Spanish. The classes are taught primarily in the target language using authentic materials. Students explore vocabulary and phrases as well as various cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries such as food, music, holidays, and customs. The curriculum is hands-on and includes conversation, singing, and games. Technology is integrated to enhance speaking and listening skills. As students progress they will also read and write in Spanish. The ultimate goal is to build a foundation to communicate in another language and appreciate the richness of other cultures.
  • Spanish 4

    The fourth grade Spanish program builds listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. It stresses oral communication, vocabulary building, and cultural awareness through the use of printed and audio/visual materials as well as technology. At this level, the learning is an active process in which a student becomes involved with sounds and structures while speaking, singing, playing, and acting. The classroom is student-centered and students often work in pairs or small groups.
  • Spanish 5

    The fifth grade Spanish program builds listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. It stresses oral communication, vocabulary building, and cultural awareness through the use of printed and audio/visual materials as well as technology. At this level, the learning is an active process in which a student becomes involved with sounds and structures while speaking, singing, playing, and acting. The classroom is student-centered, and students often work in pairs or small groups.
     
  • French 4

    The program builds listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. It stresses oral communication, vocabulary building, and cultural awareness of francophone cultures. The objective is to instill in students the joy and excitement of learning French. Learning is an active process in which students become involved with the sounds and structures while speaking, singing, playing, and acting. Students work in small groups, in pairs, or independently.
  • French 5

    This program is a continuation of the one begun in the fourth grade. Continued emphasis is placed on developing strong listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students build upon the material that was learned last year and are presented with more complex structures in French 5. They end the year by giving a memorized oral presentation that blends the material learned this year with that learned in French 4.

Department Faculty

  • Photo of Larissa Giacomán
    Larissa Giacomán
    Lower School Language Teacher (Spanish)
    703-212-2285
    San Francisco State University, B.A.
    Keller Graduate School of Management, MBA
  • Photo of Rosa Hearn
    Rosa Hearn
    Language Teacher Grades 4-5 LTS
    703-212-2848
    University of Toronto - M.A.
    McGill University - Education
    Queen’s University - B.A. (Hons.)
  • Photo of Alexandra Johnson
    Alexandra Johnson
    Lower School Language Teacher (Spanish)
    703-212-2888
    St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX - B.A.
  • Photo of Laura Walker
    Laura Walker
    Lower and Middle School Language Teacher (French)
    703-212-2863
    Howard University, Washington, D.C. - M.A.
    Howard University, Washington, D.C. - BA
Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia

Campuses

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  • Lower School

    Age 3-Grade 5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304