The global languages program at IDEAL expands student horizons and prepares them to be effective global citizens by exposing them to languages and cultures other than American English. Early introduction of global languages encourages students to learn more readily, promotes cultural competence, and extends appreciation for cultural diversity. Students work toward increased oral and written proficiency and fluency, becoming linguistically and culturally equipped to communicate in one or more of the languages offered. In keeping with the school’s commitment to differentiated instruction, language classes incorporate flexible groupings, opportunities to focus on different areas of interest, and a variety of projects to display understanding.
Periodically, students whose primary language is Spanish are invited to support the classroom teacher. By doing this, self-esteem and leadership skills are promoted and students can take pride in their culture.
Students in both the Lower and Upper Schools learn and perform songs or poems in Spanish. This multidimensional approach to language acquisition and proficiency often results in a deeper level of proficiency than traditional foreign language class structures.