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World Languages

Recognizing the importance of early language learning, Dalton starts teaching Spanish in kindergarten at the First Program. With the goal of proficiency, children learn Spanish using immersion methodology and the communicative approach as a means of connecting language, culture and content. Our program follows a FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) model in which students come to language class for a specific amount of time each day. The FLES Program is beneficial because it reinforces concepts from other disciplines and increases awareness of other cultures, peoples, and languages. In addition to being easy and fun for young learners, the program strengthens knowledge of a child’s first language, especially in terms of vocabulary
and grammar.

The curriculum is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) - focused. Along with learning vocabulary, communicative structures, and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, students do hands-on experiments, discuss science concepts, create art - all in Spanish! This kind of content-based learning is considered best practice by researchers and supported by the national professional organization, ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).

The aim of the program is to build communicative proficiency, cultural understanding, and to instill a love of languages from an early age!
Learn more about World Languages 


  • Lori Langer de Ramirez

    Director of World and Classical Languages
    (212) 423-5482
    SUNY, New Paltz - B.A.
    CUNY, Queens College - M.S.
    Teachers College, Columbia University - Ed.D.
  • Marissa Coulehan

    First Program Spanish Teacher
    (212) 423-5495 x3024
    University of Maryland, College Park - B.A.
    Stony Brook University (online) - Advanced Graduate
    Manhattanville College - M.A.
  • Barbara Leary

    FP Language
    (212) 423-5495 x3125
    Northwestern University - B.A.
    NYU - M.A.
  • Natalia Malone Hernandez

    FP Associate Teacher Language
    (212) 423-5495 x3044
    City University of New York Macaulay Honors College, Hunter College Campus - B.A.
  • Kavita Rekhi

    First Program Spanish Teacher
    (212) 423-5495 x3096
    University of Miami - B.A.
    George Mason University - M.A.
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(K-3) 53 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
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