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World Languages K-3 Spanish

Our Program

Dalton's elementary Spanish program began in the fall of 2014 with Kindergarten students. In 2015 we added the first grade, and the second grade in 2016. Next year (2017) we will complete the sequence with our third graders!
 
Starting their language learning journey at the entry point of the school's K-12 World and Classical Languages program, our Kindergarteners play, create, experiment and sing in Spanish for 30 minutes daily in a culturally rich and communicative program. Students in grades 1-3 have Spanish classes four days/week for 25 minutes.

Dalton's is a content-based FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) model

in which students come to language class for a specific amount of time each day and learn the language through content (in our case, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).

FLES is beneficial because it:
  • reinforces concepts from other disciplines;
  • increases awareness of other cultures, peoples and languages;
  • strengthens knowledge of first language - especially vocabulary and grammar;
    and
  • FLES is easy and fun for young learners.
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 our national professional organization, ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
 
Our aim in the program is to build communicative proficiency, cultural understanding, and to instill a love of languages from an early age!

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World and Classical Languages Media

  • Frida Kahlo Day
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  • Intercultural Exchange with Puerto Rico
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  • Language and Culture Taco Wars
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  • LENGUA Y CULTURA - Momentos especiales
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  • High School Assembly: Jeffery Wasserstrom

    Jeffrey Wasserstrom. author and Chancellor's Professor of History at UCI explains the ten things worth knowing about China in the 21st century.

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  • The Runaway Tortilla
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  • The Runaway Tortilla
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  • FLES Fest - 2017
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  • Argentine Teacher Orients 5th Grade Spanish Students
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  • Dalton HS Mandarin Students Video Chat with Taiwanese Counterparts
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  • Dalton Mandarin Students Video Chat with Taiwanese Counterparts
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  • Language Teaching Expert Stephen Krashen Speaks at Dalton
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  • DGI China Selections - 2017

    Photos provided by Middle School Librarian Roxanne Feldman

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  • DGI Morocco Selections - 2017

    Photos by High School French Teacher Allison Albino

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  • High School Mandarin Teacher Mr. Lanphier Reads to Grades 1 and 2
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  • Mr. Lanphier Reads to Children in Grades 1 and 2
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  • Dias de los Muertos
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  • Flamenco - ¡Ole´!
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  • Adam Lanphier Grade 9 Lecture on Chinese Literacy, Literature and Confucianism

    December 11, 2015

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