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Young children acquire language with ease, absorbing sounds, meanings and structure simply by listening and using language in context. At MSGH we use that power to support our children in aquiring an additional language.

MSGH has made a commitment to have a dual language program in all of our classrooms.  Our Spanish speaking staff bring with them the added benefit of sharing their respective cultures and are charged with speaking Spanish at all times in the school.

Our Toddler, Primary and Lower Elementary children are fully immersed in a dual-language environment. Children learn Spanish in the most natural and most effective way possible: by hearing Spanish, conversing in it, and using it as they go about their daily work in the classroom.  Before long, the children naturally respond to requests and instructions from the assistant or teacher and try out new words and sounds.

Our AMI-Montessori-trained Spanish teacher is a presence in both the lower and upper elementary classrooms on a daily basis. At these levels, Spanish lessons are not limited to vocabulary, but include, sentence analysis, reading and writing and are presented through a variety of subjects. This makes the language experience richer and more relevant for use in daily life. The Montessori-trained adult can seamlessly integrate into the environment without disrupting the rhythm of the work cycle. Speaking only Spanish to the children, she conducts lessons using Montessori materials and also exposes the children to Hispanic culture through song and dance, cooking, art and community outreach.

At the Adolescent level the goal is that students are eager to speak, read, write and understand the Spanish language. They gain a deeper appreciation of other languages and cultures, expand their understanding of the world and learn to communicate in a language other than their own.

The students have daily lessons and do exercises that build vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension skills. They participate in dialogues, read aloud, and listen to spoken language and converse. Foreign language learning enhances intellectual growth and memory, hones sensitivity to language and an ear for listening, and improves a student’s understanding of the grammar and syntax of his/her own language.