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Elementary School World Language Program

Program Overview

This program focuses on developing and implementing a rigorous Pre-K-12 world language instructional program and provides equitable access to rigorous coursework in world languages. The World Language program is designed to prepare school system graduates to thrive in a dynamic world through cultural understanding and becoming proficient in the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the target languages they study.

What is the HCPSS PreK-5 WoRLD program?

The Pre-K-5 WoRLD (World Readiness through Language Development) is the HCPSS daily, World Language instructional program for students in grades PreK to 5. In the current program, elementary students learn Spanish through the five C’s: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities as outlined by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The program is a sequential language learning experience, building toward language proficiency while exploring the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Students receive 30 minutes of daily instruction in Spanish in an immersion setting. The goal of the program is to build communicative skills in the target language and support English language literacy.

What are the goals of the HCPSS Elementary World Language Program?

The goal of the program is to build communicative skills in the target language, working toward Intermediate level proficiency. Additional program goals include:

  • Supporting academic content area instruction
  • Enhancing literacy development in both English and the target language
  • Promoting global awareness and cross-cultural understanding

FAQ about the Elementary World Language program

World Language “Did You Know?” Presentation

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Why Spanish?

When considering a language choice, Spanish is a very practical one. The United States is the fourth largest Spanish-speaking country in the world and Spanish is an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, and the World Trade Organization. Spanish is the third most commonly used language on the internet.

Elementary School Spanish Units

Kindergarten

  • Unit: ¿Como Funciona? – students learn about Panama by cruising through the Panama Canal. Students will be able to say how the water level rises and goes down in the locks of the canal. They will also identify ships entering and leaving the canal. Students discuss professions or jobs people have. Finally, students talk about the different goods cargo ships transport, and they describe the different boxes in which these goods are packed.
  • Unit: Me Cuido – students learn about Mexico in the context of a visit to Mexico, D.F. (Mexico City) and to the city of San Miguel de Allende. Students talk about parts of the body and express whether they are feeling sick or well. They also learn to say where it hurts. They learn about food in the context of a visit to a restaurant and how to say what they want to eat. They identify the utensils used to eat and drink.
  • Unit: Nos Conocemos – students will learn about the country of Honduras; how people in the Spanish-speaking world meet, greet and say goodbye to each other; the names for family members and how they interact with each other and friends; and how places are described.
  • Unit: Nuestras Celebraciones – students learn about Colombia in the context of a visit to the city of Cartagena and to a birthday celebration that takes place at a friend’s home there. Students will be able to say how old they will be on their birthday and to talk about birthday celebrations. They will also talk about the food and the beverages that children usually have at birthday parties. Students will talk about and compare the music, dances, and games that are common at birthday parties both in Colombia and in the United States. Finally, students will talk about birthday presents and ways to thank friends for their presents.
  • Unit: Nuestro Ambiente – students learn about Argentina in the context of a visit to different regions of the country. Students talk about the means of transportation people use to travel from one place to another. They describe the weather during the previous day and today, and predict what the weather will be like the following day. Students identify the four seasons, and talk about the weather associated with each season and the clothes they wear during each season. Finally, students identify several recyclable materials and talk about recycling.
  • Unit: Vamos a Aprender – students learn about the Dominican Republic. Students will be able to talk about the schoolyard games they play and what they do during recess. They will be able to identify various school places and name the school supplies they use. They will also be able to talk about classroom activities they participate in, and what school supplies they use to do these activities.

Grade One

  • Unit 1: Nos Conocemos – students learn about the country of Mexico, how people meet, greet and say goodbye to each other in Spanish; the names of family members; and about some Mexican celebrations.
  • Unit 2: ¿Como Vivimos? – Students learn about the country of Nicaragua. Students learn vocabulary for the parts of a house, for going shopping, for buying food and clothing, and for identifying community places.
  • Unit 3: Vamos a aprender – Students learn about the country of Chile and what it is like to go to school there. Students learn vocabulary for school supplies, playground games, academic subjects and telling time.
  • Unit 4: Los Animales – students learn about Spain in the context of a visit to an animal farm in Malaga, in southern Spain. Students will be able to talk about pets and say how to take care of them. They also learn the onomatopoeic sounds for these pets in Spanish. They will be able to identify different farm animals and describe these animals’ body parts. They will also be able to use action words to say how animals move and to describe those movements.
  • Unit 5: Nos Cuidamos – students learn about the country of Paraguay and about taking care of their body. Students learn vocabulary relating to the human body and face, health, exercise, and food by reading about different situations in various places in Paraguay, such as parks, a doctor’s office, and a restaurant.
  • Unit 6: Nuestro Ambiente – students learn about the country of Spain. Students also learn about means of transportation, the seasons, weather, temperature and various activities people can do in Spain throughout the year.
  • Unit 7: Las Profesiones – students learn about the country of Venezuela. They also learn about types of professions, about equipment and tools used by professionals, and about places where professionals work.
  • Unit 8: Nuestras Celebraciones – students learn about the country of Cuba. In this context, they also learn about preparations for a birthday party, different cultural traditions, Cuban musical instruments, and activities that people engage in at parties and celebrations.

Grade Two

  • Unit 1: Nos Conocemos – students will learn about the country of Mexico; how people greet each other; how to name family members; how friends introduce each other; and how to describe some people, places and things.
  • Unit 2: Como Vivimos – students will learn about the country of Bolivia; how to identify rooms in a house; how to name clothes and colors; how to talk about people in their community; and how to describe where they and others are.
  • Unit 3: Vamos a aprender – students will learn about the country of El Salvador; what they learn in school; what the school rules are; the days of the week and time.
  • Unit 4: Los Animales – students will learn about the country of Ecuador; how pets and other animals are alike; what animals like; what animals eat; and how animals move.
  • Unit 5: Nos Cuidamos – students will learn about the country of Spain; the parts of the body; the five senses; what you should eat to stay healthy; and some healthy habits.
  • Unit 6: Nuestro Ambiente – students learn about the country of Uruguay; what the months of the year are; how the weather is in each season; places you can visit and how to get there; and how to use a map.
  • Unit 7: Como Funciona – students will learn about the country of Puerto Rico; what are electronic devices and how they are used; what do workers do and what tools do they use and how electronic devices change.
  • Unit 8: Nuestras Celebraciones – students learn about the country of Guatemala; how they celebrate la fiesta de quince años, Day of the Dead, and Independence Day; and how to celebrate other holidays with their friends.

Grade Three

  • Unit 1: Nos Conocemos – students will learn about the country of Mexico; how people greet each other; how to name family members; how friends introduce each other; and how to describe some people, places and things.
  • Unit 2: Como Vivimos – students will learn about the country of Bolivia; how to identify rooms in a house; how to name clothes and colors; how to talk about people in their community; and how to describe where they and others are.
  • Unit 3: Vamos a aprender – students will learn about the country of El Salvador; what they learn in school; what the school rules are; the days of the week and time.
  • Unit 4: Los animales – students will learn about the country of Ecuador; how pets and other animals are alike; what animals like; what animals eat; and how animals move.
  • Unit 5: Nos cuidamos – students will learn about the country of Spain; the parts of the body; the five senses; what you should eat to stay healthy; and some healthy habits.
  • Unit 6: Nuestro Ambiente – students learn about the country of Uruguay; what the months of the year are; how the weather is in each season; places you can visit and how to get there; and how to use a map.
  • Unit 7: ¿Cómo funciona? – students will learn about the country of Puerto Rico; what are electronic devices and how they are used; what do workers do and what tools do they use and how electronic devices change.
  • Unit 8: Nuestras Celebraciones – students learn about the country of Guatemala; how they celebrate la fiesta de quince años, Day of the Dead, and Independence Day; and how to celebrate other holidays with their friends.

Grade Four

  • Unit 1: Nos Conocemos – students will learn about the country of Péru; how people greet each other; how to name family members; how friends introduce each other; and how to describe some people and places.
  • Unit 2: Como Vivimos – students will learn about the country of Argentina; describe where they live; state the names of people and places in their community; name articles of clothing and their colors; and read a map and describe the location of people and places.
  • Unit 3: Vamos a Aprender – students learn about the country of Honduras; talk about activities and hobbies they enjoy; describe their school day activities and schedule; discuss and ask questions about cultural activities; and tell time in Spanish.
  • Unit 4: Los Animales – students learn about the country of Colombia; learn about common pets in Colombia; learn about zoo animals and endangered species; describe farm animals; and identify and describe pet, zoo, farm and jungle animals.
  • Unit 5: Nos Cuidamos – students learn about the country of the Domincan Republic; talk in the present and past tenses about what they drink and eat; recognize homophones and learn about desserts and flavors; identify different parts of their body by learning about healthy habits; and learn and name different sensations.
  • Unit 6: Nuestro Ambiente – students learn about the country of Spain. Students will describe the months of the year and the different seasons, the most important means of transportation, the geographical characteristics of Spain, and how to discuss the weather.
  • Unit 7: Como Funciona – students learn about the country of Panama. They also learn about types of professions, inventions and technology, and the working world.
  • Unit 8: Nuestras Celebraciones – students learn about the country of Mexico. In this context, they also learn different cultural traditions, birthday parties, celebrations in the community, as well as customs and traditions.

Grade Five

  • Unit 1: Nos Conocemos – students will learn about the country of Péru; how people greet each other; how to name family members; how friends introduce each other; and how to describe some people and places.
  • Unit 2: ¿Cómo Vivimos? – students will learn about the country of Argentina; describe where they live; state the names of people and places in their community; name articles of clothing and their colors; and read a map and describe the location of people and places.
  • Unit 3: Vamos a Aprender – students learn about the country of Honduras; talk about activities and hobbies they enjoy; describe their school day activities and schedule; discuss and ask questions about cultural activities; and tell time in Spanish.
  • Unit 4: Los Animales – students learn about the country of Colombia; learn about common pets in Colombia; learn about zoo animals and endangered species; describe farm animals; and identify and describe pet, zoo, farm and jungle animals.
  • Unit 5: Nos Cuidamos – students learn about the country of the Domincan Republic; talk in the present and past tenses about what they drink and eat; recognize homophones and learn about desserts and flavors; identify different parts of their body by learning about healthy habits; and learn and name different sensations.
  • Unit 6: Nuestro Ambiente – students learn about the country of Spain. Students will describe the months of the year and the different seasons, the most important means of transportation, the geographical characteristics of Spain, and how to discuss the weather.
  • Unit 7: ¿Cómo funciona? – students learn about the country of Panama. They also learn about types of professions, inventions and technology, and the working world.
  • Unit 8: Nuestras Celebraciones – students learn about the country of Mexico. In this context, they also learn different cultural traditions, birthday parties, celebrations in the community, as well as customs and traditions.