Foreign Language Programs

Jr. High Latin Program

Philosophy of the Program:

In requiring all Junior High students to take Latin, St. John’s wishes to introduce them to one of the most important keys to a classical education.  This introduction is viewed primarily as an enrichment program which begins to offer students the well-known advantages reaped by the study of Latin.  Keeping in mind the mandatory nature of the program for all Junior High students, the school wishes both to challenge the academically advanced students while meeting the needs of those who demonstrate less aptitude in this subject area. The teacher will use a variety of pedagogical strategies and assessment techniques to ensure student learning and success.  In addition to reaping the advantages of the study of Latin, it is also hoped that the program will encourage students to continue the study of Latin in secondary and higher education.

Goals:

  1.  To foster students’ love for the classics.
  2.  To introduce students, on a level appropriate to their age, to the fundamentals of the language (including basic grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation).
  3.  To enhance the English vocabulary and grammar skills of the students.
  4.  To strengthen students’ reading skills.
  5.  To improve math problem solving skills.
  6.  To familiarize students with the official language of the Roman Catholic Church and her Liturgy.
  7.  To give students who decide to pursue Latin studies beyond St. John’s a true advantage.

K – 8 Spanish Program

Philosophy of the Program:

In making Spanish a required course of study for all of its students, St. John’s wishes not only that each student receive an introduction to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture in the elementary grades, but also that he/she gradually progress in his/her knowledge during the middle school years so as to become somewhat proficient by the time of graduation.  Levels of aptitude will, of course, vary from student to student; and the teacher will take this into consideration, challenging the academically advanced while meeting the needs of those who demonstrate less aptitude in this subject area.  The teacher will use a variety of pedagogical strategies and assessment techniques to ensure student learning and success.  In addition to reaping the intellectual and practical advantages of the study of Spanish, it is also hoped that the program will encourage students to continue the study of Spanish in secondary and higher education.

Goals:
  1. To foster students’ love for the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.
  2. To introduce students, on a level appropriate to their age, to the fundamentals of the Spanish language (including basic grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, basic speaking and writing skills).
  3. To give students who decide to pursue Spanish studies beyond St. John’s a true advantage.

2014-2015 Spanish Supply List for All Grades

Kindergarten Students:
  • Supplies already used in class, such as crayons, scissors, glue, and pencils.
 
 
First, Second, and Third Grade Students:
  • Pocket folder to file handouts and student created work. (PeeChee folder)
  • Supplies already used in class, such as crayons, scissors, glue, and pencils.
 
Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade Students:
  • Single Subject 9 ¾ in x 7 ½ in composition book for Spanish note taking and cultural information. All 4th graders, all 5th graders, and all new to SJB School sixth graders need to purchase this composition book. Returning sixth grade students will use the same notebook currently stored in the Spanish Office. You may purchase a composition book with any solid color or one with colorful shapes or designs, but do not bring to school composition books with any characters or inappropriate symbols. If possible, please do not purchase the composition book cover with the black marble design.
  • Pocket folder to file handouts, homework, and test results (PeeChee folder)
  • Supplies already used in class, such as crayons, scissors, glue, and pencils.
 
Recommendation: Spanish Dictionary, which can be used until eighth grade graduation:
Barron’s Foreign Language Guides – Spanish-English Pocket Dictionary (70,000 words)
ISBN – 13: 978-0-7641-4005-1
ISBN – 10: 0-7641-4005-1
Library of Congress Control Number 2008920657
 
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