Spanish Language Acquisition

On behalf of the Pulaski International School of Chicago community, welcome to the Language Acquisition Program. The mission at Pulaski is to develop inquiring and compassionate lifelong learners who strive for their personal best in academics, civic consciousness, individual responsibility and personal skills. We provide students with an international education consisting of an academically and balanced program that gives a special emphasis to learning Spanish.The fact that Spanish is an official or de facto language in twenty-one countries, that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world and that Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, makes the study of its diverse culture and society relevant in our efforts to educate citizens of the world.

Language Acquisition Instruction at Pulaski

Spanish instruction is planned and designed using the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and principles and philosophies of language learning according to the International Baccalaureate Organization. Language teachers use a variety of language acquisition instructional methods, including project-based instruction, total physical response and the communicative language approach. Homework and projects are meant to support language acquisition and to provide the necessary practice for end of the unit assessments.

General Policies

Classroom Expectations

Students are to bring all required materials to every language class. Depending on the grade level, materials may include but are not limited to:  folder, notebook, pencils, handouts, and Spanish-English/English-Spanish dictionary. On the first day of class, each teacher will clearly indicate all required supplies.

Since all students have different learning styles, our Language Acquisition teachers will differentiate instruction to meet all academic and linguistic needs of students. Some students will have zero knowledge of Spanish and some students will be heritage speakers; however, we expect students and parents to have an open mind in the process of language acquisition.

Websites and Resources

At Pulaski we believe parents need to be informed of what students are learning each week. For this reason parents will be able to access up-to-date information on what is being discussed in the classroom. Please make sure to visit your child’s Spanish teacher’s website for an amalgam of resources including handouts provided in class.

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