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Spanish language instruction is offered at all grade levels as a part of the Continuous Progress Alternative Program at Vista Grande.


Established at Vista Grande in 1984, the Alternative Program is guided by a partnership of the program’s parents, educators and students with the goal of maintaining the best possible learning environment in which students can individually develop and be challenged according to their abilities and interests. The inclusion of Spanish language enrichment twice weekly in our curriculum helps achieve this goal, and supports the traditional district curriculum. 


Based on existing education research and the Alternative Program’s outcomes over its thirty year history at Vista Grande, we know that exposing children from an early age to a foreign language lays the groundwork for later language proficiency, develops communication skills and engages students, and helps to create self-confident learners.


According to The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), learning a second language in the early school years has a number of benefits, including:

  • Sets the stage for students to develop advanced proficiencies in one or more languages
  • Ability to communicate with near native-like pronunciation and intonation
  • Creates more openness and acceptance of people who speak other languages or come from other cultures
  • Enhanced cognitive development, particularly in the areas of critical thinking and problem solving, reinforcing other subject matter skill development
  • Preparation to live and work in a global society

Key components of the Alternative Program’s Spanish language enrichment program:

  • Internalization of language, rather than memorization of language, more typical of acquiring a language natively
  • Students learn through oral practice, music and movement, appropriate to the developmental needs of early learners
  • Focus on vocabulary building
  • Lessons draw from and reinforce what students are learning about in the classroom, e.g. numbers, letters, shapes, colors, seasons, history, culture.

To learn more about the Continuous Progress Alternative Program, please visit our program page.

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