We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.

II Corinthians 5:20 (NIV)

Spiritual Development of Students - Foreign Language Department: Viewing the world through a Biblical lense.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.                       

Acts 2:1-11

 

LOWER SCHOOL SPANISH

At the Norfolk Christian School Lower Campus, we begin each class with a prayer in Spanish.  Students eagerly volunteer to lead each week and many children as young as kindergarten have it memorized by heart.  I try to actively incorporate Bible verses in our lessons and around special holidays my goal is to give students something tangible to take home and share with family. This include verses or stories for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.  Most recently, for Palm Sunday, students made palm branches with the verse from Matthew 21:9 celebrating our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. When I introduce new vocabulary I use quick video segments for my visual learners. We play games such as bingo and around the world.  I also believe children learn language well through TPR (Total Physical Response) and I use a lot of movement in the classroom with some sign language. Further, I reinforce vocabulary through chants and Bible songs. The kids also love to hear me play my ukulele on special days. We love to sing! The students pick up things so quickly, and there is no greater joy than to hear a parent tell me they enjoy listening to their child come home and sing Jesus songs in Spanish!  Susan Prince

At the Lower School  Beach Campus, we have learned different prayers throughout the month, which connected to the lessons we have studied. We have learned to thank the Lord for our families, as we learned the family vocabulary and relationships among different members. When learning about the weather and the seasons, we have felt blessed for the gift of life and our planet, and we have thanked the Lord for His creations. It has been a wonderful year at the Beach campus. Mercedes Pham

SPANISH I II III

The essential purpose of the subject of Spanish is to expand student’s ability to express and comprehend oral and written language, to use it to learn and organize their thinking, and to participate in a reflective way in the social practices of language in the contemporary world. We are so thankful for all the opportunities that GOD has opened for us in Spanish class this year. Our year has been loaded with verb conjugations, adjectives, pronouns, translations, listening quizzes, tests, homework; also with happiness, frustrations, field trips, songs, and, of course, Mexican sombreros. I am so proud of every single one of my students for putting the time and effort to learn a different language. In addition to all the Spanish vocabulary and grammar, this quarter we learned about Easter and the differences between our countries, as we celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

One of our biggest projects this year was done by our Spanish III students. They have created children's books about caring, giving, loving and praying in Spanish and English to take on the Nicaragua mission’s trip this year. They worked so hard to make sure everything was perfect for the children. Once the books were completed, the Lower school invited us to read and to share them with Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4. We had a WONDERFUL time and what a blessing it was to be able to share the stories with our younger ambassadors!

We hope our students this year, whether it was their first or last year taking Spanish, gained some knowledge and understanding of the language, and pray it will be beneficial to them in the future. Carolina Valencia

HONORS SPANISH

Spanish 4 is structured as a review of all the grammatical structures learned in Spanish 1-3. However, the purpose is to create opportunities for natural conversation. Students spend the entire block conversing with each other and their teacher in Spanish. This quarter we have been reading A Series of Unfortunate Events and students have interacted with it as if they were one of the characters. They will finish the year by performing one of the scenes from this book with their peers for the class. Students have gained knowledge and comfort in the language as the year has progressed. Melissa Wetzel

LATIN I II III IV

In Latin class we have been studying the legend of Aeneas and the founding of Italy. The students have been examining the character of Aeneas in the larger context of the Classical hero and how that model, the monomyth, reflects the life of Christ. Students also contrast the polytheistic religion of the Greeks and the Romans to Christianity.  In the story of Aeneas, in particular, the students have noted how very manipulative and callous toward their subjects the Roman gods could be, and how that is diametrically opposed to our Christian view of God as a loving father. In the upper levels, the students have explored how the politics of the early Roman Empire affected Judea and how that, in turn, affected Christ’s ministry.  Susan Marsh

 

Tyler Ashworth, M. A.
Cheryl Huggins
Robin Slopnick, M.Ed.
Norfolk Campus

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