Language and Culture Studies
Students in the 6th grade begin with an introduction to language and language study. Beginning in seventh grade, students choose between Latin and Spanish as their primary course of language study and commit to two years of the same language (7th and 8th grade). The middle school years are an excellent time to introduce a second language to young people, and SAS is committed to making language available to students in the middle school in a way that is both meaningful and fun.
Latin is taught as a flipped classroom that allows students to learn at their own pace using principles of differentiated instruction. Each class day is preceded by students individually watching brief video introductions, sometimes accompanied by a related hard copy overview of the same principle. The next class day, students work on an assignment and evaluation linked to the video introduction. The teacher works with individuals or small groups to help resolve issues until the assignment is completely understood, at which point the student moves on to the next Stage (chapter).
Spanish is taught via traditional instruction. It is conversation-based and conducted in Spanish beginning with the first year classes.
M.A., Brigham Young University
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Foreign Language (Spanish), Bowling Green State University