Our Global Studies Program emphasizes World Language instruction as an essential requirement for an authentic global education.
To demonstrate this we begin our World Language instruction in Preschool with daily instruction in Spanish. Students continue with the study of Spanish throughout their Lower School years. Upon entry into Middle School students will continue with Spanish and by sixth grade can begin the study of French. Students have the opportunity to begin the study of a non-Western language in the sixth grade, as well.
Students who excel in the study of World Languages will be encouraged to continue their study of Spanish or French along with a non-Western Language as they continue in Upper School.
We believe that when students learn new languages, they expand their ability to see multiple points of view and begin to appreciate the wonderful diversity of our world. These sensibilities and understandings will help them to become effectively educated as global citizens.
Middle School Virtual Language Exchange Program
Lawrence Woodmere Academy recognizes the importance of language learning as part of forming students with a global perspective in today’s multicultural world. For this reason, fifth and sixth grade students in Spanish class had the opportunity to participate in a virtual language exchange pilot program from March 7 to May 7, 2017.
Lawrence Woodmere Academy partnered with a well-renowned coeducational school in Bogota, Colombia to implement this program. LWA students met with their Colombian counterparts on a weekly bases for video conferencing via Skype. Each session was 20 minutes long and Spanish and English were alternated for both groups to practice their second language skills with native speakers.
Students in both institutions enjoyed this unique and authentic experience, and we are excited to continue with the program during the 2017-2018 school year.