Overview of Curriculum
The curriculum is based on vocabulary, cultural awareness, speaking, reading, and writing skills at each grade level while taking into consideration the different levels of competency among the students. Kindergarten through fourth grade classes meet twice a week for 30 minutes. Fifth grade through eighth grade classes meet twice a week for 50 minutes.
Activities such as games, songs, dances, and instructional media are used to keep the students interested. The program also exposes the students to reading books and stories in Spanish.
In keeping with Catholic religious tradition at OMC, the Spanish class incorporates Catholic prayers, feast days, holidays, and traditions as part of regular class activities.
Hispanic American awareness is highlighted during the Hispanic American month every year from mid-September to mid-October. At Christmas, students learn about similar as well as different traditions. Students study the “carnival” season which precedes Lent or “cuaresma”. And of course, the students will learn about dia de los muertos, a traditional Mexican fiesta .
Built upon the philosophy of “learning through play,” my program incorporates rhythm and repetition alongside elements of the Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) pedagogy. Classes are conducted primarily in Spanish, following an immersion model, and children become attune to the sound of the language, learn basic vocabulary and develop their receptive language skills.
My name is Adriana Gaviria-Caddle and I have over 25 years of experience as a teacher. I am a native Spanish speaker originally from Colombia, where I taught Spanish Literature and Grammar as well as English as a second language. I have been developing Spanish curriculum and teaching Spanish in the greater Philadelphia region for the past 13 years. Throughout my teaching career I have taught various age groups and grades, from beginner to advanced levels.
Universidad de Medellín
Master’s Degree: Curriculum Design and Management
Title: Specialist in Curriculum Design for Human Development
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
School of Languages
Title: Degree in Languages (English and French)