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Spanish Immersion Program, Kindergarten - Grade 4

Learners Create Cultural Connections while Developing Spanish-Language Fluency
Moravian Academy’s Spanish Immersion Program (SIP) offers students the opportunity to experience Moravian’s excellent curriculum and atmosphere, all while developing a second language.
Spanish immersion class schedules are identical to English-speaking classes. Students in SIP receive all homeroom instruction (math, social studies, science, and language arts) in Spanish, while specials (music, gym, art, science lab, and library) are taught by English-speaking teachers. Lunch, recess, and field trips are blended with the English-speaking classes, offering SIP students the opportunity to mingle regularly with their peers in order to foster a cohesive social and academic atmosphere.


Research at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota found bilingualism leads to stronger divergent thinking skills, pattern recognition, and problem-solving in young people. Additionally, Dr. Ellen Bialystok, a neuroscientist and professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, also found that bilinguals have a stronger executive control system in the brain, which allows them to selectively focus on what is necessary and not get distracted. This, among other research, helped to mold Moravian’s program.

Students who are given the opportunity to express themselves in more than one language can experience many advantages if they begin to develop these skills early on. The importance of learning a language at a young age is crucial for tapping into improved cognitive skills and to hone the basic capacity to fluently speak them.” - Melika Matlack, Grade 4 Spanish Immersion teacher
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