Learning a second language can improve a student's problem-solving skills, critical thinking, multi-tasking and listening skills.
Knowing multiple languages can help students develop their critical thinking and listening skills as well as enhance their cultural awareness and understanding. Westminster's elementary Spanish program begins in kindergarten and runs through fifth grade. In the beginning of each year, students are evaluated as to their level of capacity to speak and understand the language. From this, two groups are created:
true first time beginners
those with advanced skills or native abilities already established
In kindergarten, students attend weekly classes focusing on fundamentals such as greetings, numbers, colors and vowels. Beginning in first grade, students attend class daily and learn through the comprehensive program "Descubre el español con Santillana" and “Antología.”