Foreign Language Program
American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual-spatial language well suited to the unique strengths of the dyslexic student.
An Individualized Multi-Sensory Approach:
All students in grades 6-10 are required to study a foreign language as part of the IB Middle Years Program. Kildonan offers foreign language study in Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL). All sixth grade students take a brief introductory course in both Spanish and ASL, so they may choose which language to study in grades 7-10. Students in grades 11-12 may continue their foreign language study as an elective. All Spanish and ASL classes are taught using a multi-sensory, Orton-Gillingham-based approach that focuses on learning through immersion.
Our approach is different because it does not concentrate on textual translation, but rather on learning through conversation and auditory comprehension. Through differentiated assignments and tasks, students gain an individualized program of study that greatly increases their chances of mastering a foreign language.
Students in grades 2-5 take a semester-long elementary introduction to Spanish.
Students studying Spanish also learn the culture of Spanish-speaking countries, including giving salsa dancing a spin!
Kildonan students are exposed to the culture and history of the foreign languages they study. Students have the opportunity for immersion experiences through trips to Spanish speaking countries. Students recently visited Costa Rica and Spain during the 2015-2016 academic year.