Spanish

Spanish at Holy Family is taught in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. The program at Holy Family is an immersion program; that means, Spanish is spoken almost all the time while in class. Through immersion, the students become proficient in a more natural way and absorb the language at a faster pace. Culture and history are also an integral part of our program. A language can’t be fully acquired without understanding the intricacies of its people. Culture is incorporated whenever possible, and every year, our students prepare for and participate in our Holy Mass in Spanish.

Message from Señora Guzmán

¡Hola!  ¡Qué tal!

Yo soy María Guzmán, Señora Guzmán around here, y soy la profesora de Español.

I’m a certified teacher in the state of Washington, and I’ve been teaching Spanish as a second language for 23 years. This upcoming year will be my eighth year teaching at Holy Family!

When I first stepped in through the doors of our church years ago, the first thing I saw was our Lady of Guadalupe, La Virgen de Guadalupe, in all her splendor; I knew then I was home! I hadn’t even met our principal yet, well, I had met her via Skype, and I had been hired already, but having our lady of Guadalupe, la Virgencita, here to welcome me and my husband was indescribable! You should know that my full name is Maria Guadalupe; I was named after our lady. In our Parish, I serve as a lector and I am a member of the Respect Life Committee. My husband, Bernardo, is a member of the 11:00 Mass Choir. From the second we joined the parish and school, we both have felt welcomed and loved.

I had the honor of starting the Spanish program at Holy family in 2013. The program began with 7th and 8th grade and now includes all grades. There are many studies that show cognitive, academic, cultural, and societal benefits to bilingualism; but it has been proven that fluency is achieved faster when the kids are exposed to the second language at a younger age. I was so happy to start teaching the little kindergartners.

I believe in setting high standards for my students and myself; language acquisition comes only after hard work. Having said that, and as I’ve discussed with my students many times, our brains learn better when we are happy, when we move around, and when we sing and/or keep a rhythm. I try to make acquiring the Spanish language fun for them with engaging activities. We sing a lot, work in small groups, play games, participate in skits, and move around plenty! The Spanish program at Holy Family is an immersion program; that means, Spanish is spoken almost all the time while in class. Through immersion, the students become proficient in a more natural way and absorb the language at a faster pace.

Our program does not only include the language; culture and history are also an integral part of our program. A language can’t be fully acquired without understanding the intricacies of its people. Culture is incorporated whenever possible, and every year, our students prepare for and participate in our Holy Mass in Spanish. By experiencing and participating in an authentic Spanish Mass celebration, the students not only learn Spanish, but also understand the Spanish speaking culture a bit better. Speaking another language places our students much closer to becoming citizens of the world. To play a role as their teacher is simply fantastic!

Finally, I have to say that I love teaching at HFK!

¡Me gusta mucho ser la profesora de Español!

¡Nos vemos!

Maria Guzman
Specialist – Spanish

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