Spanish at Holy Family Parish School is taught in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. The HFK program is an immersion program; which 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 cannot be fully acquired without understanding the intricacies of its people. As part of this focus, every year our students prepare for and participate in a Spanish Mass.

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 over 20 years. This year is my eighth year teaching at Holy Family!

I had the honor of starting the Spanish program at Holy Family Parish School 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 children 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! Because our Spanish program is an immersion program; we speak in Spanish for almost all of our class time. Through immersion, the students become proficient in a more natural way and absorb the language at a faster pace.

Our program includes not only the language, but also the culture and history. Culture is incorporated whenever possible, and every year, our students prepare for and participate in a Spanish Mass. 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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