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In grades K-1, students are immersed in comprehensible input through the Salsa video program for 30 minutes a week. The Salsa Video program is produced by the Georgia Public Broadcast Company and is a comprehensive Spanish video program for young children featuring puppets, state-of-the-art graphics, animation and humor. Teachers are not expected to be certified to teach a world language or be familiar with Spanish as the students are learning the language through immersion of familiar fairy tales.
Each video lesson is preceded by a staff development component that familiarizes the teacher with the content and objectives of the lesson, reviews all vocabulary words, and demonstrates the correct pronunciation of all Spanish words used in the lesson. There are 42 video lessons in the SALSA series
In grades 2-5, students receive instruction from a certified Spanish teacher twice a week for a total of 75 minutes. Students are exposed to the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of the Spanish speaking world through meaningful interaction with the teacher. A multitude of strategies are employed to engage the learner through comprehensible input, Total Physical Response (TPR), TPR-Storytelling, cooperative learning and authentic materials. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines are introduced to promote proficiency through the novice benchmark level.