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Foreign Language at SJNCS

Spanish is offered at SJNCS as a special area of instruction to all the students from Pre-K through 8th grade. The Spanish curriculum is designed to prepare the students to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to achieve proficiency in the target language by implementing the teaching method called TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). TPRS is an input-based approach to teaching language that focuses on the systematic instruction of vocabulary in a highly comprehensible, personalized and contextualized manner.

The five basic steps of the TPRS sequence are:

1. Establish meaning

2. Ask the story/create a story

3. Read and discuss/reading activity

4. Cultural Reading

5. Assessment

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At the end of the 2017/2018 school year, twenty-seven of thirty-six (75%) graduating 8th Grade students were placed in Honors Foreign Language Courses at Knoxville Catholic High School.

Meet our Spanish Teacher

Señora Mountain is a 15 year expert Native Spanish Teacher from Bogotá, Colombia. She is also a LEI ( Latino Enrollment Institute) participant for the University of Notre Dame and a TPRS expert and certified by Blaine Ray. Señora Mountain has been married to her husband, Chad, for 21 years. They have two children, Andrew and Mathew, who both graduated from St. John Neumann School. Teaching is her passion and she says that working in the Catholic Dioceses is her calling.

 

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Teaching here has been the best! I can't imagine being anywhere else!

Christie Hubbard

2017-03-13T11:54:16+00:00

Christie Hubbard

Teaching here has been the best! I can't imagine being anywhere else!
I feel like we have found the hidden gem of Knoxville private schools. SJNCS is an amazing school with wonderful...

Mary Marlowe

2018-08-09T04:52:46+00:00

Mary Marlowe

I feel like we have found the hidden gem of Knoxville private schools. SJNCS is an amazing school with wonderful and dedicated teachers and staff.
I wouldn't send our kids anywhere else! The teachers are awesome!

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2018-08-09T14:30:45+00:00

Jennifer McEnery

I wouldn't send our kids anywhere else! The teachers are awesome!
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2018-08-09T14:31:11+00:00
Awesome and faith-filled!