St. John Neumann Catholic School

Foreign Language at SJNCS

Spanish is offered at SJNCS as a special area of instruction. Kindergarten and First Grade meet once a week. Second Grade through Seventh Grade meet twice a week. Eighth Grade students attend Spanish class three times per week.

In Kindergarten through Fourth Grade, the emphasis is on vocabulary acquisition and learning to use basic greetings and questions. In Middle School, students continue to add to their vocabulary while learning grammatical structure. Knowledge of basic vocabulary and a rudimentary understanding of noun/adjective agreement and the conjugation of verbs in the present tense is emphasized in Middle School. Each Middle School class begins with 10 minutes of “Spanish Only”. During this time, students will learn to carry on basic conversations about family, food, clothing, likes and dislikes and write short paragraphs in Spanish.

At the end of the 2013/2014 school year, twenty-seven of thirty-six (75%) graduating 8th Grade students were placed in Honors Foreign Language courses at Knoxville Catholic High School.