Foreign Language Program

Primary School and Preschool

Trinity students are introduced to foreign language at an early age. From age 3, students are given biweekly instruction in foreign language. PK-3 to 2nd grade students study Spanish, and 3rd and 4th grade students learn French. Teachers use a variety of instructional methods, including songs, games, and role plays to instill a love of learning languages. The curriculum is also enhanced by exposure to different cultures.

Middle School

All incoming 5th grade students take a Language Links class. This course serves as an introduction and foundation for foreign language study. Students will be able to see the linguistic connections between the different Romance languages. Grammatical structures, vocabulary in context, borrowed and root words, as well as Latin and Greek prefixes and suffixes will be explored. At the conclusion of this course, students will choose to pursue further study in either French or Spanish for the remaining three years of Middle School.

The French and Spanish programs follow the Maryland State World Languages Level 1 curriculum. Students focus on the language acquisition skills, which are listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They are introduced to grammar through thematic units and vocabulary in context.

In the foreign language department, we are proud to give our students a global perspective. Together we celebrate cultural diversity. Students learn about the history and culture of the Hispanic and Francophone worlds, including holidays like el Dia de Los Muertos, Navidad and Nöel, Mardi Gras, Pâques and Pascua de la Resurrección and Cinco de Mayo.

Latin is offered as an elective to eighth grade students only. The goal is to develop a reading mastery of Latin by studying grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Students meet three times a week to explore the Latin language. The will learn to recognize the influence of Roman history and civilization on the English language and Western culture.


French Teacher
Jennifer Fons
jfons@trinityschoolmd.org
Jennifer Fons, French teacher for grades 3-8, is a native of Howard County. Madame Fons holds a Master's Degree in Education with a specialization in TESOL and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and Foreign Language Education. After living in France for 10 years, she is a fluent French speaker. Madame Fons has taught French at many levels including working with elementary and middle school students in a French immersion program in Toronto, Canada. Madame Fons is a lifelong language learner, a passionate teacher, and a Christian who believes that every student is unique.

Spanish Teacher
Saville MacDonald
smacdonald@trinityschoolmd.org
Señora MacDonald, Spanish teacher for grades 2 and 5-8, earned her BA in History from the University of Michigan and a Master's Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Temple University. She lived and studied in San Jose, Costa Rica, where she received certification from el Instituto de Idiomas. She has traveled extensively to Spanish-speaking countries including Spain, Mexico, Peru, Nicaragua, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Trinity Foreign Language Program.

Spanish Teacher
Cecilia Redmond
credmond@trinityschoolmd.org
Señora Redmond, Spanish teacher for preschool through grade 1, is a native speaker born in Peru. Señora Redmond is credentialed by the State of Maryland for teaching Early Childhood. She is also nationally accredited as a Child Development Associate (CDA). Senora Redmond has 15 years of experience teaching Spanish in Early Childhood. She is also an instructor for Howard County in adult and children's programs. Through Señora Redmond, the children at Trinity discover the many treasures found within the Spanish speaking countries around the world.

Latin Teacher
Kathy Hobart
khobart@trinityschoolmd.org

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