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World Languages Department

Primary School and Preschool

Trinity students are introduced to world languages at an early age. From age 3, students are given biweekly instruction in world languages. 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 World Languages 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. They will learn to recognize the influence of Roman history and civilization on the English language and Western culture.

World Language Teachers

French Teacher
Jennifer Fons
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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

Kathleen O'Toole
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Senora O'Toole started teaching middle school Spanish in 1990 in Baltimore. She took some time off to raise her family, then spent many years teaching at RSPS and St. Agnes.


  

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