About World Language Program at Washington


    Program description:

    Our program will introduce students to Spanish with a focus on oral language comprehension (Our speaking and listening standards). As students become proficient in the target language, reading and writing skills are introduced. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Spanish-speaking cultures through interactive lessons and activities that will allow them to compare, contrast, and value cultural differences and similarities. Our program will follow the 5 C’s of the Common Core World Language Standards: Communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities.

    Our mission:

    Our mission is to inspire and educate our students to become confident and proficient in a second language other than English. We want our future leaders to become knowledgeable and open minded about other cultures, traditions, and language. Ultimately we would like our students to become lifelong learners as well as active participants of their community.

    Our Curriculum:

    Students will explore and learn language and culture through fun filled lessons, multimedia presentations and activities. Lessons will incorporate music, dance, art, dramatic play, and games. Students will learn as they play and have fun as they acquire learning objectives effectively. One of the curriculum resources we will use is ¡Listos! from Vista Higher Learning, a World Language State Board approved instructional
    material for California.


Meet the Teacher

  • Portrait of Karen Gonzalez

  • My name is Mrs. Gonzalez. This year I am excited to begin the next chapter of my teaching career as the new Spanish teacher in our World Language Program here at Washington Elementary. I have been a teacher at Washington for 22 years, teaching grades kindergarten through second. I have a BA and Masters in Child Development and a Multiple Subject teaching credential with an emphasis in Spanish. My objective this year is to create a fun filled learning environment where students will thrive as they learn Spanish.

    As a young child, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. Teaching is my passion and as an educator I have always believed in the importance of learning a second language. This is why I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to teach our future leaders not just a language, but a chance to have an insight into other cultures and become more equipped for the future. Looking forward to a wonderful year!