FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURAL STUDIES
At Princeton Preparatory School, we understand the importance of teaching Foreign Languages to our young students. Children are exposed to Spanish, and Swahili - which you probably know with common phrases being Hakuna Matata (no worries), Rafiki (friend), Simba (lion), in a weekly 40 minute lesson taught by a specialist teacher who is also a native speaker.
Imagine a world where language and culture are not barriers. Foreign Languages aim to foster an inquisitive and positive attitude towards other cultures, create tolerance and understanding as well as to nurture enthusiasm for languages.
The variety of teaching and learning approaches in Foreign Languages also help to enhance and develop other essential learning skills such as
numeracy, focused listening, social interaction, fine motor skills, spatial awareness, and self-confidence. Multilingual classrooms open up access to a vast range of literature, history, traditions, food, philosophy and great interest of other cultures. This in turn helps students to become less myopic in their views and more accepting of differences.
Culture plays an essential role in how children make sense of the world. Exposing young children to different cultures makes for a fun and exciting learning environment! The overall goal is to expose children to differences at an early age so that they can begin to appreciate and value them rather than to dismiss them. For example, December is spent on the theme “Christmas around the world." Our cultural classes have taken us to the Taj Mahal in India, to the great wall of China, the pyramids of Egypt, leaning tower of Pisa and many more places while in the comfort of our classroom.