The Department of Foreign Language affords students the opportunity to gain communicative competency in Spanish while fostering cross-cultural awareness and appreciation. These are very practical skills that will help to prepare students to live, travel and work in a culturally diverse environment and to be successful in today’s highly competitive job market. All courses emphasize development of the five language learning skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing and the socio-linguistic aspects of second language acquisition.
Millis offers two distinct Spanish language programs: a twelve-year Spanish immersion program which begins in first grade at the Clyde Brown Elementary School, as well as a non-immersion program which is based on a traditional approach to second language acquisition. Students eligible to take Spanish Immersion courses at Millis must have begun this program at the Clyde Brown Elementary School, or have participated in a similar immersion program in another system. Students who do not participate in Spanish immersion begin to study Spanish in sixth grade and can choose to continue to build their skills and develop proficiency through grade 12.