Primary School Spanish Lessons Showcase Chinese and Japanese Cultures

Posted on: Feb 11, 2013

Primary School students are learning Spanish through the Chinese and Japanese cultures. Spanish teacher Yolanda Hankins recently attended the East Asia Institute and National Consortium for Teaching about Asia Book Study Workshops, which inspired her to design and develop Spanish lesson plans by teaching “cognates” while learning about a Japanese legend and by teaching Spanish vocabulary while learning about The Adventures of the Monkey King, a Beijing Opera.

Recently, Holland Hall parent Masako Abufadil visited the class and taught the students how to write in Japanese. Students learned to say and write “dog” in Japanese and took turns asking about many other words. Students learned that in Japan, the word “peace” is used instead of “cheese” when getting ready for a photograph!