Helios’ program includes opportunities to develop second language proficiency in order to deepen understanding of other cultures and countries. All Helios students currently study either Mandarin Chinese or Spanish two times per week.
Students are grouped by ability for language study and each class is taught as an immersion experience. We accommodate learners whose parents speak Mandarin/Spanish at home as well as learners with no previous exposure to the language.
The foreign language curriculum integrates vocabulary and content from the current theme in order to maintain student engagement. Classes are multi-faceted and purposeful with a focus on communication. Students learn both oral and written communication through songs, performing plays, hands-on projects, and more traditional exercises.