The goal of the Seneca Academy foreign language curriculum is to expose students to a different language than English, and introduce them to different cultures and perspectives. Seneca Academy Spanish is taught using Descubre el Español developed by Santillana, and is based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning. These standards identify five goals of language instruction: communicate in languages other than English, gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures, connect with other disciplines and acquire information, utilize comparisons to develop insight into the nature of language and culture, and participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.
Specific areas of study include:
- Vocabulary and Comprehension, Communication and Cultures
- Vocabulary and Phonics, Communication and Connections
- Vocabulary and Structure, Communication and Comparisons
- Vocabulary and Language Functions, Communication and Communities