World Language Program K-5

    Whittier International’s Language Philosophy
    Language is a creative, interactive system we use to express ourselves, construct meaning and access information. Through language and communication with others, we develop our identities.  Because language is essential to learning, it is central to all of our instructional programs.  Consequently, all of our students are language learners and all of our teachers are language instructors.  Since language is a part of personal and cultural identity, we encourage and celebrate students’ home languages.  Learning multiple languages is important because it promotes an international perspective, open-mindedness, abstract thinking, and cross-cultural communication.
    World Language Instruction:
    English is Whittier’s language of instruction, and Spanish is our World Language.  2nd through 5th graders receive a weekly language lesson in Spanish, co-taught by their classroom teacher and a certified Spanish teacher.  For up-to-date information on what Spanish vocabulary and grammar is being taught and for links to additional resources, please visit our blog: