A Communicative Approach  

  • Our program originally began in 2013 with a textbook series called Maravillas (which means “Wonders” in English) from McGraw-Hill School Education. We continue to use Maravillas as a resource in the BCWLA program for reading comprehension and extension activities.
  • In 2014 and 2015, the BCWLA program explored a more communicative approach to foreign language learning.
  • In 2016, after many classroom observations, feedback from BCWLA faculty, students & parents, and a thorough review by our curriculum committee, we decided to realign the scope and sequence of our curriculum. Our committee, composed of experienced foreign language instructors, has created a unique curriculum, redesigned specifically for a foreign language program that meets three hours per week, consistently for an academic year, with the possibility of advancing six years in the program (1st-6th grades). 
  • The BCWLA program is based on the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational) and the "5 C's" (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons & Communities). 
  • At every course level, each unit consists of the following:
    • One or more stories in target language
    • Core and spiraling vocabulary
    • Grammar through context
    • Authentic materials (videos, literature, etc)
    • Geography and country focus
    • Student projects or presentations
  • Teachers use the target language as exculsively as possible (90% plus) at all levels of instruction.

  •  Differentiated instructional strategies are used in order to help each student acquire the language at his/her own pace. 
  • In addition to classroom materials, students and families have access to online resources via the teacher sites on our BCWLA website: 


Our curriculum is structured so that a student can participate in our program without repeating the exact same information every year. It is important for you to know that each year, instruction will begin with a one week introduction for all students in the class. This is a great review for students who are returning but also allows new students to integrate into an immersion-based setting.