Foreign Language Philosophy
The Foreign Language Department of Yorktown Christian Academy endeavors to instill the value and importance of studying a foreign language so that the students of YCA will have a valuable tool with which to "...become all things to all men so that by all possible means [they] might save some." The students can then say with confidence, "I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings." 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 The study of a foreign language is essential to the development of a strong connection and understanding with people who speak another language and enhances the student's awareness so that they can become "All things to all men."
The Foreign Language Department of YCA focuses on the development of a strong core Spanish program beginning in Preschool and continuing through Eighth Grade. The study of Spanish was chosen due to the high percentage of a Spanish-speaking population living in the United States and South Texas. Secondly, the development of Spanish language skills enhances English vocabulary development as a result of the large percentage of English words that have Latin roots which are intertwined with Spanish words. The Foreign Language Department also recognized the need of developing an intense Spanish language program beginning in preschool so students would develop foreign language skills that would better equip them to communicate and share God's Word with more people. Students are immersed into the Spanish language and gain knowledge of different Spanish-speaking cultures and countries. Finally, YCA's Spanish language program provides a firm foundation for future Spanish study and academic success through its intense conversational, grammatical, vocabulary study of the Spanish language.