Elementary Spanish Program1919 14th Street, Suite 421, Boulder, CO 80302
What is the Elementary Spanish Program?
The Elementary Spanish Program (ESP) is a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization, independent of the school district, which focuses specifically on teaching Spanish to children. For 41 years, we have introduced thousands of children in Boulder County and surrounding areas to the Spanish language and the cultures of Latin America and Spain.
ESP offers enrichment classes before and after school for kindergarten through 5th grade students at many public schools, and up to 8th grade at a few private and charter schools in our district. Our communication-based instruction includes two or three years of auditory instruction and two or more years of reading, writing, and literature.
This year we are excited to integrate more physical teaching and storytelling into our current auditory curriculum that is based on an approach called Total Physical Response Storytelling (TPR/S). We are also introducing a new curriculum for our upper level classes that will focus on a series of culturally rich beginning chapter books. To learn more, see the Curriculum page.
Wendy Blakemore, Colorado High School Spanish Teacher
I spent a long time reading every detail of the curriculum. I really enjoyed it and think you have a wonderful product. The ‘Scope and Sequence’ is excellent. I like the configuration of the levels and think the progression is very solid. The layout for both teacher and student is well coordinated and easy to follow. The stories you have chosen as the foundation are very age and level appropriate and are simple to follow, yet challenging enough to invite curiosity from the students. I feel that you are offering the teachers many options to help with their weekly lessons. TPR is vital at these young ages. You allow much space for teacher individualization and creativity, which I consider a HUGE plus!
Our classes meet two times a week, 45 minutes per class, for 10 weeks each semester. For most of our schools, ESP Fall classes begin the third week of September and resume the second week of January. For more information on specific times, days, and schools, see the class schedules . Please note that these schedules are subject to change based on changes at individual schools or changes in enrollment.
Enrolling Your Child in Spanish Classes
As a nonprofit organization, class revenues are used to provide classes that average 10 students, to train and pay our highly qualified staff, to create and purchase curriculum and classroom materials, and to rent classrooms at your child’s respective school.
Silvia Katinka Ponce Clough Scholarship Fund
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the funding of scholarships for those families in need. No amount is too small, and 100% of every dollar you donate helps to offer this educational program to a child who may otherwise not be able to benefit from this educational outreach due to financial hardship.