The Academic Framework

The Curricular and Instructional Guidance for World Languages is designed to facilitate the acquisition of, or continued development in, a target language. In alignment with the nationally recognized and research-based standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL), language programs prioritize functional language for communicative ability.

The World-Readiness Standards make it imperative that our work incorporate the 5 C’s Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.  This happens first by taking a stance of Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, one that acknowledges that all students enter a World Language classroom with their own assets of language and culture. The work of the course is then to act as a facilitative connection with target-language speaking communities in Philadelphia, the US, and around the world. Likewise, resources used in World Language courses should reflect the diversity of the target-language speaking communities and of our schools, and lead to target-language interactions that foster the five pursuits of Historically Responsive Education (Identity, Skills, Intellect, Criticality, and Joy).


Nebinger offers Spanish for grades 1-8.

Grades 1-5 receives Spanish once a week for 45 minutes
Grades 6-7 receives Spanish twice a week for 45 minutes
Grade 8 is offered Spanish 1, daily for 45 minutes


*Grade 8 Spanish 1 is accepted by High Schools, however does not count as high school credit. Students who successfully complete Spanish 1 at Nebinger are able to register for Spanish 2 upon High School entry.