All students at the Rudolf Steiner School take two foreign languages, Spanish and German, from first through eighth grades. Each language is taught in two forty-minute periods a week. The study of these two languages, from two different language groups, Romance and Germanic, allows students to absorb knowledge of life from two different points of view and to develop an understanding and appreciation for other cultures.
In fourth grade, language study becomes more systematic. Basic grammar is introduced, spelling becomes a part of the lessons, development of vocabulary is emphasized, and the children begin to read and write. Fifth-grade language study becomes more complex. Textbooks are introduced, homework is now assigned, and quizzes are given in class. Although recitation, games, and singing remain important in sixth grade, the emphasis continues its shift to grammar, vocabulary, reading, and written work. There are regular tests, and students practice conversational skills in class.