Students are placed in Spanish classes based on their current fluency with the language and transcript analysis for students transferring after the 9th grade. Their introduction to Spanish is focused on four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course represents a blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is an emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The courses are aligned to national standards set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
This introductory course is designed to expose students to the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will develop basic proficiency in the four modalities of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In highly structured and contextualized situations, students will learn to ask and answer simple questions as they learn to communicate about themselves, their families, and their friends. Students will respond to written prompts about their daily lives and responsibilities. There is a strong emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and verb conjugation at this level. Students will be exposed to authentic material and various media sources in the target language. Spanish will be used as much as possible during classroom instruction.
Spanish II is designed for mid-novice level language learners who need additional review of the concepts and structures introduced in Spanish 1. Students will continue to develop basic proficiency in the four modalities of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These skills will be taught in highly structured and culturally-relevant situations through exposure to a variety of authentic media sources. Students will make and respond to basic inquiries and discuss dining healthy lifestyles, fashion trends, parties, and vacation plans. There is a strong emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and verb conjugation. Participation in this course is by teacher recommendation.