High School Spanish
Spanish I – This course is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture. Students will learn vocabulary and communication skills through oral and written exercises, class activities, and at-home assignments. Listening and speaking skills will be developed through oral activities and audio and video components. In this class, students will also learn about the geography and culture of Spanish speaking countries. Students are graded on homework assignments, quizzes, tests, oral participation, classroom projects, and listening activities. By the end of this course, students will have reached a novice-high proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish.
Spanish II – All aspects of grammar and vocabulary taught in Spanish I are reinforced and expanded upon in second year Spanish. Additional vocabulary includes foods, clothing and accessories, furniture, the arts, getting around in the city, and rooms of the house, an expanded list of adjectives, adverbs, and verbs. All other simple indicative mood verb tenses are learned as well, including the two simple past tenses and their differences (preterit and imperfect), the future and the conditional. Oral and written communication is emphasized. Students will use their iPads on a daily basis in this class to complete homework assignments, quizzes, tests, speaking and listening activities, and classroom projects.
Honors Spanish III – This course emphasizes awareness of and appreciation for the entire Spanish speaking world through research, reading and listening comprehension, as well as projects. The course stresses the development of oral and written skills through conversation and writing in the language. Students are expected to speak in Spanish in class, pulling from and expanding upon the grammar and vocabulary acquired in Spanish 1 and 2. Honors Spanish 3 introduces the subjunctive mood, in both the present and past tenses; and students will give presentations implementing this new grammatical construct in contextual ways. Students will learn how to share the gospel, will study various passages of Scripture, will explore the illegal immigration debate, will read short works of literature by Hispanic authors, and will discuss future plans. Many grammar concepts are reinforced through praise and worship music in Spanish, as well as popular American music translated to Spanish and popular Hispanic music.
AP Spanish Language and Culture – Classroom procedure is informal and personal, but requires serious dedication, as this is the equivalent of a level 3 college course. There is very little direct grammar instruction in this course. Students will improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening as they practice those skills on a daily basis. Students will greatly expand their vocabulary through reading and listening to authentic resources (from literature, TV, the internet, radio, newpaper, etc.) on a daily basis. Students will become proficient in conversation in Spanish, as well, as presenting arguments orally and in written format. Topics to be studied fall under the six themes established by the College Board: Global Challenges, Beauty and Aesthetics, Contemporary Life, Families and Communities, Science and Technology, and Personal and Public Identities. Essentially, we talk, read, write, and think about current and historical events, using Spanish to do so.