This course is intended for students who have never studied Spanish or who have studied another World Language. It is designed to introduce students to the Spanish language and culture. In this entry-level course, the emphasis is placed on the important role that Hispanics play in the United States today. Students practice vocabulary and grammar concepts in guided and structured exercises both oral and written. In addition to daily homework assignments and class participation, student assessments may include written and oral quizzes and tests, conversation, presentations, and projects. The goal of this course is to develop students’ second language skills to prepare them for a successful transition to Spanish II. Students are expected to use familiar vocabulary and expressions to communicate in the target language.
Students who enroll in this course continue to develop their communication skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking by acquiring and using modern vocabulary. In this beginning level course, new grammatical concepts continue to focus on basic communication. Students participate in structured and guided exercises, both oral and written, to practice new vocabulary and grammatical concepts. Assessments, both daily and long-term, are designed to strengthen and improve language skills. A variety of assessments may include written and oral quizzes and tests, conversations, presentations and projects focusing on unit themes. Students are expected to use level-appropriate language to communicate.
Students who enroll in this course begin to apply their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing while developing cultural sensitivity to the everyday activities of Spain and Mexico. Students improve their skills through individual, pair or group activities, conversations, presentations, and guided writing activities, to communicate in authentic, real-life situations. A variety of cultural materials supplement the curriculum. Assessments focus on listening and speaking skills, daily class participation and interaction with peers and the teacher, written and oral presentations, tests, quizzes and project (s). The focus of this course is international travel. Part of the final assessment will include a variety of tasks completed at the end of each unit culminating in an oral presentation of the project. Reading selections include Historietas en español, and Susana y Javier en España.
Spanish is the primary language of instruction in this course. Discussions, note taking, writing samples, and extemporaneous conversations in Spanish are requirements. Students expand their vocabulary, participate in authentic oral/aural situations, and practice advanced grammatical concepts. Students read a variety of literature, which may include poetry, short stories, biographies, and legends. Listening comprehension activities, oral presentations, and writing assignments are some of the criteria used to assess a student’s progress. Effective communication is the major goal of this course. Reading Selections include Leyendas Norteamericanas and Lazarillo de Tormes.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Advanced Placement Courses provide an opportunity for students to experience a college course while still in high school. AP courses follow a syllabus that has been approved by the College Board, and teachers must receive specialized training to teach the courses. Although it is not required, it is expected that students who take AP courses will also register for the national AP exam at their own expense. The AP Spanish Language class covers the equivalent of a third-year college-level course in advanced Spanish reading, writing, and conversation. It encompasses aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar, and composition. Emphasizing the use of Spanish for active and effective communication, the students will have the following goals:
- To comprehend formal and informal spoken Spanish
- To express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency
- To acquire vocabulary and to understand grammatical structures
- To compose expository and creative passages
- To read critically
Assessment is an ongoing process that focuses on the language skills evaluated on the AP Spanish Language test. Students will write essays, prepare speech samples and engage in listening and audiovisual comprehension activities.