Students will be introduced to the vast Spanish-speaking world along with many of its unique colorful cultural elements. All levels hope to inspire students to become more globally minded through development of their speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. In Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 the student learns the skills to communicate at a novice level on a variety of authentic topics including: introductions, shopping, asking and receiving directions, and communicating one’s needs and interests. Spanish 3 is a continuation and expansion of the prior knowledge and skills concentrating on more advanced topics including art, history, the environment and world issues.
Pre AP Spanish 2 and Spanish 3 are an option for students seeking a faster paced and more rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for the AP exam in Spanish 4.
AP Spanish 4 Spanish Language and Culture is a course designed to be equivalent to a fifth and sixth semester class at the university level. With the implementation of the new 2014 AP exam, students will use their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills to explore 6 global themes presented through a variety of media.
Students are encouraged to join the Spanish club and further their experience and understanding of the Spanish-speaking world.
SPANISH I – is an introduction to the Spanish speaking world, the language and the people. Emphasis is on the early acquisition of the spoken language while developing listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Grammar skills are introduced through both oral and written expression. This course is intended for students who are at or above grade level skills in the areas of oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students may purchase a Spanish/English dictionary.
SPANISH II – is a reinforcement and expression of the four skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing. Writing with appropriate grammatical structure is emphasized to increase the range of students’ knowledge of the language. Vocabulary is expanded through reading, writing exercises and conversational practice.
PRE-AP SPANISH II – studies the material covered in Spanish II, with emphasis on learning strategies to prepare for Pre-AP Spanish III. Students are expected to become more proficient in the four language skills. Projects and cooperative learning groups are fundamental elements of this course.
SPANISH III – is a continuation and expansion of the four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. Vocabulary is expanded through readings, writing exercises and conversational practice.
PRE-AP SPANISH III – covers the material and meet objectives found in Spanish III with emphasis on learning strategies to prepare for AP Spanish IV. Vocabulary expansion, grammatical concepts, oral and written skills and a degree of fluency in silent reading and expression in oral reading are emphasized. Students acquire cultural insights and an appreciation of Hispanic life. Projects and cooperative learning groups are fundamental elements of this course.
AP SPANISH IV (SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE) – extends the development of the four primary language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This course focuses on knowledge of the language and culture through literature, structure, and conversation. Students read selections from classic and contemporary literature, view artistic masterpieces and explore the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam.
AP SPANISH V (SPANISH LITERATURE) – continues to advance the study and development of Spanish in all communicative skills. Students participate in listening and speaking activities, both planned and impromptu, on a wide range of topics, including current events, literature, cultural topics, and real-life situations. In addition, the course will include intensive exploration of all genres of authentic Hispanic literature. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam.
PRE-AP SPANISH II FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS – emphasizes standard spoken and written Spanish. Students must be fluent in speaking their target language. This course will increase reading, grammar and writing skills as well as the study of people and cultures of the Hispanic world. Multiple learning strategies will be provided to prepare students for Pre-AP Spanish III. Students will be expected to become more proficient in the four language skills.