Spanish I: Introductory Spanish, Part 1
This course provides an introduction to Spanish for beginning students. Basic vocabulary that includes greetings, the classroom and school life, days of the week, months of the year, pastimes, travel and vacation, season, weather, and family members is presented and then practiced through a variety of oral and written exercises. Students learn the conjugations of regular and irregular verbs, the use of descriptive, possessive, and demonstrative adjectives, and the differences between the verbs ser and estar. Throughout the year students use and develop the four main language acquisition skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural readings allow students to learn about history, geography, art, customs, music and traditions of different countries in Central America, South America, Caribbean Islands, and Spain, as well as of Hispanic and Latino people living in the United States. Grades 9-10.
Spanish II: Introductory Spanish, Part 2
Students learn new grammatical structures such as reflexive verbs, direct and indirect object pronouns, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns and the preterite tense, including regular and irregular verbs. Students also continue to expand their vocabulary through thematic units. At this level, students are expected to express their opinions in the target language. They also write short paragraphs and skits in order to further develop their communicative skills. Finally, students deepen their understanding of the cultures of Spanish speaking countries through readings, videos, and student-generated projects. Grades 9-12.
Spanish III: Intermediate Spanish, Part 1 (continuation of Spanish 8 and Spanish II)
Spanish III teaches students to communicate with accuracy and fluency at an intermediate level. The course begins with a detailed review of previously learned material, such as the present and preterite tenses, and then introduces more advanced grammatical topics. By the end of the year, students finish learning the indicative mood, including uses of the imperfect, present perfect, pluperfect, future, future perfect, and conditional tenses. Some of the thematic vocabulary units relate to the arts, professions, health, and well-being. Oral presentations and writing assignments are based on various topics of interest. Participation at a more advanced level is expected in this class. Grades 9-11.
Spanish IV: Intermediate Spanish, Part 2
Spanish IV is an intermediate-level class. Students in this course review different grammatical structures learned in Spanish III and are introduced to the subjunctive mood. They continue to expand their vocabulary by learning about the media, city life, nature, and the environment, law, types of government, and civil and human rights. Critical and literary readings from Spain and Latin America help students to practice their speaking and writing skills through engagement in class discussions and written assignments. Grades 9-12.
Spanish V: Composition and Conversation
In this course, students discuss contemporary social and political topics such as education, public and private entities, social media, and grassroots activism while reviewing grammatical structures for written and oral expression. Critical readings of articles from magazines or newspapers are an essential part of the class work. Compositions, oral presentations, and ongoing grammar activities are included during class time to help students continue to improve their writing and speaking skills. Grades 10-12.
Advanced Spanish: Literature of the Spanish-Speaking World
Advanced Spanish is a course in which students read and discuss complete works of literature by authors from Latin America, Spain, and the Diaspora. A deeper knowledge and use of skills are expected at this level. Students discuss and analyze short stories, novels, poetry, essays, plays, articles, films, and art of the Spanish-speaking world. Guided and open-ended discussions, oral presentations, compositions and ongoing grammar activities help students sharpen their writing and speaking skills. Grades 11-12.