Spanish

 

Course Name

Credit Type

Description

Spanish 1

Core

Introductory Conversation and Grammar

The student entering Spanish 1 does not need prior Spanish language experience. The class will be taught in English for the first semester to ensure a solid foundation in the basics of Spanish. However, second semester, the class is conducted in Spanish to enhance the students' ability to comprehend the spoken language. Listening, reading, and writing skills, Cultural experiences as well as preparation for the National AP Spanish Language exam, all begin at this level.

 

 

Spanish 2

Core

Prerequisite: Spanish 1

This class is the continuation of Spanish 1 and is taught at the highest level of expectations (Honors Program in other schools). The course is conducted in Spanish to improve the student’s ability to comprehend the language. Preparation for the National AP Spanish Language Exam continues in this class. Students learn more writing and reading skills to cement their foundation for the upper level classes. Participation, dialogues, cultural activities, audiovisuals, and other meaningful activities in and out of the classroom will equip him/her to use the language in a useful way.

 

 

Spanish 3

Elective

Prerequisite: Spanish 2

This class is conducted in Spanish to improve the student’s ability to comprehend the spoken language. Students taking Spanish 3 need to have two years of Spanish language study or a placement test. Preparation for the National AP Spanish Language Exam continues and intensifies at this level. Writing and reading skills are a priority. Students approach an intermediate proficiency level. Participation, dialogues, cultural activities, audiovisuals, cooking, translation and other meaningful activities in and out of the classroom will equip him/her to use the language in a useful way.

 

 

Spanish IV

Elective

Prerequisite: Spanish III

This course is an elective course for students who have successfully completed Spanish III and wish to continue their pursuit of higher levels of Spanish study. Emphasizing communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) students will further their development of cultural knowledge. 

This course is designed to be a rigorous preparation for students planning to continue to the Advanced Placement Spanish Language class and/or to study Spanish at the college level. Students should function in the Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate proficiency level in their communicative skills by the end of the fourth year. Students will demonstrate mastery of all basic Spanish grammar and will be able to recognize and use effectively all verb tenses and moods. Students will also demonstrate a working knowledge of major Spanish and Latin American authors and artists and their works.

 

 

AP Spanish

 Elective Prerequisite: Spanish 4 (Department & Administrative Approval)

This is a college-level class and is conducted in Spanish to improve the student’s ability to comprehend the spoken language. Students taking the Advanced Placement Spanish Language course have already had several years of Spanish language study. The class curriculum is 

reviewed every year because of the rigorous demands of the College Board. Writing, reading, and speaking skills are emphasized. Students will learn complex skills in these areas. The AP Spanish language course draws on all of the student’s previous language learning, but emphasizes use of the second language for active communication. 

The AP Spanish Language course has the following objectives: 

  • Prepare the students to excel in the AP Exam 
  • The ability to comprehend formal and informal spoken Spanish. 
  • The acquisition of vocabulary and the grasp of structure to allow easy, accurate reading of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as modern literature in Spanish. 
  • The ability to compose expository passages. 
  • The ability to express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency. 

The course seeks to develop language skills that are useful in themselves and that can be applied to various activities and disciplines rather than to the mastery of any specific subject matter.

 

 

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