Spanish

Course Name | Credit Type | Description

Spanish Overview 

All Spanish courses at SJCHS are taught at the highest level of expectations. Most of the classes are conducted in Spanish to improve the student’s ability to comprehend the spoken language. We offer Honor and Non-Honors for each of the Spanish courses and the differences being in the grade scale, work expectations and assignments. Also, honor students are required to take the Spanish National Exam where non-honors is optional (Offered in 2015 and reinstating in 2018).


Also, we include material from various sources to prepare the students for the AP Examination in either their Junior or Senior Year. 


Spanish 1 | (Honors and Non-Honors) 

Will provide the student with a general introduction to the Spanish language: sound system, pronunciation, functional vocabulary related to everyday life, cultural information and basic grammatical structures. Emphasis will be on the acquisition of four skills: listening, speaking, reading and limited writing. There are two main objectives of the course. Foremost is to give the students the ability to carry on a simple conversation. The second is to provide the students with instruction that teaches a basic understanding of Spanish culture, vocabulary, and grammatical concepts. Students will be exposed to the present tense, present progressive, and some introductory past tenses. Students will be expected to apply in writing and speaking. Because this is an entry-level course offered at the High School, students that have taken Spanish in the past and have not earned a B or better must not enroll in the Honor track. 


Other skills required in the class: Very familiar with google drives, slides, and word 


Spanish 2 | (Honors and Non-Honors) | Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or instructor approval upon completion of placement test. 

Course Description: Spanish 2 builds upon knowledge gained in Spanish 1.This course will also reinforce the skills learned in Spanish I: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis is on perfecting pronunciation, mastery of the basic grammatical structures, and increased communicative proficiency. Acquisition of functional vocabulary is expected. Students will be exposed to the past tenses, future, conditional and subjunctive mood. Students will be expected to apply them in their writing and speaking. Students are expected to write journals with 500+ words including application of grammar concepts and a variety of vocabulary (not just simple vocabulary). 


Spanish 3 | Prerequisite: Spanish 2 

This course builds upon knowledge gained in Spanish 1 & 2. The course is a continuation and recycling of knowledge acquired in Spanish 1 and Spanish 2, as well as an introduction to new vocabulary, structures and expressions. Students will be expected to expand their vocabulary range to include more sophisticated terms, use advanced language expressions, verb tenses and grammatical concepts such as the pluperfect and the subjunctive mood. Students will view Spanish language films and read selected Spanish literature. In this course, while students will be reminded of previous grammar concepts learned, students will be exposed to work expected in the AP Course. Students will work with other partners on chat work, conversations, and other work related to AP preparation level for the AP Course. This course is offered to students that are really serious about their next step – taking the AP Spanish Examination. 


AP Spanish Language & Culture | Prerequisite: Spanish 3 & Department Approval 

This is an intensive course, and the student must be committed to excellence and not taking shortcuts! This course is intended to prepare students for the AP Examination. Not a course for someone that “just” wants to take an AP class. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency at the Intermediate to Pre-Advanced range in each of the three modes of communication described in the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners. Students are expected to: engage in spoken and written interpersonal communication, synthesize information from of variety of authentic audio, visual, and audiovisual resources, synthesize information from a variety of authentic written and printed sources, and plan, produce, and present verbal and written presentational communications.