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Spanish

Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 H and 2 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Written sample and oral interview to determine proficiency in Spanish
  • 1 H Course Number: 05022003
  • 2 H Course Number: 05022103

These courses are designed for students who speak Spanish as their first language or are heritage speakers. They will focus on four main areas:

  • Maintaining proficiency in Spanish through the formal study of the language with a focus on grammar, reading, writing, and vocabulary development
  • Expanding the bilingual range moving beyond developing initial expressive and receptive language abilities
  • Cultivating a much broader command of the language
  • Developing awareness about the differences between standard Spanish and other varieties, formal and informal Spanish, and literacy skills in Spanish.

Both courses use thematic units to address the four goals with varying levels of difficulty based on the students’ needs. Depending on demand for the course, students may be individually placed into combined sections of upper level Spanish or Honors Spanish classes.

Intermediate Spanish

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Spanish 1, one year of Middle School study, or by teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05020202

This course provides time and review of Spanish 1 themes and skills. It is intended for students had one year of middle school Spanish study, one year of high school Spanish, or who have been recommended to take this class in order to best prepare for success in Spanish 2. The class proceeds at a moderate pace and includes a review of Spanish 1 material. Students have more opportunity to read, write and develop a familiarity with the Spanish phonetic and spelling system. The students continue to learn about the culture of Spanish speaking countries and to draw comparisons to their own culture. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations the novice-low to novice-mid ranges on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in Spanish Intermediate engage in dialogues, projects, games, paired, group and whole class activities. They are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for Spanish 2.

Spanish 1

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: No prior study of Spanish or no more than 1 year Middle School Spanish
  • Course Number: 05020152

This course, which introduces students to the Spanish language, is intended for students who have never studied Spanish or had no more than one year of middle school Spanish study. The class develops at a moderate pace to keep the students’ comfort level high as they communicate in a new language. Spanish 1 students begin to read, write and develop a familiarity with the Spanish phonetic and spelling system. The students begin to learn about the culture of Spanish speaking countries and to draw comparisons to their own culture. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations the novice-low to novice-mid ranges on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in Spanish 1 engage in dialogues, projects, games, paired, group and whole class activities. They are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for Spanish 2.

Spanish 1 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: No prior Spanish experience or no more than 1 year Middle School Spanish experience. High academic achievement overall or second language proficiency in another language.
  • Course Number: 05020303

This course, which introduces students to the Spanish language, is intended for students who have never studied Spanish or had no more than one year of middle school Spanish study. This challenging class develops at a quick pace and is meant to prepare students to enter Spanish 2 H. Spanish 1 H students develop a familiarity with the Spanish phonetic and spelling system. The students begin to learn about the culture of Spanish speaking countries and to draw comparisons to their own culture. By the end of the course students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations within the late novice-low or novice-mid ranges on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in Spanish 1 engage in role plays, dialogues, projects, games, and paired, group and whole class activities. They are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for Spanish 2 H.

Spanish 2

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or Middle School Spanish and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05020802

This course is a continuation of Spanish 1 or Middle School Spanish designed for students interested in further developing proficiency in the Spanish language. Students’ skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are enhanced through a wide range of activities and with the aid of multiple resources including video, music, technology and various texts. Students learn to express themselves in Spanish with greater confidence and clarity as they expand their vocabulary and gain experience with more complex grammatical and linguistic structures. At this level, students are expected to interact with one another in Spanish to simulate a wide range of everyday encounters with peers in the target language. Various forms of exposure to new topics keep the students learning at a comfortable pace. Students continue to learn about the culture of Spanish speaking countries and to draw comparisons to their own culture. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations within the novice-mid ranges on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in Spanish I engage in role plays, dialogues, projects, games, paired, group and whole class activities and are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for Spanish 3.

Spanish 2 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Middle School Spanish or Spanish 1 H and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05020903

Spanish 2 Honors is the first course in a series of courses that prepares students to take the AP Spanish Language Exam. This course develops at an accelerated pace. The course is conducted primarily in Spanish. Students learn more complex grammatical structures and continue to read, speak and write on a variety of topics. Students continue to engage in discussion in the present tense and expand to discussion in the past and immediate future. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations at the novice-high range on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in Spanish 2 H engage in role plays, dialogues, projects, games, and paired, group and whole class activities. They are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for Spanish 3 H.

Spanish 3

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 2 and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05021102

This course is a continuation of Spanish 2. Students learn to express themselves in Spanish with greater confidence and clarity as they expand their vocabulary and gain experience with more complex grammatical and linguistic structures. At this level, students are increasingly expected to interact with one another in Spanish to simulate a wide range of everyday encounters with peers in the target language. Students continue to learn about the culture of Spanish speaking countries and to draw comparisons to their own culture. Students enhance reading, writing, listening, and, speaking skills through a wide range of activities and with the aid of multiple resources including video, music, technology and multiple text types. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations at the novice high range on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for Spanish 4.

Spanish 3 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 2 H or Spanish 3 and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05021203

Spanish 3 H is an accelerated course that continues to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Spanish program. Class continues to be conducted primarily in Spanish as students work towards conversing with each other or with the teacher entirely in Spanish. This course proceeds at an accelerated pace. Grammar and vocabulary from the previous year are reviewed as students incorporate more advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves at intermediate low scale on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in Spanish 3 H engage in role plays, debates, projects, games, and paired, group and whole class activities. They are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Authentic materials and readings are utilized as much as possible. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for Spanish 4 H.

Spanish 4

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 3 and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05021302

This challenging intermediate-level course is a continuation of Spanish 3. Students learn to express themselves in Spanish with greater confidence and clarity as they expand their vocabulary and gain experience with more complex grammatical and linguistic structures. At this level, students are expected to interact with one another in Spanish to simulate a wide range of encounters in the target language. Students continue to learn about the culture of Spanish speaking countries and to draw comparisons to their own culture. Students enhance reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through a wide range of activities and with the aid of multiple resources including video, music, computer software, audio recordings and multiple text types. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations in the intermediate low range on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for Spanish 5.

Spanish 4 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 3 H and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05021403

Spanish 4 H is an accelerated continuation of Spanish 3 H that continues to prepare students for Advanced Placement Spanish study. Class is conducted in Spanish and students converse with each other and with the teacher in Spanish. Grammar and vocabulary from the previous year are reviewed as students incorporate more advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves at intermediate mid scale on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in Spanish 4 H engage in research, literary analysis, debates, projects, and paired, group and whole class activities. They are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Authentic materials and readings are utilized in Spanish 4 H. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for AP or Spanish 5 H.

Spanish 5

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 4 and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05021502

This is a culminating course for students who have completed Spanish 4 and are interested in exploring the culture and history of Spain and Latin America. Students learn to express themselves in Spanish with greater confidence and clarity as they expand their vocabulary and gain experience with more complex grammatical and linguistic structures. At this level, students are expected to interact with one another in Spanish to simulate a wide range of encounters in the target language. Students enhance reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through a wide range of activities and with the aid of multiple resources including video, music, computer software, audio recordings and multiple text types. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations in the intermediate mid range on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students will read fiction, non-fiction, short stories and articles that focus on Spanish and Latin American history, literature, music, film and art. Spanish 5 is conducted in Spanish and involves daily review and practice at home. Students will build vocabulary, advanced grammar skills and cultural knowledge. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments.

Spanish 5 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 4 H and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05021603

This is a challenging culminating course in which students continue to greatly expand and refine their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Spanish. Students will read fiction, non-fiction, short stories, plays and articles. This course focuses on Spain and Latin America and integrates history, literature, music, and art into the study of language and culture. The Spanish 5 H course includes an in-depth exploration of complex grammar. Spanish 5 H involves daily review and practice at home. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations in the intermediate-mid to intermediate-high range on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Spanish 5 H is conducted entirely in Spanish. Expanded vocabulary and irregular structures are learned through readings, short stories, novels and plays by Spanish and Latin American authors. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to continue their language studies at the college level.

AP Spanish Language

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 4 H or Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 H / 2 H and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05021704

This course is offered in a total immersion environment. The course is the equivalent of a university-level course and therefore places rigorous demands on students and proceeds at an accelerated pace. One of the goals of the Advanced Placement Program is to prepare students to successfully complete an AP exam. Students improve their language proficiency through a more in-depth study of Spanish grammar and through the analysis of Hispanic Literature and various media forms. Students are required to express their reactions in written and oral form displaying richness of vocabulary, use of idiomatic expressions and evidence of complex syntax. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to continue their language studies at the college level. Students are encouraged to take the AP exam offered by The College Board‘s Advanced Placement Program.

Spanish 6 H for Global Competence

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 5, 5 H, AP
  • Course Number: 05021803

Students who have completed Spanish 5, 5 H, or AP will continue their study of the Spanish language through an examination of majority and minority voice in literature, film, art, and music in the Spanish language. This study will include an application of those themes through service in the community. Through teacher guided and independent readings and films, students will explore issues of social justice and deduce root causes, consider the needs of communities, and learn about past solutions and their consequences as well as potential growth moving forward. With a bank of organizations and resources from the community, students will independently craft a service project that allows them to advocate for themselves and others through recognition of the perspectives and needs of the community, as well as the responsibility and sustainability of service moving forward. The course will emphasize strategic use of language in regards to audience, purpose, and command of language and will be conducted exclusively in Spanish.