SPANISH 1: PART 1
In Spanish 1, students are introduced to the language through full immersion style teaching using TPRS, meaning Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling. Our main goal is to help students become proficient in speaking and understanding their new language by providing them with contextualized, repetitive and varied comprehensible input that keeps learner’s interest. We focus on fluency. In order to successfully teach fluency, we provide students with comprehensible, repetitive and interesting input in the target language.
At the end of Spanish 1, students should be able to: 1) understand most Spanish spoken at a slower than normal pace and some Spanish spoken at a normal pace; 2) ask and answer questions on a variety of everyday topics, describe people and places, talk about things that are happening in their lives in the present and past from the perspective of the third, first and second person singular; 3) read Spanish material written for a first language learner; 4) write a coherent and grammatically correct paragraph in Spanish; 5) have gained a greater understanding of the culture and history of places around the world where Spanish is spoken.
SPANISH 1: PART 2
The second year of Spanish continues the first year and emphasizes speaking and telling stories in the present and past from different points of view: first, second and third person singular and plural.
After the second year of Spanish, students should be able to: 1) engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions; 2) understand and interpret spoken and written language on a variety of topics; 3) present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics; 4) write short stories using present and past tenses; 5) demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparison of the language studied and their own; 6) gain knowledge and understanding of the Spanish culture through comparisons with their own culture; 7) use language both within and beyond the school setting; 8) show evidence of becoming a life-long learner by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
In the 3rd year of Spanish students will continue to reinforce and further develop the language skills introduced in Spanish 1. The four skills of listening-comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing will be developed to a greater level of fluency and confidence in the use of the language. More advance language structures will be added (the future and conditional, the imperative, the subjunctive and perfect tenses). By the end of the third year of Spanish, students should be able to engage in fluent conversations, providing and obtaining information, or exchanging opinions on a variety of topics, read and interpret written language on a variety of genres and topics. They will be introduced to literary short-stories readings and expected to write journals throughout the school year. After the third year of Spanish, students should be able to emphasize reading and writing skills along with listening, speaking, and culture.