In this course, students have the opportunity to learn to speak, understand, read, and write elementary Spanish. Basic essentials of grammar are taught through drill and conversation. Proper pronunciation is developed through class work and tapes. Hispanic culture is included by way of discussion, readings, and audio-visual materials.
This course is a continuation of Spanish 1. Emphasis is placed on the practical use of Spanish in speaking, reading, and writing. Attention is given to developing structural understanding through grammatical study and drills and to building vocabulary through readings and question/answer activities. Students are introduced to the geography and culture of various Hispanic countries.
SPANISH 2 HONORS
This course is a continuation of Spanish 1 but at an accelerated pace with emphasis on oral expression and comprehension. In addition to structural and vocabulary development, students read and interpret short stories and articles. Students will develop expository themes and write creative stories. Students are introduced to the culture of various Hispanic countries. Spanish is the primary language of communication in the classroom.
Students who have successfully completed Spanish 2 can expand their knowledge and language usage in Spanish 3. There is continued emphasis on the practical uses of Spanish in speaking, reading, writing and aural comprehension using a variety of verb tenses and more complex structural forms. Students will begin to read and interpret simple texts and authentic material about Latin American culture and history.
SPANISH 3 HONORS
This course is a continuation of Spanish 2 Honors. The students continue focusing on all four language skills; listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are fully emmersed in the language through the use of a Spanish video series, short stories, thematic vocabulary, and grammar units. Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the Hispanic culture.
This course continues to provide the students with the opportunity to refine the skills acquired in their previous study. Both vocabulary and grammar will be studied in a more cultural context. Short compositions will provide the opportunity for self-expression. Listening and speaking skills will have a greater emphasis as Spanish is the primary language of the classroom. An authentic Spanish video series and the study of culture are an integral part of the program. Additionally, students will learn about the major artists from Spain.
SPANISH 4 HONORS
This course is a continuation of Spanish 3H. Emphasis is placed on speaking and understanding the spoken language, increasing vocabulary, and refining reading and writing skills. Videos, cassettes, group and individual presentations are included in the curriculum. A careful study of Spanish grammar is an important part of the course as well as the study of culture. Spanish is the primary language of the classroom as the student prepares for the Advanced Placement level work of Spanish 5AP.
Continuous refinement of all four skills, with emphasis on listening and speaking through the use of multimedia programs takes place. More advanced reading and writing are explored as students learn about major artists from Mexico and Spain.
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE
This course includes a careful study of advanced Spanish grammar. Reading skills will be developed through short stories, poetry, novels, a play, current events, and videos. By the end of the course the student will be ready to understand a five minute lecture in Spanish on a pertinent topic and give a five minute speech. The writing of essays will help the student to perfect his/her knowledge of correct grammar structure. The student will have the opportunity to increase his oral fluency with varied oral activities. The course will include an overview of Spanish culture (as in Spanish 4: Language). Spanish is the language of the classroom as the student prepares for the Advanced Placement Exam in May.