October 24, 2013

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Total Credits Needed for Graduation: 2

Vision

The purpose of the study of Spanish is to give students an appreciation of the different cultures that the Lord has created including the structure of the language, and types of literature of the Spanish-speaking people.

Standards

Students will learn to read, write, speak, and understand spoken Spanish and begin to understand the culture of Spanish-speaking people.  These goals will be reached through practicing vocabulary and grammar, reading literature, having conversations, listening to Spanish speakers in various contexts, and studying the text.

Recommended Sequence

Course Descriptions 


Spanish I              

Credit: 1
Prerequisite:  None
Key Text:  Paso A Paso 1

Course Description: This course will teach the foundations of Spanish vocabulary and grammar.  Students will learn to read and write simple descriptions, and speak and listen to simple conversations.  Students will also explore the culture of Spanish speaking people around the world through readings. 

Objectives:  The students will be able to

  • Use a wide variety of Spanish vocabulary to construct sentences in the present tense. 
  • Communicate with each other in prescribed conversational situations. 
  • Read and write short descriptions. 
  • Understand short conversations amongst Spanish speakers. 
  • Show knowledge of some cultural differences. 

Spanish II            

Credit: 1
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish I
Key Text:  Paso A Paso 2

Course Description: The students will continue to develop their vocabulary and their understanding of grammar concepts.  They will extend their knowledge of verb tenses from just the present tense to include both past tenses of the Spanish language.  They will also continue to develop their abilities to speak, write, and read the Spanish language.  They will also continue to learn about the culture of Spanish speaking people. 

Objectives:  The students will be able to

  • Use a more extensive set of vocabulary than in Spanish I. 
  • Construct more complex sentences using both the present and the past tenses. 
  • Communicate with each other in prescribed conversational settings. 
  • Understand conversations amongst Spanish speakers. 
  • Show an expanded knowledge of the cultural differences. 

Spanish III        

Credit: 1
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish II

The students will continue to their Spanish vocabulary around thematic discussion questions.  They will learn to use more verb tenses and more complicated sentence structures.  They will develop their abilities read, write, speak and listen to more in-depth discussions and essays.  They will also continue to learn more about the culture of the Spanish-speaking people. 

Key Text:  Paso A Paso 3

Objectives:  The students will be able to

  • Discuss thematic questions in class in the Spanish language. 
  • Give oral presentations for the class using the thematic vocabulary. 
  • Express an opinion or present research done in an organized, written essay. 
  • Read and analyze various forms of literature. 
  • Understand conversations among Spanish speakers at a conversational pace. 
  • Show an expanded knowledge of cultural differences.