Spanish

Kindergarten - This is mostly an oral program at this level with conversation, drawing/coloring, puppets, games, DVDs, and songs to help students learn to enjoy Spanish. They learn to count from 1-20. They are able to ask and answer basic questions such as greetings, their name, age, and how they are doing. They learn to identify colors, numbers, shapes, days of the week, and Holiday words (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.) Students have Spanish one time a week for 30 minutes.

First Grade - Oral communication and participation are the most important aspects at this level. Through essentially an inductive approach, students gain an intuitive understanding of how language is acquired and how it is spoken. The various methodologies employed take into consideration different learning styles and incorporate the Natural Approach and Total Physical Response. They are able to ask and answer questions for greetings, classroom objects, colors, numbers to 50, animals, months of the year, days of the week, and Holiday words (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.). Students have Spanish one time a week for 45 minutes.

Second Grade - Oral communication and participation are the most important aspects at this level. Through essentially an inductive approach, students gain an intuitive understanding of how language is acquired and how it is spoken. The various methodologies employed take into consideration different learning styles and incorporate the Natural Approach and Total Physical Response. They review vocabulary and continue learning about their houses, food, school, environment, and Holiday words (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.). At this level, they are able to understand the different question words in Spanish and respond appropriately. They are able to count to 100. Students have Spanish one time a week for 45 minutes.

Third Grade - Oral communication and participation are the most important aspects at this level. Through essentially an inductive approach, students gain an intuitive understanding of how language is acquired and how it is spoken. The various methodologies employed take into consideration different learning styles and incorporate the Natural Approach and Total Physical Response. They review vocabulary and continue to advance to a new level. They are able to begin reading basic Spanish sentences, add, and subtract in Spanish, and count to 100. They learn about family expressions, clothes, telling time, and Holiday words (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.). Students have Spanish one time a week for 45 minutes.

Fourth Grade - ¡Hola! Viva el español: Students have their own textbooks at this level. They become accountable for individual learning of vocabulary words and phrases. They are able to ask and answer questions in Spanish. They work in groups. Topics covered are things in the classroom, class subjects, school, animals, weather, months of the year, favorite activities, time and family. Students have Spanish two times a week for 45 minutes.

Fifth Grade - ¿QueTal? Viva el español: Students continue to be responsible for increasing levels of vocabulary, including parts of the body, clothing, house parts, chores, foods, and personalities and characteristics of themselves and their families. Students are able to read and write words and simple phrases at this level. Students have Spanish two times a week for 45 minutes.

Sixth Grade - Students become aware of the cultural aspect of Spanish. They learn all of the Central and South American countries where Spanish is spoken and create their own maps of these countries. They begin to write simple sentences. Students begin to incorporate all of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing at this level. Students work in groups and complete class projects. Students will role-play in class to practice conversing in Spanish. They will learn Spanish currency, being courteous, months and seasons, time, identify school items, the family shopping for clothes, review colors, telling who they are and where they are from. They will begin translating some phrases from Spanish to English. Students have one lab day a week when they do Duolingo.  Students have Spanish four times a week. 

Seventh Grade - Students begin the first part of their Spanish I study. They incorporate the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing and become increasingly proficient in all of them. They write basic compositions in Spanish, using verbs in the present tense. Students begin to learn grammar (verbs, vowels, adjectives, etc). Students will begin to write sentences in addition to translating Spanish phrases. They spend much time listening to CDs in Spanish to improve listening skills. We continue to improve conversational skills at this level, both comprehension and response. Students will be responsible for written and oral reports and projects. Students have one lab day a week and continue working on Duolingo.  Students have Spanish five days a week.

Eighth Grade - Students complete the second part of their Spanish I study. They are given the opportunity to test out of Spanish I at the end of this year and receive a unit of high school credit for Spanish I and be eligible to continue with Spanish II at the high school level. Students are responsible for expanding amounts of vocabulary, including sports, airport, beach, movies, and concerts, medical, daily routines and camping. They are introduced to the past tense. We continue to improve conversational skills at this level, both of comprehension and response. Listening skills are also being developed through the use of CDs. Students should be able to converse with fluencies in Spanish in a variety of situations. Students will continue to extend their Spanish vocabulary, grammar usage and writing skills. They will be responsible for written and oral reports. They will be role-playing and presenting their work to the class. Research will be an important component of the curriculum. Students have one lab day a week and participate in Yabla, a website where students watch interactive videos to expand vocabulary and improve listening comprehension skills.  Students come to Spanish five days a week.