¡Bienvenidos al mundo hispanohablante!Los Profesores
Señor Donnel Leiva-VazquezSeñor Phil Patterson (DDMS)Señora Michele RojasSeñora Lindsey Strapec (DVMS)Students must demonstrate mastery of the skills outlined in each course description in order to advance to the next level of instruction. Instructor recommendation to continue will be based on evidence of this mastery.Spanish 1
This course introduces the fundamental elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Units are developed around focus questions with goals and objectives that motivate students to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. An emphasis is placed on Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational modes of communication in order to prepare students to use the language in real-life situations and to begin developing language proficiency in level I. The interwoven elements of the “5Cs”; Communication, Culture, Comparisons, Communities, and Connections are ever present in order to meet the needs of all students taking the course.
This course is designed as a logical progression from Spanish 1. Students will continue their development of listening, speaking, reading and writing, while developing a deeper appreciation for the Spanish culture. Students will be introduced to vocabulary and new and previously studied grammatical structures to facilitate communication and understanding in authentic language situations. Students will exercise with rigor the four language skills regularly to develop proficiency in the second language. This course is conducted for the most part in Spanish and technology is integrated whenever appropriate to support and enhance learning in the second language.
This course is designed as a logical progression from Spanish 2. Students will continue their development of listening, speaking, reading and writing, while developing a deeper appreciation for the Spanish culture. Students will be introduced to advanced vocabulary and grammatical structures to facilitate communication and understanding in authentic language situations. Students will exercise with rigor the four language skills regularly to develop proficiency in the second language. This course is conducted for the most part in Spanish and technology is integrated whenever appropriate to support and enhance learning in the second language.
Spanish 4 is an advanced level course intended to prepare students for the rigor of upper language usage and learning by challenging them to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in all areas of Spanish. The instruction and content are directed almost entirely in Spanish. The review and study of grammar is continued, but emphasis is placed on reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will have the opportunity to use a variety of learning methods to attain the mastery of the skills, concepts, and vocabulary necessary for success. These methodologies include communication, both personal and interpersonal, direct instruction, and guided inquiry. An overview of the most famous Spanish artists is also presented. A command of the language through writing and oral presentations focusing on the themes of global challenges, science and technology, contemporary life, personal and public identities, families and communities and beauty and aesthetics will be an integral part of the course. Technology is integrated whenever appropriate to support and enhance learning.
Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture
Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture is a course intended for those students who have successfully completed Spanish 4. The class is conducted almost entirely in Spanish and students are encouraged to practice Spanish on a consistent basis with both teachers and peers. At the advanced placement level, students will review and refine grammatical constructions and learn and apply new vocabulary that will emphasize both written and oral communication so students may increase their levels of proficiency in each of the language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. As students work through the three modes of communication – Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational students will become more proficient in their ability to read and understand various literary genres, participate in conversations, understand directed questions, read newspapers, magazines and Internet articles, and deliver oral and written presentations in a logical and convincing manner utilizing appropriate vocabulary and grammatical constructions. Those students who elect to pursue AP Spanish Language and Culture should have had a strong foundation in grammar as well as being competent in the areas of reading, listening comprehension, speaking and writing. Students must also be open to the exploration and understanding of different cultures in relevant and fascinating contexts. Students should be directed toward an understanding of the culture of the target language in relationship to their own viewpoint and should be able to use the target language in real life settings (Global Challenges, Families and Communities, Beauty and Aesthetics, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life). The ultimate goal is that students will be able to communicate, read, and write in a natural and accurate manner. All students completing the course are expected to take the advanced placement examination. Students may be able to earn college credits with an appropriate score on the AP Exam.