Spanish

Spanish 1                                                                                                               

Grade Level 9-11

5 Credits - Full Year

The basic structure and vocabulary of the language are introduced and practiced through the use of videos, oral practice with dialogues, narratives, dictations, conversation and writing.

Spanish 2

Prerequisite: Spanish 1

Grade Level 9-12

5 Credits - Full Year

Basic work begun in the first year is reviewed and expanded. The student continues to expand his repertoire of grammatical structures and idioms. A solid grasp of the basic structures of the language is acquired through frequent practice with conversation, narratives, writing, and videos.

Spanish Conversation & Culture 1                                                                 

Grade Level 9-11

5 Credits - Full Year

The basic structure and vocabulary of the language are introduced through the use of videos, oral practice with dialogues and conversation. The emphasis will be the practical use of language for day-to-day life.


Spanish Conversation & Culture 2

Prerequisite: Spanish Conversation & Culture I

Grade Level 10-12

5 Credits - Full Year

Basic work began in the first year is reviewed. The culture of the peninsular and Latino population will be studied through video, music, dance, and student research.

Spanish 3

Prerequisite: Spanish 2

Grade Level 10-12

5 Credits - Full Year

This course combines speaking, listening comprehension, and writing with special emphasis placed on composition skills. It incorporates new vocabulary and grammatical structures related to the previously learned Spanish I and 2. Spanish and Latin American Culture are discussed through the use of textbook narrative and authentic films.

Spanish 3 Honors

Teacher Recommendation Required

Prerequisite: Spanish 2

Grade Level 10-12

5 Credits - Full year

Spanish 3 Honors is an accelerated study of the Spanish language and culture. This course is designed for the level 3 student who not only has an interest in Spanish, but also has already demonstrated previous high-level achievement in Spanish 2. It is expected that students who enroll in this course will be well organized, capable of abstract reasoning, highly motivated, and recommended by their level 2 teacher.

Spanish 4 Honors

Teacher Recommendation Required

Prerequisite: Spanish 3 or Spanish 3 Honors

Grade Level 11-12

5 Credits - Full Year

Spanish 4 has two objectives - an examination of the major grammatical structures of the language and an introduction to the analysis of literary texts. Previously studied grammatical topics will be reviewed and new structures will be introduced and practiced. The student will be expected to demonstrate his mastery of this material in both the oral and written Spanish produced in and out of class. Short stories by contemporary peninsular and Latino authors will be read, discussed, and analyzed in Spanish.


Spanish 4

Prerequisite: Spanish 3 or 3 Honors

Grade Level 11-12

5 Credits - Full year

Spanish 4 is designed to examine the major grammatical structure of Spanish and to introduce analysis of literary texts. A study of advanced grammatical structure will be a major component of the class. Literary selections will include short stories, excerpts of novels, and poetry from several Latin American and Spanish authors. Films and music will provide opportunities for further listening comprehension.

Spanish 5                                                                                                                                                            

Prerequisite: Spanish 4 or Spanish 4 Honors

Grade Level 12

5 Credits - Full Year

Spanish 5 is designed for students who wish to maintain an active interest in language study.

Spanish 5 class objectives will emphasize oral communication with speaking activities about contemporary issues and current news. Informal readings will be selected from authentic material gathered from Spanish language newspapers and websites. Formal reading material will be chosen from a selection of short stories and poems written by Spanish and Latin American authors. A grammar review will be completed as a functional component of the communicative language learning process.

Advanced Placement Spanish 5

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of Spanish 4 Honors

Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course.

Grade Level 12

5 Credits - Full Year

This course is designed to develop student proficiency in all four language skills so as to meet the challenge of the Advanced Placement Examination. Contemporary texts - essays. articles, short stories. novels, poetry and plays - will be read, analyzed and discussed in Spanish. Much of the reading consists of the works of Lorca, Garcia Marquez, and Borges. Students will enhance their conversational and composition skills by composing oral presentations and written themes on both literary and non-literary topics. Listening proficiency will be developed via tapes, films and video. This course provides a valuable preparation for those students who wish to continue study in Spanish at the university level. Students are expected to register for and to take the College Board AP Spanish Exam at the end of the year.


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