Spanish 1 will provide students with a general introduction to the Spanish language: pronunciation, functional vocabulary related to everyday life, cultural information and basic grammatical structures. Emphasis will be on the acquisition of four skills: listening, reading, speaking and introductory writing. The main objectives of the course are: 1) to give the students the ability to carry on simple conversations 2) to provide the students with instruction that teaches a basic understanding of Spanish culture, vocabulary, and grammatical concepts.
Designed for college preparatory students. The major emphasis of these courses is to continue to develop personal communication skills in the target language. Students will have additional opportunities to increase their abilities in the areas of: speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Curriculum includes: continued emphasis on speaking the language, the study of expanded thematic vocabulary, expressing simple past actions, short writing assignments, and reading authentic materials. Students will increase their cross-cultural understanding.
Designed for college preparatory students who desire to learn to communicate in the target language with a greater degree of fluency and accuracy. The major emphasis of these courses is placed on oral and written communication in the target language. The curriculum includes: class discussions, interviews, short essays, authentic literature and reading materials from the cultures where the languages are spoken, and more advanced cultural readings. Also included is the application of expanded thematic vocabulary (including idiomatic expressions), practical use of various verb tenses and moods, as well as complex grammar structures as they relate to the topics studied.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication by applying the interpersonal (conversations), interpretive (reading comprehension) and presentational (oral presentations) modes of communication in real-life situations. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught exclusively in Spanish and is designed for serious university preparatory students. Students will focus on strengthening their reading, listening, writing and speaking skills at a rigorous and accelerated pace. Course work will include: reading to authentic text sources, listening to audio sources, writing email replies and persuasive essays, recording simulated conversations and cultural comparisons and participating in a variety of class discussions. Students are highly encouraged to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture examination in May to possibly receive college credit.