Spanish I is a class designed for the beginner student. It is intended to introduce the participants to Spanish language, culture, and history through the provision of the fundamentals of the high school Spanish I curriculum. The emphasis of this course will be on grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary development, listening and reading comprehension, and study skills. The class will follow along with Vistas, a step by step Spanish program by Blanco and Donley. Students will be assessed through various homework checks, quizzes, tests, and projects. There will be on average at least one to two quizzes a week and one test every other week to evaluate students’ progress over the course of the semester. By the end of the year, the class will begin an exclusive focus on the oral communication of the language, limited to the content knowledge learned over the course of the year.
Spanish II is designed for intermediate Spanish students. Students are expected to build upon the basic foundations learned in Spanish I to develop and broaden their ability to use Spanish to communicate with both spoken and written words. Specifically, Spanish II focuses on grammar and more complex tenses. It also places an added emphasis on spelling, pronunciation and diction. In addition, students are expected to develop an understanding and appreciation of the unique cultural, geographical and political aspects of Spanish-speaking communities. Students will be assessed through various homework checks, quizzes, tests, and projects. There will be on average at least one to two quizzes a week and one test every other week to evaluate students’ progress over the course of the semester. By the end of the year, the class will take on an exclusive focus on the oral communication of the language, limited to the content knowledge learned over the course of the year.
Spanish III is an advanced course designed to fortify the oral and written skills learned in Spanish II while fostering a deeper understanding of the complexities of the language. Students are expected to demonstrate a high understanding of the mechanics of the language. The course, conducted almost entirely in Spanish, emphasizes both oral and written work through the expression of ideas. Spanish III grammar focuses on technical aspects of syntax and uses more complex tenses. To supplement the text, students read from a selection of short stories designed for non-native speakers. In addition, students continue their exposure to the language's different cultures and histories.
Spanish IV is an advanced course open only to students who have excelled in Spanish III. This course is offered as a guided independent study. Students who have already demonstrated advanced ability in grammar, listening and speaking, and reading comprehension are challenged to develop a deeper understanding of the literature of Spanish cultures. Excerpts from a survey of Spanish writers covering diverse topics are read and analyzed. Students may elect to sit for the AP Spanish Language and Culture test.