Our Spanish program gives our students the basic skills in the areas outlined in the National Standards as set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparison, and Communities. Recognized how prevalent the Spanish and Hispanic cultures are in our local communities, our goal is to introduce our students to Spanish as a second language. At the end of eighth grade, the student will have taken the equivalent of a Spanish I course.

Overview: Spanish, across the grades levels five to eight, introduces, refines, and masters the following;

 Sampling of topics covered:

  • Communication
  • Cultures
  • Connections
  • ComparisonCommunities
Grades 5 - 6
  • Proper greetings and addressing a classmate or teacher
  • Proper vocabulary to speak about
  • Weather
  • Parts of the body
  • Date, day of the week, month
  • Foods
  • Numbers
Grades 7 - 8

 All of the above, as well as:

  • More advanced vocabulary.
  • Irregular verbs “ser” and “estar”
  • Correct use of the present tense of -ar, -er, and –ir verbs.
  • Use of verb phrases “tener que…” and “ir a…”
  • Expressing possession with “de” or possessive adjectives.
  • Express what they like or are interested in.
  • Reading a brief paragraph like Don Quixote and answer questions.
  • Discuss Latin American heroes
  • Locate several Spanish speaking countries on a map
  • Use basic arithmetic terms
  • Learn about birthday and holiday celebrations.
  • Identify signs in Spanish in supermarkets, malls , and other public places.
  • Learn about areas of the United States that have a dominant Hispanic influence.
  • Learn from Hispanic classmates about their customs and celebrations.
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Saint John the Baptist School is dedicated to providing a quality Catholic education that encourages its community to be life-long learners and leaders, to live their faith with high moral standards, and to grow academically, spiritually, and socially.


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