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:
Grades 5 - 6
- Proper greetings and addressing a classmate or teacher
- Proper vocabulary to speak about
- Parts of the body
- Date, day of the week, month
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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