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High School Spanish Courses

SPANISH I
Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
  This course is intended for the beginning Spanish language student. Spanish I is designed to give students a balanced exposure to all four language skills. The course objectives emphasize accurate pronunciation, structure knowledge with primary focus on the present tense, and language acquision of basic vocabulary. The course provides students with opportunities to respond to and give oral directions and commands and to make routine requests in the classroom and in public places; understand and use appropriate forms of address in courtesy expressions and be able to tell about daily routines and events; and ask and answer simple questions and participate in brief guided conversations related to their needs and interests. Students will begin to speak and write in the target language. Cultural similarities as well as differences between Spanish-speaking countries and the United States are studied. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course.
     
SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS I
Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisite: Student must be a native or heritage speaker of Spanish. A recommendation from a Spanish teacher, counselor, or curriculum specialist is needed.
  This course is designed for students for whom Spanish is their native or heritage language. It provides those students with the opportunity to expand their existing proficiency and to develop their reading and writing skills. Spelling and vocabulary development are stressed. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course.  

SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS II
Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Spanish for Native Speakers I. Student must be a native or heritage speaker of Spanish. A recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or curriculum specialist is needed.
  This course further develops and enhances the heritage language of Spanish-speaking students. The students become more cognizant of the linguistic strengths they possess and develops a sense of pride in their heritage by studying their language and culture. The students use their language skills in new applications and contexts. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course. 
     
SPANISH II
Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Spanish I or Spanish I, Part I, and Spanish I, Part II (middle school) and language proficiency
  Spanish II is a continuation of Spanish I, with a substantial amount of new grammatical structures. The course increases emphasis on listening, reading, and writing. Students will begin to understand spoken Spanish and converse on a more sophisticated level. The students will become familiar with different aspects of the culture, including the visual arts, architecture, literature, and music. Culture and history of Hispanic countries are also studied. The course enables students to participate in classroom and extracurricular activities related to the language studied as well as to participate in conversations dealing with daily activities and personal interests. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course. 

SPANISH III HONORS
Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Spanish II and language proficiency
  This course reviews Spanish II concepts. Students should have a basic mastery of level II grammar and vocabulary. Oral proficiency continues to be a major focus, with increased emphasis on the depth of study of the many target cultures represented in the Spanish-speaking world. Reading and writing skills are stressed. Students read for comprehension from a variety of authentic materials, such as advertisements in newspapers, magazines, cartoons and personal correspondence, short literacy selections of poetry, plays, and short stories. Students write, paraphrase, and summarize brief compositions. The course provides instruction enabling students to understand and appreciate other cultures by comparing social behaviors and values of people using the target language. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course. 

HONORS SPANISH CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION
Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Spanish III and language proficiency
  This course is appropriate for students who wish to continue building skills in speaking and writing. The course is divided into thematic units and provides vocabulary enrichment, as well as opportunities to speak and write extensively in Spanish. Knowledge of grammatical structures presented in levels II and III is expected. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course.
     
SPANISH IV HONORS
Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Spanish III Honors and language proficiency
  Spanish IV provides an advanced application of skills learned in Spanish I, II, and III Honors. The course is divided into thematic units, which provide vocabulary enrichment and language-integrated skills. Students receive constant exposure to spoken Spanish and will develop reading strategies through the study of history, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. The course enables the students to express opinions and make judgments, respond to factual and interpretive questions, and interact in complex social situations. Students read for comprehension from a variety of longer authentic materials and are aware of the major literary, musical, and artistic periods and gneres of at least one of the cultures in the target language. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course. 
     
SPANISH V HONORS
Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Spanish IV Honors and language proficiency
  This course is designed for students who wish to continue building skills in speaking, reading, and writing. Students receive opportunities to speak and write extensively in Spanish. Knowledge of grammatical structure is stressed. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the principal elements of nonfiction, articles in newspapers, stories, poems, short plays, and skits based on personal experiences and exposure to themes analyzing the main plot, characters, and their descriptions and roles. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course.
     
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: At least 90 average in Spanish III Honors or Spanish IV Honors, language proficiency, and teacher recommendation
  This is an intensive course designed for highly-motivated students to improve competency and gain proficiency in Spanish. The course provides extensive preparation for the AP Spanish language exam given in May. Students write compositions in Spanish and develop their speaking skills at an advanced level by making recordings. Students are expected to become competent in reading and in understanding spoken Spanish using authentic sources. A concise review of grammar and extensive vocabulary are addressed throughout the year. Course content might best reflect interests shared by the students and the teacher, e.g., the arts, current events, literature, culture, sports, etc. Spanish Language, Advanced Placement, seeks to develop language skills that are useful and that can be applied to various activities and disciplines rather than being limited to any specific subject matter. Extensive practice in the organization and writing of compositions should also be emphasized. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course.  

 

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Published by Valerie Robinson on April 4, 2017
        
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