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Donna H. Scott, Principal

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Modern Languages Department

Oscar Valdes, Teacher

Spanish Courses

The Spanish course is designed to develop language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, from the most basic to the more advanced. An awareness of Hispanic Culture will also be promoted. These goals will be accomplished through the study of vocabulary, culture, and grammar with special emphasis on reading, listening, speaking, and writing.

Cultural Objectives

  • Demonstrate basic understanding of social customs and cultural information of the target countries including nonverbal communication
  • Explore an awareness of similarities and differences among the target cultures and the United States.
  • Develop sensitivity to and appreciation for the diverse perspectives and practices of cultures in an international community.
  • Learn about Hispanic history, holidays, foods, songs and dances

The students in Spanish I will be able to:

  • Respond to basic questions and statements
  • Ask for and exchange basic information with other
  • Manipulate common sequences successfully
  • Use target language to ask for clarification or express confusion
  • Follow simple directions
  • Use appropriate language in basic social situation, both formal and informal, to express regret, explanations, permission, greeting, and farewells
  • Use interjections or short phrases to express emotions
  • Understand and use common male and female names and titles
  • Express likes and dislikes agreement and disagreement
  • Understand and participate in simple dialogues
  • Give limited descriptions
  • Listen to, read, and demonstrate comprehension of variety of simple material
  • Become proficient in the use of various Spanish software grammar and self assessment programs

In addition students in Spanish II will be able to:

  • Respond to questions and statements
  • Participate in simple conversations with others
  • Make oral and written inquires
  • React appropriately in routine situations
  • Use appropriate languages for making purchases and performing daily transactions
  • Listen to, read and comprehend a variety of materials
  • Understand and express likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, needs and certainties
  • Complete simple information forms
  • Scan and summarize information from a variety of media in the target language
  • Explore skills necessary to request help, clarification or routine services in the target language
  • Follow and give a simple series of directions
  • Demonstrate increasing level of proficiency in knowledge and understanding of the target culture
  • Demonstrate knowledge of geographical and political information
  • Explain different ways of celebrating in the target cultures

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