• What are the fundamental characteristics of Hispanic culture and language?
• What is the impact of the growing Latino population on the United States?
• How can Spanish be used outside the classroom environment?
• What is the benefit of continued mastery in Spanish?
*Reading: Selections of modern Hispanic literature and realia
*Vocabulary: health, technology, the home, nature and the environment, professions and occupations, the arts, current events and the media
*Grammar: dar and decir, irregular preterites, verbs that change meaning in the preterite, adverbs, time expressions with hacer, the preterite and imperfect, por and para, gustar and like verbs, reciprocal reflexives, possessives, relative pronouns, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, direct and indirect object pronouns and double object pronouns, formal commands, present subjunctive, subjunctive with impersonal expressions, familiar (tú) commands and future tense
*Writing: multiple paragraphs, summaries of information gathered on the Internet (primarily news articles), film and culinary reviews, descriptions and simple narrations in the past
*Express feelings and opinions related to readings and class discussions
*Read and write for pleasure (ie. creative writing) and for developing skills
*Write short narrations, biographies, autobiographies and creative writing using preterite tense of regular and irregular verbs
*Gain understanding of Hispanic world via its culture, literature, and arts
*Respond to oral questions and listening selections
*Strive to achieve as near-native pronunciation as possible
*Class participation and appropriate vocabulary usage in class
*Overall comprehension of class subject
*Ability to make connections to course of study to real-world conversations
*Numerous writing workshops that focus on building writing fluency and comfort while working to improve a student’s ability to reduce errors of gender, number and adjective agreement. Students frequently peer edit drafts prior to submission, then receive teacher corrections and feedback before being asked to produce the final piece.
*Numerous reading workshops that focus on building reading fluency and comprehension. In addition to offering opportunities to practice pronunciation and the art of reading out loud, these reading workshops also allow us to highlight cultural aspects of the Spanish speaking world.
*Weekly quizzes or questions
*Unit tests with aural and oral sections
*Oral proficiency exams each unit of second semester which prepare students for an oral final exam in June
*Promote awareness of world cultures and languages by highlighting the use of Spanish first, in our country and second, in Spanish speaking world
*Discuss impact of Spanish on other peoples and cultures.
*Study famous Hispanics and the contributions that they have made in the areas of art, music, dance, sports, politics, etc.
*Offer experiential learning and/or service learning opportunities for our students to use Spanish outside the classroom when possible