Introduction to Spanish 1

  • Name:

    Introduction to Spanish 1 (SP1v)

  • Department:

    Languages

  • Semesters:

    2 (yearlong course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    None

Introduction to Spanish 1

Description:

Students begin their language-learning adventure in this middle school Spanish course. The instruction is equivalent to that found in the first semester of High School Spanish I. Students focus on four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices, which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish- speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). (Grades 7-8).

Special Notes:

A stable Internet connection is needed for this class since all work is done online. A minimum connection speed of 5Mbps is required. iPads are not compatible with this course.

This course can be applied towards .5 of high school credit.

FROM THE TEACHER

Spanish is a language spoken by millions of people on four continents: Europe, and North, Central and South America. Here in the United States, there are many Spanish speaking people. If you look in the library, you will find Spanish for Educators, Spanish for Construction, Spanish for Nurses, and Spanish for Customer Service. People in these professions need to be able to communicate to students, workers, customers and patients whose native language is Spanish.

Pronunciation and spelling are much easier in Spanish than they are in English. Most letters are pronounced one way and there is only one silent letter. Learning a new language is not just about different vocabulary. Word order is different, too. In Spanish, the date is written with the number first and then the month. September 18th becomes the 18 of September, or “el dieciocho de septiembre”. All nouns are masculine or feminine, so you refer to a thing as “he” or “she”. If you lost your wallet, you would say, “Her I lost!” instead of “I lost it”. It is a lot of fun to practice a different way of speaking.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

Group discussions were very engaging

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