Spanish I is an introductory course in Spanish language skills. Basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, pronunciation, and reading skills will be emphasized. Further, a focus will be placed on learning to speak the language, using daily conversation exercises. By the completion of the course, the students will be able to understand and talk about everyday life matters and develop an appreciation of the Spanish-speaking world and its cultures.
Spanish II is a college-preparatory course in Spanish language skills which builds upon the material presented and learned in Spanish I. Intermediate grammatical structures, vocabulary, pronunciation, and reading skills will continue to be emphasized. Further, continued focus on learning to speak the language will be made so that, by the completion of the course, students will be able to understand and talk about everyday life in Spanish and further understand and appreciate the Spanish-speaking world and its cultures.
The objectives of the Spanish III course include the focus on and improvement in grammar and communication skills, the ability to write short stories in both the present and past tenses, descriptions and letters, as well as improved reading comprehension and verbal summarization. Additionally, the students will continue to develop their understanding and knowledge about Spanish cultures in both Spain and Latin America as well as their geography and literature. Successful completion of Spanish II or equivalent is prerequisite for entry into this course.
The fundamental objective of the Advanced Spanish course is communication. The student will learn to speak as fluently as possible in Spanish as well as write short messages, stories, and simple letters. The students will also learn to be able to describe events, actions, news, and occurrences in Spanish in everyday conversation. Specific strategies for understanding the Spanish speaker and for being understood will also be addressed. This course offers the most qualified students the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Examination in May.