Spanish I (Grade 11 & 12 Elective)
Spanish 1 begins a 2-year introduction to the Spanish language and culture. Students will practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Spanish. Students will learn a variety of vocabulary words across many topics, basic grammar concepts such as present-tense verbs, forming sentences, and the use of gender in the language. A variety of cultural topics will be covered, including but not limited to, the dictatorship of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic, the Running of the Bulls, Las Fallas, and Tomatina Festivals in Spain, explorers Ponce de Leon and Hernan Cortes, as well as artists Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Frida Kahlo. Students will celebrate the Mexican holidays of Cinco de Mayo and el Dia de los Muertos. Projects completed will be creative menus, written reports, and oral presentations.
Spanish II (Grade 12 Elective)
Spanish 2 continues and solidifies the introduction to the Spanish language and culture with more extended vocabulary and grammar concepts. Students will continue to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Spanish. Students learn how to conjugate stem-changing verbs in the present tense, as well as both types of past-tense verbs. The cultural topics covered in Spanish 2 are largely based on the geography and description of life in the 19 Spanish-speaking countries of Latin & South America. Other cultural topics covered will include, but are not limited to, the Dirty War in Argentina, Latin American Immigration to the United States, ancient civilizations like the Aztec and Maya, as well as Jose Marti and his poetry. Students will celebrate the Mexican holiday of el Dia de los Muertos in more depth by creating their own ofrendas or alters, and will also celebrate Dominican Republic’s Independence Day. Projects completed will be poem recitations, creative travel brochures, and oral presentations.