The mission of the World Languages Department is to educate students to become proficient in communication and informed global citizens by promoting linguistic competence and providing critical insights into world cultures.
Spanish 1 is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture. Students gain foundational language skills as they begin to develop proficiency in the four skill areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Vocabulary and culture are introduced through thematic units, which include greetings, school, family, food, and shopping. Learning experiences include reading and hearing stories using vocabulary from thematic units, performing skits or presentations, and writing in various modes applying the skills and content practiced in class.
Students in Spanish 2A continue developing their Spanish language proficiency, while at the same time furthering their understanding of Spanish culture. Students apply vocabulary and grammar in the modes of reading, writing, speaking, and listening through themes of daily life, sports, and health. By the end of Spanish 2A, students will be able to maintain conversation about themselves and their life, ask and answer a variety of questions, comprehend simple, sentence-length speech, and understand short, non-complex text that conveys information to which the reader brings personal interest or knowledge.
Spanish 2B further develops proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing within an interactive context, focusing on communication in everyday situations. Situations are set through the following themes: Celebrations; Cooking; Environment; Restaurant; Travel; and Technology. Students are able to express themselves in the present, past, future, and conditional, as well as give commands. Spanish 2B also increases students’ knowledge and appreciation of diverse cultures in Spanish-speaking countries. Videos, music, and readings help to reinforce concepts and skills.
This online course is an introduction to basic communication skills, grammar, and culture, and is open to any non-native speaking students. Chinese characters are used extensively and are accompanied by Pinyin, which acts as a guide to pronunciation. Pinyin is gradually omitted as students become familiar with characters and vocabulary. Classwork involves communicative activities, dialogues, music, and paired/group practice. A variety of materials is used to reinforce language skills. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to conduct short conversations with another speaker on a general subject (name, age, place of residence, likes and dislikes, sports, food, and family members). By the end of the school year, they will have learned approximately 400 characters and have a working vocabulary of about 600 words. The students who have successfully completed the Chinese I course are expected to reach the Novice Mid to Novice High level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.