This course is designed to teach basic communication skills in Spanish and to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the Spanish language and culture. The goal is to create a engaging, enriching, and rewarding environment where students gain confidence to speak in Spanish inside and outside the classroom.
Through a variety of cultural activities, group-based and individual projects, songs, music, games, and technology resources, students learn reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The primary focus is for students to develop proficiency in oral comprehension and speaking as well as in reading and writing, within the limitations of the vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced.
Units of Study:
Unit 1: Primeros Pasos (First Steps)
Greetings, introductions, numbers, alphabet, classroom objects, classroom expressions, weather, seasons, dates, months of the year
Grammar: Tú vs. Ud., definite and indefinite articles, gender of nouns
Culture: Spanish-speaking countries, México and Día de los Muertos
Unit 2: ¡Así Soy Yo! (The Way I Am!)
Likes and dislikes, verbs in infinitive, verb “Ser”, transition words, colors, animals.
Grammar: Adjectives, singular subject pronouns
Culture: The caribbean, song, dance, and drama
Unit 3: La Educación (Education)
Time, school subjects, school life, schedules, cardinal numbers, verb “Estar”, prepositions, classroom objects, shapes
Grammar: Subject pronouns, present tense verbs –ar
Culture: Central America, Concurso de Poesía
Unit 4: La Salud (Health)
Food and beverages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; healthy eating habits, me gusta, me encantan, fruits and vegetables of the Americas
Grammar: The plural of nouns; present tense of verbs ending in –er, -ir verb “preferir”
Culture: South America, El menú
Unit 5: Mi Familia (My family)
Family, diminutives, review learned vocabulary and grammar structures
Grammar: Asking questions, possessive adjectives, verb “tener”
Culture: Spain, Guía de un país hispanohablante