OVERVIEW OF SPANISH CLASSES:
All Spanish classes follow the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and rely on the Five C's of language learning: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.Spanish is an ELECTIVE class at HHS and is NOT required for graduation.
All classes can expect to build a strong vocabulary and understanding of Spanish grammar and to engage in simple conversations as part of the learning process of a world language. Students are encouraged to use as much of the spoken language as possible building upon acquired knowledge throughout the year.
As with most courses, learning a language is a lot like learning math, a student must show proficiency in the basics before being expected to master more complicated material.
Parents and students are reminded that second language mastery takes years to develop. Practicing at home makes learning easier. It is my goal that successful students take four years of Spanish and then continue to study it in college, which should include a study abroad program. This is really the only way to become fluent and to be competitive in the workplace.
A syllabus will go home with each student stating classroom expectations and assessment guidelines. Assessments are based on homework, listening, reading, writing, and speaking performance standards and participation (attitude, work ethic, respect).
Students who are new to learning a world language should expect to work in groups, not always of your own choosing, and to make oral presentations.