¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!
Take a moment to read through the course information posted here.
Text: En Espanol, levels 1a and 1b
Studying Spanish is more than just learning to speak a language, it's also about
becoming acquainted with different Spanish-speaking cultures. Through music,
film, art and food, students will see and appreciate the similarities and differences
between our American culture and these Spanish-speaking cultures.
Latinos in the American cities of Miami, San Antonio, and Los Angeles
Mexico City, past and present, including the Aztecs
San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Yunque Rainforest
Prominent Artists of Mexico and Spain
Specialty Foods of Mexico and Spain
Topics of Study
In between the the cultural studies, students will be learning to speak in Spanish in a
variety of themes.
likes and dislikes
describing people - their physical traits and personality, their clothes, their
relatives and ages
school - classes, teachers, materials
after school activities
- telling what they are doing in the present tense
telling what they are going to do
The 8th grade begins with a Bridge Unit review of all grammar and vocabulary
topics covered in 7th grade, and then moves on to study the following:
telling what people just did
telling where people are coming from
giving and following directions
- locational prepositions
- map words
- shopping and bargaining at the market
- giving commands
- food and dining
Students will also be asked to make oral presentations, create dialogues with each other,
and complete several cultural and thematic projects through the school year.
¡Importante! Use of online translation programs for anything more than single vocabulary words is strongly discouraged. Online programs cannot determine part of speech or intended meaning, and do not use correct syntax for Spanish. More importantly, they reflect structures that are too advanced for our current course level, and beyond the abilities of students. Instead, I encourage students to either purchase a paperback dictionary, that they can bring to school when needed, as well as use at home OR use the online dictionary website www.wordreference.com . Use of online translators is considered cheating, and subject to assignment failure. All student work should be reflective of course content and the student's personal abilities.