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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

9-10 weeks

Overview

Elementary Spanish is an exploratory introduction to the Spanish culture and language. Students will learn the target language in a story-based framework, providing a fun and positive experience within the learning. Each lesson is taught through an engaging, authentic story that gives students an opportunity to see and hear the language in context. Students will learn foundational skills in listening and speaking in the early levels, and will add Spanish literacy skills beginning in Level 2. The courses provide audio and visual stimuli for all learning types and ample opportunities to hear, speak, read, write, and record the language. This suite also provides strategically-based reviews of past learning. Each course is built on connections to an authentic culture of a specific Spanish-speaking region through the arts, celebrations, and traditions of the culture, leading students on the path to becoming global citizens. Courses provide a natural progression of learning through the following language acquisition stages:

  • Preproduction
  • Early Production
  • Speech emergence
  • Intermediate fluency

Please view the Elementary Parents’ Survival Guide: The First Four Weeks of Online Learning for guidance on helping your student in the transition to online learning.

Course Requirements

All levels of Spanish require independent reading skills. We recommend students begin Spanish sometime during grades 2 or 3, depending on their reading level. Those who are not yet reading independently can take the course, provided an adult is available to read material to the student.

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module One

  • Mexican culture
  • Greetings, introductions, and goodbye
  • Farm animals
  • Family and Pets

Module Two

  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Numbers 1–10
  • Nursery rhyme: La araña pequeñita
  • Small and big

Module Three

  • Body parts
  • School supplies
  • Mexican celebrations
  • My bedroom

Module Four

  • Activities with friends
  • Shapes
  • Sun, moon, and stars
  • Parts of head and face
  • The life and art of Frida Kahlo

Credits .375

Competencies

  • Greetings and Introductions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of greetings and introductions by using these concepts when listening to, speaking, and reading in Spanish on topics such as family, farm animals, and colors.
  • Numbers 1-10 and Size Descriptions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of numbers 1-10 and descriptions of size by using these concepts when listening to, speaking, and reading in Spanish on topics such as transportation, food, colors, and pets.
  • Listing and Counting objects and First Person Possessive
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of listing and counting objects and first-person possessive by using these concepts when listening to, speaking, and reading in Spanish on topics such as body parts, school supplies, and bedroom furniture.
  • Likes and Dislikes
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of likes and dislikes by using these concepts when listening to, speaking, and reading in Spanish on topics such as activities, shapes, parts of the face, and day and night.

Pre-Requisites

None

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