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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

9-10 Weeks

Overview

Elementary Spanish an exploratory introduction to the Spanish culture and language. Students learn the target language in a story-based framework, providing a fun and positive experience with 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 then will add Spanish literacy skills beginning in Level 2. The course provides audio and visual stimuli for all learning types and ample opportunity to hear, speak, read, write, and record the language. The course 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.

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

Major Topics and Concepts:

Module One

  • Spanish culture
  • Greetings and introductions
  • Numbers 11-20
  • Plus and equals
  • The Euro
  • Feelings
  • Activities with friends

Module Two

  • Days of the Week
  • Places in the Community
  • Clothing
  • Spanish Culture – La Fiesta del Toro

Module Three

  • The beach
  • How many are there
  • Many and few
  • The bathroom
  • Washing hands, feet and face
  • I know and I don’t know
  • Lunch
  • Asking “what do you want” and saying “I want”
  • Helping and putting away
  • Clean and dirty

Module Four

  • The five senses
  • The ways I move my body
  • The weather
  • El flamenco

Credits .375

Competencies

  • Numbers 11-20 and Question words Cuanto and Como
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of numbers 11-20 and question words cuanto and cómo by using these concepts when listening to, speaking, and reading in Spanish on topics such as introductions, money, shopping, expressions, and feelings.
  • Days of the Week and Question words Cuando and Donde
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of days of the week, community, and question words cuando and donde by using these concepts when listening to, speaking, and reading in Spanish on topics such as activities, clothing, and celebrations in Spain.
  • More or Less, Know or Don’t know
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of mucho and poco and se and no se by using these concepts when listening to, speaking, and reading in Spanish on topics such as the beach, the bathroom, lunch, and cleaning up.
  • The Five Senses, Body Movement, and the Question word Que
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the five senses, body movement, and the question word qué by using these concepts when listening to, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish on topics such as weather, music, and dance.

Pre-Requisites

None

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