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:
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I can identify places where people live in Spanish. I can identify the letters v, y, k, x, w, z and their syllables in Spanish. I can categorize words that rhyme in Spanish. I can interpret words associated with natural landforms in Spanish. I can identify words associated with clear or dark in Spanish. I can interpret the time of the hour to greet people accordingly in Spanish.
I can describe aspects of Independence Day in Perú in Spanish. I can identify the hard consonants c & g and consonants j, d, h, f, r, rr and the associated syllables in Spanish. I can interpret false cognates in Spanish. I can identify people within a community in Spanish. I can identify directional words in Spanish. I can interpret words associated with the land and sky in Spanish.
I can interpret speaking skills phrases in Spanish. I can identify the letters m, s, p, l, b, t, n & ñ and their syllables in Spanish. I can identify the seasons in Spanish. I can interpret sea animals in Spanish. I can interpret commands in Spanish.
I can interpret greetings in Spanish. I can identify animals from the Andean mountains in Perú in Spanish. I can interpret family members and pets in Spanish. I can describe the vowel sounds in Spanish. I can categorize the meals of the day in Spanish.
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.
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