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 vocabulary associated with turtles in Spanish. I can identify musical instruments used in Merengue music in Spanish. I can identify words associated with careers in Spanish. I can Identify types of insects in Spanish. I can interpret evening routine activities in Spanish. I can identify diphthongs with the letter i, a, o, u.
I can interpret directional words in Spanish. I can identify words associated with the native peoples of the Caribbean, los Tainos in Spanish. I can interpret tropical fruits in Spanish. I can interpret math words in Spanish. I can interpret words associated with the rainforest. I can identify the letter combinations of ll, ge, gi, cr, cl, pr and pl.
I can identify vocabulary associated with the Caribbean Sea and Islands in Spanish. I can identify words and expressions related to age in Spanish. I can interpret summer clothing in Spanish. I can interpret the order of things seen using the indefinite articles in Spanish. I can identify types of water activities and equipment in Spanish. I can identify words with the letter combination of qu with e & i, soft c and ch.
I can identify activities done every morning in Spanish. I can describe words and expressions related to Cuban culture. I can compare the singular and plural adjectives in sentences in Spanish. I can interpret courtesy words in Spanish. I can interpret command words in Spanish. I can identify words with blends dr, tr, br, bl, gr, gl, fr, fl.
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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