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 interpret greetings and farewells in Spanish. I can describe the culture of Costa Rica in Spanish. I can interpret words associated with travel at the airport in Spanish. I can identify the parts of the inside of an airplane in Spanish. I can identify extended family members in Spanish. I can interpret adjectives pertaining to physical appearance in Spanish.
I can identify aspects of a news report in Spanish. I can identify types of natural disasters in Spanish I can describe the colonization of Central America in Spanish. I can describe the Guatemalan tradition of la Semana Santa in Spanish. I can identify nature and animals of the tropical jungle in Spanish. I can interpret actions taken by good citizens in Spanish.
I can identify parts of the house in Spanish. I can interpret chores around the house in Spanish. I can interpret subject pronouns nosotros and nosotras in Spanish. I can interpret words associated with food and drinks in Spanish. I can interpret the preposition de in Spanish. I can interpret feelings and emotions in Spanish.
I can identify words associated with personality traits in Spanish. I can interpret question words in Spanish. I can identify words associated with the movies in Spanish. I can interpret the correct form of the verb gustar when identifying preferences of school subjects in Spanish. I can interpret places to go for fun in Spanish. I can interpret the contractions al and del 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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