Spanish Courses

In an effort to meet the different needs of our beginning language learners, the department offers two options for studying first year Spanish.

  • The Spanish I CP course is open to all language learners. Unlike more traditional language offerings, grammar is modeled in this course, rather than analyzed. Therefore this approach to language learning is ideal for those who would benefit more from an aural approach to second language learning and a functional view of grammar rather than an analytical approach. Spanish I CP students will be able to continue this methodology in Spanish II CP.

  • Spanish I AE is an integrated approach to language learning which includes the study of grammar. It is recommended for those with strong language skills, that is, for those with grades of B- or higher in their English courses.

  • A “C-“ average at the end of the year in a World Language course, unless otherwise stated,  indicates that the student may advance to the next year of language study, however, teachers in the World Language Department will make their level recommendations based on departmental grade average guidelines as well as demonstrated skill development.



SPANISH I Part I CP 554

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: None

This course will introduce students to the Spanish language and to Hispanic culture. A variety of strategies and methods are used to appeal to various learning styles (visual, aural) and intelligences (interpersonal, kinesthetic). Emphasis is placed on how grammar is used to convey meaning. Practical vocabulary is presented through teacher modeling, and is reinforced through interactive activities, games, and readings. Language learning tips, realia, technology, and audio visual resources help the students to learn Spanish. This course is for students who have no prior experience studying Spanish.


SPANISH I Part II CP 555

Grades 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in Spanish I Part I; D+ or higher in grade 8 Spanish

After a period of review, Spanish I Part 2 continues the work begun in Spanish I Part I. Students will continue to acquire vocabulary and to study grammar and verb structures by using the same strategies and methods from the previous year. Cultural units related to textbook themes will increase students' understanding of the Hispanic culture.



SPANISH I AE 552

Grades 9-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: None

Spanish I introduces the students to the Spanish language and culture through an integrated approach to language learning. Students are introduced to useful and practical expressions, vocabulary, and grammatical structures with an emphasis on asking and answering questions in Spanish. Cultural information, comparison, and regional differences help students to gain knowledge and understanding of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Students begin reading authentic documents and literature. Language learning tips, realia, technology, and audio visual resources help the students to learn Spanish. This course is taught at an accelerated pace.



SPANISH II CP 563

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in Spanish I

After a period of review, students continue their study of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Students continue to acquire and use vocabulary and grammar through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. In this course students will learn to talk about past events. Similar strategies and methods as used in Spanish I CP will again be utilized.



Spanish. This course is taught at an accelerated pace.

SPANISH II AE 562

Grades 9-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C or higher in Spanish I (AE)

Spanish II AE continues the study of the Spanish language and culture, at a moderate pace, through an integrated approach to language learning. Presentation and practice of functional expressions, vocabulary, and grammar structures are interwoven with cultural information, language learning tips, and realia. The technology, audiovisual materials, and readings are integrated throughout each chapter.



SPANISH II H 561

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: B- or higher in Spanish I (AE)

Spanish II H continues the study of the Spanish language and culture at an accelerated pace through and integrated approach to language learning. Presentation and practice of functional expressions, vocabulary and grammar structures are interwoven with cultural information, language learning tips, and realia. The technology, audiovisual materials, and readings are integrated throughout each chapter. This course also includes the reading and analysis of authentic documents and literature.



SPANISH III CP 573

Grades: 10-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in Spanish II

Spanish III CP continues the goal of second language acquisition with a functional view of grammar rather than an analytical approach. Students expand their knowledge of Spanish vocabulary, idioms, and cognate recognition. In working towards competency, this course continues to develop proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will develop an awareness and appreciation of Hispanic cultures through projects and a variety of interactions in culturally authentic situations.



SPANISH III AE 572

Grades 10-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in Spanish II AE or H

Spanish III AE provides a fully integrated program emphasizing communication, pair and group work, and learning in context. Activities are designed to motivate students, to foster the use of critical thinking skills, and to promote the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. To complement each lesson, ancillary materials present an umbrella theme depicting contemporary daily life experiences. Vocabulary, oral communication, and grammar activities are correlated with each unit theme and function. A video program helps students to develop listening comprehension skills, while enabling them to "travel " through the diverse Hispanic world.



SPANISH III H 571

Grades 10-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C or higher in Spanish II H

Spanish III H is taught at an accelerated pace and challenging level. This course offers a fully integrated program emphasizing communication, pair and group work, and learning in context. Activities are designed to motivate students, to foster the use of critical thinking skills, and to promote the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. To complement each chapter vocabulary, oral communication, grammar and activities are correlated with each unit theme and function. A video program helps students to develop listening comprehension skills while enabling them to travel through the diverse Hispanic world. Students will further develop the reading skill by examining several contemporary short stories by Spanish and Latin American authors.



SPANISH IV AE 582/ V CP 593

Grades 11-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher Spanish III AE or H for IV AE, C- or higher in IV CP.

Spanish IV AE/V CP completes the work begun in Spanish III AE. It provides a fully integrated program emphasizing communication, pair and group work, and learning in context. Activities are designed to motivate students, to foster the use of critical thinking skills, and to promote the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. To complement each chapter, vocabulary, oral communication, and grammar activities are correlated with each unit theme and function. A video program helps students to develop listening comprehension skills while enabling them to "travel" through the diverse Hispanic world. Students will further develop the reading skill by examining several contemporary short stories by Spanish and Latin American authors.



SPANISH IV CP 583

Grades: 11-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in Spanish III

Spanish IV CP provides students with the opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired in their previous study of Spanish. Students will acquire new vocabulary, but the class will focus on developing communicative competency through intense review and practice of the grammatical structures introduced in previous courses. A video program helps students to develop listening comprehension skills, increase vocabulary, and gain cultural insights, while enabling them to travel through the diverse Hispanic world. To develop reading skills, students will read various selections from a graded Spanish reader.



SPANISH IV H 581

Grades: 11-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C or higher in Spanish III H

Spanish IV H is taught at an accelerated pace and challenging level. TheEncuentros Maravillosos curriculum is designed to further develop students' vocabulary acquisition, mastery of grammar, and communication skills through the reading of authentic literary works (complete or excerpts) from noted Hispanic authors. The selection of literary works is based on accessibility and intrinsic interest to students. Guided activities encourage students to make connections between the chapter themes and the occurrence of the same or related issues in their own culture and in their lives. Vocabulary and language structure are reinforced in and contextually related to each literary theme. Literary themes selected for their appeal and their capacity to promote thoughtful discussion include: Dreams vs. reality, Coping with the loss of someone or something special, Personal idiosyncrasies, Response to parental expectations, Pivotal Childhood experiences, The real, the unreal, and the absurd, Intergenerational conflict, Superstition, Extraordinary behavior, Cultural diversity and tolerance, Societal expectations and stereotype, Modern perspectives, Attitude about life and death, and Solidarity vs. solitude. This course is important for those students who intend to take the CEEB SAT II in Spanish during their junior year.



SPANISH V AE 592

Grade: 12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C or higher in Spanish IV AE or H

Spanish V AE emphasizes communication, pair and group work, and learning in context. Activities are designed to motivate students, to foster the use of critical thinking skills, and to promote the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Authentic audio, video and print materials related to chapter themes are integrated throughout the course. Vocabulary, oral communication, grammar and activities are correlated thematically. Language lab and a supplementary video program provide for additional speaking and listening/viewing comprehension practice, and allow students to experience authentic Hispanic cultural perspectives. This course is helpful to those who have not yet taken the CEEB SAT II in Spanish and who intend to do so, for those who intend to continue their Spanish studies at the college level, and for those who hope to improve their listening and speaking proficiency for career or travel.



SPANISH V H/AP 591

Grade: 12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: B- or higher in Spanish IV H or at the discretion of the department head in consultation with the teacher

Spanish V H/AP is designed to expose students to contemporary Spanish and Latin American culture through their study of literature and grammar and to prepare students for the Spanish Language Advanced Placement Exam in May. The course is planned to consolidate the four basic language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The fine points of grammatical structure are reviewed at this level. Emphasis is placed upon both grammatical accuracy and clarity of writing in frequently assigned compositions. The students will further develop the reading skill by reading contemporary materials on the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America; they will read Latin American literature of contemporary social significance. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish, and students are required to participate in classroom discussion and conversation in Spanish. An authentic Spanish audio program, feature films, cds and an AP audio series are designed to improve listening comprehension, to habituate students to native speakers, and to familiarize students with contemporary Hispanic culture, its lifestyles, institutions, influences, and problems. At this level, oral proficiency is a major goal. Students will be given the opportunity to use Spanish in more sophisticated communicative tasks and social situations.
This course is significantly more demanding than Spanish V AE in order to develop those skills measured on the Advanced Placement examination in Spanish language. Greater emphasis is place on the comparing, contrasting, and synthesizing skills, the development of which is the focus of the Spanish Language AP exam.