Spanish Essential Learning Outcomes
By the end of fourth grade students will be able to use the Spanish Language to:
- properly pronounce the alphabet.
- count from 1-100.
- identify words for colors and shapes.
- identify emotions
- identify parts of the body.
- use vocabulary to discuss family.
- greet people, say goodbye, introduce themselves and others.
- say where they are from.
- say what day of the week it is.
- describe the weather.
- respond to and give classroom instructions.
- talk about activities, and say what they like and don’t like to do.
- identify Hispanic cultural traditions and celebrations
- write short paragraphs and talk about themselves and others.
- ask and answer questions about themselves and others.
- apply proper grammatical mechanics to written and spoken language.
- identify Hispanic cultural traditions and celebrations.
Spanish Language Instruction
Why learn another language?
We live in a world that is an interwoven variety of cultures through a global economy, the internet, ease of travel, and multicultural people living in our communities. It is becoming increasingly essential that our students are exposed to other languages and cultures. Spanish was chosen as the language of the district because, according to the Pew Research Center it is the most spoken non-English language in the USA*. Learning a language enhances listening and memory skills and promotes positive attitudes toward people of diverse backgrounds. In addition, knowing two languages enhances one’s opportunities in the career world.
Students participate in a weekly class in grades 1-4. As a Spanish learner in the elementary school, the students learn about the language with a multi-sensory approach. The students experience content-rich materials, hands on games, role-playing to reinforce practical conversations, interactive online applications, singing, and American Sign Language.
The 5th and 6th grade students have the opportunity to explore the Spanish language and culture three times a week. The students explore Hispanic traditions and celebrations which helps them learn about the world in which they live. Language development at this stage focuses on putting vocabulary and grammar into practice through speaking, writing and listening activities. In addition students apply their knowledge through project and experiential learning lessons.
Once students move to the 7th grade, they have Spanish instruction daily. During 7th and also 8th grade, students are guided to become more fluent in speaking, writing and understanding spoken language. Culture lessons are a small part of the curriculum at these levels, but the primary focus is Spanish language development.