The high school Spanish program offers a 3 year sequence of language instruction. The principal objective of the program is for students to acquire an intermediate level of proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The courses are also designed to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures of the Spanish speaking world.
Year 1 to Year 3:
Advancemos – This is a three-year sequence of language instruction offered by the Spanish program at the SMIC School. It introduces the basic grammar principles which will be built on in subsequent years, including the present, past and immediate future tenses of regular and certain irregular verbs, including many other grammatical aspects.
This course prepares students to become familiar with Hispanic culture and to demonstrate their basic level of language understanding across a storyline video incorporating new vocabulary and motivating students to keep watching to see what happens next.
In class, students become familiar with Hispanic culture by celebrating some holidays such as “Dia de la Independencia”, “Dia de los muertos”, “Las navidades”, etc.
Students also participate in a singing contest every year. They dance and sing a song in Spanish and perform as part of the Foreign Speech Contest.
Year 4 (only offered when enough students enroll):
In years when enough students enroll and qualify, AP Spanish Language and Culture is offered for students who wish to develop proficiency and integrate their language skills, using authentic materials and sources. Students who take this course should already have a basic knowledge of the language and cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course will prepare students to demonstrate their level of the language across three foundational modes of communication: Interpersonal (Interactive communication), Interpretive (receptive communication) and presentation (productive communication). This course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency through themes that create an interesting, meaningful context in which to explore a variety of language concepts. Themes help teachers integrate language, content, and culture into an interrelated series of lessons and activities that promote the use of the language in a variety of contexts preparing students to use the Spanish language in real life settings. Course emphasis will not be on grammatical accuracy, but instead on communication. In order to facilitate the study of language, the course is conducted exclusively in Spanish. This course engages students in an exploration of Hispanic culture from a contemporary and historical perspective using various materials. It uses literature, music, and language conventions in order to deepen the students’ understanding of Hispanic culture. Students also gain experience with activities that prepare them for the AP Spanish Language & Culture exam, which they're expected to take. Students attend local events related to Spanish language culture such as art exhibitions, plays, talks, concerts and our annual field trip.