Spanish I (Grades 9-12)
Spanish I introduces the Spanish language to the students and teaches basic vocabulary skills such as: how to answer questions, express ideas, and use present-tense verbs correctly. It also teaches students to function in a realistic situation such as going to a store, ordering in a restaurant, and meeting people. In addition to oral expression, the course also emphasizes reading and writing in Spanish. Culture of Spanish-speaking countries is also taught. Students make Piñatas at Christmas time.
Spanish II (Grades 10-12)
Spanish II builds on the skills learned in Spanish I. An even greater emphasis is placed on oral communications, as students should now be able to carry on conversations about a variety of topics. There is increased practice on handling realistic situations that might arise in a Spanish-speaking country, and students are encouraged to use Spanish in the classroom. More advanced grammar is taught, including several new verb tenses. There is also further discussion of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Video and audio tapes are used to bring native Spanish-speaking persons into the classroom.
Spanish III (Grades 11-12)
In Spanish III the emphasis is placed on grammar and speaking skills. Literature from Spanish-speaking countries is utilized to demonstrate cultural differences. Use of advanced grammar is expected, and use of the language during class time is mandatory. Students are also given an introduction to the literature of Cervantes; namely, Don Quixote.