Welcome to World Languages
Department Course Descriptions
Introduction to Spanish
In the first year of foreign language, students learn to:
• communicate orally on selected topics related to self, family, school, friends, leisure, and food.
• spell words using the foreign alphabet
• read with understanding and recognize the meaning of some new words in reading passages through
context clues as found in beginning level magazines, poems, and selected reading passages.
• write sentences from oral practice, dictation, and selected real-life scenarios using correct spelling,
including accent marks.
• demonstrate knowledge of basic Spanish grammar such as word order, gender, pronouns, adjective
agreement, verb agreement, and verb conjugations in the present tense forms.
• discuss in English or Spanish similarities and differences between American and the foreign culture with
respect to customs, holidays, foods, world of work, etc.
• connect Spanish to other academic disciplines.
• use Spanish language in authentic, real life situations.
Textbook: Avancemos 1A & 1B
In Level 1, the development of skills begun in Introduction to Spanish is continued. The sounds of the
language are learned through dialogues, practice exercises and real-life situations. The students learn
to understand, speak, read, and write on selected topics about daily life and common daily settings.
Students will learn to apply grammatical principles of the language to form new ideas and to communicate
them. Cultural information about the Spanish speaking countries is integrated into daily lessons.
Successful completion of Introduction to Spanish is a prerequisite. Students earn high school credit upon
passing the course and the end of year assessment.
Textbook: Realidades 1
The development of skills begun in Spanish 1 is continued and expanded. Greater emphasis is placed
on oral proficiency, listening, reading and writing about self and everyday life. Knowledge of grammar
is expanded, including object pronouns and most of the verb tenses beyond the present. Cultural
information is taught through basic content readings and supplemental materials.
Successful completion of Spanish 1 is a prerequisite. Students earn high school credit upon passing the
course and the end of year assessment.
Textbook: Realidades 2