Spanish 1

Date/Time: Wednesday - 12:45 PM to 2:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 9th, 10th
Department: Foreign Languages
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

With more than 500 million people worldwide speaking Spanish as their first language and fifty million of those native speakers living in the United States, the ability to speak Spanish has become a life skill.

Taught in the target language with English clarification when necessary, this multi sensory, high energy class emphasizes the practicality of real-life communication within the framework of language study to produce a writer, reader, listener, and speaker of proper Spanish. Activities include reading, online work, games, songs, skits, and storytelling. Since the purpose of language learning is to understand others, we also will study culture. Optional Spanish club meetings are held one Saturday per month.

This course is designed to be completed over five days each week: one day of class attendance and participation and four separate days of homework. Homework will require at least 30 minutes per day, four days per week. Assignments include watching and practicing with several online resources, writing original compositions, reading, completing worksheets, and producing projects implementing art materials and technology.

Summer homework in preparation for Spanish I consists of viewing entertaining Spanish videos. 

Books: Students will read one to three novellas for learners of Spanish. Titles will be determined according to the progress and interests of the class members. This course does not use a textbook, but instruction includes grammar and vocabulary.

Reliable Internet and email are essential for Spanish homework.

Class Minimum: 6 students

Tuition: $75 for nine months, plus one-time $35 supply fee

Semester 1 (September-December) $335 Semester 2 (January-May) $375

(Sibling discount available)