Students are assessed on homework, class participation, preparation, quizzes, tests, projects and presentations.
Work on conversational skills continues but a stronger emphasis in placed on the skills of writing, reading, accurate pronunciation, and listening comprehension. Students use the textbook
and other supplemental online materials to guide their studies. Homework is assigned with each class to ensure that students practice newly acquired skills. Students are expected to have fully mastered the conjugation of regular and irregular verbs in the present tense by the end of the year. Vocabulary acquisition continues to be guided by units focusing on daily life.
Cultural studies examine traditions from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and U.S. cities with large Latino populations through multidisciplinary assignments and projects such as a podcast on famous Latinas of history.
Students are assessed on the mastery of the four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) through quizzes and tests as well as homework, class participation, projects and presentations.Seventh Grade:
We use the book En Español
as a base, introducing activities and projects appropriate to each thematic unit. We begin with a bridge unit designed to help students review and consolidate what they already know. We will study regular and irregular present tenses, the imperative and the preterit. We will also learn how to express possession and to use object and reflexive pronouns. Activities in class are designed to help the students improve their proficiency in all aspects of the language: reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. Students will use their knowledge of Spanish in class in conversation about different topics, paired activities for communication, and story telling. Class is conducted mainly in Spanish, with clarification in English when needed.
The class also has a cultural component: we explore the geography, traditions, music, food, art, and culture in general of the various Spanish-speaking countries. The librarian and teachers of art and technology work with us on collaborative units.
Tests and projects account for the majority of the trimester grade, with the remainder based on homework preparation and participation in class.Eighth Grade:
The primary goal of eighth grade Spanish is the continued development and refinement of vocabulary and grammar. Consistent review is crucial and reinforces the foundation for more advanced concepts and grammar topics. Upon their arrival in eighth grade, the students will have studied the present and preterit tenses, including the irregular and stem-changing forms. Other tenses for the eighth grade year include the imperfect past, the future, the conditional, the compound tenses of the past, and the formal/informal commands. In addition, vocabulary will be studied via cultural projects and special assignments.
The class is taught in Spanish. The textbook, En Español 2, the accompanying workbook, and two short novels are the required texts for the course. Cultural components of the Spanish-speaking world make up a large part of the curriculum. Culture will be explored through hands-on, interdisciplinary projects that include music, art, dance, history and literature.
Students are assessed on the mastery of the language four skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) through quizzes and tests as well as homework, class participation, projects and presentations.