GRADES 5 - 8
The Spanish Foundation 1 course is an introduction to Spanish for students with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish. The students will be working with authentic spanish materials in different formats, such as music, works of art, short readings and podcasts. The course will develop the four skills necessary in the learning of any language: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Upon completion of this course, students will be required to take an oral and written exam.
By the end of this course, students will learn to greet and introduce themselves. They will be able to express time, likes and dislikes and favorite pastimes. Students will talk about what they have and need and their school, classes and favorite subjects. They will also learn to talk about plans and invite someone to do something. They will learn to describe people and family relationships, to talk about where they live and also to talk about their responsibilities.
WHAT HAPPENS IN CLASS
Every class lesson will differ, but at every meeting students will engage in the following activities:
- Complete a warm-up exercise that sets the stage for concepts introduced in the lessons.
- Reading task
- Listening task
- Writing task
- Speaking task
- Exit ticket to wrap up the class
- Independent Work: Students should expect to participate in class in order to practice and develop their Spanish. Students will spend 60 minutes on independent work each week. It is crucial that students keep up with this work and come prepared for class each day.
Throughout the 2 weeks, students will work on different tasks in class. Students will also have different formative assessments as indicators of their progress in the course.
Since students will complete most of their work in class, there will be many opportunities for the teacher to provide informal feedback. The teacher will conference with students regularly during the class period, providing oral feedback and some informal written notes on their work. Students will submit their final draft and receive detailed, written feedback from their teacher. By the end of the course, students will revise their work and self-critique their writing pieces.
Students will be required to take an oral and written assessment at the end of the course.