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In today’s global society, being able to communicate in a language other than one’s own broadens students’ opportunities as well as increases their understanding and respect for cultural differences. As such, ASA offers Spanish to the student body. Spanish is taught once a week to students from second to eighth grades. This program focuses on learning basic listening, speaking, reading and writing techniques. The main objective of the program is so that students have a strong foundation in the target language by the time they graduate eighth grade. This way, they are ready to continue their Spanish learning experience when they go on to high school.
Students are introduced to a variety of vocabulary words and phrases through repetition, songs, prayers, projects and role play. Some of the main vocabulary topics that second and third grades cover are greetings, stating personal information, parts of the house and household items, numbers 1-20, colors, shapes, parts of the body, family, clothing, classroom objects, people and places at school, days of the week, times of day, months and food.
Fourth and fifth grades’ curriculum is designed to continue to expand their vocabulary as well as conversational skills. New vocabulary includes occupations, places in the community, transportation, celebrations, dates, telling time, and feelings and emotions. Students also learn how to construct basic sentences and conjugate basic verbs, such as “to be,” “to go” and “to have.”
Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades continue to increase their vocabulary and develop their reading, writing, and grammar skills, including learning the gender and singular/plural nouns, adjectives, possessives, subject pronouns, regular and irregular verbs, and the conjugation of said terms including making comparisons. Topics for middle school include understanding the familiar and formal, numbers zero to increments of millions, the weather, days, time of day (i.e. morning, noon, night), months, sports, clothing, community and occupations, foods, likes and dislikes. While sometimes there’s overlap between what grades levels are working on, the scope and depth of the material will depend both on their age as well as skill level.