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Overview of B/E/A Spanish Program

La escuela de Brandon tiene tres niveles de español. Empieza con la clase básico de Español Uno y progresa a la clase avanzada de Español Tres para credito en la universidad. La clase de Español Tres será enseñado este año por ITV, y yo voy a enseñar las clases de Español 1 y 2.

Brandon High School has three levels of Spanish, starting with the most basic Spanish 1 and progressing to an advanced Spanish 3 class taken for college credit. Spanish Three will be taught through ITV this year, and I will be teaching Spanish 1 and 2.

Español Uno - Spanish One

The first year of the course sequence designed to introduce students to the skills needed for proficiency in the language and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Classroom sessions are supplemented with instructional technology. Emphasis is on reading and listening comprehension and oral and written communication in Spanish.

Español Dos - Spanish Two

Exposes students to the diversity found in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Students refine oral and written communication skills through oral presentations, group activities, cultural readings, essays and an examination of Spanish grammar.

Why learn Spanish??

For starters, you can improve your understanding of English. Yes, that’s right! A lot of the vocabulary of English has Latin origins, much of which came to English by way of French. Since Spanish is also a Latin language, you will notice that as you study the language you will gain a better understanding of your native vocabulary. Similarly, both Spanish and English share Indo-European roots, so their grammar are similar. There probably isn’t a more effective way to learn English grammar than by studying the grammar of another language, since studying forces you to think about how your language is structured. It’s not unusual, for example, to gain an understanding of English verbs’ tenses and moods by learning how those verbs are used in Spanish.

Make Traveling Fun!

How about traveling? Sure, it is perfectly possible to visit Mexico, Spain or South America without speaking a word of Spanish. But it isn’t close to half as much fun. By having an understanding of the Spanish language, it may allow you to see and do things that many other visitors don’t get to. Also, the best way to truly understand a culture is to be able to speak the language. Sure you can learn a lot through a Lonely Planet guide, but it’s being able to communicate with the natives and the locals that will give you the experience of a lifetime. Being able to read a Latin American or Spanish newspaper, for example, can give you great insight into the places you visit and a better vision of what is going on in other parts of the world. Not to mention, Spanish offers a wealth of literature, both modern and traditional.

Learn Other Languages

Interested in learning other languages? Well, if you can learn Spanish, you’ll have an edge in learning the other Latin-based languages such as French, Italian and Portuguese. It can even help you learn Russian and German, since both also have Indo-European roots and have some characteristics that are present in Spanish but not English. In the end, learning Spanish will help you learn any language simply because by simply learning the structure of one language can give you a reference point for learning others.

In learning a foreign language, you are not going to find any easier language to learn than Spanish. Much of its vocabulary is similar to English’s, and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic. Although mastering Spanish grammar can be a challenge, the basic grammar is straightforward enough that you will be able to communicate after just a few lessons.

Improve Your Career Opportunities

Being able to speak another language can also help you in your career. Without a doubt, if you live in the United States and you work in one of the “helping” professions like healthcare and teaching, your career options and opportunities will expand by knowing Spanish. But really, wherever you live, if you’re in any occupation that involves international trade, communications, or tourism, you’ll find similar opportunities to use your new language skills. There is a limitless range of things you can do with Spanish!

Make Life More Interesting!

And finally, whether you enjoy talking, reading, or mastering challenges, you’ll find all of them in learning Spanish. There’s something about being able to successfully speak another language that makes life more interesting. Maybe that’s why children often speak Pig Latin or create secret codes of their own. Learning a language can be work, well, a lot of hard work, but the efforts pay off quickly when you finally get to use your new skills!

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