¡Bienvenidos a la Clase de Español!
Spanish is a language spoken by millions of people around the world, from Latin America to countries in Europe like Spain, and countries in Africa and Asia where Spain ruled in the past, Philippines, Ceuta and Melilla and Equatorial Guinea.
Learning a new language requires putting to use the four skills everybody uses naturally to learn his/her first language as a little kid:
The Spanish program at Nicasio School is adapted to meet different levels of experience and skills so that each student has the opportunity to be part of the group and participate in class based on his/her best effort.
The program includes the following elements of language as defined by the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning:
COMMUNICATION, engage in conversations to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and opinions. Also, interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics, and present information, concepts and ideas to an audience.
CULTURE, understand the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the Latin-American culture.
CONNECTION, reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language and recognize the distinctive points of view that are only available through the foreign language and its culture.
COMPARISON of the foreign language studied and their own and understanding the concepts of culture when comparing the foreign language studies and their own.
COMMUNITIES participate in multi-language communities from the classroom to around the world.
At this level, students learn the Spanish language through songs, rhymes, and stories that focus on a specific topic: greetings, house, numbers, colors, time, animals, etc.
This course focuses on reading strategies (letter sound) to comprehend vocabulary and ideas in addition to exploring different topics based on students interests, such as animals, food and drinks, vehicles, candy, places, and stores. Also, on a daily basis, students will practice common social communication through greetings, asking for permission, weather, date, birthdays, etc.
Students explore more in depth the formal and academic use of the language, developing their understanding of grammar and sentence structure from simple ideas to small paragraphs. Once they have proficiency in a specific topic-based set of vocabulary and ideas, they write their own skits to perform in class and in front of the school community.
Also, students will learn about spelling (special characters and symbols), and punctuation (upside down question and exclamation marks). We compare and understand the similarity in punctuation and use of mechanics in English and Spanish as well as the differences.
Every Monday is “Cultural Day”, when we explore the various ways that Latin American communities are similar through the study of geography, history and cultural aspects of each society.
In class, the student will have opportunities to use the Spanish language. Each session is designed to create a learning environment that incorporates challenge, variety of activities, cooperation and enjoyment.
Students will explore different topics, which will introduce them to a new vocabulary and proper use of the language when they communicate in the Spanish language.