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Spanish II (middle school), Spanish I (middle school), Exploratory Spanish (6th grade middle school), and Elementary "sampler" Spanish at Collins (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade)
Why Spanish? The Oklahoma State legislature in HB 70 O.S. sec 11-103.6 has mandated that World Languages be taught as part of core curriculum to assist students in contributing to their nation's global competitiveness.
Insofar as Spanish is the primary language in a large part of the Americas and is spoken by nearly 25% of American citizens, is makes sense that students would find proficiency useful in any endeavor in the future. Studies likewise show that study of a foreign language enhances a student's knowledge of their own language and increases their vocabulary.
Spanish I and II classes use a classroom set of textbooks. Texts may be checked out for home use or a CD consisting of the entire book may be checked out to the student.
Textbook activities may be found at http://www.classzone.com/cz/books/avancemos_1a/book_home.htm?state=OK (note that all but the textbook portions of this site are still in service) Avancemos 1A is the name of our text.
In addition to the text, classes will practice a "phrase of the week" to engage with a partner. Repetitions necessary for long term memory are pursued on a daily basis and are encouraged to be practiced at home. After this first nine weeks, all students are armed with at least nine basic conversational phrases which include the interrogatives (question words) How? Where? What? How many? and Who? These are combined with auxiliary (helping) verbs: want to, like to, need to, be able to, and going to. example: What do you want to eat? ¿Qué quieres comer? Quiero comer helado. I want to eat ice cream.
6th Grade After school gifted and talented program Meeting 3:45-4:30 on Tuesdays in rm 67 at Middle School. Parents must arrange for student pick up in front of school at 4:30. Spanish vocabulary games, conversational activities, and videos of Spanish speaking countries are anticipated. Insofar as Mr. Axe is certified in German, US and World history, and Geography, other subjects can be explored based on student interest. It can also be used as a study hall for other subjects. A snack is provided.
NOTE: ALL PARENTS BE AWARE THAT FROM TIME TO TIME COMMERCIALLY SOLD MEXICAN COOKIES, CANDIES, AND POWDERED TROPICAL JUICES ARE GIVEN TO STUDENTS TO PRACTICE COURTESY AND CULTURE, AND AS REWARDS AND PRIZES. IN VIEW OF CONCERNS OF ALLERGIES, WEIGHT CONTROL, AND DENTAL HEALTH, PARENTS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE INDICATE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING STUDENT'S CONSUMPTION. AS IT IS, WATER WILL BE AVAILABLE AT LEAST TO WASH SUGAR OFF OF TEETH.