This is a beginner course for students who have no Spanish background. Native speakers of Spanish should arrange an interview with the Spanish teacher to discuss best placement in either the 20 or 30 level course or to discuss a course challenge.
Spanish Language & Culture 10-3Y
5 Credits | Prerequisite: None
In this introductory course, students will learn basic vocabulary and expressions. Using this knowledge, they will be able to participate in conversations and to write fundamental paragraphs. Some areas of study include: personal interests, family and friends, sports, food and travel. Most conversation will be in the present and future tenses. Additionally, students will also have the opportunity to learn about the Spanish culture through various classroom activities.
Spanish Language & Culture 20-3Y
5 Credits | Prerequisite: Spanish 10-3Y or recommendation of current Spanish teacher at Crescent Heights High School
This intermediate course will build on the basic vocabulary and grammar acquired in Spanish 10. Students will participate in more complex conversations and written communication. Some areas of study will include shopping, health, food, daily routines, travel and sports. Conversations will progress from present and future tense use to the past tense. Additionally, students will continue learning about the Spanish culture through various classroom activities.
Spanish Language & Culture 30-3Y
5 Credits | Prerequisite: Spanish 20-3Y or recommendation of current Spanish teacher at Crescent Heights High School
This course will build on the basic vocabulary and grammar acquired in Spanish 10 and 20. Students will improve their proficiency in Spanish by using the target language to communicate factual information, to explore opinions and to express ideas. They will speak with clear pronunciation and intonation in rehearsed and spontaneous situations, select appropriate words and phrases, and communicate with reasonable grammatical accuracy. One unit of study will include Spanish short stories. Additionally, students will continue learning about the Spanish culture through various classroom activities.
Spanish Language & Culture Advanced Placement
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentation skills in real‐life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
The Spanish Language and Culture 30 AP is available as a challenge course upon request.