Middle School Spanish: ¡Exprésate!

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade Spanish is based on the communicative approach to learning. This course introduces middle school students to basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar. Class is conducted mostly in Spanish. Students are encouraged to use as much Spanish as possible, regardless of vocabulary or accuracy. This course develops fundamental vocabulary and grammar for students to express themselves in situations including time, date, numbers, meeting and getting to know others, using adjectives, describing likes and dislikes, using subject pronouns, and conjugating in the present tense. Emphasis is placed on active communication aimed at the development of oral and comprehension skills; reading and writing skills are also introduced. The class format includes language practice through audio and Web usage, readings, games, and class activities. Students are expected to deepen their knowledge of Spanish-speaking regions and cultures. Students will focus on the  Spanish-speaking regions of Mexico, Spain, and Puerto Rico. Content will be based in ¡Exprésate! Level 1A as well as standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). As a way to connect Spanish studies to fifth grade humanities, middle school students will study how Colonial America’s fight for independence from Britain influenced the freedom movement of the Spanish colonies in Latin America as lead by Simón Bolívar.  

Seventh Grade

Spanish 1A 
In seventh grade, Spanish, students will enhance the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing to a more complex level. Students will broaden their communicative abilities by using interrogatives to appropriately ask and answer questions; commanding the present, future, present progressive, and preterit tenses; and incorporating direct and indirect object pronouns. New vocabulary will allow students to discuss likes and dislikes, nationalities, personalities, physical descriptions, sports, family, routines, household objects and chores, emotions, and parts of the body. Classes will be taught almost exclusively in Spanish. Content will be based on ¡Exprésate! Level 1B as well as standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). As a way to connect their Spanish studies to the seventh grade humanities curriculum of World Geography and Contemporary World Problems, students will be introduced to topics such as global poverty, water availability, and sanitation in the Americas.
 
Spanish 1
In the advanced seventh grade Spanish course, students will enhance the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing to a more complex level, with focus on fluency and precision. Students will broaden their communicative abilities by using interrogatives to appropriately ask and answer questions; commanding the present, future, present progressive, preterit, and imperfect tenses; and incorporating direct and indirect object pronouns. New vocabulary will allow students to discuss likes and dislikes, nationalities, personalities, physical descriptions, sports, family, routines, household objects and chores, emotions, and parts of the body. Further, students will deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking regions and cultures through the study of history, literature, culture, and contemporary issues. Students are encouraged to consult appropriate external materials such as web links, community resources, and other media to better understand Hispanic culture. Classes will be taught almost exclusively in Spanish. Content will be based on ¡Exprésate! Levels 1B and 2 as well as standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). As a way to connect their Spanish studies to the 7th grade humanities curriculum of World Geography and Contemporary World Problems, students will be introduced to topics such as global poverty, water availability, and sanitation in the Americas.

Sixth Grade

In sixth grade Spanish, students gain a deeper understanding of the lexical content and grammatical structures of the Spanish language. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of Spanish vocabulary and grammar, focusing on the development of the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will review how to greet others, count, talk about classroom objects, tell time, and describe the weather. They will learn to conjugate regular and irregular verbs in the present, present progressive, simple future, and imperative tenses; compare and exaggerate ideas using comparatives and superlatives and command vocabulary related to topics including personal descriptions, families, and pastimes. This course will also help students to increase familiarity with Spanish-speaking regions and cultures, with focus on the following: Spain, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Chile, and the U.S. (Texas). By engaging with audio, web resources, readings, games, and other class activities, students will practice and solidify course concepts. Learners will be evaluated on accuracy through formative and summative assessments. Classes are conducted mostly in Spanish. Content will be based on ¡Exprésate! Level 1A as well as standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). As a way to connect their Spanish studies to the sixth grade humanities curriculum of Ancient Civilizations, students will be introduced to the history and culture of Mesoamerican and pre-Colombian cultures. 

Eighth Grade

Spanish 1B
In eighth grade Spanish, students will learn to communicate more effectively and confidently with an overall focus on fluency and accuracy. The course will include a review of present and future tenses and expand to gain proficiency in the command of past (preterit and imperfect) and conditional tenses.  Students will be able to describe and express themselves, discern formal and informal situations, give and receive commands, and talk about topics such as childhood activities and toys, life events, food, measurements, shopping, travel, plants and animals, and outdoor activities. Further, students will deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking regions and cultures through the study of history, literature, culture, and contemporary issues. This course will be taught almost exclusively in Spanish.  Students will incorporate the skills learned throughout their Open Window experience on an immersion based partnership in Costa Rica that will challenge them as they interact with local guides and stay with a Costa Rican family. Content will be based on ¡Exprésate! Level 1B as well as standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). High school placement will vary by student and school, but most students completing this course well be well prepared to enter a second year high school course as ninth graders.  As a way to connect their Spanish studies to the eighth grade humanities curriculum, students will study immigration patterns of Hispanic populations in the United States with a focus on Washington State.
 
Spanish 2
In the advanced eighth grade Spanish course, students will learn to communicate more effectively and confidently with an overall focus on fluency and accuracy. Course concepts and curriculum will use thematic and communicative approaches to facilitate the learning process. The course will include a review of present and future tenses and expand to gain proficiency in the command of past (preterit and imperfect) and conditional tenses.  Students will also be exposed to the subjunctive tense; used to describe their wishes, hopes, opinions, and give advice. Students will be able to describe and express themselves, discern formal and informal situations, give and receive commands, and talk about topics such as childhood activities and toys, life events, food, measurements, shopping, travel, plants and animals, and outdoor activities.  Students will incorporate the skills learned throughout their Open Window experience on an immersion based partnership in Costa Rica that will challenge them as they interact with local guides and stay with a Costa Rican family.  Further, students will deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking regions and cultures through the study of history, literature, culture, and contemporary issues. The Spanish department encourages students to consult appropriate external materials such as web links, community resources, and other media to better understand Hispanic culture. Classes will be taught almost exclusively in Spanish. Content will be based on ¡Exprésate! Level 2 as well as standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). High school placement will vary by student and school, but most students completing this course well be well prepared to enter a third year high school course as ninth graders.  As a way to connect their Spanish studies to the eighth grade humanities curriculum, students will study immigration patterns and labor disputes of Hispanic populations in the United States with a focus on Washington State and current legislation.
 
Conversational Spanish
This course is only offered to seventh and eighth grade students. It covers vocabulary, pronunciation, and high-frequency grammar structures in order to enhance communicative skills with a focus on listening comprehension and spoken output. In preparation for the eighth grade hallmark trip to Costa Rica, students will gain an understanding of basic grammar and sentence structures, which are absolutely necessary for competence in spoken Spanish. In this course, students will practice speaking and understanding the language of everyday life and become more informed on the different cultures and customs of the Spanish speaking world. Current events and subjects of particular interest to the class will also guide some of the discussions of this course.