Spanish

Our foreign language program is geared toward increasing tools for interpersonal communication and fostering a global perspective. It addresses the 5Cs: communication, culture, connections between disciplines, comparisons between languages, and communities of language speakers. Our language program focuses on Spanish because it is a language that students encounter in daily life in New York City and because 8th graders will look towards visiting a Spanish-speaking country as part of their week-long community service project. We expect them to be able to engage as fully as possible with the people they encounter, so we want students to be proficient Spanish speakers by the end of Middle School.

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

  • What are the key components necessary to be able to communicate in another language?
  • What cultural variations exist in the language?
  • What does language tell us about culture?
  • What can we learn about our own language by studying a second language?
  • What comparisons can we make between English and other languages?

6th Grade
In 6th grade, all students study Spanish. We feel it is important to have a solid foundation as well as a strong connection be- tween the academic aspect of learning a second language and real-life language usage. Since for some students this will be the first exposure to in-depth study of Spanish, the emphasis will be on language structures, vocabulary, and grammar. For students who have had previous Spanish instruction, classes will be more intensive with a focus on conversation.

7th Grade
In 7th grade, students may have the opportunity to start another language in addition to Spanish, such as Latin. We will also provide students with the opportunity to take online language courses. The goals of the Spanish program include becoming more fluent in conversation, understanding grammatical forms, and improving their ability to write.

8th Grade
In addition to strengthening their conversational skills in anticipation of our community service trip, 8th grade students learn to present information effectively both orally and in writing in a second language. As part of their growing ability to think abstractly as well as their increased knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, 8th graders have opportunities to read, analyze, and discuss literature in Spanish.

Key Spanish Skills Middle School

  • Engage in conversation.
  • Understand and interpret written and spoken language.
  • Present information, concepts, and ideas orally and in writing.
  • Understand cultural difference between native speakers of the language
  • and speakers of American English.

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

  • What are the key components necessary to be able to communicate in another language?
  • What cultural variations exist in the language?
  • What does language tell us about culture?
  • What can we learn about our own language by studying a second language?
  • What comparisons can we make between English and other languages?