Foreign Language

Course Titles

Spanish 7Spanish ISpanish IISpanish IIISpanish IV (ASPN 200 – SUNY Albany)General Spanish

Course Descriptions

Spanish 7

Grades: 7 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: N/A – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: This is a one-year introductory course. The emphasis is on listening, speaking, reading, and writing to be able to express simple ideas in the present tense. Students learn over 250 vocabulary words and are able to use them for listening, reading, writing, and speaking.  Students are also exposed to cultural customs in an effort to develop cross-cultural understanding. Students must pass the class and the final to be eligible for Spanish I.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the NYSED regulation for foreign language.

Spanish I

Grades: 8 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: Students must pass Spanish 7 and the course final to be eligible for Spanish I.
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: The focus continues from seventh grade on vocabulary development so as to be able to listen, read, write, and speak in Spanish.  Students are also expected to begin to apply grammatical rules to their speaking and writing.  Students continue to be exposed to cultural customs.  Students must pass the class and the final exam to receive the one credit of foreign language required to earn a diploma.  Students who do not pass the class and the final must take one more year of Spanish I.

Requirements this course fulfills: Students will earn one credit towards graduation as well as meet the minimum graduation requirement for foreign language.

Spanish II

Grades: 9 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: Spanish I.
Weight for Ranking: 1.03

Description: Spanish II is a continuation of the study of Spanish with an emphasis on communicating across the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The focus is on grammar accuracy.  Students are expected to be able to communicate fluently in the present tense. Students will begin an analysis of the past tense through vocabulary by the end of Spanish II. Students will use a variety of media and technology to accomplish these skills.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used for an elective towards the graduation requirement as well as count towards the foreign language sequence needed for an Advanced Regents Diploma.

Spanish III

Grades: 10-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: Spanish II
Weight for Ranking: 1.03

Description: Students in this course are held at a higher level of accountability and become more self- sufficient academically. A higher level of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening is achieved.  Students will study the following tenses: future, conditional, preterite and imperfect through a variety of media and technology. There is a locally developed final exam for this course and a weekly computer lab requirement.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used for an elective towards the graduation requirement as well as count towards the foreign language sequence needed for an Advanced Regents Diploma.

Spanish IV (ASPN 200 – SUNY Albany)

Grades: 11-12 (this course will be offered every year pending enrollment and staff availability)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class (3 college credits)
Prerequisite: Spanish III – 80% average or above, 85% on Spanish III final, teacher recommendation
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: This course focuses on communication, combining achievement and proficiency such that the student is able to function in a real Hispanic environment.  Students will be immersed in the four proficiency areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, through literature, projects, journals, current events and use of authentic materials, such as films, music, newspapers and magazines.  This is a college-level course offered through SUNY Albany.

Requirements this course fulfills: A grade C or higher will earn a student 3 college credits.

General Spanish

Grades: 9-12 (this course will be offered every year as needed)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: N/A
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: Students are introduced to the Spanish language: sound system, pronunciation, functional vocabulary related to everyday life, cultural information and basic grammatical structures. Emphasis will be on the acquisition of four skills: listening, speaking, reading and limited writing. There are two main objectives to the course. The first is to give the students the ability to carry on a simple conversation. The second is to provide the students with instruction that teaches a basic understanding of Spanish culture, vocabulary, and grammatical concepts.

Requirements this course fulfills: Students will earn one credit towards graduation as well as meet the minimum graduation requirement for foreign language.