This course serves as an introduction to the Spanish language and to the many and diverse cultures of Spanish-speakers around the world. Using the Realidades 1 textbook as a guide, students practice and learn basic communication skills in practical settings related to the self and students’ immediate environment. They develop these skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening exercises and a variety of projects that integrate these skills. By the end of the first year, students have a solid foundation in the present tense and basic Spanish sentence structures. Some Spanish 1 themes include talking about likes and dislikes, describing oneself and others, describing school and the classroom, food, health, describing leisure activities, making invitations, and ordering in a restaurant.
This course builds on the material learned in the first year of Spanish. Using the Realidades 1 and 2 textbooks as a guide, students continue to study new vocabulary and grammar topics, as well as practice speaking and listening skills, in order to further communication in Spanish and become advanced beginners to intermediate level learners. By the end of this year students are able to use and recognize present and past verb tenses in Spanish. They continue to learn about Spanish-speakers around the world through cultural readings, pictures, videos, literature, art, and music. Some Spanish 2 topics include house descriptions, chores, shopping, classroom rules, extracurricular activities, daily routines and city landscapes.
This course builds on material studied in the previous two years of Spanish to help students become intermediate level learners. Using the Realidades 2 and 3 textbooks as a guide, students expand their vocabulary, grammar and cultural understandings through readings, videos, art and music. By the end of this year students are comfortable communicating using present and past tenses as well as giving commands. Spanish 3 topics include city landscapes, childhood memories, holiday celebrations, natural disasters, medical situations, television and movies, cooking and camping.
The purpose of this course is to strengthen and enhance overall skills in the Spanish language, namely, students' ability to understand, speak and write in both formal and informal contexts. Students will learn strategies to enhance their receptive abilities and produce interpersonal and presentational language at a more advanced level. Throughout this course, students continue to learn about and connect to Hispanic culture through authentic materials-which include nonfiction texts, literature, art, music and film. Themes that will be discussed are interpersonal relationships, recreation, daily life, health and wellness, travel, nature and the environment, technology and science, economy and finances.
Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is a rigorous course that is taught exclusively in Spanish and is approximately equivalent to a 5th or 6th semester university course. The course focuses on the development on the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational) via integration of authentic resources including online print, audio, and audiovisual resources, as well as traditional print resources that include literature, essays, and magazine and newspaper articles. To complement the learning provided by exposure to authentic language resources, student use of advanced vocabulary and linguistic structures is supported through direct instruction. At CCSC, the AP Spanish course serves as the capstone of the high school Spanish program and establishes student language proficiency at the pre-advanced level as defined in the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 learners.