The framework for Spanish I is provided by the state and national standards for foreign language learning, also known as the 5 C’s:
· Communication – Students will communicate in languages other than English
· Cultures – Students will gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
· Connections – Students will connect with other disciplines to acquire information.
· Comparisons – Students will develop insight into the nature of language and culture.
· Communities – Students will participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.
We will be using an excellent textbook (Realidades, Prentice-Hall) which is supported by plentiful accompanying resources – print, technology and media. Although most of our time is spent on communication, we will also study culture. Foreign language learning naturally lends itself to variety and participation in instruction. We use games, skits, dialogues, media, crafts, foods, celebrations, real-life examples and more to enhance learning and interest.
Our work this year will include:
· Greetings, introductions, responding to classroom directions, numbers, telling time, parts of the body
· Things in the classroom, asking questions, the Spanish alphabet, the calendar, weather, seasons
· Activities, likes and dislikes, personality traits, asking and telling what people are like, using adjectives to describe
· School schedules and subjects, daily activities, asking and telling who is doing the action, describing a classroom, indicating location, talking about more than one object or person
· Talking about foods and beverages, likes and dislikes, frequency, more descriptions, health and exercise
· Locations in the community, leisure activities, talking about where you go and with whom, asking questions, activities outside of school, extending, extending and declining invitations, telling when an event happens
· Describing families, talking about celebrations and parties, asking and telling ages. expressing possession, describing family members, asking politely for something, ordering a meal in a restaurant
· Talking about your room, describing bedroom items and electronic equipment, making comparisons, identifying rooms in the house, household chores, telling where you live, making comparisons
· Talking about clothes, shopping and prices, describing your plans, talking about what you want and what you prefer, pointing out specific items
· Talking about buying gifts, what happened in the past, using direct object pronouns
· Talking about vacations, places to visit, events in the past
· Discussing volunteer work and ways to protect the environment, talking about what people say and what people did for others, cultural perspectives on community work