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In Spanish I, we will work toward proficiency at the Novice Mid level according to the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  Please visit ACTFL's website for more details on proficiency and performance.  

We will work on the following:

-gaining confidence in spoken and written communication skills in the past, present (main method of communication) and future tenses in Spanish 

-presenting prepared written and spoken information to others in Spanish on a variety of topics utilizing lists, phrases, simple sentences and connected sentences and beginning writing in paragraph form

-reading for understanding, analysis and personal enjoyment of authentic materials such as Spanish language newspaper articles, graphs, charts, posters, brochures, magazines, advertisements and literature

-listening to authentic Spanish language audio and video for understanding, analysis and personal enjoyment, including interviews, educational programs, nursery rhymes, music, weather forecasts and more

-utilizing technology for spoken and written communication, reference and access to authentic materials in the Spanish language

-recognizing the practices and perspectives of and recreating cultural artifacts from various Spanish speaking cultures

Topics of study will include:

-alphabet, pronunciation, cognates, false cognates, gender and number of nouns and adjectives, parts of speech, punctuation, accent marks and special characters, loan words, common suffixes in Spanish

-giving, interpreting and asking for personal information about oneself and others, including name, age, birthday, phone and cell phone number, address, and e-mail 

-describing oneself and others both physically and personality-wise, identifying and describing some living creatures and inanimate objects 

-numbers in context including counting, quantity, dates, times, schedules, contact information, math exercises, prices, statistics, weather and measurements

-describing one's living situation and family including family members and relationships, address, house or apartment, rooms and items of the house 

-expressing likes and dislikes, preferences and favorites

-following and giving multi-step directions and commands

-making purchases, ordering foods, requesting services and information at the basic level

-describing and identifying the parts of the human body

-expressing emotions and conditions

-interpreting and describing the weather and temperature from written and spoken weather forecasts and maps

-communicating about one's school and/or workplace, town, family and friends and pets

-communicating about one's daily activities, hobbies, interests, career aspirations and more

-holiday celebrations and observances in the local community, US and abroad including El Día de los Muertos in Mexico, Hispanic Hertiage Month in the US, Independence Days in the Spanish speaking countries, Cinco de Mayo, Día de la Raza, and winter holidays in Spanish speaking countries including La Nochebuena, La Navidad, El Año Nuevo, La Epifania/El Día de los Reyes

-Spanish Speaking countries of the world, countries and capitals, continents, major bodies of water, city and state names in the US of Spanish origin and why, translation of cities and states to Spanish where applicable

-exploring career opportunities in the field of world languages

-identifying foods and drinks, ordering food and drink in a restaurant

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      • 2011-2018 Supply Lists
        Here are the required and optional supplies needed for all Spanish classes this year. Please be sure to view the correct supply list for either 8th Grade or Spanish I-IV.
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