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Spanish

The High School Spanish classes use song, poetry, literature, geography, and history as launching points for learning the beauty of this language. We incorporate a review of grammar concepts learned in Middle School and introduce new and more complex grammar through the use of our “Dime” textbooks and consistent oral review.  Guest speakers and field trips also enhance the curriculum. 

Check out Emerson Waldorf School Students Visit Escuela Caracol (Escuela Caracol July 2014) to read about our most recent service trip to Guatemala.
 

Spanish 2 Block, 9th Grade

In Spanish 2, High School students will strengthen their grammar, conversational, reading, and writing skills. The grammar skills will include an analysis of sentence structure, review of past, present, and future tenses in the indicative mode, the present perfect and past participles, and an introduction to the subjunctive mode. However, in learning foreign languages, it is important for students to develop empathy and a feeling for the speakers of a language, so the lessons will delve into the richness and depth of the Spanish language and culture, which will be explored through authentic conversations, guest speakers, traditional and modern songs, prose, and stories.

Spanish 3 Block, 10th-11th Grade

Grammar skills studied this year will include the passive voice, comparison of indicative and subjunctive modes, and the verb "Haber" used with participles and the perfect tenses. Again, because it is important for students to gain empathy and a feeling for the speakers of a language, the lessons will explore the richness and depth of the Spanish language and culture through authentic conversation, prose, guest speakers, traditions, music, food, and art.

The main focus of practice and study in speech will be:

  1. Grammatical (Correct speech)
  2. Rhetoric (Beautiful speech)
  3. Dialectic (Persuasive and powerful speech)

Examples of activities that will support this study include writing poetry, reading and reciting poetry from various periods, and analysis of classic and modern literary texts from various countries.