High School Curriculum — Spanish

The overarching goal of the Spanish program at Oak Grove School is to produce students who are both ‘bilingual’ between English and Spanish and ‘transcultural’ among their own native culture and the cultures of the 20 Spanish-speaking countries. The four-year progression of Spanish I, II, III, and IV focuses on guiding students to be able to effectively and comfortably speak, listen, read, and write in Spanish. The curriculum emphasizes communication, authenticity, and culture. Through constant role-playing, acting, reading, listening, and collaboration students learn to comfortably communicate in Spanish in a wide variety of common and practical situations. Context for the language is gained through in-depth inquiry into the culture of the Spanish-speaking world, its peoples, and their historical and current achievements, issues, and concerns. Emphasis is placed on creating a safe, supportive learning environment where students can practice these new sounds, words, phrases, and thoughts freely. Many of our graduates go on to study Spanish in college and become fully fluent as adults. 

Spanish I

Students begin their journey to becoming being fluent in Spanish. Students learn to communicate with confidence in all forms of the present tense. They also learn to communicate with numbers, the time, their likes and dislikes, and weather and seasons. In-depth study is given to the cultures and traditions of Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

Spanish II

Students continue their journey to becoming fluent in Spanish. Students learn to communicate with confidence using the preterite and imperfect tenses and reflexive verbs. They also learn to communicate about different shopping situations, their daily routine, foods and ordering in restaurants, holidays and festivals, and medical-related situations. In-depth study is given to the cultures and traditions of Cuba, Peru, Guatemala, Chile, and Costa Rica.

Spanish III

Students continue their journey to becoming fluent in Spanish. Students learn to communicate with confidence using both the indicative and subjunctive moods in Spanish. They also learn three of the perfect tenses. Emphasis is placed on communicating about technology, housing and home life, nature, city life, and well-being. In-depth study is given to the cultures and traditions of Argentina, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, and Bolivia.

Spanish IV

Students conclude their journey to becoming fluent in Spanish. All remaining verb tenses are incorporated into their repertoire. More time is allocated to poetry, readings, media, and other authentic manifestations of the language. Students learn to communicate with confidence about current events, the working world, and the arts. In-depth study is given to the cultures and traditions of Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

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