Wilson Hill Academy seeks to teach modern foreign languages using the classical trivium approach; laying a solid grammar foundation, then building on that through the logic and rhetoric stages. Each class also contains elements of culture, history and geography of the Spanish-speaking world to help bring the language alive.
This is an introductory course focusing on the grammar and vocabulary necessary to have a strong foundation on which to build. Students will also be introduced to the culture of the Spanish speaking countries through exposure to artists, writers, and current events that will help them put in context what they are learning. They will also be exposed to the history and geography of these countries. Assignments will include short essays, spoken dialogs, and short research compositions. Teachers will train their students to listen and understand in Spanish, as well as to start expressing themselves in this foreign language.
Prerequisite: Students must have a solid understanding of English and/or Latin grammar.
This is an intermediate course intended to build on the grammar foundation laid in Spanish 1. It will focus on the logical and analytical aspects of effective communication and proper use of more complex Spanish grammatical structures. Students will continue be exposed to the history and geography of Spanish speaking countries, and to different artists, writers, and current events that will help them put in context what they are learning in class, making it relevant and always interesting.
Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or equivalent; students aspiring to take this course must take the placement test or have the personal recommendation of one of the WHA Spanish teachers.
This is an advanced course intended to build a more natural rhetorical grasp of Spanish. The goal of this course is to give the students as many opportunities as possible to practice the communication skills that they have built in the previous courses. This course is taught almost entirely in Spanish, and students are continually encouraged to speak and write in Spanish as well. Students will enjoy discussing and writing about relevant cultural issues. They will also continue to be exposed to cultural differences, contemporary social and cultural issues, as well as to idiomatic expressions and non-verbal communication skills that are needed to truly understand how the language works in the context of the people who speak it. Students successfully completing Spanish 3 will be prepared to communicate effectively in real-life situations in Spanish, both verbally and in writing.
Prerequisite: Spanish 2 or equivalent; students aspiring to take this course must take the placement test or have the personal recommendation of one of the WHA Spanish teachers.
Spanish 4 (Conversation)
This is a unique course. It will consist of a small group (with no more than 6-8 students) and will meet twice a week for 45 minutes each class. Grammar will not be explicitly taught. Rather, students will read some cultural and relevant articles, short stories, and literary essays and will come to class ready to discuss them. The teacher’s main focus will be to help students speak fluently; helping them apply the grammar tools that students have already mastered in previous years.
Prerequisites: Spanish 3 or permission of the teacher