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.
Spanish 1 is an introductory course focusing on the grammar and vocabulary necessary to have a strong foundation on which to build. Students will be introduced to the culture and history of the Spanish speaking countries as they explore artists, writers, current events, and geography. Assignments will include short essays, spoken dialogs, and research compositions, and teachers will encourage students to listen for understanding and to begin expressing themselves in this foreign language.
Prerequisite: Students must have a solid understanding of English and/or Latin grammar.
This intermediate Spanish course builds 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 to be exposed to the history and geography of Spanish-speaking countries and to different artists, writers, and current events that will bring what they are learning in class to life.
Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or permission of the teacher.
This advanced Spanish course will 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 Spanish 1 and 2. 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 permission of the teacher.
Advanced Placement® Spanish is a college-level Spanish course that is designed for students who intend to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam. The course will be equivalent to a third-year college level Spanish course and will be conducted entirely in Spanish. The course will emphasize the functional usage of students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Spanish. In addition, students will practice communicating in Spanish and will use real-life materials such as books, newspaper articles, music and films. Students who would like to take the course must have completed at least 3 years of high school level Spanish. Students who do not intend to take the AP Spanish exam but are interested in improving their functional skills in the language are also welcome to enroll.
Prerequisites: Spanish 3 or permission of the teacher.
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