Spanish 1 is an introductory course to the Spanish language and cultures. It will follow a proficiency approach to learning language, which will prepare students to be college and career ready. It will help to answer the growing need for critical skills of language and cultural competencies for relationship building—a keystone for success in global business and diverse social environments.
Spanish 1 will focus on the four strands of language development: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. We will follow the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines: Novice-Low, Mid, High; Intermediate Low, Mid, High; Advanced Low, Mid, High.
The communicative purposes are outlined as follows:
- Interpersonal (speaking, listening, writing, reading)
- Interpretive (reading, listening, viewing)
- Presentational (writing, speaking, visually representing)
The intercultural competencies are:
- investigation of cultures’ products and practices
- understanding of cultures’ perspectives (ways of thinking)
- interaction, bridging one’s own and the other’s culture.
The proficiency goals for Spanish 1 are to have students achieve a rating of Novice Mid which gives students some functionality in the language using a broad spectrum of memorized phrases and uses. Cultural competencies are limited to recognizing basic geographic boundaries, foods, pastimes, etc.