Grade 8 Spanish (Level 1B)

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    Grade 8 Spanish (Level 1B)

            The Spanish 1B course has been designed to reflect the philosophy and goals found in the national standards, The Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (ACTFL,1999). The main objective of this Spanish course is to enable the student to attain a measurable degree of communicative competency and proficiency in each of the four linguistic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will gain an understanding of how the Spanish language is structured and how they can use this knowledge to express their own needs and talk about the world around them. Grammar and vocabulary are logically sequenced and grouped to make acquisition as natural as possible. The teaching of cultures is an integral part of the program, in which authentic topics are presented. A wide range of exercises, activities, and resources are used.

            **Every eighth grade student enrolled in Spanish 1B is required to take the FLACS exam in June 2020. Extra help is available throughout the year and students are encouraged to take advantage of these sessions to get extra practice.**

    This course will address the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. Through these modes students will be able to:
    • Demonstrate understanding in spoken and written communication within appropriate cultural contexts.
    • Engage in verbal and written communication with others.
    • Present orally and/or in writing information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers. By the end of this course, students will be able to:
      • give or respond to simple instructions and commands.
      • ask and answer questions about themselves and others.
      • organize thoughts into simple sentences and paragraphs.
      • re-tell stories based on TPRs (Total Physical Response Storytelling) technique. 
      • understand brief conversations and respond to content questions in the target language.
      • understand concepts through listening activities, answer questions, and briefly re-tell stories. 
      • read short dialogues, descriptive paragraphs, and novels, all in the target language.  
      • have an awareness of contemporary Spanish culture by watching videos, looking at pictures, and reading short stories.  

    The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has developed generic guidelines for language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. To view the full description for the levels, from novice through superior, click on the following link: