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Spanish

Students at MSA are required to take Spanish from sixth grade through eleventh grade. The purpose of this six-year program is to form a strong basis of the Spanish language. The learning includes grammar, vocabulary, writing, literature, conversation, and culture. Students will leave MSA with a strong background in Spanish to help them in their college studies. Students who would like to pursue college Spanish placement testing will be well prepared.

Students in 8th through 11th grade who are new to MSA and have not taken any Spanish courses will be placed into Introduction to Spanish.  New 7th grade students will be placed into 6th Grade Spanish.  Students new to MSA who have previously taken Spanish and 6th graders from immersion schools will be required to take a placement exam in the spring.


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Spanish 6: 6th

This course is the first year of Spanish.  It will include grammar, vocabulary, writing, listening, and cultural skills. Students will learn the basics of Spanish such as the alphabet, greetings, conjugation of verbs in the present tense as well as likes, dislikes, descriptive, school, family, clothing and food vocabulary.  Some culture from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain will be introduced.

Spanish 7: 7th

This course is the second year of Spanish.  It will include grammar, vocabulary, writing, listening, and cultural skills. Students will learn basic communication identifying rooms and items in a house, activities to maintain one's health, body parts, technology, free time, daily routine and travel.  Students will focus on the present tense reflexive verbs, present progressive and regular preterite tense.  Culture from Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Argentina and Costa Rica will be introduced.

Introduction to Spanish: 7th-11th Grade

This course is a review of the first two years of Spanish classes taught at MSA.  It will include grammar, vocabulary, writing, listening, and cultural skills for students. The purpose of this course is to help students progress at a pace that it is more feasible for them to learn the Spanish language and for students new to MSA in grades 8-11 who have little or no experience learning Spanish. Placement for the following school year will be based on the level of learning and ability of the student in this Spanish course.

Spanish I: 8th

This course is the third year of Spanish.  It will include grammar, vocabulary, writing, listening, and cultural skills. Students will learn to communicate about travel, sports, daily routines, shopping, myths and legends, and childhood experiences.  The present, past, present progressive and imperfect tenses will be covered. Traditions and folklore from Mexico, Central America, South America, and Puerto Rico will be presented.

Spanish II: 9th

This course is the fourth year of Spanish.  It will include grammar, vocabulary, writing, listening, and cultural skills. Students will learn to communicate about food/cooking, making movies, technology, news, problem-solving, family relationships, and the environment.  The present subjunctive, imperative, comparatives and superlatives, por and para, and impersonal expressions will be taught in this course.  Traditions and folklore from Central America, the Dominican Republic, Spain, and the United States will be presented.

Spanish III: 10th

This course is the fifth year of Spanish.  It emphasizes the use of the language for active communication.  It will include grammar, vocabulary, writing, listening, speaking, reading and cultural skills. The subjunctive mood will be continued in this course.  Students will learn to communicate about the outdoors, volunteering, the future of our planet, and heroes. Grammar will include a review of previous content and the present subjunctive will be continued in this course.  Traditions and folklore from Mexico, areas of the US, Central America, and the Caribbean will be studied.

Spanish IV: 11th

This is the sixth year of Spanish.  Students will continue to advance their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the target language as well as their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.  Students will develop their understanding of the language and culture through the analysis of Hispanic literature. They will be able to communicate in Spanish about communication and organization, leisure time, the past and future, and literature. Grammar will include a review of previous concepts and the addition of the conditional tense, perfect tenses, progressive tenses, and other subjunctive tenses.   Traditions and folklore from Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, and Uruguay will be studied.  

AP Spanish Language and Culture: 10th - 12th

This is the seventh year of Spanish at MSA.  It is an Advanced Placement course offered to students who have completed Spanish IV with a B+ or higher and teacher approval.  The course is rigorous and reviews grammar from all previous levels and expands on higher-level vocabulary as well as culture from various Spanish-speaking countries.  Students will take an AP exam in May including multiple choice listening and reading, interpersonal speaking, presentational speaking, interpersonal writing and presentational writing components.

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