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FOREIGN LANGUAGES

(Elective Credits)

The majority of people your age in the developed countries of the world speak at least two languages – it is expected

and it comes naturally. Your school offers you an opportunity to learn Spanish. By learning another language, you

learn about your own language and culture through perspective.

SPANISH 1 (NCAA)

Course Length:

1 Year

Credits:

2

Prerequisite:

For 9

th

grade a proficient standard score in Iowa Assessments or other

standardized test in

Language Arts score. Lower than this makes Spanish 1 a difficult course for already busy incoming 9

th

graders. Waiting until later in your high school career will be an advantage.

Grade Level:

9,10,11,12

A good background in English is helpful for this course, usually needing a "C" or better. In this course you will

study basic words, phrases, and grammar of the Spanish language. We will emphasize spoken communication

and listening throughout the program, as well as begin work on reading and writing in Spanish. The customs and

cultures of Spanish-speaking nations will also be explored.

SPANISH 2 (NCAA)

Course Length:

1 Year

Credits:

2

Prerequisite:

Completion of Spanish 1

Grade Level:

10, 11, 12

An elective full-year course to help you further develop an understanding of the Spanish language. Speaking

Spanish in the class is greatly encouraged as well as the continuation of listening, writing and reading. Your

studies will be expanded from the textbook to additional writing, TV and literature to increase your understanding

of Spanish. Your future job opportunities in many fields could be greatly increased by studying Spanish.

SPANISH 3 (NCAA)

Course Length:

1 Year

Credits:

2

Prerequisite:

Completion of Spanish 2

Grade Level: 1

1, 12

An elective full-year course which is taught primarily in Spanish at levels appropriate to your understanding. We

will explore the Hispanic culture of the United States and other nations, while increasing your speaking and writing

abilities.

SPANISH 4 (NCAA)

Course Length:

1 Year

Credits:

2

Prerequisite:

Completion of Spanish 3

Grade Level:

12

An upper level course designed to help students attain fluency in Spanish. We will work extensively with Spanish

speaking and writing as well as listening and reading comprehension using texts, books and authentic

materials. Students should plan on taking CLEP or placement tests at the universities to attempt receiving

college credit after completion of this course.