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Spanish

SPANISH I
 561
Credits: 1
Level: C.P. Grades offered: 9-11 One year course
Prerequisite: None

In the first year of language study, the emphasis is on understanding, speaking, reading and writing the language. Practice in both conversation and writing develops simple vocabulary useful in daily situations as well as an understanding of the basic structure of the language. Through experiences and activities in the classroom, the student acquires an understanding of the people and their way of life.
 
SPANISH II
562
Credits: 1
Level: C.P. Grades offered: 9-12 One year course
Prerequisite: Successful completion of first-year course; Freshman placement by test score and teacher recommendation

In the second year of language study, there is continued emphasis on understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Mastery of present, past and immediate future tenses is stressed. Continued practice in both conversation and writing develops expanded vocabulary useful in daily situations as well as an understanding of the basic structure of the language. Through experiences and activities in the classroom, the student continues to acquire an understanding of the target language culture.
 
SPANISH III
563
Credits: 1
Level: C.P. Grades offered: 10-12** One year course
Prerequisite: Successful completion of second year course

In the third year of language study, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing are continued at an advanced level. The study of grammar is further developed to include communicative mastery of multiple tenses. Both conversational ability and reading and writing skills are emphasized. The students also become acquainted with significant cultural aspects through literature, history, and the study of contemporary life.
 
SPANISH IV
564
Credits: 1 (honors credit)
Level: Honors Grades offered: 11-12 One year course
Prerequisite: Successful completion of third year course

Considered pre-AP, the student expands previously acquired communication skills while learning about the Spanish-speaking world in the target language. Emphasis is placed on reading and listening to authentic materials; these sources serve as sources for student writing and interpersonal conversations. 
 
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
565
Credits: 1 (AP credit)
Level: AP Grades offered: 11-12
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of fourth year honors course or teacher recommendation 

The fifth year of language study focuses on advanced placement language skill acquisition. Students will concentrate on the development of proficiency in listening comprehension, oral communication, advanced grammar, written expression, and literary analysis in preparation for the AP Language Exam. History and contemporary culture, as they relate to the target language, continue to be stressed. Successfully passing the Advanced Placement exam may result in earned college credit for the individual student.

AP SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE
577
Credits: 1 (AP credit)
Level: AP Grades offered: 11-12 One year course
Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP Spanish Language or teacher recommendation

The sixth year of language study focuses on the study of Spanish and Latin American literature, as well as advanced analytical and composition skills. Students will gain deep understanding of 14th to 20th century literary texts, with an emphasis on poetry and its analytical terminology, in preparation for the AP Spanish Literature Exam. Successfully passing the Advanced Placement exam may result in earned college credit for the individual student.
 
SPANISH III HONORS DUAL CREDIT*
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE DUAL CREDIT*
Credits: 1/Full Year Course
Level: 11-12 (10 with approval from teacher and Loyola University)
Prerequisites: Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, successful completion of Spanish 2 or Spanish 3 or teacher recommendation

Students completing these courses simultaneously enroll in Loyola University’s dual credit program and can earn
3 university credits per successfully completed course. Loyola requires all students to have a 3.0 GPA (unweighted)
and be a junior or senior in order to earn university credit. Sophomores may enroll with teacher and university
approval. Loyola charges a $195 tuition fee, payable to the university. Financial assistance is offered to students
demonstrating need. Like regular-level Spanish, this course will help students continue to advance their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, though at a faster pace and at a more sophisticated level. The study of grammar is developed to include communicative mastery of multiple tenses. Both conversational ability and reading and writing skills are emphasized. The students also become acquainted with significant cultural aspects through literature, history, and the study of contemporary life.
 
*Alan B. Shepard only
 

SPANISH COMMUNICATIONS**

560

Credits: 1/Full Year Course

Grades offered: 9-12

Prerequisite: none

 

This course is designed to build real world Spanish conversational skills for all students regardless of prior

experience. Through the exploration of themes such as family, community, and employment students will build on

their knowledge of language and structure. They will gain relevant skills that they can use immediately and that will

support their continued language acquisition at their home schools.

**Delta/Summit only