Welcome to Spanish Class!
¡Bienvenidos a la Clase de Español!
WHY SHOULD I LEARN SPANISH?
There are many great reasons to learn or improve your Spanish. Knowing Spanish will help you to communicate with native Spanish speakers and make new friends, to expand your employment opportunities, and to gain better understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures.
FACTS ABOUT THE SPANISH LANGUAGE
Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world!!! (nationsonline.org)
Spanish is the official language of 22 countries. It is the most spoken non-English language in the U.S., it is the second most popular in communication, and the third most used language on the internet. (hazlet.org).
Not all Spanish speakers are Hispanic. About 3,000,000 non-Hispanic people speak Spanish at home. (American Community Survey).
Spanish is one of the most phonetic languages in the world. It is easier to pronounce if you know how the word is spelled. (brithishcouncil.org)
The demand of Spanish courses has doubled worldwide in the last ten years. (Wikipedia.org)
Spanish is known to be the most popular foreign language to learn in America and Europe. (studyspanishonline.org)
SPANISH COURSES AT RED BANK MIDDLE SCHOOL
The focus on our Spanish program at Red Bank Middle School is to emphasize developing communicative skills in Spanish and knowledge of the cultures and traditions of the Spanish-speaking world. The teaching method is a communicative approach with stress on oral interaction and expression, listening comprehension, and meaning. Our Spanish classes accommodate students of diverse backgrounds and proficiencies and those who are native to the language.
Our goal is to provide a supportive and challenging learning environment that enriches the students’ experiences in Spanish class. Classroom lessons are designed to enhance the awareness of Hispanic culture and literature and grammatical concepts. It will happen under specific circumstances, in a particular environment, and inside a specific field of action. This will be accomplished with interactive activities and dialogue with native Spanish speakers, and the use of technology in almost every lesson.
Our classes are divided into two groups to promote and develop students’ development of all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
GRADES 4 - 6
In grades 4, 5, and 6, our students are immersed into the Spanish language through a guided process. The primary focuses are on the listening and speaking components as well as on the basics of reading and writing skills in the target language. Lessons are prepared with a variety of different activities in mind that emphasize real life situations. The topics may include personal identification and expression of likes and dislikes by using basic verbs, descriptions and family relationships through adjectives, using sequence words to describe daily routines, and integrating cognates to recognize language similarities are only a few of the topics that are introduced and developed. Creating cultural awareness of latino countries, learning about the different traditions of the Hispanic cultures, and creating awareness of the importance and opportunities of learning another language are also focuses in the curriculum. In our lessons we incorporate short dialogues, songs, games, reading books aloud, vocabulary lists, simple dictation, and written activities.
GRADES 7 & 8
In grades 7 and 8, students will combine their knowledge from previous years with new topics and learning strategies to deepen their knowledge of the Spanish language. They also self discover knowledge and participate in group activities. At this level, students study more complex topics and skills like comparing and contrasting traditions, distinguishing facts and opinions about Latinos in the United States, conducting analysis of poems and novels of Hispanic authors, and practicing verb tenses and grammar rules. Students continue to practice conversing with their peers, interpreting what they hear and how to make both written and oral presentations of what they know and what they have learned. In addition, students create PowerPoint presentations, participate in role play, and search online information for their projects.