Upper Elementary (4th-6th Year) Spanish
At this level, students are able to ask and answer simple questions of studied material and write and read easy subjects. They follow the commands and routine of the class and are able to orally request what they need. Grammar is introduced in a context and integrated as needed for improved communication.
The students continue working with varied activities such as: following commands, singing, listing, matching, classifying, comparing, interviewing, identifying, labeling, asking/answering questions, working in pairs, listening to dialogues, and playing varieties of games.
During the first part of the year the students review and extend knowledge of: commands, greetings, numbers, objects in the classroom, the calendar (dates, months, and holidays), and the weather related to how we feel. The curriculum also reviews asking and answering where one is from, age, name, and interrogative words. New structures and vocabulary are added by learning a bit about the countries that speak Spanish and some cultural differences, identifying parts of the school and places in the city, asking about location and permission to go somewhere in the school, and describing one's own personality and physical attributes. Students learn how to shop as well as go to a restaurant reading the menu, ordering food, and paying the bill.
Students begin to read simple chapter books, and may watch videos in Spanish. The basic vocabulary and structures of the whole curriculum are recycled through the years for better retention.
Sixth year students enjoy reading a novel in Spanish, and have the special privilege of performing and recording a play based on the novel.
After completing the full program, the students should, at a minimum, be able to:
- Be acquainted with very basic geography, history, art, music, foods, and customs of Spanish speaking countries.
- Have simple and short exchanges about studied topics.
- Understand simple phrases, sentences, and instructions or commands.
- Write short sentences.
- Read and understand very short texts on known material.