This course covers receptive signing, expressive signing, interactive communication, culture and language. Students will learn the American Sign Language fingerspelling alphabet, ASL grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary. We will also study Deaf culture and examine the history of deafness in America. By the end of this course, students will be able to communicate at the novice high level in American Sign Language. A variety of texts and websites will be utilized.
This is the beginning course of a four-year language and culture program. All students will take a Spanish placement test. Native speakers are highly recommended to test out of level one Spanish. Students will develop primary listening and speaking skills that stress the correct pronunciation and intonation of the Spanish language. Students will practice Spanish by oral practice, repeating gestures, telling stories, songs, vocabulary games, thematic vocabulary with specific grammar structures, reading activities, and projects. Students will learn the similarities and differences of culture of the Spanish speaking countries. Students will use appropriate Spanish material to assist them through the four basic communication skills listening, reading, speaking, and writing.
This is the second year of a four-year language and culture program. Students will review, improve and expand their Spanish speaking, listening, reading and writing skills by continuing to develop language in a variety of contexts. Students will acquire and practice Spanish communication skills by participating regularly, developing thematic vocabulary and grammar structures, asking and answering questions, using body movements, and creating hand gestures, performing short drama skits, managing authentic scenarios and completing project presentations. Students will also continue to learn about cultural similarities and differences of the Spanish speaking world to build cultural awareness and understanding.
PrerequisitesSpanish I or teacher’s approval
This is the third year of a four-year language and culture program. This class will help prepare students to be successful in the AP Spanish class or CLEP test by intensely improving and expanding Spanish communication skills. Students will improve their level of Spanish communication through expanded thematic vocabulary and grammar reviews, authentic literature analysis, informal and formal oral communications, practical informal and formal written activities, group and individual oral presentations, and written essays. The class will be mostly conducted in Spanish.