Spanish

Spanish Scope and Sequence

Vision

Students at TCS, through the study of Spanish, will appreciate the unlimited capabilities that God has given all peoples for glorifying and serving Him through language. They will recognize that “the body of Christ is made up of people of faith, of all nations, all languages, all races” Students will be nurtured in learning the Spanish language learning using, at grades K-5, through the natural language acquisition approach. In early childhood children are immersed in the sounds, tones, and conversational aspects of language naturally cued by objects and situations in their environment. So too, at TCS, students in grades K-5, in early Spanish language learning first receive the language and respond to it and then through experimentation and interactive activities, use the language to communicate effectively. It is only after the conversational approach is well established in the learning process, previous to the Spanish I- III (or Spanish II-IV) sequence, that students turn to reading and writing Spanish. This turn to literacy builds as students gain confidence and proficiency. Students will gain confidence in using their language skills in order to communicate effectively with Spanish speakers and understand the Hispanic culture. They will achieve this by interacting orally with one another, by comparing written Spanish and English, and by making connections via literature, research, and other media. Students will become aware of the opportunities for practical application of their language knowledge in communities, in ministry and in commerce. They will be able to compare and contrast their own language and culture with that of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Upon entering the sequence of courses required for graduation, students will comprehend, analyze, and critique texts and media of excellence and demonstrate competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Foreign language students will be encouraged to exercise initiative and leadership as well as participate in cooperative learning and research. Students will be provided with educational opportunities beyond the school setting and will receive meaningful instruction, academic challenge and support.

Standards

What a TCS student will know and be able to do in Spanish:
Communication in Spanish:

  • Use Spanish to engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, exchange feelings, and opinions.
  • Understand and interpret written and spoken Spanish from diverse media.
  • Present information and concepts to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Hispanic Culture:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of perspectives, traditions, and products of Hispanic countries. Connections:
  • Reinforce other content areas through the use of Spanish.
  • Acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints available only through Spanish and Hispanic culture.

Comparisons:

  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture through comparisons between the student’s own language and the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.

Communities:

  • Use Spanish both within and beyond the school setting.
  • Show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using Spanish for personal enjoyment and enrichment. To use Spanish in expressing faith through various forms of communication.
Kindergarten Topics
Greetings of courtesy; colors/numbers 1-10; classroom objects; Fall: Thanksgiving; Christmas: The Wisemen (Spanish Tradition); family; food; clothing
Grade 1 Topics
Greetings; colors/numbers to 20; School items; Navidad: the Wisemen (Spanish Tradition); the face; family; animals; community; the alphabet.
Grade 2 Topics
Greetings; colors; basic expressions; tu and usted; numbers to 39; days of the week;  School items; Navidad: The Wisemen (Spanish Tradition) clothing; food; community; the body; family; animals; around the house; alphabet; adjectives; commands; verbs.
Grade 3 Topics
Greetings and basic expressions review; numbers to 59; Calendar review; Colors; alphabet; clothing; food; Christmas characters in Spanish (Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Angels); the body; face and emotions; animals; singular/plural and masculine/feminine; weather; my family; my house.
Grade 4 Topics
Greetings and dialogue review; calendar review; math; classroom items;  Christmas characters in Spanish (Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Angels); numbers to 100; the body; my family; the house; food; weather; directions; alphabet
Grade 5 Topics: Numbers to 1,000; months and dates; frequently used expressions; gender and plurals; math; occupations and possessives; clothing; antonyms;  Christmas characters in Spanish (Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Angels); telling time; sports; sizes shapes and colors; prepositions; subject pronouns; verbs; adjectives; household items; restaurant and market; transportation.