All Academy students are required to take 3 years of Spanish. All freshman are required to take Spanish 1 during their freshman year. Selection to the Advanced Placement course is based on teacher recommendation and previous documented success.
Spanish I, Honors
This course provides a more intense introduction to language and culture. It stresses the development of oral communication and of reading, writing, and listening skills. Students learn about the people who speak the language and about the countries where they live. Students in this course will cover the curriculum in greater depth.
Spanish II, Honors (Prerequisite: Spanish I, Honors)
During the second year of foreign language study students expand their speaking, writing, and reading skills. Their increased proficiency allows them to read literary selections and conduct conversations entirely in another language. Students in this course will cover the curriculum in greater depth.
Spanish III, Honors (Prerequisite: Spanish II, Honors)
In this course, the study of vocabulary is broadened through reading selections. There is a review of the basic grammar and the introduction of more advanced grammar. Speaking, reading, and writing in the language are stressed. The students read excerpts and complete selections from native authors. Oral practice is given by reading aloud in the language, by oral presentations, and by preparing original conversations.
AP Spanish Language and Culture (Prerequisite: 91% Average on Spanish III Honors, Teacher recommendation)
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students' awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions). Students will be prepared to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam in May.