K-8 SPANISH

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At St. Agatha Catholic School, the Kindergarten through Eighth grade classes participate in Spanish class. Kindergarten through 5th grade have Spanish class once a week while the Middle School (6th through 8th grade) have Spanish twice a week. Spanish class is highly interactive and listening to Spanish as much as possible is highly encouraged outside of the classroom and at home

Overall Student Goals

 

  • Learn to appreciate Spanish as a world language and as a powerful second language spoken in the US.

  • Focus on reading, listening, speaking and writing as the four main components of Spanish language acquisition 

  • Use technology to communicate and collaborate with multiple audiences both locally and globally

  • Look to incorporate their burgeoning language skills outside of the classroom, and understand why it is important to continue to practice the language even outside of the classroom

  • Work on grammar structures and vocabulary acquisition

Kindergarten through Eighth grade Students Will Learn

 

  • Useful thematic vocabulary linked to their lives making the transition from English to the target language as relevant as possible for the students. 

  • To understand English/Spanish cognates and to use them as a building block to developing greater understanding of the language

  • To see language and culture as linked

  • To identify ways to use their language skills to help the greater community in line with our school's Catholic values and SLEs

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How to practice Spanish during the summer. 

Watch movies you have already seen, but in Spanish with English subtitles. Try to identify the words. 

Set aside five minutes a day to write at least one sentence.

Listen to a podcast in Spanish

For 8th graders taking HS Spanish: Spanish 1 covers:

Grammar to Know

  • Subject Pronouns (yo, tú, él, ella, usted, nosotros, etc.)

  • The present tense of ser (soy, eres, es, etc.)

  • Definite and Indefinite articles (el, la, los, las = the;  un, una, unos, unas = a, some)

  • Adjective agreement (la chica rubia, el chico rubio, las chicas rubias, los chicos rubios)

  • Present Tense of Regular verbs -ar verbs (o, as, a, amos, áis, an) -er verbs (o, es, e, emos, éis, en)

  • The present tense of estar (estoy, estás, estás, etc.) Also note: for how you feel and where you are always use the verb estar. For everything else use ser. Ser vs. Estar

  • The present tense of ir (voy, vas, va, etc.)

  • The informal future (ir + a + infinitive, Yo voy a bailar. = I am going to dance.)

  • Possessive Adjectives (mi/mis, tu/tus, su/sus, etc.)

  • Gustar (me gusta, me gustan, te gusta, te gustan, etc.)

  • Direct Object Pronouns (me, te, lo, los, nos, etc.)

  • The present tense of venir (vengo, vienes, viene, venimos, venís, vienen)

  • The Verb Tener

  • Tener que + infinitive (Tengo que estudiar. = I have to study.)

  • Deber + infinitive (Debo estudiar. = I should study.)

  • The present tense of decir (digo, dices, dice, decimos, decís, dicen)

  • The present tense of querer (quiero, quieres, quiere, queremos, queréis, quieren)

  • Querer + infinitive (Yo quiero celebrar. = I want to celebrate.)

  • Gustaría (Me gustaría comer. = I would like to eat.)

  • Stem-changing verbs in the present tense

  • Asking Questions

Vocabulary to know

 

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