Spanish in Grades 2-4
The St. Bernadette School’s Spanish World Language Program aligns its standards for learning and language acquisition with the national standards set forth by the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The curriculum at St. Bernadette School implements four components in order to ensure in-depth comprehension of the Spanish language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. By the end of eighth grade, students who graduate from St. Bernadette School will be able to identify people and objects in their environment or from other school subjects, based on oral and written description. They will also be able to demonstrate comprehension of principal messages contained in various media such as illustrated texts, posters or advertisements, in familiar contexts and with text features that support meaning visually or graphically. Additionally, students will be able to recognize that cognates and previously learned structures enhance comprehension of spoken and written language. Finally, students will be able to identify and appreciate differences in cultural perspectives in a broader range of topics and begin to appreciate such differences in topic areas presented in the curriculum.
The second through fourth grade levels accomplish a more novice (basic) level of the aforementioned language acquisition goals focusing specifically on speaking and listening. Students in these grade levels are introduced to vocabulary themes with an overarching goal of visual and oral recognition with verbal recall. They also work to achieve precision and accuracy with pronunciation of the target language. Second grade vocabulary themes include: greetings, numbers 1 – 20, the alphabet, colors, family, food, weather, and school items. Third grade vocabulary themes include, greetings and introductions, numbers 1 – 50, parts of the body, clothing, days of the week, months of the year, how to say the date, past-times, and how to say what one likes and does not like to do. Fourth grade vocabulary themes include, greetings, how to introduce oneself and other people, numbers 1 – 100, calendar months and days of the week, telling time, past-times and the first and second person forms of verbs, how to talk about the house, and food.
Fifth grade topics include: numbers 1 – 100, family, school, how to express actions, activities, adjectives and how to describe things in Spanish, telling time, how to say the date, house, food, the parts of the body, and clothing. Grammatical concepts include: how to ask questions and form negative sentences, definite and indefinite articles, verb conjugation and expressing action, and subject pronouns.