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Spanish 1

Grades 9 & up

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Spanish 1 focuses on the development of a student's communicative competence in Spanish and their understanding of the culture(s) of Spanish-speaking countries. Communicative competence is divided into three areas:

1. speaking and writing as an interactive process in which students learn to communicate with other speakers
2. reading and listening as a receptive process in which comprehension of Spanish texts is developed
3. speaking and writing in a presentational context in which students are focused on the organization of thoughts and awareness of their audience in delivering information

Students learn to communicate in real-life contexts about topics that are relevant and useful. In order to develop the three areas of communicative competence, students are encouraged to use the Spanish language as much as possible. Rather than having grammar isolated as a separate strand, it is integrated into instruction according to the vocabulary and structures needed in the various situations in which students are required to function. Through the language learning process, students develop an understanding of how their own language is structured and how their own culture has unique aspects. An important component of Spanish classes is the use of the Spanish language beyond the classroom in order to apply knowledge of the language in the real world.

This 6-week course is offered for first time credit, for credit grade replacement, or for non-credit enrichment in preparation for taking the course in the future. Please check with your school regarding credit from outside institutions.

Session dates:
Session 1A: 6/12/23 - 6/30/23 (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) (EST) - 0.50 credit
Session 2A: 7/03/23 - 7/21/23 (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) (EST) - 0.50 credit - Closed 7/04/23

6 weeks course

For full 1.00 credit the student MUST complete both 'A' or 'B' sessions (6-weeks)
For 0.50 credit or audit the student may take first session only '1B' (first 3 weeks)

Meet Dr. Mercedes Torres+

Mercedes Torres has been an educator for 21 years. She holds a DMD degree and a master's in Instructional Technology from Saint Thomas University. She has been a faculty member at American Heritage School for 14 years. In addition to her role teaching Spanish, Mercedes is also a Tech Team liaison for the American Heritage Upper School Foreign Language department. She has taught at American Heritage Summer Institute for the last 6 years. She is most proud of her role as a club advisor for the First Priority Club and the BETCHA Club.

Meet Elena Hancock+

Elena Hancock is a veteran foreign language teacher with 12 years of experience. She holds a Master's in Human and Social Sciences, Letters and Languages with emphasis in Spanish from the University of Avignon in France. She has taught French and Spanish in various settings and is in her second year at American Heritage School as a Spanish 2 Honors teacher and French AP teacher.

Meet Erin Alderfer+

Erin Alderfer, proud mother of two boys and 10 year veteran Spanish teacher, is a Pennsylvania native who studied at Temple University. At Temple she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master's in Education. Erin lived in Costa Rica for two years, learning more of the language and culture before returning to Pennsylvania to teach. Recently, she relocated to Florida and started teaching Spanish 2 and Spanish 3 at American Heritage School.

Additional Course Information+

A class may be canceled if fewer than 6 students enroll, and a specific teacher is not guaranteed. It is the parents’ responsibility to check with their child's school when seeking credit for a course. For online courses, the students’ cameras MUST be turned on at all times, and attendance is mandatory. To protect the privacy rights of all, there is absolutely no videotaping or recording by students during the course. Students must be age appropriate for the course, and all students must adhere to proper online etiquette. For online courses, young children must be supervised by a parent at all times.

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