Spanish I is a thirty-six-week high school level course for 8th graders. The course primarily focuses on the four basic skills of foreign language learning—listening, speaking, reading, writing, and language—in the three modes (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational). In addition to its focus on oral and written language skills, the course also focuses on culture so that students can be more globally competent.
The goal of the course is to have students who can perform at basic levels with Spanish communication. On an ACTFL proficiency scale, students are expected to reach skills on a Novice Mid (B) to Intermediate Low range (A). To see what the criteria for each level are please visit this website: http://bitly.com/ACTFL_levels. Students taking the course must earn a passing grade of an A or B (Intermediate Low or Novice Mid Level) by the end of the course in order to receive high school credit.
Because this is a “zero-hour” or “zero-period” course—one that is offered before the start of the regular school day—and because it meets for the full school year, every day, the course does place extra demands on students. It requires dedication and commitment which takes a special kind of student to make it through successfully. The course also requires some technological applications, especially for “digital” days when class may not meet in person