The Foreign Language Department develops the skills needed for effective communication in the target language. This is accomplished by increasing the student’s ability to speak, listen to, read, and write the language with increasing accuracy, as well as to bring about a better knowledge of the people, geography, culture, and literature of the countries that speak the language. Since a very high percentage of the top American colleges and universities require three years of one language or two years of two foreign languages for admission, R-MA requires the same for its Advanced College Prep Diploma. At R-MA we offer a language seal to recognize advanced language students who complete four years in one language or a combination of five years in two languages. All students at each level take the National Spanish Exam for national recognition of their achievements.
This course covers basic geography of the Spanish-speaking countries, alphabet, numbers (0-2000), expressing time, tú vs. usted, and basic expressions. Vocabulary topics include: days and months, weather and seasons, school subjects and vocabulary, hobbies and activities, around town, house, food meals/restaurant, family, sports, airport, clothing, colors, body parts, doctor visits, and transportation. The grammar topics covered are: definite and indefinite articles with singular and plural nouns, adjectives, demonstrative and possessive adjectives, the two verbs for "to be" and the two for "to know," regular, irregular, stem-change and reflexive verbs all in the present tense, the "tener +…" and "ir + …" concepts, and the "I like…" concept. Other varied cultural, vocabulary and grammar topics may also be discussed.
Second year Spanish helps the student expand his/her proficiency in the skills of listening, reading, writing, spelling, and speaking. Following a comprehensive review of Level I topics, the study of grammar is expanded to include the past, future, and conditional verb tenses, as well as relfexives and the passive voice, and an introduction to the subjunctive mood. The vocabulary builds on the Spanish I vocabulary, while advancing to some more complex and commonly used/needed themes, especially associated with the next level of verb tenses. Students continue to learn about the geography, customs, and culture of Hispanic countries. The objective of this class is to achieve proficiency in the present and past tenses and other grammar topics from Spanish I, to become familiar with more advanced verb tenses and patterns in order to approach functional communication in Hispanic countries, and to prepare for the next level, Honors Spanish III.
Honors Spanish III
Honors Spanish III is designed to enable students to achieve an intermediate level of communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.The goals are to enhance all four language areas and a further undertanding of the culture to enable the student to communicate on an appropriate level when visiting a Spanish-speaking country and to provide a solid foundation for further study at the high school and college levels.
Advanced Placement Spanish IV/V
In AP Spanish levels 4 and 5, the student looks to build on his or her competence in the four main skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing towards greater fluency. Listening and speaking skills are enhanced by the banning of English from the classroom and by using more advanced audio and video footage. In reading, the student progresses to Spanish literature and current news articles fron the Internet, newspapers, and magazines. In writing, the student learns to refine his or her writing and reduce grammatical errors. The student is, by now, familiar and comfortable with the cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries, but seeks to broaden his or her knowledge of current events. The goals are to increase fluency in all four language areas and culture so that the student can communicate effectively when visiting a Spanish-speaking country. The goal is to provide a sound foundation for further study at the high school and college levels. Taught in A/B-year format to accomodate those taking AP Spanish 4, then AP Spanish 5.