The philosophy of a Spanish teacher is to be a fosterer of inquiry, a facilitator of dialogue, and an instigator of  independent thinking in order to eliminate biases and conflicts that inundate society and create a cultured student who will usher in a better tomorrow.   

Our Curriculum:

 Spanish I/II:  Language and Communication

 The course is  an introductory course in which students acquire language through authentic  discourse and accountable talk.   Students will become proficient in basic vocabulary and conjugation  skills. In Spanish I/II, students  work collaboratively to ensure communicative fluency.  The course stresses student participation in oral presentations and class  work with partners.  Spanish I/II  teaches Spanish and Latin American music, art, literature, cuisine, and history  these aspects while focusing on communicative fluency and basic reading and  writing skills within the Spanish language.

 Spanish III/IV: Communication and Composition

The course is a second and third year course with emphasis on conversation, writing  composition and language.  In this course students will increase their vocabulary and conversational abilities by  focusing on written and oral communication.  The course terminates with the New York  State Regents Exam in Spanish.

Spanish V/VI: Conversation and Literacy

 The course is a third year course with emphasis on conversation and language fluency.  The course focuses on literacy meaning the abilities to read and write in Spanish.  Students will improve upon their own speaking skills and master composition abilities. The course prepares students for enrollment in the Advanced Placement Spanish Language course.

Advanced Placement Spanish: Language 

The  course is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish and is designed to enhance  students’ communication and composition skills through the use of Spanish in  writing, reading, listening and speaking. Students perform intensive grammar  reviews and apply their knowledge to written assignments and reports on the current state of Latin America and Spain.

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LOTE Department

Sandra Bolton (Upper Grades Spanish, Dept Chair)

Email: sbolton@mckinneyssa.com / sbolton@schools.nyc.gov