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Grade 8

Spanish 1

¡Bienvenidos! Welcome! Students are taking a virtual trip to Spain, Cuba, Colombia, and Argentina. As  students explore each country, a student blogger is there to help them learn about the place and its unique characteristics. As students travel to each country, they learn how to speak Spanish in many practical and useful ways. Students learn how to greet people, introduce themselves, and speak about their home, family, school, and community. As students learn basic vocabulary and grammar skills, they expand on their knowledge and learn to speak about more complex topics such as shopping, weather, sports, entertainment, and leisure activities.

The course introduces new words and phrases with pictures, audio clips, and examples. Students learn basic Spanish grammar to help them build fluency and understand the structure of the Spanish language. There are many opportunities to practice through interactive activities in the form of games, written practice, and listening and speaking exercises.

Students also explore the cultures of Spain, Cuba, Colombia, and Argentina by learning about geography, foods, celebrations, and traditions from each place. Student bloggers guide students through these countries and help them appreciate and learn about their diversity.

Major Topics and Concepts

  • Recognizing the myths vs. realities of Hispanic culture
  • Understanding cognates and borrowed words
  • Using cognates to build Spanish vocabulary
  • Alphabet, vowel sounds, pronunciation, and comparing the sounds of Spanish to English
  • Greetings, introducing yourself and others, courtesies
  • Question words: asking and responding to questions
  • Numbers 1-100
  • Colors
  • Using adjectives to describe self, family, and friends
  • Adjective agreement
  • Gender in nouns and adjectives
  • Talking about school, classroom objects, and extracurricular activities
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Telling time and talking about schedules
  • Types of stores, shopping, money
  • Buying clothes and using the verb COSTAR
  • Numbers 100-1000
  • Expressing degrees of preference with GUSTAR and mucho, muchísimo, poco and nada.
  • Buying gifts and using the verb DAR
  • Personal “a”
  • Indirect object pronouns
  • Buying groceries and understanding numbers, signs and prices
  • Shopping in other countries
  • Speaking about food and dining experiences
  • Using the verb VER
  • Speaking in a restaurant: reading a menu, ordering, listening, asking and responding to questions
  • Setting the table
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