Spanish

  • Bienvenidos/ Welcome to Spanish B at Falcon Creek Middle School. 

    Spanish Exploratory                                                                   6th

    This class is designed for students who have never taken a world language before.  This semester will give students an opportunity to take a virtual trip to  Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain and Peru.  Along the way we will learn songs, dances, crafts and basic expressions in Spanish.  Pack your bags!

    Spanish 1                                                                                     7th

    This course emphasizes audio-lingual instruction for students with little or no background in the target language.  A textbook is used along with a variety of other materials.  The primary focus is on listening, comprehension, oral proficiency, the study of basic grammatical structures, and cultural appreciation.  Regular homework is assigned.  

    Spanish 2    Pre-Requisite:  Completion of Spanish 1            8th 

    This course is a continuation of Spanish I.  There is an increased emphasis on the development of reading and writing skills and oral proficiency.  A textbook is used along with a variety of other materials.  Students use their foundation knowledge from Spanish A to continue to expand their ability to listen, read, write, and orally communicate in the target language.  Vocabulary enrichment is emphasized.  Regular homework is assigned.  Although successful completion in middle school does not earn high school credit, it prepares students for level II in high school.

    This class is a continuation of Spanish A.  At the end of this year, your student will be ready to take Spanish 2 which is comparable to sophomore level Spanish in High School.  Thank you for continuing in Spanish with me.  This is going to be a great year!
     
    Why is it important to study Spanish?
     
    According to a report conducted by the University of Alcalá, Spanish continues to be the second-most spoken mother language,  topped only by Mandarin which is spoken by 950 million people. Today, Spanish is spoken in 7.8% of the world, a percentage that is predicted to remain the same until at least 2050 – unlike those for Mandarin and English which are expected to drop.
    The study carried out by David Fernandez Vitores, a philology professor at the University of Alcalá, found that in addition to the 477.6 million native speakers, a further 73.7 million people have some knowledge of Spanish and another 21.2 million study Spanish as a foreign language – a total of 572.6 million people.
    This number is expected to rise to 754 million people by 2050, pushed by population growth in Spanish-speaking countries as well as the growing number of Spanish speakers in the US.
    https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/11/29/inenglish/1511950198_079424.html
     
     
    Frequently Asked Questions
     
    Q: My student loved Spanish last year.  Will this year be the same?
    A: Absolutely!  We will continue the thematic units of the Realidades 1 series with more of the added creative activities than last year.  

    Q: My student struggled in Spanish last year.  Is this the class for my student?
    A: Yes!  We will start the year with a review of Spanish A.  All students forget some material over the summer.  This is normal.
     
    Q: How will they learn the language in this class?  Will it be textbook learning?
    A: Many resources will be used to bring the language and the Hispanic cultures to life for your student on a personal level. The textbook is provides thematic units. I personally create and select all activities that will be used to introduce, practice and assess student learning. I am very creative and most students really enjoy Spanish class. A workbook will be required for homework practice. If your student still has their workbook from last year, it will not be necessary to purchase a new one this year.  If they no longer have last year’s workbook, new workbooks will be available for $20.00 at the beginning of the school year.  Arrangements can be made if the price is a concern for your family. 

    Q: Is Spanish B going to be a tedious, endless-vocabulary-list learning experience for my child as my high school class was?  
    A: This depends on your student!    We will use music, projects, videos, games, blogs, different technology platforms, stories, etc. to make this beautiful language and all of its cultures come alive for all students.  However, your student does have to be actively engaged in class for this to occur.
     
    If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to email me.
     
    Sra. Cathy Rank
    Spanish Teacher
    crank2@cherrycreekschools.org
      

    Bienvenidos/ Welcome to Spanish 1 at Falcon Creek MIddle School.

    This class is the first step in your student's path to learning Spanish in Middle school.  Thank you for sharing your student with me.  This is going to be a great year!
     
    Here are the most popular advantages to learning Spanish...
     
    1. It is one of the most commonly spoken languages
    2. The language has a bright future
    3. It will boost your employment prospects
    4. Your travel experiences will be enhanced 
    5. You could work or study abroad
    6. It will expand your entertainment options
    7. Bilingual people experience several health benefits
    8. Spanish is relatively simple to learn
    9. It can improve your grasp of your first language
    10.  Spanish class is fun!!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: My student has never received Spanish before.  Is there a beginner class for my student?
    A: This is it!  Spanish 1 uses the Realidades program which starts students off from the beginning.  It introduces the basics and much more since it is the equivalent of 9th grade Spanish in all CCSD high schools. 

    Q: My student received Spanish in elementary school.  Is this the class for my student?
    A: This is it!  Spanish 1 will review the basic vocabulary your student learned in elementary school and so much more!  
     
    Q: How will they learn the language in this class?  Will it be textbook learning?
    A: Many resources will be used to bring the language and the Hispanic cultures to life for your student on a personal level. The textbook is provides thematic units. I personally create and select all activities that will be used to introduce, practice and assess student learning. I am very creative and most students really enjoy Spanish class. A workbook will be required for homework practice.  This workbook will be available for $20.00 at the beginning of the school year.  Arrangements can be made if the price is a concern for your family. 

    Q: Is Spanish 1 going to be a tedious, endless-vocabulary-list learning experience for my child as my high school class was?  
    A: This depends on your student!    We will use music, projects, videos, games, blogs, different technology platforms, stories, etc. to make this beautiful language and all of its cultures come alive for all students.  However, your student does have to be actively engaged in class for this to occur.
     
    If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to email me.

    If your student is enrolled in Spanish 2 at Falcon Creek Middle School, here is the information about Spanish 2!  This class is a continuation of Spanish B.  At the end of this year, your student will be ready to take Spanish 3 which is comparable to junior level Spanish in High School.  Thank you for continuing in Spanish with me. This is going to be a great year!
     
    Why is it important to study Spanish?
     
    Speaking a second language increases college acceptance rates.  It can also lead to improved scholarship opportunities.  This is especially true with prestigious schools.  
    https://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/college-planning/admissions/college-admissions-multilingual-students.htm
    Meredith Bower "Do college admissions officers value students who speak more than one language?" 16 February 2010.
    HowStuffWorks.com. <https://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/college-planning/admissions/college-admissions-multilingual-students.htm> 18 June 2019