Language Department

Amsterdam High School offers study in Spanish.  All students must successfully complete one credit of World Language study to fulfill graduation requirements.  Qualifying students may continue with the next two courses that provide the option of earning the advanced Regents Diploma, and then university credit from SUNY Albany.  The program at the Regents level stresses the four skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking and cover material in depth.

The primary goal of World Language study is to achieve communication with a native speaker in the context of everyday situations appropriate to the level of study.  Classroom instruction at all levels is primarily done in the target language and enhanced by modern technology.  Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the values, attitudes, and customs of the cultures where Spanish is spoken.

Students are encouraged to participate in one or more extracurricular activities sponsored by the World Languages Department, such as: trips abroad, field trips to major cities, cultural events, and restaurants.

Spanish I

1 Year | 1 Credit

This course provides an introduction to the study of Spanish. The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are emphasized and developed throughout the year. Special emphasis is placed on communication through listening and speaking. Students will invite, inform, inquire, exclaim, agree, disagree, compliment, and express emotions and opinions through a variety of activities. In addition, they will increase their knowledge and appreciation of Spanish speaking countries to develop cross-cultural skills and understandings. Some topics to be covered include sports, leisure activities, food, travel, shopping, and family/ school relationships. This course should be considered by students who wish to strengthen the language foundation prior to moving on to the second year of the three-year sequence required for the Advanced Regents Diploma through LOTE. An end-of-year exam (and/or the completion of an approved portfolio assessment) is required for course credit.

Pre-requisite: Failure to meet the requirements to pass the eighth grade end of year assessment with a 65% or better.

Spanish 2

1 Year | 1 Credit

This course continues to develop the skills that were acquired in Spanish I. Students are encouraged to increase their proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish throughout the year. Students will invite, inform, inquire, exclaim, agree, disagree, compliment, express emotions, give opinions, socialize, give and receive information, express their personal views, and get others to adopt a course of action in Spanish through a variety of activities. In addition, they will continue to work on increasing their knowledge and appreciation of Spanish speaking countries to develop cross-cultural skills and understandings. Some topics to be covered include shopping, clothing, travel, food, health and camping. An end of year exam (and/or the completion of an approved portfolio assessment) is required for course credit.

Pre-requisite: Students must have passed an end of year assessment comparable to the NYS proficiency exam or Spanish I with an average of at least 65%.

Spanish 3

1 Year | 1 Credit

This course further develops the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) at an intermediate level in order to increase their ability to communicate more effectively in Spanish. Students will continue to invite, inform, inquire, exclaim, agree, disagree, compliment, express emotions, give opinions, socialize, give and receive information, express their personal views, and get others to adopt a course of action in Spanish through a variety of activities. They will also continue to work on increasing their knowledge and appreciation of Spanish speaking countries to develop crosscultural skills and understandings. Some of the topics covered include: shopping, holidays, technology, careers and travel.

Students enrolled in this course must pass a comprehensive exam comparable to the NYS Regents Exam to complete the three-year Advanced Regents Diploma sequence through LOTE. 

Pre-requisite: Students must have passed Spanish II with a 65% or better.

Spanish 4

1 Year | 1 Credit

Spanish 4 begins the study of Spanish at the college level. Students in Spanish 4 are expected to function at a more advanced level in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The students review many structures from the previous three years of study and use this information as a springboard for learning more complex structures in order to use the language in more communicative ways. 

A greater emphasis is placed on oral and written communication. Students are expected to read and comprehend stories, newspapers and magazine articles and discuss them. Some topics of study include: Argentina, Eva Peron, Latin American Music and Dance, and Children’s Literature. An end of the year exam is required for course credit.
 
This course is offered for College in the high school credit through Fulton Montgomery Community College.  The cost is $210.  Course level at Fulton Montgomery Community College is SPA 201 for 3 credits.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Spanish 3 with a 65% or better and passing the final assessment which will be an exam comparable to the NYS Regents Exam with a 75% or better.

Spanish 5

1 Year | 1 Credit

Spanish 5 continues the study of Spanish at the college level. Students will continue to refine and apply the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills they have learned through Spanish 4 at an increasingly sophisticated level. This course provides an overall grammar review to enhance students’ active use of Spanish, especially in the areas of conversation (listening and speaking) and writing. It will include further intermediate-level conversation, composition and readings in Spanish on numerous culturally-significant topics. Another element of the course is the study of social issues and current events in the Hispanic world, which students will also be expected to analyze verbally and in writing. An end of the year exam and/or the completion of an approved portfolio assessment is required for course credit.

This course is offered for College in the high school credit through Fulton Montgomery Community College.  The cost is $210. Course level at Fulton Montgomery Community College is SPA 202 for 3 credits.