Spanish Language Objectives
Students enter the fifth grade Spanish program at Highcrest Middle School with a wealth of background knowledge and experience in the Spanish language. The fifth through eighth grade sequence will pick up where students left off in the elementary school, and will appropriately challenge students by using their background knowledge to increase their language proficiency. By the time a student completes a Kindergarten through eighth grade sequence of Spanish, that student should be linguistically and culturally equipped to communicate easily and accurately on a variety of topics in the Spanish-speaking world.
Once in the middle school setting, classes remain communicative and students continue to study vocabulary and conversation, while increasing their focus on language structure and grammar. They move from memorized phrases to creating with the language. At the junior high, students refine present tense conversations and are exposed to opportunities to communicate about future and past events. In addition, they begin to prepare themselves for entry into year three Spanish at New Trier High School. At both schools, students apply their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing activities and are assessed in a variety of manners.
Spanish In and Beyond the Classroom
Students continuing their study of Spanish at Highcrest Middle School study regularly, do homework and practice their language daily..... and they have fun!
Spanish students enjoy learning about the cultures of Spanish-speaking communities around the world. Students compare and contrast schools and communities as well as explore the market, the zoo, and even some ancient ruins. They make and break piñatas, discover el día de los muertos, recreate cultural crafts, and, in the spring, they celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Once at the junior high, students have the opportunity to take advantage of the Spanish-speaking community around them by traveling to Chicago to visit the National Museum of Mexican Art and practice their language skills at a traditional restaurant.