Spanish 4 students study modern life in the Spanish-speaking world, visions for the future, Hispanic art, and the differences between rural and urban life in Spanish-speaking countries. As students turn their attention to college applications, they compare the systems of higher education in the U.S. and Spain.
Students also conduct a political campaign for student senate president, writing speeches, designing campaign posters, and creating a video to help their candidacy (whether or not they choose to run).
Honors students also read and watch a significant amount of Spanish language content: novels, short stories, plays, television shows, movies, and newspaper articles. They display what they’ve learned in written essays, presentations, and short movies.
Advanced students build a foundation for success with the AP curriculum, and should actively take advantage of every opportunity to communicate in Spanish, finding joy in the process of gaining fluency. The most successful students cultivate a passion for the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries, and think in Spanish, rather than simply translating their thoughts.
Each student teaches a full class on the topic of their choosing, entirely in Spanish. This demanding and exhilarating experience requires students to prepare thoroughly and be able to think on their feet.
Echoing themes in English and History classes, juniors study the Spanish Civil War, reading Federico García Lorca’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba, exploring the issues at the heart of this devastating conflict.