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Spanish IB — 8th Grade

In 8th grade Spanish, you will continue to enhance and build upon your basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills that you developed last year, while gaining a greater awareness of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. You will continue using your Descubre 1 text, including activities from the Supersite, video clips, supplementary workbook activities, and listening comprehension exercises. In addition, you will learn more about the fascinating and diverse cultures and histories of the Spanish-speaking world through projects, iPad activities, songs, and art, with a specific focus on Mexico and Latinos in the United States. Class will be conducted primarily in Spanish.

Journals

In eighth grade, students keep Spanish journals. The teacher will post questions for students to write about and include new vocabulary pertaining to the questions each week, but you can also ask vocabulary words during the journaling time. Keeping a journal is an excellent way to improve fluency and overall comfort level in the target language.

"Essential Questions" for Spanish Class

  • Why study Spanish?
  • How are Spanish and English similar and different?
  • What are some important aspects of Mexican culture?
  • How has Mexico influenced the United States?
  • Why do Spanish-speaking people immigrate to the U.S.A.?
  • How are language and culture related?
  • How does learning Spanish make me a better global citizen?

Trip to Costa Rica

Every other year during March vacation, the 7th and 8th grade Spanish students will have the opportunity to visit beautiful Costa Rica. Through the language school CPI (PanAmerican Language Institute), students live with host families, take Spanish classes, engage in community service, explore Costa Rica's natural beauty such as volcanoes and rain forests, and immerse themselves in the language and culture. To learn more about CPI’s program, visit their website at www.cpi-edu.com.

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