In the 21st Century, success will come to those with the greatest understanding of their world. North High’s World Language Department offers three languages to give young Vikings the edge. Spanish studies teach non-native speakers to communicate by speaking, writing, and reading in the target languages. Students will be exposed to cultures which represent a large part of the world. Our Heritage Spanish courses give native speakers of Spanish the opportunity to become formally literate in Spanish while earning language credit. World Language classes prepare Vikings for careers in every field and for entrance to universities across the nation. Student clubs offer additional activities and experiences in the student’s chosen language. Advanced placement tests in French and Spanish can earn college credit. At least two years of world language is required for 4 year universities, but three years is recommended.
Spanish Track (First year learners)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the Spanish language and the culture of some Spanish speaking nations. The four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing will be introduced. Communication in Spanish will be stressed. Oral production will consist of isolated words and learned phrases within very predictable areas of need. Vvocabularyis sufficient for handling simple, elementary needs and expressing basic courtesies. Utterances usually consist of two or three words and show frequent pauses and repetition of interlocutor’s words. Speaker may have some difficulty producing the simplest utterances, some speakers will be understood only with difficulty. Listening, reading, and writing proficiency will be slightly higher.
This is an advanced beginner’s course for the student who has completed one year of high school Spanish. Activities will focus on reinforcing the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The student will be able to satisfy partially the requirements of basic communicative exchanges by relying heavily on learned utterances but occasionally expanding these through simple recombination of their
elements. Can ask questions or make statements involving learned material. Shows signs of spontaneity although this falls short of real autonomy of expression. Speed continues to consist of learned utterances rather than of personalized situationally adapted ones. Vocabulary centers on areas such as basic objects, places, and most common kinship terms. Pronunciation may still be strongly influenced by first language. Errors are frequent and, in spite of repetition, some speakers will have difficulty being understood even by sympathetic interlocutors. Listening, reading, and writing proficiency will be slightly higher.
Prerequisite: Spanish I
This is an intermediate course for the student who has completed two years of high school Spanish. Activities will focus on reinforcing the four language skills of reading, writing speaking and listening. The intermediate level is characterized by the speaker’s ability to: create with the language by combining and recombining learned elements, though primarily in a reactive mode; initiate, minimally sustain, and close in a simple way basic communicative tasks; and ask and answer questions. The student will be able to handle successfully a limited number of interactive, task-oriented and social situations. The Student can ask and answer questions, initiate and respond to simple statements and maintain face-to-face conversation, although in a highly restricted manner and with much linguistic inaccuracy. Within these limitations,
the students can perform such tasks as introducing self, ordering a meal, asking directions, and making purchases. Vocabulary is adequate to express only the most elementary needs. Strong interference from native language may occur. Misunderstandings frequently arise, but with repetition, the speaker can generally be understood by sympathetic interlocutors.
Prerequisite: Spanish II
This is a year-long course for the student who has completed three years of high school Spanish. Activities will focus on reinforcing the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The student will be able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated, basic and communicative tasks and social situations. The student can talk simply about self and family members, ask and answer questions and
participate in simple conversations on topics beyond the most immediate needs; e.g., personal history and leisure time activities. Utterance length increases slightly, but speech may be continue to be characterized by frequent long pauses and linguistic inaccuracy. Pronunciation may continue to be strongly influenced by first language and fluency may still be strained. Although misunderstandings still arise the speaker can generally be understood by sympathetic interlocutors.
Prerequisite: Spanish III
Heritage Spanish (Spanish speakers)
This is an intermediate level class designed for “Heritage” Spanish speakers who possess strong Spanish speaking and listening skills, and a broad depth of conversational vocabulary, but have had little formal instruction in Spanish reading and writing and in Spanish academic vocabulary.
Prerequisite: Spanish Speaker
This is an advanced level class that further develops the academic language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) and academic vocabulary of students that speak Spanish as a home language or come from immersion programs.
Prerequisite: Spanish Speaker
This course is designed for native and non-native Spanish language learners who wish to pursue college credit for course work that is approximately equivalent to at least a second-year college course in advanced Spanish language. It is designed to develop and advance skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing Spanish, and in acquiring knowledge of the Spanish and Latin American cultures.
Prerequisite: Grade “B” or better in previous Spanish Class/ Teacher Recommendation
This course is equivalent to an introductory literature course at the college level. Students focus on a variety of literary genres and authors and engage in analysis through discussion, presentations, and writing. Students will understand culture and historical context of literary genres.
Prerequisite: Grade “B” or better/ Teacher Recommendation
Dual Language Program
North Salem High School is one of two high schools in Salem that offers a Spanish Dual Language Program. Dual Language education programs integrate native English speaking students with native Spanish speaking students for content and language instruction. Dual Language classrooms develop bilingual and bi-literate students who are able to achieve high academic achievement, language acquisition and proficiency in both English and Spanish. Our Program offers cross-cultural connections and cultural literacy. The Dual Language Program provides an environment that embraces diversity and strives for excellence.