This is a beginning Spanish course designed to introduce the student to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. The focus is on basic vocabulary and verbal use of the language. Interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills are developed. Students will progress from using single words and simple sentences to short paragraphs and dialogues. Spanish will be used for some classroom instruction and interaction. Assessments are both formal and performance-based. (One-credit, one-year electives for grades 9-12) It is strongly recommended that students who enroll in this course have maintained a “B” or above in their previous language arts classes.