Welcome to the Foreign Language Department of César Chávez Middle School. The department has four foreign language teachers. The purpose of these courses is to provide students with a year of Spanish Language study, consistent with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. As an International Baccalaureate school, the Chavez learning community is driven to ensure the following:
All students are exposed to high standards of expectation through challenging programs and by promoting intercultural awareness and respect.
- Students will develop skills for learning such as:
- how to organize and present ideas
- how to work independently
- how to collaborate with others
- how to solve problems
- Students will explore different learning styles and develop effective learning strategies.
We at Chávez Middle School are proud to offer a challenging and beneficial Spanish Curriculum.
6th Grade: Introduction to Spanish – stresses basic vocabulary, grammar structure, conversation skills, and pronunciation. It is designed for sixth grade students who have not had Spanish.
7th Grade: Spanish 1A – emphasizes production language skills (speaking and writing) in addition to listening and reading.
8th Grade: Spanish 1B – builds on prior knowledge, emphasizes advanced production language skills (speaking and writing) in addition to listening and reading. The class is designed to promote fluency in Spanish for students who speak, write, and read the language.
These classes help students gain basic speaking, reading, and writing skills in the target foreign language. Students will comprehend and communicate in Spanish, and will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of cultural differences.
Learning the culture of a country allows for better understanding and appreciation of the people and its language.
In this spirit, the Spanish Department will be assigning projects on Spanish cultural celebrations in the months of November and December.
The modern holiday of “Día de los Muertos” traces its origin to an Aztec festival which dates back to the prehispanic era and has become an integral part of the culture of many Spanish speaking countries. Unlike our ghostly, eerie Halloween celebration,”Día de los Muertos” is a serious and religious celebration honoring friends and loved ones who have passed away. It is a time of prayers, family reunions, and feasting in celebration of the new life of a loved one.