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Level 1 High School

This will be a high school level 1 Spanish class incorporating the national foreign language standards: communication, culture, communities, connections, and comparisons. Our students achieve Spanish proficiency through storytelling and reading. It is a unique, yet a highly effective and natural, way to learn Spanish. This method focuses on long-term retention, not just memorization. This storytelling approach is fun, and extremely successful in teaching communication skills.  Our teachers will reinforce high frequency vocabulary and grammar structures found in common speech and conversational Spanish.  With this methods, students learn to speak quickly and grammar is taught in context. Some of our current students are able to free write an entire story in Spanish of more than 2-3 pages, not to mention tell the story while looking at pictures! (This is after one year of once a week classes).  Fun Fluency also has High School Level I students that can summarize an entire Spanish novel, speaking freely for 5-10 minutes.

The class will be a blend of our text, handouts, the study of Spanish speaking countries, weekly readings, authentic online videos/scenarios to watch, cultural outings, authentic food preparation, and the reading of a short Spanish novel.

Spanish is a skill that must be practiced and studied! So, in order to make the most of the class, students will be asked to incorporate Spanish homework into their daily studies.

How Storytelling Works

According to Stephen Krashen, a world renowned and respected linguist and author, language is learned through meaningful and comprehensible input.  Language is learned through understanding messages.  Stories and storytelling allow for a lot of comprehension input, which promotes long term retention.  Stories use both sides of the brain and kids have an emotional response to a silly story, and therefore are learning the second language sub-consciously.