Beginning with the 2016/2017 school year, Dublin School is implementing our new World Language Program. Modeled on recent successful Dublin School programs, we have created an intentional focus on developing a school-wide program with every student learning Spanish. This allows the school to collaborate around a single language and create advanced programming that will amplify and reinforce the learning taking place in the classroom.

The initiative has been supported by a $50,000 matching grant from the E. E. Ford Foundation who believe that the initiative can provide an innovative model for other schools that are dedicated to serious language learning.

Natural Language Instruction

Students learn through the Organic World Language methodology, which emphasizes communication over grammar, in the same way that native speakers learn a language. The OWL classroom develops language proficiency by creating a dynamic environment focused on breaking down the boundaries that inhibit discussion in a new language.

As students develop their proficiency of the language, grammar and appreciation of literature become focal points of emphasis. Advancing students can choose to refine proficiency either through AP language and literature courses or through continuing natural language instruction. These multiple tracks are designed to promote fluency in different types of learners who may have different goals.

Universal Language

By creating a universal second language on campus, opportunities will exist for our students to take upper level Spanish courses paired with history and literature courses taught in Spanish, live in housing where only Spanish is spoken, travel to a Spanish speaking country, and graduate with the skills to learn any language while developing a deep understanding of foreign cultures. Classroom learning is enhanced by extracurricular opportunities including foreign travel, guest speakers, summer reading, optional language immersion housing, and foreign language meals.

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Course of Study

Spanish I, II & III

Placement in Spanish 1, 2, and 3 will be determined by a student’s proficiency level in Spanish. All three classes will be run using the Organic World Language (OWL) method as it more closely imitates how a person learns his or her native language. The goals of the method are to build community, to take risks and make mistakes, to infer and use circumlocution, to speak only Spanish, and to have fun. Grammar is incorporated in daily conversation and activities in order to increase the students' confidence and proficiency in the language, but our goal is to measure what students can do instead of what they can't do. Students read and write, but are not focused on discrete grammar concepts. Spelling and verb conjugations are not penalized. Students are assessed on their individual progress; should a student progress quickly to the proficiency level of the course, they may move up a level mid-year.

A level 4 Spanish using OWL may be offered in the 2017-2018 school year, depending upon interest.

Spanish III Honors

Spanish 3 Honors is designed for the dedicated, ambitious Spanish student who plans to take the AP Spanish course the following year. Students taking this course should have a good base of vocabulary and have done review work over the summer. The focus of this course is Spanish grammar and AP preparation introduced through cultural units. Students will be graded on writing pieces, presentations, skits, and exams, and proficiency levels.

Spanish 4 AP Language & Culture

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students' awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).

Spanish 5/6 –Spanish Culture & Civilization

The Spanish Culture and Civilization course is designed for students who have completed the AP Spanish Language & Culture course. The goal of the course is to provide students a path to continue improving their Spanish competency with higher level studies. This course will prepare students for college-level Spanish courses or for the AP Spanish Literature and Culture course, which focuses on texts. Students will be graded on essays, presentations, exams, and proficiency levels.

AP Spanish Literature

El curso de Español V: “AP Spanish Literature and Culture” está diseñado para iniciar a los estudiantes en el estudio formal de un grupo representativo de la literatura escrita en el idioma en español de España, los países hispanohablantes de Latinoamérica y las comunidades hispanas en los Estados Este curso les ofrece a los estudiantes múltiples y variadas oportunidades de desarrollar aún más su español en las diferentes habilidades lingüísticas, pero haciendo énfasis en la lectura crítica y la escritura analítica. Igualmente anima a los estudiantes a reflexionar de manera consciente sobre las diferentes voces y culturas representadas en la literatura hispánica. La clase es dictada totalmente en español, e incluye autores tanto españoles como hispanoamericanos, al igual que piezas que van desde tiempos medievales hasta nuestros días. También incluye muestras de poesía, narrativa (novela, cuento, ensayo) y teatro. Las obras literarias son presentadas de manera cronológica con el propósito de integrar diferentes momentos históricos importantes y su influencia en la formación de cada pieza literaria y los movimientos artísticos y literarios Cada una de las lecciones está planeada para ayudar al estudiante a desarrollar la habilidad de analizar e interpretar figuras retóricas, tono, estilo, tema, simbología, entre muchos otros elementos del análisis literario. Todos los textos serán estudiados en sus versiones originales, por lo cual todas las lecturas se harán en clase.