Swift Creek Middle School

Chesterfield County Public Schools

World Languages

Sixth, 7th and 8th graders have the opportunity to take Spanish I classes. In the Spanish I classes, students will be introduced to grammar concepts, vocabulary and culture. Some important grammar concepts students will discover include greetings, saying how you feel and using present tense verbs to discuss what you do in your everyday life. Students will also begin to develop a broad vocabulary. Some interesting topics we focus on in the Spanish I classroom are emotions, sports and class schedules. Students will also develop an appreciation for fascinating cultural differences. In order to do this, we take a look at the unique celebrations of el día de los muertos and carnival as well as iconic Hispanic speakers like Roberto Clemente and Selena.

In the Spanish II classroom, 8th graders have the chance to broaden their knowledge of Spanish with new grammar constructs and advanced vocabulary topics. The Spanish II students will review previous grammar concepts as well as incorporate the past tense into their writing and speaking. Students will also examine new vocabulary topics such as shopping, ordering food at a restaurant, and completing daily chores. Students will advance their appreciation for cultural differences by comparing and contrasting everyday activities in different Spanish-speaking countries.

Students also are afforded the chance to take Latin 1, 1a, and 2, and French, where they learn the language, customs, theology, food, and culture of the ancient Roman civilization and France/Francophone countries, respectively.