Mrs. Block

Senora Heidi Block
Mrs. BlockSpanish Teacher

610-983-4080 ext. 122 
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Spanish Grades K-6

In the Lower School, students learn Spanish according to ACTFL’s (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) 5 C’s: Communication; Cultures; Connections; Communities and Comparisons. Vocabulary is presented in thematic units and its acquisition is the curriculum’s main focus. Grammatical structures are introduced as needed based on the communicative nature of the tasks needed for the unit of study.

Homework is not typically assigned, unless the student has been unable to complete their classwork or project in an appropriate amount of time during class. At times, homework may be assigned for extra credit purposes. It is recommended that students set aside 2 to 3 nights per week to practice current vocabulary or to review class notes.

An average of 80-89% must be achieved in each core academic class including Spanish in order to to earn an Honors award each trimester.

An average of 90-100% must be achieved in each core academic class including Spanish in order to earn a High Honors award each trimester.

Each year beginning in sixth grade, students are given a proficiency examination used to measure the level in which they are able to communicate in Spanish. In sixth grade, the test measures listening and reading abilities.

From seventh grade on, the skills of speaking and writing are added. Fluency is not a realistic expectation for students until after their post-secondary education.

For a student attending Renaissance Academy from Kindergarten through their senior year, it can be expected that they will be able to converse with native speakers in everyday situations.

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