Level 1 courses are designed to help students develop the skills of listening
comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing as well as an understanding and
appreciation of culture. Emphasis is on communicative proficiency. There is a local
exam in June.
Note: All incoming freshmen with previous language experience must complete the St.
Mary’s HS LOTE Placement Exam.
Level 2 courses reinforce the skills and vocabulary taught in Level 1. Concentration is
on further development of listening comprehension, conversation, culture, and
increased reading and extended writings. There is continued emphasis on
communicative proficiency. There is a local exam in June.
Prerequisite: Department approval. For incoming freshmen, placement is contingent on
performance on the St. Mary’s LOTE Placement Exam.
This course offers the student an opportunity to master the Spanish 2 materials at an
accelerated pace. Emphasis is placed on the four proficiency skills: listening
comprehension, conversation and presentation, reading and writing. Spontaneous
conversational activities and advanced readings are an integral part of this course.
Prerequisite: Enrollment is by invitation of the Languages other than English
Department. For incoming freshmen, placement is contingent on performance on the
St. Mary’s LOTE Language Placement Exam.
This course emphasizes advanced listening comprehension, extended reading, culture,
composition, and speaking skills. Successful completion prepares students for both a
locally developed Checkpoint B exam and for upper-level study.
Prerequisite: Department approval. Successful completion of this course and passing
the Check-point B exam is required for Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation
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).
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 3 and department approval