Curriculum for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade:

St. Helen students are introduced to basic Spanish using the Risas y Sonrisas (Laughter & Smiles) on-line curriculum, a multi-grade instructional program for teaching Spanish to elementary school children K-3rd grade. Students have 10-15 minutes of instruction during library class and additional practice in the classroom in order to make students familiar with the language. Once students enter Middle School, they have formal Spanish language classes with a certified instructor.

Curriculum for 4th thru 8th Grade:

This fun, interactive course for middle school students is filled with diverse, multimedia language activities. Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning and online learning. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. 

There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).

Overall Course Objectives:

Middle School Spanish 1 Santillana​​ course helps students:

  • Engage in language learning

  • Master common vocabulary terms and phrases

  • Comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns

  • Participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts

  • Generate language incorporating basic vocabulary and grammar patterns Read, write, speak, and listen for meaning in basic Spanish

  • Analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries

  • Regularly assess progress in proficiency through quizzes, tests, and speaking/writing submissions

Mrs. Patricia Keelor

Last updated on January 17, 2019

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About St. Helen School

Since its opening in 1954, St. Helen School strives to promote the spiritual and intellectual development of every student.  First in the State of Ohio to be certified as a Virtue Based Restorative Discipline School, students are educated in the Catholic Faith, prepared for the sacraments, and attend weekly Mass. St. Helen, located in Riverside, Ohio, is a community that celebrates diversity and welcomes families from areas including BeavercreekDaytonFairbornHuber HeightsRiverside, and military families from Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

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