Why study another language? Learning a second language opens new doors of opportunities for students. Whether they simply want to travel more easily or possibly communicate more widely, students and those with whom they communicate will benefit from their knowledge and understanding. Research also indicates that learning a second language not only strengthens first language skills but also makes learning a third or even fourth language much faster. Grand Prairie ISD is committed to providing our learners the best possible language learning instruction, curriculum, and resources to promote fluency in their selected target language.
Levels 1 and 2 introduce students to Spanish vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, dialogues, and sentence patterns. Audio-lingual materials aid in the development of communication skills. Through various classroom activities, students observe and experience Spanish culture. Skills and concepts in listening, speaking, reading, and writing are stressed; however, major emphasis is given to oral communication. In Level 3 Pre-AP, students undertake grammar and vocabulary studies, enhance aural comprehension as well as oral and written proficiency, and explore Hispanic culture, particularly in the areas of art, music, history, and geography. Classic and contemporary literature are studied. Spanish 4 Pre-AP allows students to perfect their command of Spanish, in preparation for upcoming studies in Advanced Placement high school courses. Year at a Glance Spanish 1 Spanish 2 Spanish 3 Pre-AP Spanish 4 Pre-AP
American Sign Language
This course introduces communication skills in American Sign Language, including both receptive and expressive signing, and the use of interactive communication. Students will explore the history of sign language and the culture of the deaf community. Students will practice the goals of communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities at the novice level.