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MS Beginning Spanish

Course Description:
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Spanish language and the richness of its diverse cultures. In the beginning Spanish course, you will learn basic grammar and vocabulary skills to help build your fluency and language proficiency. You will explore the culture of Spanish-speaking countries through engaging interactive games, videos, and audio recordings and apply what you learn
through written practice, listening, and speaking exercises.

The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).

Recommended Prerequisites:
None

Grade Level:
6th-8th Grade Recommended

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:

Creation: When God created Adam and Eve, he blessed them with a common language, perfect harmony, and an adventurous mandate—to “be fruitful and increase and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28).

Fall: As a result of the Fall, however, that harmony began to unravel. Humans became more and more violent and increasingly rebellious against God (Genesis 4:3–15, 23; 6:5, 11–12). Even after the Flood, in direct refusal of God’s command to fill the earth, our primeval ancestors banded together at Babel, built themselves a city, and began constructing a tower reaching to the heavens—undoubtedly an attempt to invade God’s abode and usurp his rule (Genesis 11:1–4). Yet, recognizing their intentions, the Lord confused the people’s language and dispersed them throughout the world in an ironic act of judgment (vv. 8–9).

Redemption: Of course, the judgment of Babel is not the final word about human language and culture. The Bible itself envisions something of a reversal of Babel, when God “will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder” (Zephaniah 3:9; cf. Isaiah 66:18; Daniel 7:14; Zechariah 8:23). While such a reversal is yet to come (see Revelation 7:9–10), we can still work toward such unity by learning other languages for kingdom purposes. Learning Spanish, for instance, not only allows us to express sacrificial love for and humility toward Spanish speakers (cf. Matthew 22:34–40; Philippians 2:1–11); it also allows us to more directly proclaim the gospel and help make disciples among their ranks (cf. Matthew 28:18–20; Acts 1:7–8). A further benefit to learning a language like Spanish is that the learning process itself can help form self-control, diligence, and other biblical virtues in students (cf. Galatians 5:22–23; 2 Peter 1:5–7).

To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”

Required Course Materials:
Microphone and speakers