Spanish 1

Course Description:
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Spanish language and the richness of its diverse cultures. In the Spanish I 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. Along the way, you are encouraged to seek humility and other biblical virtues when learning about other languages and cultures and to consider the benefits of learning Spanish for the kingdom of God.

Recommended Prerequisites:

Grade Level:
9th – 12th Grade recommended

Approved by:

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:

  1. Creation: God communicates His plan, purpose, and provision personally through both oral language (Jesus Christ, the Living Word) and written language (the Bible). He has also set patterns and guidelines for how humans are to communicate both with Him and with each other. God’s original purpose for language was for us to communicate with Him and with each other with truth and love (Ephesians 4:15), grace (Colossians 4:6), kindness and tenderness (Ephesians 4:32), care (Matthew 12:36), and encouragement (1 Thessalonians 5:11) and without anger, wrath, malice, slander, obscene talk (Colossians 3:8), or haste (Proverbs 29:20). God also intended for mankind to use language in order to live out the Greatest Commandment, to know and love our neighbors (Matthew 22:39). He also intended for language to allow us to live out the Great Commission, to disciple to and serve others, both at home and in our communities (Matthew 28:16-20).
  2. Fall: Man’s fallen nature and innate sinfulness impact his ability to use language to communicate respectfully and gracefully with God and others. Sin leads to pride, confusion, and even frustration, and as a result, man often values forms and applications of language that are in opposition to God. These alternate forms and applications of language are destructive – cursing rather than a blessing – and are often used for sinful purposes rather than truth.
  3. Redemption: Rather than succumbing to our fallen nature and engaging in forms or subjects of communication that are in opposition to God, we should seek to grow in wisdom through our study and use of languages. We should allow the Holy Spirit to change our hearts in order to align our speech with the heart of Christ. As we mature in our faith, we become more aware of the positive power of language, to express the truth, and of the negative power of language, to cause deceit. Receiving the Truth from Christ helps us to be discerning when we hear the deceitful language. When language is used in a God-honoring way, it has a positive impact on all aspects of our daily life as well as on others (Proverbs 13:17). For example, learning another language will make us informed consumers, enabling us to be good stewards of our resources and to offer help to others. This is how we partially live out the Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission: through our study of foreign languages. When used for God’s glory, language can be used to build relationships between ourselves and speakers of other languages, as well as using this communication skill to share the Gospel and God’s faithfulness to others. Through language learning, we build the tools to speak of God’s redemption to all we encounter, even those who speak another tongue. We just have to be willing to step out of our own sphere and into that of other cultures around the world in order to share the Truth with all.

Required Course Materials:
Microphone and speaker. *In order for all course features and audio to work, students must access this course using Chrome on a non-mobile device.