Spanish

Course Descriptions

SPANISH 101 (Junior High)
This is an introductory Spanish class that will give you some basic foundation of the Spanish Language in order to prepare you for your future Spanish classes in High School. In our quarter long class we will be learning about the beautiful culture of the hispanic speaking world (los países hispanohablantes). Also, we will learn some basic conversation, grammar and cognate skills.

SPANISH I
This course will address communication skills and natural awareness in the target language. By the end of Spanish 1, students will be able to communicate at the novice mid-level about topics related to their daily life as a student, such as the classroom, weather, clothes, schedules and the calendar daily activities, the family and the home, with the ability to communicate successfully in everyday situations and in the three modes of communication: interpersonal, presentational and interpretive. Exploring new cultures is equally important in this course. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate respect for diverse cultural practices and perspectives.

SPANISH II
This course will address communication skills and natural awareness in the target language. By the end of Spanish 2, students will be able to communicate at the novice mid-level about topics such as home and chores, clothing and shopping, travel, daily routines, places in the city and errands, and childhood activities in the three modes of communication: interpersonal, presentational and interpretive.
Additionally, students will be introduced to different Spanish speaking cultures. Exploring new cultures is equally important in this course. Exploring new cultures is equally important in this course. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate respect for diverse cultural practices and perspectives. This will enable them to make comparisons between their own cultures and Spanish speaking communities.

SPANISH III
Spanish III is an intensive Language and Culture course in which students will expected to communicate almost entirely in Spanish. They will continue to learn Spanish grammar and vocabulary while further developing their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. In addition, students will learn deeper aspects of Latin American and Spanish Culture through a variety of avenues such as current events, music, film, zumba, and projects. Upon successful completion of Spanish III, students will have an intermediate level in oral and written communication.
This class is designed to be highly interactive and much of students’ success will be dependent upon classroom participation, as with other Spanish classes at JA, about 90% of instruction will be in the target language and students will be expected to use as much Spanish as possible every day. The overall emphasis to create realistic and meaningful situations that could prove useful in real life scenarios.

 

Meet the Spanish Teachers

Nancy BocanegraNancy Bocanegra photo

Hi! I am Señora Nancy Bocanegra. I have been a Spanish 1,2, 3, 4 and AP teacher at Jefferson Academy since 2011. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University Catholic Santa María of Peru. After receiving my Master's degree in Latin America and Peninsular Literature from CU Boulder in 2008, I have taught Spanish language to a wide array of students. I enjoyed foreign language teaching so much that I became a licensed teacher in 2012. Currently I also teach Spanish at CU, Boulder. As a cultural ambassador, I love to share the beauty of the Spanish speaking countries and my greatest hope is to see my students continue to enjoy the Spanish language and culture throughout the rest of their lives.
In my free time my favorite activities are traveling with my family to experience new cultures, dancing Zumba, and eating delicious food. I have traveled to many countries and my commitment is to empower my students to explore new cultures around the world. I am currently planning our first trip to Peru with my Spanish students for 2023.

Marcella DastaMarcella Dasta
A little bit about me.  I have been working at Jefferson Academy for 20 years.  Currently, I teach JH Spanish, Intro to Psychology, and Career Exploration.  I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Human Services, A Master of Science in School Counseling, and a Master’s in Psychology.  I have four children and two grandchildren, whom I adore!!!  Some things that I enjoy doing are reading, cooking, traveling and of course spending time with my family.  I also love football, hockey and baseball.



Lourdes WalkerLourdes Walker photo
My name is Lourdes Walker.  I am originally from Mexico City, and I came to the United States to learn English.  My life unfolded here, so I never went back to Mexico to live.  I attended college in Mexico at “Universidad Autónoma de México”, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education. I love teaching so I started teaching in Mexico after I graduated from college.  In the United States I have taught Spanish classes in school from elementary to High School.  I have taught Spanish to adults, and Medical Spanish courses to doctors and nurses.  I have also been a Bilingual Editor for a Publishing house that produced educational materials. This is my third year at JA, and I am very excited to work with my High School students here. I love sharing my language and culture! I am very fortunate to have a great husband and a wonderful daughter.

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world” Ludwig Wittgenstein

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire and encourage students to use their Spanish skills, to explore new cultures, and to demonstrate respect for diverse cultural practices. As a cultural ambassador, I aim to empower students to live connected to the global world by providing my ongoing support not only for academic success but also to connect them across cultures in order to foster relationships of understanding and respect.

Mrs. Bocanegra Mrs. Dasta Mrs. Walker
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