Spanish                     

 Midland teacher in classroom
The Spanish Department develops language proficiency as well as historical and cultural knowledge about the Spanish-speaking world. Our courses are sequentially linked, emphasizing the assimilation of increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary, paired with rising awareness and appreciation of the social worlds of Latin America, Spain, and Spanish-speakers in the United States. Classes are primarily taught in Spanish by teachers who bring their own experiences in the Spanish-speaking world to the classroom.

Our goals are for students to acquire:

  • Proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Spanish and in interpreting increasingly complex tasks and texts (prose, poetry, film, plays, and music)
  • Awareness of the great linguistic and cultural diversity found within the Spanish-speaking world (accents, dialects, vocabulary, slang)
  • Knowledge about the history, culture, politics, and current events of Latin America and Spain, as well as of Spanish-speakers in California and the United States as a whole

 

While teaching linguistic fluency by the time our students graduate, we also expect them to gain insight into the lives of people in the Spanish-speaking world. We strongly believe this will enhance students’ lives and serve them in college, their careers, and negotiating the diverse societies within which we live.

The Spanish program supports Midland’s mission of responsibility to community, an appreciation of cultural and social diversity, and lifelong learning of language and culture.


Essential Skills:
Through classroom and cultural education, students develop two mutually reinforcing skills:

Fluency in Spanish:

  • Receiving language (listening and reading)
  • Producing language (speaking and writing)

 

Cultural awareness and appreciation of diversity:

  • Cultural, historical, and political information about the Spanish-speaking world
  • A critical awareness of social and cultural differences, an appreciation of the diversity that exists in the Spanish-speaking world, and attention to issues of social justice

 

Spanish is the only language taught at Midland, in keeping with our place-based education. Midland’s property was originally part of a Mexican land grant, with Spanish spoken in the area long before English. It is indispensable that students leave their high school experience with a strong sense of their surroundings and the importance of Spanish for understanding California, past and present, where Spanish speakers make up more than one-third of the population.

In keeping with our place-based education, Spanish is the only language taught at Midland.  Our property was originally part of a Mexican land grant, and Spanish was spoken in the area long before English.  Our graduates leave Midland with a strong sense of their surroundings and of the importance of Spanish in California, past and present, where more than one-third of the current population speaks Spanish.

 

Living Midland's Mission


The Spanish program supports Midland’s mission of responsibility to community, an appreciation of cultural and social diversity, and lifelong learning of language and culture. 



 

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