Basic or advanced proficiency in a second language is a fundamental part of Annie Wright's college preparatory curriculum, particularly in the global context in which our students now live. Through language study, students will be well prepared to enter college second language courses at an advanced level. In all language classes, even eventually at the first-year level, classes are conducted entirely in the target language. All ESL, all classes at all levels are conducted 100% in English from the first day. Placement tests will determine course selection.Spanish
Spanish I: This course is intended for beginners and covers all of the necessary introductory material, such as present and past tenses and essential vocabulary. Through dialogues, listening activities, grammar practice, and kinesthetic activities, students learn foundational listening, reading and writing skills. Authentic communication in the target language is emphasized from the very beginning, as is cultural learning.
Spanish II: In this course, students learn new grammar concepts, specifically the past tenses, and broaden their vocabulary base to cover numerous aspects of everyday life. Within an immersive classroom setting, authentic multimedia activities and instruction touch on the essential skills of language learning (listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competency), with special emphasis on receptive skills.
IB Spanish (Standard Level): Spanish III: In this course, students further increase their grammar proficiency with the introduction of the subjunctive and imperative modes, while simultaneously expanding the breadth of their vocabulary usage around relevant thematic concepts. Within an immersive classroom setting, multimedia activities and instruction touch on the essential skills of language learning (listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competency), with increasing emphasis on productive skills.English as a Second Language
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program helps students improve their English skills to the level necessary to be academically and socially successful at Annie Wright. Students also learn more about their own and American cultures so that they become not only bilingual, but also bicultural in their abilities to communicate with others. The ultimate goal of the ESL program is to prepare students for entry into an American university with little or no ESL support.
ESL II: This class provides non-native English speaking students with the English language skills they need to succeed in AWS classes. These skills include reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as grammar usage and vocabulary expansion. This class places particular emphasis on working with students to write clear and coherent paragraphs, basic multi-paragraph essays, journal entries, and letters. A special focus is placed on effective sentence structure, connectors, and transitions. Students develop the skills needed to be fast and accurate readers of English, particularly through extensive reading of novels. Students learn vocabulary and study the grammar of verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and nouns.
ESL III: This course focuses on writing, reading, grammar and vocabulary. For writing, students engage in the research process and learn note-taking skills, research writing, and source citation. Students also learn persuasive techniques in oral debate and writing and develop voice and perspective through personal essay writing. Grammar studies include structures necessary to make connections between ideas for fluent and complex expression. In reading, students continue to refine their skills through a variety of authentic texts. Work on Greek and Latin roots comprises vocabulary study.