Mrs. Katie Stewart » Spanish (Grade 8)

Spanish (Grade 8)


The Spanish course at Long Middle School is a semester long course designed to give students an introduction to the Spanish language. Students will cover some basic topics to prepare them for the beginning of the Spanish I course at the high school.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Basic Conversation
  • Numbers
  • Calendar and Weather
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Common Activities
  • Describing People
The course will move as quickly or as slowly as needed based on students' mastery of skills.

Course Instruction

The class is designed to be communication based, therefore teaching and learning will focus on the four language areas of 

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

The majority of classroom instruction will focus on classroom conversations and reading selections. 

Student Participation

Students are expected to participate in all class activities. The majority of this will be reading and speaking activities. The best and most successful way to learn a language is to continually attempt language output (where the student is giving language to another person). Language output is speaking and writing - students will be given these types of assignments and expected to participate in them regularly.   

Students must understand they will make mistakes. In language learning mistakes are ways to learn and there is no way around it. Students need to embrace mistakes and the corrections they receive as stepping stones to better language skills. Unless a skill is specifically being assessed/test, mistakes will not impact student grades.


Technology Programs

Students will be creating free accounts with their school Google email address for the following programs: 

  • Duolingo
  • Flip

These programs are designed to aid in vocabulary building and recording student language growth. 


Spanish Classroom Rules:

  1. Be prepared.
  2. Use Spanish as much as possible.
  3. Participate when you are asked to.
  4. Act and speak appropriately at all times. 
  5. Make the room a safe place for everyone.
Consequences for Student Misbehavior:
  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Verbal Warning + Removal of a distraction or object/person causing the issue
  3. Call or Text Home to Parent/Guardian
  4. Detention (one time only)
  5. Discipline Referral
*Consequences subject to change (proceed more quickly) if the severity of the misbehavior requires additional response from school administration.