World Language

The ability to communicate in a second language increases opportunities to interact with other people and to gain insight into other cultures. Through a communicative approach of listening, speaking, reading and writing, students focus on what they can do with the language and how well they can communicate in given situations; Spanish is offered in 7th and 8th grade.


Eighth grade Spanish classes meet every day for a full year. Their learning picks up where seventh grade left off in Avancemos. They journey through Puerto Rico, Spain, and Ecuador to learn about meals and foods, discussing and describing family, shopping and exploring new cities, and finally describing a home and planning family gatherings. Students earn letter grades for each trimester of the course, each equals approximately 13 weeks of class. Students who pass eighth grade Spanish earn three high school graduation credits.

After Spanish I at Oltman, students may choose to continue on to Spanish 2 or begin a new language at the high school level.