The World Language Department of Seattle Preparatory School strives to provide the highest quality language instruction.
We offer French, German, Chinese, and Spanish. We prepare students for authentic target language situations, facilitating and encouraging proficiency in the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness.
We act as doors to our respective language communities locally and internationally, serving as connections to languages, histories, customs, and worldviews of these communities for our students.
Spanish Honors Program
The Honors First Year Spanish Honors class is an exciting opportunity to utilize the Spanish you have already learned and to move forward with your spoken language skills. We will use the same textbook that the other first year classes will use to provide the basic outline for the class, but we will emphasize spoken Spanish much more, and have less direct instruction on grammatical topics. Students will have multiple opportunities for small-group discussions, independent projects, and oral reports.
The selection process for this class will consist of an evaluation of Spanish, meaning a written test, and a review of each student’s transcript and experience. The idea is that the written test will confirm the student’s competence in Spanish; primarily in grammar and depth of vocabulary. We are not looking for the students who have covered the most advanced concepts in grammar, but rather those who have a firm grasp of the basics, and can use them in written and spoken language. We do not have specific topics that students need to have covered, we are simply looking for the 20-25 most qualified applicants to go into a class that will challenge them in ways that the Standard First Year Spanish class will not. This means being fairly competent with the present tense.
At the end of the first year, students are able to enroll in Honors Second Year Spanish with teacher recommendation. At the end of the second year, the students may go into Third Year Spanish, which is called Spanish UW 103, and then Spanish UW 201 as a senior. These last two classes have the additional option of 5 credits each though the University of Washington (for an additional fee). Each of these steps is contingent upon teacher recommendation.