Ms. Morse graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2012. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Spanish Education with a minor in Hispanic Ethnic Studies. She scored Advanced in Spanish on the Oral Proficiency Interview by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Ms. Morse is a highly qualified, Praxis certified teacher having passed the exams for the Principles of Learning and Teaching and World Languages: Spanish.
Spanish I & II coursework includes developing skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish. Detailed descriptions below.
Elementary listening and reading, speaking, and writing skills are the focus of level one Spanish. Pronunciation, grammar, and intonation practice help the student point a basic vocabulary toward active use of Spanish as a language. As these skill-getting efforts improve, they move into skill-using communications: (1) oral conversations of phonetically acceptable language; (2) reading graded and language-controlled materials; (3) listening to Spanish and writing the spoken word accurately in Spanish; and (4) listening tasks of increasing difficulty. The cultural component includes words, phrases, and ideas connected with daily life such as greetings, school life, time/money/numbering, and simple geography.
Level 2 begins with a brief review of Level 1. To the skills of listening, speaking, basic grammar, and phonology are added those of syntax mastery, expanded vocabulary, reading, and writing. Students learn to: (1) express themselves in group settings; (2) read and comprehend explanatory materials in Spanish; (3) write in Spanish short paragraphs and letters using correct idiom; and (4) listen to and comprehend information from oral Spanish. Culture study includes a view of history, government, and civilization of Spanish-speaking societies.