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French and Spanish Curricular Goals

French and Spanish Grade Level Curricular Goals and Focal Points

Grade One:

  • Recognize and recall the following vocabulary blocks:
  • Fruit
  • Numbers 1-10
  • 11 colors
  • Letters of the alphabet
  • Common action verbs
  • Respond with the appropriate actions to several classroom commands and action verbs
  • Answer simple questions:
  • What is your name?
  • How are you?
  • Develop some understanding of the countries in which the language is spoken


Grade Two:

  • Perform short skits
  • Answer increasingly complex questions:
  • What do you like to do?
  • Classroom objects
  • Additional verbs
  • Where is/are….?
  • Do you like….?
  • What you want
  • Read, write, and recall the following vocabulary blocks:
  • Family
  • Animals
  • Learn songs, stories, and traditions from countries in which the language is spoken


Grade Three:

  • Ask questions
  • Write basic sentences using correct word order
  • Recognize, name, and spell new vocabulary blocks
  • Say what you have
  • Numbers 1-50
  • Action verbs
  • Adjectives
  • Nature
  • House
  • School supplies
  • Clothing
  • Write descriptions about themselves and others (introduction of the third person singular)
  • Create dialogues using common phrases and vocabulary
  • Learn songs, stories, and traditions from countries in which the language is spoken


Grade Four:

  • Recognize, name, and spell numbers 0-100 using math problems and puzzles
  • Describe what they are wearing
  • Describe the weather
  • Write and say the date and seasons
  • Recognize, name, and spell months, days of the week, and seasons
  • Tell time
  • Additional nature
  • Additional action verbs
  • Learn songs, stories, traditions, and history from countries in which the language is spoken
  • Increased focus on writing


Grade Five:

  • Begin to distinguish verb forms in a few common phrases
  • Identify and locate French and Spanish speaking countries on a map
  • Use plural articles and adjectives with appropriate agreement and placement
  • Read paragraphs
  • Explore points of interest in countries where the language is spoken
  • Begin to understand cultural nuances


Grade Six:

  • Conjugate regular and irregular verbs in the present tense
  • Describe themselves and others
  • Describe activities and school
  • Ask informational questions using correct word order
  • Continue to develop an understanding of cultural nuances


Grade Seven:

  • Conjugate more regular and irregular verbs in the present tense
  • Give commands and directions
  • Discuss future plans using the immediate future (“going to”)
  • Replace direct and indirect objects with pronouns
  • Learn about different French, Latin American, and Spanish foods
  • Speak and write more precisely using adverbs, possessive and demonstrative adjectives
  • Read and discuss a short book
  • Identify and appreciate cultural nuances


Grade Eight:

  • Distinguish the imperfect from the preterit (Spanish) and passé compose (French)
  • Describe daily routine using reflexive verbs
  • Continue work with direct and indirect object pronouns
  • Write descriptive paragraphs in the past using the preterit and imperfect tenses
  • Write and present in target language a comprehensive project
  • Read and discuss a short book
  • Identify and appreciate cultural nuances
  • Use the target language exclusively in class