Interested in learning Spanish? Do countries like Guatemala, Chile, and Spain excite you? In MS Beginning Spanish, students are invited to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of Spanish language and culture. They develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills while broadening their exposure to and appreciation for Spanish cultural similarities and differences. Along the way, they are also encouraged to form humility and other biblical virtues that come to bear when learning about other cultures and to consider the benefits of learning Spanish for the kingdom of God.
The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
6th-8th Grade Recommended
Course Types Available:
- 1 Credit – Full course (12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
- ½ Credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
- ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
Biblical Integration Information:
- Creation: When God created Adam and Eve, he blessed them with a common language, perfect harmony, and an adventurous mandate—to “be fruitful and increase and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28).
- Fall: As a result of the Fall, however, that harmony began to unravel. Humans became more and more violent and increasingly rebellious against God (Genesis 4:3–15, 23; 6:5, 11–12). Even after the Flood, in direct refusal of God’s command to fill the earth, our primeval ancestors banded together at Babel, built themselves a city, and began constructing a tower reaching to the heavens—undoubtedly an attempt to invade God’s abode and usurp his rule (Genesis 11:1–4). Yet, recognizing their intentions, the Lord confused the people’s language and dispersed them throughout the world in an ironic act of judgment (vv. 8–9).
- Redemption: Of course, the judgment of Babel is not the final word about human language and culture. The Bible itself envisions something of a reversal of Babel, when God “will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder” (Zephaniah 3:9; cf. Isaiah 66:18; Daniel 7:14; Zechariah 8:23). While such a reversal is yet to come (see Revelation 7:9–10), we can still work toward such unity by learning other languages for kingdom purposes. Learning Spanish, for instance, not only allows us to express sacrificial love for and humility toward Spanish speakers (cf. Matthew 22:34–40; Philippians 2:1–11); it also allows us to more directly proclaim the gospel and help make disciples among their ranks (cf. Matthew 28:18–20; Acts 1:7–8). A further benefit to learning a language like Spanish is that the learning process itself can help form self-control, diligence, and other biblical virtues in students (cf. Galatians 5:22–23; 2 Peter 1:5–7).
To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”
Required Course Materials:
Microphone and speakers