Spanish 1

Course Description:
Interested in learning Spanish? Do countries like Guatemala, Chile, and Spain excite you? In this beginning Spanish course, students are invited to learn basic Spanish grammar to help build their fluency and understanding. They also apply what they learn through interactive games, written practice, listening, and speaking exercises. Along the way, they are encouraged to seek humility and other biblical virtues when learning about other languages and cultures and to consider the benefits of learning Spanish for the kingdom of God. This course provides elective credit.

Recommended Prerequisites:

Grade Level:
9th – 12th Grade recommended

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Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).

Required Course Materials:
Microphone and speaker