2024-2025 School Year

Spanish 1 Honors GVL

Course Description

This Spanish 1 course will cover the basics of the Spanish language, with an emphasis on communicative skills (listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking). Cultural information is integrated into the lessons to provide students with an understanding of Spanish-speaking communities and countries. Specific topics covered include greetings, the alphabet and pronunciation, days of the week, months of the year, colors, describing yourself and others, discussing likes and dislikes, telling time, discussing your school schedule, school subjects and supplies, describing family members, foods and drinks, expressing wants and needs, shopping vocabulary, transportation and places in town, discussing your home, furniture and chores, as well as vocabulary related to sports, body parts, technology, and more. It is a fast-paced course designed to give you an overview of the most common vocabulary and basic grammar structures needed for everyday conversation.

To be successful in this class:

Active participation in class is crucial. To acquire a new language, you must process the Spanish you hear in class, listen, and repeat to practice pronunciation. Students must also complete regular homework assignments to reinforce what is covered in class. Typically, homework assignments cover the material presented in class, so it is important to follow carefully in class, participate, and ask questions when needed. Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours on average each week working on this course at home. This time will usually be spent completing homework assignments, doing a unit project or test, and reviewing the unit vocabulary words.

Grades: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Fees: $465

Course Credit: 1 foreign language (honors)

Required Materials


Other materials:

  • Three ring binder with loose leaf paper
  • Computer with Internet access for JupiterEd to obtain class materials

Honors Addendum Summary

All honors students will complete:

  1. Extra homework assignments – These assignments require some extra time to research, work, and/or write.
  2. Extra Test Questions – At the end of each Unit/lesson test, there will be 2-3 additional vocabulary words, sentences, and/or unit content questions, cognates, culture questions, etc,  which will require more studying and critical thinking than the other test questions.  These extra test questions will be given during both semesters.
  3. Two Student’s Choice Assignments PER semester from list provided by teacher OR submit a project for approval before completing the work on it.   Some of the possible assignments include a biographical paper, oral presentation, job shadowing, reflection paper on job shadowing, viewing a movie or tv program and writing a reflection paper, attend field trip or event and write reflection paper, draw Spanish cartoon with caption, read a short book in Spanish and complete book report, and create a biographical/autobiographical scrapbook and/or photo album with captioning in Spanish.

Specific assignments and details for honors work will be provided by the teacher.

Meet Isabelle Sutter

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education from Bob Jones University

Teaching experience: 5 years teaching in public schools in Greenville County, taught Spanish virtually and tutored in Spanish.

UHC courses taught:

  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2

Began teaching at UHC in 2023