Located at the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies beginning fall 2017!
The next step in developing true bilingualism and biliteracy
At the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies awaits the next step for students in the Spanish ImmersionandSpanish/English Dual Languageprograms. Here students will take rigorous classes, taught in Spanish, that are designed to hone their language skills and prepare them for college, careers and life. They’ll also deepen their understanding of literature, culture and history while sharpening their critical-thinking and communication skills. Opportunities for learning-based travel, community involvement, certification and professional interpretation experiences further enrich students’ knowledge. Meanwhile, Fort’s Center for International Studies—in which all students participate at this tradition-rich, culturally diverse school—develops students’ global competence by teaching them to investigate the world, recognize different perspectives, communicate ideas and take action to benefit the world around them.
Students continue their education alongside the peers with whom they started the program.
Dual credit opportunities are available through two Advanced Placement courses.
Students can earn college credit and higher placement in college courses.
Students have opportunities to talk with native Spanish speakers from other countries.
Partnerships with other language programs help shape the Spanish pathway.
VPS is exploring partnerships to support student travel for learning purposes.
Global virtual relationships and communication opportunities are available to students.
Rigorous classes designed to deepen students’ language and cultural skills and prepare them for success after high school
Pre-AP Spanish Seminar:
Investigating the World
This seminar, conducted entirely in Spanish, allows ninth-graders to explore complex real-world issues, recognize a variety of perspectives and communicate their ideas while further developing their Spanish language proficiency through conversations and interactions with native speakers. Students will apply their Spanish language skills while developing research and investigatory skills, presentation skills, interpersonal skills, group process skills and problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
Language and Culture
This is a higher-intermediate-level class addressing increasingly complex language situations and interactions. Course objectives include more fluent communication and an increased emphasis on literature. It includes an in-depth study of Spanish that builds upon prior knowledge and also includes an expanded literary study. Students will be able to communicate comfortably with native Spanish speakers in many situations. This course will prepare students for success on the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.
AP Spanish Literature and Culture
This advanced course prepares students to be successful in the AP exam of the same name. Students will study Spanish literature from Spain, Latin America and the U.S. through global, historical, political or cultural contexts. The course offers opportunities to deepen proficiency in Spanish, with emphasis on critical reading and analytical writing. It exposes students to a variety of authentic, contemporary media. The course also encourages them to reflect on the global role of Spanish-speaking culture.
Las Artes del Mundo Hispanohablante
This advanced-level course is designed for students to engage in thought-provoking discussions and analytical writing about culturally relevant films, visual and performing arts and literature from the Spanish-speaking world. Students will demonstrate their understanding of literary, artistic and cinematic themes and their critical-thinking skills through written critiques and Socratic seminars. This course will satisfy both the elective and visual and performing arts graduation requirements.
Occupational (CTE) Credit Option
Translation and Interpretation
In this class, students will develop consecutive and simultaneous interpreting skills and become competent in the use of medical/technical, legal, educational and social services terminologies. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity issues inherent in interpretation and translation, ethical issues relevant to interpreters and the code of conduct for interpreters. Finally, students will develop work-readiness skills and certification opportunities upon completion of the course.
FVHS is poised to provide local and international opportunities for students to apply and expand their knowledge of the Spanish language. Students will become globally aware and engaged citizens who are ready for college, careers and life.
Students can explore local, national and international service and learning opportunities, broadening their perspectives and enhancing their school experience. Information about group and individual travel is available.