• Spanish for Native Speakers (SNS)

    Designed for heritage learners of Spanish, Spanish for Native Speakers I through III can accommodate students from a wide range of backgrounds, from those who are minimally functional (can comprehend Spanish but are not able to speak fluently, read or write) to those who are more proficient and/or literate in Spanish. The recommended entrance requirement for the Spanish for Native Speakers I is the Intermediate-Mid level of proficiency in listening comprehension on the ACTFL scale. It is not necessary that students speak or write at the Intermediate level prior to entering the course. The recommended entrance requirement for the Spanish for Native Speakers II is the Intermediate-High level of proficiency in listening comprehension on the ACTFL scale, and Intermediate-Mid level of proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking. The recommended entrance requirement for the Spanish for Native Speakers III is the Intermediate-High to Advanced-Low level of proficiency in listening comprehension on the ACTFL scale, and Intermediate-High level of proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking.

    These courses focus on the development of communicative competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening and viewing, as well as on understanding Hispanic cultures and issues of identity of heritage speakers of Spanish in the United States. Students will also develop an awareness and understanding of Hispanic cultures, including language variation, customs, geography, history, and current events.

    During these courses, students will gain confidence using Spanish to express their own thoughts on social and academic themes, interact with other speakers of the language, understand oral and written messages, make oral and written presentations, reflect on language variation, and critically view and evaluate media resources and web sites. Students will be able to understand material presented on a variety of topics related to contemporary events and issues in Hispanic communities.

    Successful completion of SNS1 through SNS3 will complete the three-credit graduation requirement in the area of CTAE/Modern Language/Latin/Fine Arts. 

    Workplace Spanish for Medical Interpreting

    This is a post-AP Spanish course for students who have demonstrated, whether through heritage learning or completion of AP Spanish, advanced proficiency levels of listening, speaking, reading and writing Spanish.  The course consists of year-long instruction in the medical interpreting field.

    Students learn about Medical Ethics, advanced Medical Terminology, and Consecutive, Simultaneous and Sight Interpreting.  Successful completion of the course may lead to certification as an interpreter in a variety of community and/or professional fields.  Workplace Spanish is the culminating course of a pathway to a career upon high school graduation if students are successful on all components. Our innovative curriculum is one that goes beyond the classroom to include extensive and authentic experiences within the medical interpreting community, both in the classroom and the workplace.  Fulton County Schools is the only K-12 public school system whose curriculum is approved by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters to fulfill the 40-hour training course requirement for certification.

    Workplace Spanish is currently offered at Centennial High School.  For more information, contact Ms. Jamie Patterson, World Languages Program Specialist, at patterson@fultonschools.org.