Here’s what the Breaking the Barrier Curriculum covers:
Level 1/Year 1 (beginner)
The level 1 book assumes no prior knowledge of Spanish. It starts from the very beginning by introducing simple words and phrases that can be used right away. The “First Steps” lesson also presents all the sounds of the Spanish language so that students can develop an authentic accent. Theme-based vocabulary offers students opportunities to learn words relevant to their daily lives. A dialogue series appears throughout the book offering students reading and listening comprehension practice.
- the present, preterite, imperfect, and progressive tenses
- nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, and prepositions
- formal commands
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Level 2/Year 2 (intermediate)
Building upon Level 1, the Level 2 text first reviews key grammar topics to ensure that all students have a strong grounding in the present, preterite, and imperfect tenses. New lists of vocabulary are introduced. An adventure series is featured in Level 2 as characters travel to exciting new places (with unexpected twists and turns).
Level 2 includes:
- the future, conditional, present perfect, the pluperfect, present subjunctive, and the pluperfect subjunctive
- indefinites, demonstratives, and reflexive pronouns
- informal commands, comparisons
Level 3/Year 3 (advanced)
The Level 3/Advanced book targets students in their 3rd or 4th year of Spanish. It is a text that highlights all the key grammar found on AP, SAT II, IB, or college placement tests. Continuing the strategies established in the first two books, the Advanced Level begins by reviewing the major present, past, conditional and future tenses. Cultural articles with comprehension exercises help students get to know stories from people around the world.
- all perfect tenses, including the present perfect, pluperfect, future perfect and conditional perfect
- the subjunctive mood (with commands, verbs of emotion, hypothetical situations, adverbial phrases)
- comparatives, the passive voice, “if clauses,” punctuation, and uses of the infinitive
- intriguing vocabulary, with special focus on adjectives in early chapters, followed by nouns, verbs, and idiomatic expressions
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The app allows students to practice relevant vocabulary – students can save words for continued practice or put them in the “done” pile.
There is also a bonus section of travel vocabulary for students and travelers of all ages.