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JH/HS Foreign Language Department

USD 240 Foreign Language Department


Mr. Alvarado
785-488-3321 * 785-283-4774
Bennington and Tescott Junior High/High School

Lesson Plans

Get to know your teacher


I was born and raised in Mexico until I was 17 years old.  Came to Southwest Kansas in 1999 and attended Southwestern Heights HS and graduated from there.  Then I wend to Dodge City Community College on a soccer scholarship and graduated from there in the fall of 2004.  I transferred to Kansas Wesleyan University and obtained my bachelor's in education in the fall of 2007.  Got my teaching license in Spanish K-12 and my first teaching job at Saint. Johns Military Academy where I spent ten years before joining the team at Twin Valley.  I am married to my wife Brenda and we have four children; Ester 10, MariaAtena 8, AnaIsabel 4 and Ricardo who is one year old.  Besides teaching Spanish I enjoy sports.  Soccer is my favorite, but I sometimes get into basketball and volleyball.  


What students will learn in their spanish classes


Course Title: Spanish I

Duration:  2 Semesters

Grade: 9-12

Credit: 1

Course Objective: In a rapidly shrinking world with instantaneous communication, proficiency in foreign language becomes increasingly important. The process of learning a foreign language helps the brain to increase problem-solving abilities and perform better on tests. Students in Spanish will learn to acquire ideas through listening, repeating and reading. Students will develop communication skills and cope in various life-like situations. They will also develop the ability to utilize available sources of information and learning tools through the study and will develop an understanding of cultural heritages different from their own. Ultimately, the study of Spanish will give students more options when regarding career opportunities and education, and will help reinforce positive attitudes toward intellectual activities.

Text: Aventura 1


Course Title: Spanish II

Duration:  2 Semesters

Grade: 10-12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Spanish I

Course Objective: Students continue to further develop and improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on comprehension and verbal communication of Spanish, as well as reading and writing practice in the target language using a variety of activities incorporating familiar vocabulary  and structures.  Supplementary materials are introduced to enhance language use and awareness of Spanish speaking cultures.

Text: Aventura 1 & 2


Strategies for success


Student have an opportunity to explore other cultures through hands-on projects, meeting with native Spanish-speakers and discovering practical and empowering ways to use Spanish. Students can access online resources to challenge their practical understanding of language. 


Know the standards


Foreign Language Standards