International Studies Program

Published by Dunbar on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 10:30

Dunbar Magnet Middle School

  • Exploratory Spanish- 6th grade​
  • Spanish I – 7th & 8th grade
  • Spanish II – 8th grade 

Exploratory Spanish – 6th grade – 9 week course

Course Description:
During this one-quarter class, students will be "exploring" and discussing both the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.  This includes linguistic and cultural information with regards to Spanish-speaking areas of Spain, Mexico & Latin America, and even Hispanic areas of the United States.  

We will cover the following topics:

  • Spanish-speaking countries
  • Greetings & goodbyes
  • Numbers Telling time
  • Classroom objects
  • Colors
  • Holidays 
  • Days & Months
  • Weather
  • The house
  • Family
  • and MUCH more!!!!
  • Upon completion of the 9 weeks, students will be able to communicate in Spanish on specific communicative topics.  

Spanish I – 7th and 8th grade
High School credit course – FULL YEAR
Course Description:

Students study vocabulary that can be used in everyday conversation.  Listening and speaking skills are emphasized along with grammar; reading and writing of Spanish are also introduced. The class is conducted in Spanish as much as possible and an emphasis is placed on becoming a competent communicator.  
We will cover the following topics:

  • School
  • Shopping
  • Family
  • Clothes
  • Weather
  • Simple foods found in restaurants and markets
  • Holidays
  • Tourist activities

Spanish II – 8th grade
High School credit course – FULL YEAR
Course Description:

This course is designed to enable students to participate in classroom and extracurricular activities related to Spanish as well as to participate in conversations dealing with daily activities and personal interests.  Listening and speaking skills are emphasized along with grammar; a strong emphasis is placed d on reading and writing of Spanish as well.  The class is conducted in Spanish as much as possible and an emphasis is placed on becoming a competent communicator.
We will cover the following topics:

  • Ask questions regarding routine activities
  • Participate in conversations on a variety of topics
  • Relate a simple narrative about a personal experience and interact in a variety of situations to meet personal needs such as asking permission, asking for or responding to an offer of help and expressing preferences pertaining to everyday activities
  • Understand main ideas and facts from simple texts over familiar topics
  • Read aloud with appropriate intonation and pronunciation
  • Write in response to given situations. For example, postcards, personal notes, phone messages, directions, as well as write letters using culturally appropriate format and style.
  • Holidays
  • Tourist activities

Spanish Club Activities:
Día de los Muertos -  Mariachis de Jalisco;

  • Traditional Mariachi band perfoms live in Dunbar Auditorium to celebrate the Day of the Dead with staff, students, families and community

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Festival of Stars

  • Presenting piñatas to the patients, staff and volunteers at ACH hospital and singing Spanish Christmas 

Presbyterian Village

  • Serving meals to the residents, providing piñatas to the residents, staff and volunteers, singing Christmas carols to the residents

Angel Tree

  • Spanish II – providing Secret Santa gifts to Hispanic family and serving the family lunch as Santa arrives!

Spring International Festival 

  • Spanish Club providing rides, food, and entertainment to the school, staff, volunteers and to the community

National Spanish Exam - Spanish I and II 
•    The National Spanish Examinations (NSE) are online, standardized assessments for Grades 7-12
•    The NSE is given by more than 3800 teachers throughout the United States to measure achievement and proficiency of students who are studying Spanish as a second language.
•    The NSE is the largest exam of its kind in the U.S. with over 163,000 students participating in 2016. 
•    In the spring of 2016, students from Dunbar Magnet Middle School earned a total of 11 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze medals.  
•    “Attaining a medal for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL – 7th & 8th Grade
We help our students experience different cultures, navigate new languages and explore historic sites, all while developing the global perspective needed for success in today’s interconnected world.

12 Days – European Travel – Madrid, Barcelona, Madrid, Barcelona, Provence, French Rivera,  Florence and Rome