(formerly known as Level 2)
Excellent input leads to quality output. This is a foundational truth for immersion language learners and the more quality input you offer students, the more successful they will be in acquiring Spanish skills. Calico Spanish Accelerate guides teachers to use literature, music, and discussions to provide increasingly complex input via reading and listening. Students then have many opportunities to practice and expand their output abilities via writing and speaking in Spanish.
Accelerate guides your novice students on their journey to become intermediate Spanish writers, speakers, listeners, and readers. See the ACFTL proficiency guidelines for details on language skill levels.
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Calico Spanish Accelerate is a six-unit, intermediate level Spanish immersion curriculum featuring appealing children’s literature to expose students to a wide variety of cultural traditions and language structures as the teacher guides the language acquisition process.
Through the use of wonderfully illustrated children’s books, lively traditional and original songs, and interactive games and activities, students explore the themes of self/daily routines, family, food, community, celebrations/traditions, and weather/seasons. The quality Spanish children’s books reinforce proper grammatical structures of the Spanish language, while the games, music, and writing activities are integrated to provide continual interaction with the Spanish language.
Students experience the Spanish language through reading, writing, listening, AND speaking on a daily basis in a thematic structure, giving them opportunities to build connections between concepts they have previously learned and the newly introduced ideas.
Every student is unique and Calico Spanish equips you to present lessons in a variety of ways to ensure all students learn in ways that appeal to their individual needs. Engage your visual, audio, and kinesthetic learners throughout your lessons.
Visual learners grasp information best when its presentation is visually systematic. Our vibrant visual aids, including books, posters, and flashcards, encourage students to connect vocabulary with images in each lesson. The colorful graphics engage students while helping them to comprehend and retain input. As a result, teachers can effectively present new ideas and vocabulary. Students and teachers also create charts of new vocabulary together. These charts become visual vocabulary reminders in the form of a collaborative class dictionary.
Audio learners need vocal input and output in order to cement linguistic concepts. Calico Spanish Accelerate provides audio input through stories, music, and a wide variety of interactions with their classmates and teachers in Spanish. Lessons give all students the opportunity to actively communicate, which greatly aids them in language acquisition and retention.
Kinesthetic learners thrive as they become involved the activities and games that bring the stories and lessons to life. When students actively participate in Spanish, the language becomes truly significant. Physical responses improve memory because the movement becomes connected to the language in the student’s mind. Calico Spanish gives teachers ample ways to incorporate TPR, movement, and energy in each lesson.
The lesson plans supply teachers with an array of options for introducing and reviewing concepts and vocabulary in Spanish. These different methods encompass all types of learners to create an environment where teaching and learning Spanish is enjoyable. Since children are discovering the language for themselves through vibrant visual aids, catchy music, and TPR activities they better retain the language and actively want to use Spanish. From the first presentation to the last targeted assessment, teachers are equipped to engage each of their students to make learning Spanish fun.
Accelerate comes with everything you need to build an intermediate level immersion environment through increasingly complex input via reading and listening. Students will truly be surrounded by Spanish input and output.
These topics barely outline the width and depth of content presented in Calico Spanish Accelerate. To better understand the structure and the different components of the lessons, you can get an instant free download of the Resources Guide to view more details.Get your FREE sample now
Surrounding your students with Spanish is easy and effective with the Calico Spanish resources. The quality music, visual aids and detailed teacher's manual will enable you and your students to learn and communicate exclusively in Spanish. Calico Spanish is an incredible enrichment program for providing elementary-aged children with the opportunity to become bilingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural. The full Accelerate resources include ...
Calico Spanish features excellent music that thoroughly appeals to upper elementary and middle school students. Practice key vocabulary, introduce new phrases and get actively engaged with our fast paced music CDs.
The vibrant graphics set a cheerful tone that attracts eager learners. Furthermore, the custom visuals allow teachers to easily communicate new concepts, tie the components of the curriculum together, and help students make connections between written and vocalized words.
Custom flash cards feature wonderful artwork to post on the bulletin board, use in games and assist in presenting new concepts. Includes family, jobs in the community, opposites, conjugation of verbs, verb phrases and pronouns.
The colorful Calico Spanish posters provide writing and speaking support to students with colorful graphics and labels.
The Calico Spanish Teacher's manual and related resources offer incredible value to the classroom teacher by providing ready-to-implement lessons in detail. Teachers save time in planning and preparation and gain new ideas for effective lesson presentation. A variety of strategies are used so that the Spanish language and culture are brought to life. Efficient to implement and adaptable to different ages, the teaching tools are the backbone to the Calico Spanish curriculum.
Organize your classes quickly and easily with excellent lesson plans full of ideas and resources. Each thematic unit contains at least 5 sections with multiple components designed to fill several class sessions with engaging activities. Lessons utilize a wide range of research-based strategies for teaching and learning. Published in spiral-format for ease of use.
Targeted group and individual assessments provide valuable feedback regarding students' Spanish comprehension and language acquisition. Our customized oral assessment rubric guides expectations and provides appropriate goals for student language acquisition and production. A variety of assessment styles are used to give teachers a broader understanding of students' abilities.
Teachers love these reproducible guides and activities. The Activity Book provides teachers with a convenient format to keep student activity sheets organized. Templates for writing and art projects are included for easy implementation of lessons. The Student Activity Sheets are also included in a pdf format on the Calico Spanish Student Resources CD-Rom so you can print copies from your computer.
Unlimited printable copies of reproducible Calico Spanish components from pdf files make teachers' jobs easier while providing schools with lasting value. The files include: Calico Spanish Student Activity Sheets, Calico Spanish Student Copies and Assessments.
Students discover the culture of Latin America and the beauty of the Spanish language through reading with a variety of excellent children's books.
Calico Spanish offers a custom SMART Board™ Gallery (also available in Promethean and Mimio formats) with all the visual aids and music resources ready for you to create custom Notebook lessons. Teachers using SmartBoards in their classes love having access to all our amazing visuals at their fingertips.
Our Complete Calico Spanish Gallery set contains all image and audio files for Calico Spanish Accelerate. Includes the songs from the Tan Feliz album, maps of the Spanish-speaking world, thematic posters, and flash cards. This $350 value is only $249 when purchased with the Accelerate Complete Set. For more information, please visit our Accelerate SMART Board™ Galleries page.
Calico Spanish has several activities available on Quia.com. Drag our activities into your profile and assign them to your students for extra practice in class or at home. Targeted activities enhance learning and the familiar Calico Spanish graphics add to the fun and aid in retention for your students.
Calico Spanish covers a range of topics including those listed below. Request a free sample to view the Accelerate Scope and Sequence.
Celebraciones y tradiciones
(Celebrations and Traditions)
Estaciones y el clima
(Seasons and Climate)
The beauty of a complete, all encompassing curriculum is that key elements are integrated together. Every lesson presents new concepts and vocabulary. The new phrases and words are reiterated throughout the units in games, songs and activities to reinforce the language connections.
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Calico Spanish is designed to help your students enjoy the process of learning Spanish. Your novice learners will attain intermediate language skills as you implement a variety of interesting, research-based techniques. (See the ACTFL proficiency guidelines for details.) The curriculum relies predominantly on Tracy Terrell's Natural Approach to language instruction. Other key language instruction theories utilized throughout the program are Stephen Krashen's language acquisition theories and James Asher's Total Physical Response (TPR) methods.
Find out more about The Calico Spanish MethodologyOur Methodology
Calico Spanish meets or exceeds the requirements set in "Standards for Learning Spanish" as outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The standards were developed around five key goals for language learners, known as "The Five C's". They are the following:
These standards provide guidance regarding the type of curricular experiences that will best equip students for life in a multilingual world. Calico Spanish Level 2 provides an interactive process to move students towards proficiency in Spanish while meeting or exceeding each of standards. Level 2 deepens the connections and language skills already achieved in Level 1.
Find out how Calico Spanish Stories is aligned with "The Five C's"The Five C’s language goals