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The Somos Curriculum
The Comprehensible Classroom is the publisher of The Somos Curriculum®, which has been adopted by more than 100,000 Spanish teachers and districts. This groundbreaking curriculum is grounded in the connection between the Spanish language and its speakers and their cultures.
Using comprehension-based methods of language teaching and an orientation toward proficiency, The Somos Curriculum teaches language and culture simultaneously, allowing Spanish students the opportunity to develop cultural understanding at a depth rarely achieved in beginning language courses.
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Proficient language learners can talk about topics, for purposes, with accuracy; The Somos Curriculum is designed to achieve this result. In every lesson of The Somos Curriculum, learners engage in real-life communication on many different topics that help students to develop linguistic proficiency and interculturality.
Communication without purpose is not communication. Each of The Somos Curriculum® units fits within one or more communicative themes that are relevant to learners’ lives. The themes are aligned with AP and IB themes, among others. Somos units address themes such as:
- Customs and values
- Environmental issues
Rich in Culture
Language connects. By focusing instruction on high frequency words, learners are able to explore both simple and complex cultural products, practices, and perspectives — even in the Novice curriculum. In The Somos Curriculum, culture is not an afterthought. It’s an integral part of every unit.
Authentic resources create a context for the language, motivate the learner, and offer students an insider’s view to the target culture. In each unit of The Somos Curriculum, students engage meaningfully with authentic resources, which reinforces the direct relationship between the language classroom and the outside world. The authentic resources used in The Somos Curriculum are aligned with the task models from the AP Language and Culture Exam, including promotional materials, literary texts, articles, charts, letters, audio reports, conversations, interviews, instructions, and presentations.
Different from a traditional curriculum, The Somos Curriculum does not have a specific grammar focus for each unit. The daily lesson plans provide suggestions for using contextualized grammar instruction such as Pop-up Grammar and Grammar in Context to help students understand the meaning of the grammatical forms that they observe in the language. All performance assessments are focused on understanding and being understood, not on mastery of specific grammar concepts.