LaDonna Burgess


Hello!  I'm LaDonna Burgess.  I teach Spanish 1 to 8th graders, Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 to the high school.    I love teaching Spanish.  I have been a teacher here at  The Hill for 22 years.  It is a pleasure to serve here.  We have some of the best students in the world. 

Attention Students and Parents:  
Students may make up work missed or not done until Jan 3rd, 2017.  

Spanish 1 & 2 Course Syllabus


Course Description

This course is the first part of the Novice Level of language study. It is designed to develop basic language skills in Spanish through practical activities that focus on meaningful personal communication.  Through the aural-oral method of instruction, Beginning Level students will be able to understand simple questions in limited contexts, orally express themselves using structured vocabulary and grammar, read simple sentences, and write a 5-10 line paragraph.  Students will also study the customs of Spanish-speaking people.

Instructional Philosophy

The South Carolina Foreign Language Academic Achievement Standards Committee endorses the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ statement of philosophy in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century:

Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. The United States must educate students who are equipped linguistically and culturally to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and beyond its borders. This imperative envisions a future in which ALL students will develop and maintain proficiency in English and at least one other language, modern or classical. Children who come to school from non-English speaking backgrounds should also have opportunities to develop further proficiencies in their first language.


Course Goals

  There are six goals in a foreign language program that reflects the concepts, skills and attitudes of the students.

Goals 1 Listening-To provide opportunities for students to develop their listening skill, which includes the ability to understand the target language when it is spoken.

 Goal 2 Speaking-To provide opportunities for students to develop their ability to speak in the target language with pronunciation, speed, intonation, structure and gestures acceptable to a native speaker.

 Goal 3 Reading-To provide opportunities for students to develop their ability to read and comprehend the target language.

 Goal 4 Writing-To provide opportunities for students to write in the target language, using familiar structures, patterns and vocabulary.

 Goal 5 Culture-To provide the means whereby students will develop an interest in and a positive attitude toward the people whose language is being studied, expand their cultural knowledge and understanding, and increase their ability to function in the target language and culture.

 Goal 6 Attitude-To provide opportunities for the student to develop open-minded attitudes toward other cultures.



We offer after school tutoring on Thursdays from
2:30-3:30.  Student must have a signed permission slip to stay.  
Also, we offer tutoring every morning from 7:00-7:10.  
Student must obtain a pass from the teacher the day before in order to attend.