Students enrolled in this course have either successfully completed or placed out of Spanish I.  Spanish II provides students with opportunities to continue the development of their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in order to become more proficient in the language. In fact, the course is a continuation of the same topics of Spanish 1 (school, home, family, free time, food, shopping, and community), at a higher/more complex proficiency level. In addition, the first unit provides an intensive review of Spanish 1 to ensure that all students start at the same point. The course is based onNorth Carolina’s new proficiency-based World Language Essential Standards,the Universal Design for Learning principles, and21st Century Skills. Furthermore, digital literacy is an important component of the course, of which students will be using a variety of web 2.0 tools to create and share projects in Spanish (one per unit). The content focuses on the students' lives and experiences, and includes an exposure to everyday customs and lifestyles. Grammar is integrated throughout the course and is selected according to the language conventions (functions).  A general introduction to the culture, its products (e.g., literature, laws, foods, games), perspectives (e.g., attitudes, values, beliefs), and practices (patterns of social interaction) is integrated throughout the course. Students acquire some insight into how languages and cultures work by comparing the target language and culture(s) to their own. Inte