Spanish IV builds upon previously acquired knowledge and skills of Spanish III and provides students the opportunity to further develop, improve, and refine their core language abilities. Emphasis continues to be placed on reading, listening, writing, and speaking in Spanish. Aspects of contemporary Hispanic culture are emphasized through cultural readings, media, and class discussions. Students also write compositions and summaries using more complex grammatical structures, expressing themselves in topics such as good manners, emergency situations, and natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes). They read non-complex literary texts in Spanish such as El Viaje Perdido and write essays based on their readings. Students are placed in different sections based on their mastery of the material presented in previous years.