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Spanish Language, Advanced, Part II (NCAA Approved)

Open to: Grades 7 - 12

Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score, and successful completion of Spanish Language, Advanced, Part I or placement test

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year

Course Code: SP32

Course Description

Description

This course is a continuation of Spanish Language, Advanced, Part I. This course comprises a unique approach to continue developing Spanish composition skills to an advanced level through the writing of descriptions, narration, exposition, and argumentation. Students will engage in a distinctive selection of reading materials that will serve as the foundation for attractive discussions and compositional analysis. The textbook used in this course will cover grammar presentations that will focus on usage, vocabulary, and key spelling and punctuation topics, facilitating the grasping of advanced written Spanish. Our exceptional selection of material will prepare the student to become a better writer not just in a classroom environment, but also in real-life situations. This includes academic and non-academic level settings using practical formats such as form letters, newspapers articles, and much more.

Once students have successfully completed this course, they will achieve:

  • Advanced writing proficiency in Spanish in a variety of formats, including essays, book and film reviews, op-eds, cover letters, etc.
  • The ability to follow a process approach to writing that covers description, narration, exposition, and argumentation
  • Advanced proficiency in expository and argumentative writing
  • Advanced knowledge of Spanish grammar
  • Advanced proficiency in reading Spanish in order to become a better writer
  • Knowledge of advanced spelling and punctuation rules in Spanish
  • The ability to discuss reading topics and express opinions

Heritage/Cultural Component

Students will explore cultural topics related to the lesson theme with regional focus. Students will also examine, compare, and reflect on practices and/or perspectives of the target culture and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Materials Needed

Students will need a headset with microphone. The following textbook is required for this course:

Bleichmar, Guillermo, and Paula Cañón. Taller de escritores: Grammar and Composition for Advanced Spanish. Vista Higher Learning, 2012.

Taller de escritores book cover

Although a Spanish-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

SemanaObjetivosContenido
Semana 1
  • Lograr exposiciones claras, concisas y comprensibles
  • Reconocer cómo se presenta la información en una exposición
  • Aprender el uso de las expresiones de transición
  • Introducción al curso
  • Introducción a la Lección 4
  • Lectura
  • La generación de los mil euros
  • Léxico 4.1 Expresiones de transición
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 2
  • Reconocer los sufijos y su función lingüística
  • Usar el subjuntivo en la escritura
  • Hablar de Composición
  • Léxico 4.2 Los sufijos
  • Estructuras 4.3 The subjunctive
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 3
  • Utilizar el infinitivo y el participio en la escritura
  • Escribir un informe estadístico
  • Estructuras 4.4 Infinitives and participles
  • Taller de escritura 4A El informe estadístico
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 4
  • Escribir los números colectivos, ordinales y fraccionarios
  • Escribir un ensayo descriptivo
  • Ortografía y puntuación 4.5  Los números
  • Taller de escritura 4B: El ensayo descriptivo
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 5
  • Escribir un ensayo de opinión
  • Repasar la lección
  • Reconocer y comprender los textos argumentativos y cómo escribirlos
  • Reconocer el argumento del/de la narrador(a) en la ficción
  • Taller de escritura 4C: El ensayo de opinión
  • Repasar la Lección 4
  • Introducción a la Lección 5
  • Lectura
  • Mariposas de Koch
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 6
  • Reconocer los cognados falsos
  • Reconocer los prefijos y su función lingüística
  • Conocer los verbos seguidos de preposición
  • Hablar de Teorías de conspiración
  • Léxico 5.1 Cognados falsos
  • Léxico 5.2 Los prefijos
  • Léxico 5.3 Verbos seguidos de preposición
    • Prueba de medio semestre
    • Ensayo de medio semestre
Semana 7
  • Usar el pronombre se en construcciones reflexivas y recíprocas
  • Utilizar el se impersonal
  • Expresar acciones condicionales
  • Reconocer las palabras compuestas
  • Estructuras 5.4 Other uses of se
  • Estructuras 5.5 Si clauses
  • Ortografía y puntuación 5.6  Palabras compuestas
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 8
  • Escribir un ensayo argumentativo
  • Escribir una carta de presentación
  • Taller de escritura 5A El ensayo argumentativo
  • Taller de escritura 5B: La carta de presentación
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 9
  • Escribir un ensayo de refutación
  • Repasar la lección
  • Desarrollar el conocimiento del ensayo académico y la crítica
  • Entender una crítica literaria
  • Taller de escritura 5C: El ensayo de refutación
  • Repasar la Lección 5
  • Introducción a la Lección 6
  • Lectura
  • Crítica literaria sobre la novela Santa Evita
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 10
  • Conocer los verbos y expresiones para indicar cambios
  • Comprender y usar el lenguaje académico
  • Entender el uso de los anglicismos
  • Comprender y usar las perífrasis verbales
  • Entender y usar los verbos modales
  • Léxico 6.1 Verbos y  expresiones para indicar cambios
  • Léxico 6.2 El lenguaje académico
  • Léxico 6.3 Los anglicismos
  • Estructuras 6.4 Usar perífrasis y verbos modales
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 11
  • Entender y usar el discurso directo e indirecto
  • Utilizar notas y referencias bibliográficas
  • Escribir una crítica literaria
  • Estructuras 6.5 Reported speech
  • Ortografía y puntuación 6.6  Notas y referencias bibliográficas
  • Taller de escritura 6B: La crítica literaria
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 12
  • Escribir un ensayo académico
  • Repasar la lección
  • Taller de escritura 6C: El ensayo académico
  • Repasar las lecciones 4-6
    • Examen Final
    • Ensayo Final

 

Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile appStudents who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.

Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.

 

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