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Spanish Language, Basic, Part I (NCAA Approved)

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Open to: Grades 7 - 12

Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score

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: SP11

Course Description

Description

This course is designed for beginning students with little or no previous knowledge or exposure to Spanish. Students will be introduced to the sound system and grammatical structure of the Spanish language. The focus will be on developing skills in the areas of listening, speaking, basic reading, and writing. By the end of the session, the student will have a basic understanding of grammar, including word formation, verb conjugation, idiomatic expressions, and cognates. Students will also acquire a knowledge of the geography, culture, and people of the regions where Spanish is spoken and of Spanish-speakers' contributions to North American and world cultures. Active participation in class, homework preparation, and memorization are essential to succeed in this course.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Recognize, understand, and pronounce multiple Spanish words including those related to numbers, telling time, and forming questions.
  • Recognize the uses of the present tense –ar, -er, and –ir verbs and the uses of descriptive and possessive adjectives.
  • Recognize the uses of the present tense of the verbs estar, tener and venir.
  • Introduce the stem-changing verbs and the irregular yo forms.
  • Write descriptive narratives about events in the present tense.
  • Understand and summarize the main ideas and specific information in “authentic” written Spanish texts and when listening to spoken and recorded Spanish.
  • Describe a variety of topics such as greeting and leave-taking, introducing yourself, school, family, professions and occupations, and pastimes.
  • Develop reading, writing, listening, and comprehension of paragraphs of the topics mentioned above.

Online courses are held twice per week. Students interact with the instructors and other students using Internet-based software. Interactive virtual online sessions are held in the evenings (both EST and PST). A school's need to hold daytime sessions for its students will be honored whenever possible. Separate conversations between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually.

Materials Needed

Students will need a headset with microphone. A textbook purchase is also required for this course:

Descubre, Media Edition, Level 1. Lengua y cultura del mundo hispánico.

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

Week 1

LESSON 1 HOLA, ¿QUÉ TAL?

  • Contexto(vocabulario)
  • Cultura/Nouns and articles

Week 2

LESSON 1 HOLA, ¿QUÉ TAL?

  • Numbers 0-30
  • Present tense of ser

Week 3

LESSON 1 HOLA, ¿QUÉ TAL?

  • Telling Time
  • Lectura/Estados Unidos

Week 4

LESSON 2 EN LA CLASE

  • Contexto(vocabulario)
  • Cultura/Present Tense of –ar verbs

Week 5

LESSON 2 EN LA CLASE

  • Forming Questions in Spanish
  • Present tense of Estar

Week 6

LESSON 2 EN LA CLASE

  • Numbers 31 and higher
  • Lectura/España
  • Review of the midterm exam
  • Midterm: Written and Oral Exam

Week 7

LESSON 3 LA FAMILIA

  • Contexto(vocabulario)
  • Cultura/Descriptive Adjectives

Week 8

LESSON 3 LA FAMILIA

  • Possessive Adjectives-
  • Present tense of –er and -ir

Week 9

LESSON 3 LA FAMILIA

  • Present Tense tener and venir
  • Lectura/Ecuador

Week 10

LESSON 4 LOS PASATIEMPOS

  • Contexto(vocabulario)
  • Cultura/Present Tense of -ir

Week 11

LESSON 4 LOS PASATIEMPOS

  • Stem-changing verbs e;ie-o;ue
  • Stem-changing verbs e;i

Week 12

LESSON 4 LOS PASATIEMPOS

  • Verbs with Irregular Yo form
  • Lectura/Mexico
  • Review of the final exam
  • Final: Written and Oral Exam

 

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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