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Spanish for Elementary School Students, Advanced, Part I

Open to: Grades 2 - 6

Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score, and successful completion of Spanish for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part IV 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)

Course Code: SPL9

Course Description

Description

The objective of this course is to introduce the novice Spanish reader to literature. The materials used in this course have been carefully created to introduce students to new vocabulary and grammar through the literature itself. Each chapter within Los viajes de Rosa and Ernesto focuses on a specific grammar point and vocabulary theme. Furthermore, this course is designed to provide the student with cultural and geographic knowledge of various Spanish speaking countries. Topics such as indigenous culture, religion, social justice, immigration, and environmental problems are introduced through the conflicts of the characters within the literature. This interdisciplinary approach allows the student to experience the language in a truly unique and age appropriate manner while simultaneously fostering critical thinking skills. The grammar, vocabulary, cultural, and geographic points presented in the literature are carefully woven together to present the material through an authentic and whole language learning approach.

Through the journeys of the protagonists, Rosa and Ernesto, the student will review the following grammar concepts:

  • Gender and number of nouns
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Personal pronouns
  • The present tense of irregular verbs
  • Ser vs. estar
  • Haber vs. estar
  • Common prepositions
  • The contractions al and del
  • Possessive adjectives and other possessive constructions
  • Regular verbs in the present tense
  • Forming questions and using interrogative words
  • Presentations (me llamo, te llamas, se llama)
  • Suffixes- ción, sión, dad, mente
  • The verb gustar
  • Uses of the infinitive
  • Describing things with adjectives, gender, and number
  • Stem-changing verbs
  • Direct Object Nouns and Pronouns
  • Indirect Object Nouns and Pronouns
  • Uses of saber vs. conocer
  • Reflexive verbs and pronouns
  • Future with the verb ir
  • Tú vs. usted/ ustedes vs. vosotros
  • Present progressive and gerund formation
  • Affirmative tú commands
  • Preterite tense
  • Negative usted/ustedes and tú commands
  • Verbs like gustar

Key vocabulary words will be introduced in advance of each chapter to alert the student to new or advanced terminology found in each chapter. Additionally, the grammar, vocabulary, and literature comprehension will be reinforced through the exercises manual and audio CDs that parallel with the novel itself.

The four basic language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) will be developed during the course through practice and the application of specific learning strategies. Students will read and analyze representative literary works and engage in literary analysis and Spanish grammar. The required readings will demand extensive writing and participation in class discussions. Therefore, the practice and application of grammatical features and vocabulary is critical to the content of the course, and students are expected to study and practice these grammatical structures through the explanations in the texts and assigned homework.

The course is conducted completely in Spanish, and students will be expected to communicate exclusively in Spanish. Once students have completed this course, they should have:

  • Advanced writing proficiency in Spanish in a variety of formats.
  • Advanced reading proficiency and an advanced understanding of literary terms and techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of Spanish grammar.
  • Advanced knowledge of Spanish vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation.
  • An understanding of recurring themes in Spanish and Latin American literature and the ability to assess the relevance of these themes to modern society.
  • The ability to discuss literature and culture and express personal opinions in scholarly discussions.

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. In addition, the following materials are required:

  • Sturam, R. Los viajes de Rosa y Ernesto (Rosa and Ernesto’s Journeys): A Step by Step Spanish Reader, Audio Book, and Grammar Guide (Book 1). Seattle: All Bilingual Press, LLC
    (ISBN: 987-0-9745032-6-4)
  • Sturam, R. Los viajes de Rosa y Ernesto (Rosa and Ernesto’s Journeys): Exercises Manual and Audio CD (Book 1). Seattle: All Bilingual Press, LLC
    (ISBN: 978-0-9745032-0-2)

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

Class 1:

  • Introduction to the course: syllabus, technology, expectations

Class 2:

  • Review Chapter 1 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structures: Present tense of regular verbs. The irregular verbs, ser, estar, tener, and ir

Week 2

Class 1:

  • Review Chapter 2 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structures: Present tense of –er and –ir verbs/ Verb gustar

Class 2:

  • Review Chapter 3 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structure: Stem-changing verbs

Week 3

Class 1:

  • Review Chapter 4 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structures: Stem-changing verbs, verbs with irregular “yo” forms, and demonstrative adjectives

Class 2:

  • Review Chapter 5 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structure: Direct Object Pronouns

Week 4

Class 1:

  • Review Chapter 6 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structures: Future with the verb “ir,” Interrogative words, and Indirect Object Pronouns

Class 2:

  • Review Chapter 7 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structure: Adjectives and Ustedes vs. Vosotros

Week 5

Class 1:

  • Review Chapter 8 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structure: Reflexive verbs

Class 2:

  • Review Chapter 9 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structures: Uses of tener/Tú vs. Usted

Week 6

Class 1:

  • Review Chapter 10 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structures: Present progressive and gerund forms

Class 2:

  • Review for midterm
  • Midterm exam

Week 7

Class 1:

  • Review Chapter 11 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structures: Affirmative, informal commands, reciprocal actions, and Saber vs. Conocer

Class 2:

  • Review Chapter 12 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structure: Preterit of regular verbs

Week 8

Class 1:

  • Review Chapter 13 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structure: Preterit of irregular verbs

Class 2:

  • Review Chapter 14 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structure: Preterit of stem-changing verbs

Week 9

Class 1:

  • Review Chapter 14 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structure: Review of the preterit

Class 2:

  • Review Chapter 15 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structure: Informal, negative commands

Week 10

Class 1:

  • Review Chapter 15 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structure: Review of informal commands

Class 2:

  • Review Chapter 15 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structure: Expressions with tener

Week 11

Class 1:

  • Review Chapter 16 for content comprehension
  • Review of vocabulary: Chapters 1-6

Class 2:

  • Review Chapter 16 for content comprehension
  • Review of Vocabulary: Chapters 7-10

Week 12

Class 1:

  • Review Chapter 17 for content comprehension
  • Review of Grammar Structures: Review of “gustar” and similar verbs and verbs that change in meaning in the preterit

Class 2:

  • Review for the Final Exam
  • Final 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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