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Spanish for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part IV

Open to: Grades 2 - 6

Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score, and successful completion of Spanish for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part III 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: SPL4

Course Description

Description

This course uses a communicative approach to engage students in the learning process. Students will have many opportunities to practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish. This course focuses on specific activities and techniques that expose the learner to an abundance of authentic language in a short period of time. It simulates a hybrid immersion experience by eliminating its major flaws (incomprehensible input and excessive time) while maintaining the effective aspects of the immersion experience: context, comprehensible messages, natural and useful language, and a great deal of repetition. To expose students to current events and topics of interest, the text is supplemented by readings from Spanish newspapers and magazines as well as films and television.

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

  • Appropriately use and understand the present, preterit, and imperfect tenses in the Spanish language.
  • Appropriately use and understand compound tenses with future perfect and conditional perfect.
  • Appropriately use and understand various forms of commands – formal, informal, irregular, negative, plural familiar, irregular negative.
  • Appropriately use and understand the future and conditional tenses.
  • Appropriately use and understand progressive tenses – to include: forms of the present participle in regular, irregular, and stem-changing verbs.
  • Appropriately use and understand the subjunctive mood in its various forms – to include: the present and the present perfect subjunctive tenses in noun clauses, adverb and relative clauses, and the imperfect and the pluperfect subjunctive.

Materials Needed

Students will need a headset with microphone. In addition, the following textbooks are required:

Mini-lecturas for ¡Cuéntame! Student Reader by Carol Gaab & Teri Abelaira
ISBN: 978-1-934958-18-6
http://www.tprstorytelling.com/index.php

¡Cuéntame! Student Text by Christine Anderson & Valeri Marsh
ISBN: 978-1-934958-16-2
http://www.tprstorytelling.com/index.php

Complete Spanish Grammar – Practice Makes Perfect by Gilda Nissenberg
ISBN: 9780071763431

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

  • Day 1: Introduction to the course
  • The subjunctive mood: the present and the present perfect subjunctive tenses in noun clauses
  • Verbs with spelling changes and stem changes, irregular verbs
  • Day 2: Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Episodio 13 activities
  • Week 1 Quiz

Week 2

  • Day 1: More uses of the subjunctive: adverb and relative clauses
  • Day 2: Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Episodio 14 activities
  • Week 2 Quiz

Week 3

  • Day 1: The subjunctive mood past tenses: the imperfect and the pluperfect subjunctive
  • Imperfect/ pluperfect in contrary-to-fact conditional clauses
  • Day 2: Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Episodio 15 activities
  • Week 3 Quiz

Week 4

  • Day 1: The commands
  • Day 2: Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Episodio 16 activities
  • Week 4 Quiz

Week 5

  • Day 1: Nouns and Articles
  • Gender of nouns in Spanish and their endings, plural of nouns, definite articles
  • Day 2: Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Episodio 17 activities
  • Week 5 Quiz

Week 6

  • Day 1: Adjectives: gender and number of adjectives in Spanish
  • Where adjectives are placed, irregular comparative and superlative adjectives
  • Day 2: Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Episodio 18 activities
  • Week 6 Mid-Term

Week 7

  • Day 1: Personal Pronouns; subject pronouns, pronouns as objects of prepositions
  • Direct and indirect object pronouns, double object pronouns
  • Day 2: Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Episodio 19 activities
  • Week 7 Quiz

Week 8

  • Day 1: Relative Pronouns
  • Que, Quien, el que and el cual, lo que and lo cual
  • Relative pronouns after prepositions, cuyo, cuya
  • Day 2: Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Episodio 20 activities
  • Week 8 Quiz

Week 9

  • Day 1: Possessive and Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns, short and long forms
  • Day 2: Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Episodio 21 activities
  • Week 9 Quiz

Week 10

  • Day 1: Adverbs
  • Compound adverbs, adverbial expressions and other adverb forms
  • Adjectives and nouns used as adverbs
  • Day 2: Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Episodio 22 activities
  • Week 10 Quiz

Week 11

  • Day 1: Prepositions; relationships of commonly used and compound prepositions
  • Preposition ‘a’ and personal ‘a,’ uses of para and por, verbs that require ‘a’ or ‘de’
  • Day 2: Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Episodio 23 activities
  • Week 11 Quiz

Week 12

  • Day 1: Indefinite and negative words and expressions
  • Other negative expressions, conjunctions pero and sino and negative expressions
  • Day 2: Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Episodio 24 activities
  • Week 12 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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