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Spanish for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part IV

Open to: Grades 2 - 6

Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score, and successful completion of Spanish for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, 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: SPL8

Course Description

Description

This course is designed for 2nd to 6th grade students who have had prior knowledge and experience with Spanish language and culture at the elementary level. The course provides students with an opportunity to achieve their goals of speaking, listening, reading, and writing Spanish at an intermediate level. The course will reinforce fundamental areas of language learning, and expand content in grammar, oral exercises, and culture. Students will be encouraged to take full advantage of all materials provided to them in hopes of aiding their learning and retention of the Spanish language with greater confidence and enjoyment.

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. 

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Read in-depth about the lesson’s cultural theme, using authentic comprehension-supporting photos, videos, and multimedia.
  • Explore and interpret regional focus that will provide complete coverage of the entire Spanish-speaking world being studied.
  • Examine and compare lexical and comparative features that highlight traditions, customs, and trends throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Evaluate similarities and differences in the perspective of the Spanish-speaking countries being studied and one’s own cultural practices and values.

Topics include:

  • Accidents
  • Behavior
  • Commands
  • Comparisons in size and number
  • Desires
  • Distance and travel
  • Emergencies
  • Emotional responses
  • Expressing gratitude
  • Gift giving
  • How clothing fits
  • Lending items
  • Medical treatment
  • Prices
  • Refusing to do something
  • Stating how something turns out
  • Shopping
  • Street signs
  • Making comparisons
  • What one has to do
  • What one is "not" allowed to do
  • What one is wearing
  • Wishes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to appropriately use and understand the following:

  • Comparative adjectives and adverbs
  • Commands and requests review
  • Como si fuera phrases
  • Conditional clauses
  • Idiomatic expressions
  • Imperative verb forms
  • Impersonal sentences
  • Passive Voice
  • Prepositions
  • Present tense verb review
  • Present subjunctive
  • Past tense verbs (both preterit and imperfect tenses)
  • Problematic prepositions
  • Relative pronouns
  • Reported Speech
  • The subjunctive tense
  • Tratar + de + infinitive rules

Materials Needed

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

Mini-lecturas for ¡Cuéntame mucho! A TPRS Curriculum for Level 2 Spanish - Student Reader by Carol Gaab & Teri Abelaira. ISBN: 978-1-934958-61-2
http://www.tprstorytelling.com/index.php

Cuentame Mucho Student Reader text cover

¡Cuéntame mucho! A TPRS Curriculum for Level 2 Spanish - Student Text by Carol Gaab, Kristy Placido, and Teri Albelaira. ISBN: 978-1-934958-27-8
http://www.tprstorytelling.com/index.php

Cuentame Mucho text cover

Advanced Spanish Grammar - Practice Makes Perfect by Rogelio Alonso Vallecillos. ISBN: 978-0-07-147268-5
Available through Amazon.com

Advanced Spanish Grammar text 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

Week 1

Day 1:

  • Introduction to the course
  • Capítulo 5
  • Lidia y la hermanastra molesta -  Part 1
  • Grammar lesson: Review of present tense, past preterit and imperfect, gender agreement, Impersonal sentences & passive voice

Day 2:

  • Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Mucho Activities
  • Week 1 Quiz

Week 2

Day 1:

  • Capítulo 5
  • Lidia y la hermanastra molesta -  Part 2
  • Grammar lesson: Impersonal sentences and passive voice continued, reflexive verbs

Day 2:

  • Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Mucho Activities
  • Week 2 Quiz

Week 3

Day 1:

  • Capítulo 5
  • Lidia y la hermanastra molesta- Part 3
  • Grammar lesson: Tener que + infinitives, review of negative commands, object pronouns -direct and indirect objects, culture

Day 2:

  • Review of homework pages
  • Cuéntame Mucho Activities
  • Week 3 Quiz

Week 4

 Day 1:

  • Capítulo 6
  • El gran baile- Part 1
  • Grammar lesson: Subjunctive, prefiere + subjunctive, quiere + subjunctive, Relative pronouns & conjunctions

Day 2:

  • Review of homework pages
  • Cuéntame Mucho Activities
  • Week 4 Quiz

Week 5

Day 1:

  • Capítulo 6
  • El gran baile- - Part 2
  • Grammar lesson: Relative pronouns continued, subjunctive continued

Day 2:

  • Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Mucho Activities
  • Week 5 Quiz

Week 6

Day 1:

  • Capítulo 6
  • El gran baile- - Part 3
  • Grammar lesson: Conditional Clauses, Reported Speech, Culture
  • Review for midterm exam

Day 2:

  • Review of homework pages and exam review
  • Cuéntame Mucho Activities
  • Midterm Exam

Week 7

Day 1: 

  • Capítulo 7
  • La criada o la malcriada - Part 1
  • Grammar lesson: Reported Speech continued, imperative forms, present subjunctive

Day 2:

  • Review of homework pages
  • Cuéntame Mucho Activities
  • Week 7 Quiz

Week 8

Day 1: 

  • Capítulo 7
  • La criada o la malcriada - Part 2
  • Grammar lesson: Problematic Prepositions I, verb + infinitives.

Day 2:

  • Review of homework pages
  • Cuéntame Mucho Activities
  • Week 8 Quiz

Week 9

Day 1:

  • Capítulo 7
  • La criada o la malcriada - Part 3
  • Grammar lesson: Problematic prepositions II, comparative adjectives and adverbs, culture

Day 2:

  • Review of homework problems
  • Cuéntame Mucho Activities
  • Week 9 Quiz

Week 10

Day 1:

  • Capítulo 8
  • La criada heroína - Part 1
  • Grammar lesson: Idiomatic constructions, "como si fuera" phases

Day 2:

  • Review of homework pages
  • Cuéntame Mucho Activities
  • Week 10 Quiz

Week 11

Day 1:

  • Capitulo 8
  • La criada heroína - Part 2
  • Grammar lesson: Idiomatic constructions continued, review of comparative adjectives and adverbs

Day 2:

  • Review of homework pages
  • Cuéntame Mucho Activities
  • Week 11 Quiz

Week 12

Day 1:

  • Capítulo 8
  • La criada heroína - Part 3
  • Grammar lesson: Exam review, Culture

Day 2:

  • Review of homework pages
  • Cuéntame Mucho Activities
  • Exam Review
  • 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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