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Spanish Language, Intermediate, Part I (NCAA Approved)

Open to: Grades 7 - 12

Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score, and successful completion of Spanish Language, Basic, 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)

Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year

Course Code: SP21

Course Description

Description

This course is designed for 7th to 12th grade students who have prior knowledge of the Spanish language at the elementary level. The course will provide students the opportunity to speak, listen, read, and write at an intermediate level and expand their understanding of grammar structures, oral exercises, and culture. Students are given tools to recognize, understand, and pronounce multiple Spanish words, including those expressing preferences, and to write descriptive narratives. The material will increase their ability to understand and summarize main ideas in "authentic" advanced, written, Spanish texts and spoken and recorded Spanish. Online classes are held twice per week during the evening, and separate conversational sessions with the instructor are arranged with each student.

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.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize, understand, and pronounce multiple Spanish words including those expressing preferences in complex Spanish content.
  • Recognize the uses of preterite and imperfect, including irregular verbs, and the verbs ser and estar.
  • Recognize the use of progressive forms in ongoing actions and the use of subjunctive in noun clauses.
  • Recognize complex uses of object pronouns and uses of por and para.
  • Write descriptive narratives about events in the past.
  • Understand and summarize the main ideas and specific information in “authentic” advanced, written, Spanish texts and when listening to spoken and recorded Spanish.
  • Describe a variety of topics such as expressing emotions, conditions, and daily routines, etc.
  • Develop advanced skills for reading, writing, listening, and comprehension of paragraphs of the topics mentioned above.

Materials Needed

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

Descubre, Media Edition, Level 3. 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 LAS RELACIONES PERSONALES

  • Contexto(vocabulario)/ Enfoques-lectura
  • Estructura/ The present tense

Week 2

LESSON 1 LAS RELACIONES PERSONALES

  • Ser and estar / Cinemateca
  • Lectura- cultura

Week 3

LESSON 1 LAS RELACIONES PERSONALES

  • Progressive forms
  • Lectura- Atando cabos

Week 4

LESSON 2 LAS DIVERSIONES

  • Contexto(vocabulario)/ Enfoques-lectura
  • Estructura/ Object pronouns

Week 5

LESSON 2 LAS DIVERSIONES

  • Gustar and similar verbs / Cinemateca
  • Lectura- cultura

Week 6

LESSON 2 LAS DIVERSIONES

  • Reflexive verbs
  • Lectura- Atando cabos
  • Review of the midterm exam
  • Midterm: Written and Oral Exam

Week 7

LESSON 3 LA VIDA DIARIA

  • Contexto(vocabulario)/ Enfoques- lectura
  • Estructura/ The preterite

Week 8

LESSON 3 LA VIDA DIARIA

  • The imperfect/ Cinemateca
  • Lectura- cultura

Week 9

LESSON 3 LA VIDA DIARIA

  • The preterite vs. the imperfect
  • Lectura- Atando cabos

Week 10

LESSON 4 LA SALUD Y EL BIENESTAR

  • Contexto(vocabulario)/ Enfoques-lectura
  • Estructura/ The subjunctive in noun clauses

Week 11

LESSON 4 LA SALUD Y EL BIENESTAR

  • Commands/ Cinemateca
  • Lectura- cultura

Week 12

LESSON 4 LA SALUD Y EL BIENESTAR

  • Por and para
  • Lectura- Atando cabos
  • 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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