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Spanish Literature Series: Advanced

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Open to: Grades 7 - 12

Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score and successful completion of Spanish Language, Basic, Part III or 2 years of Spanish

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 5 weeks (Early Summer, Late Summer)

Course Code: SLT3

Course Description

Description

This course is an introduction to various text fragments and short stories where the student will examine these narratives as a form of reflection of the culture and history of Spanish-speaking people and their countries. This course is intended to give students a general knowledge and an appreciation of Spanish/Latino literature. The course will also provide for the further development of language skills at a more advanced level. This literature course will give students the opportunity to practice and improve all areas of language use. The student will practice the four language skills (reading, listening, writing, and speaking), which are required to succeed in the use of Spanish at all levels.

Students will attend online lectures once a week via Adobe Connect. The lectures are one-hour long and will be held in the evenings. Lectures are meant for students to better learn and to retain the new vocabulary, reading, and cultural material associated with each reading, and to also provide students with the opportunity to virtually interact with their instructor and/or peers.

Materials Required

Students will need a headset with microphone. In addition, a textbook is required for this course:

An Intermediate Spanish Reader, by Earl Stanley Harrison

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

Readings:

  • El sabio y el banquero
  • El heredero y sus acreedores
  • El pago de la consulta
  • La piedra en el camino

Week 2

Readings:

  • Salomón y la hormiga
  • Los gatos de Madrid
  • El rey durmiente en su lecho

Week 3

Readings:

  • Los tres claveles
  • Aventuras del Barón de Castaña
  • El pescadorcito Urashima

Week 4

Readings:

  • El décimo
  • La herencia de D. Hilarión
  • El desengaño de un libro

Week 5

Readings:

  • El parásito del tren
  • El portapliegos
  • Golpe doble

 

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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