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Spanish Language, Advanced, Part I (NCAA Approved)

Open to: Grades 7 - 12

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish Language, Intermediate, Part IV or placement test

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

Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year

Course Code: SP31

Course Description


This course comprises a unique approach to continue developing Spanish composition skills to an advanced level through the writing of descriptions, narration, exposition, and argumentation. Students will engage in a distinctive selection of reading materials that will serve as the foundation for attractive discussions and compositional analysis. The textbook used in this course will cover grammar presentations that will focus on usage, vocabulary, and key spelling and punctuation topics, facilitating the grasping of advanced written Spanish. Our exceptional selection of material will prepare the student to become a better writer not just in a classroom environment, but also in real-life situations. This includes academic and non-academic level settings using practical formats such as form letters, newspapers articles, and much more.

Once students have successfully completed this course, they will achieve:

  • Advanced writing proficiency in Spanish in a variety of formats, including essays, book and film reviews, op-eds, cover letters, etc.
  • The ability to follow a process approach to writing that covers description, narration, exposition, and argumentation
  • Advanced proficiency in expository and argumentative writing
  • Advanced knowledge of Spanish grammar
  • Advanced proficiency in reading Spanish in order to become a better writer
  • Knowledge of advanced spelling and punctuation rules in Spanish
  • The ability to discuss reading topics and express opinions

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.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students will also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor and teaching assistant. View the schedule for class meeting times. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.

Materials Needed

Students will need a headset with microphone. A textbook does not need to be purchased at this time. Students will have access to an online textbook once enrolled in this course.

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

Semana 1
  • Reconocer y entender las distintas formas de descripción y cómo escribirlas
  • Reconocer y entender la descripción en la literatura
  • Aprender a usar vocabulario para describir lugares, países, ambientes, objetos y personas
  • Aprender las expresiones de percepción sensorial
  • Introducción al curso
  • Introducción a la Lección 1
  • Lectura
  • Platero y yo
  • Léxico 1.1 Vocabulario para describir
  • Léxico 1.2 Expresiones de percepción sensorial
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 2
  • Reconocer y entender la descripción en la literatura
  • Utilizar el tiempo presente para narrar y describir
  • Usar las preposiciones para combinar las partes de una oración
  • Usar los adjetivos para describir
  • Lectura
  • Platero y yo
  • Estructuras 1.3 The present tense; ser and estar
  • Estructuras 1.4 Prepositions
  • Estructuras 1.5 Adjectives
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 3
  • Entender y seguir las reglas de puntuación
  • Escribir una descripción de personas
  • Utilizar y entender la acentuación de las palabras
  • Ortografía y puntuación 1.6 Acentuación I
  • Ortografía y puntuación  1.7 Puntuación
  • Taller de escritura 1A: La descripción de lugares y objetos
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 4
  • Escribir una descripción de un lugar o un objeto
  • Escribir una comparación
  • Repasar la lección
  • Taller de escritura 1B: La descripción de personas
  • Taller de escritura 1C: La comparación
  • Repasar la lección 1
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 5
  • Aprender a ser un(a) narrador(a) eficaz
  • Reconocer y comprender la narración en un cuento literario
  • Aprender a ampliar el  vocabulario para mejorar la escritura
  • Introducción a la Lección 2
  • Lectura
  • La siesta del martes
  • Léxico 2.1 Ampliar el vocabulario: ser, estar, haber, hacer, ir y venir
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 6
  • Aprender el uso de las expresiones de tiempo
  • Utilizar el tiempo pasado para narrar y describir
  • Léxico 2.2 Expresiones de tiempo
  • Estructuras 2.3 Narrating in the past
    • Examen de medio semestre
    • Ensayo de medio semestre
Semana 7
  • Usar las cláusulas adjetivales para mejorar la escritura narrativa
  • Utilizar y entender la acentuación de las palabras
  • Escribir la narración de un evento
  • Estructuras 2.4 Adjectival relative clauses
  • Ortografía y puntuación 2.5 Acentuación II: Casos especiales
  • Taller de escritura 2A: La narración de un evento
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 8
  • Entender y seguir las reglas de puntuación
  • Escribir un relato periodístico
  • Ortografía y puntuación 2.6 Puntuación II
  • Taller de escritura 2B: El relato periodístico
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 9
  • Escribir una carta de opinión
  • Repasar la lección
  • Narrar hechos históricos y utilizarlos como trasfondo para compartir o transmitir una opinión
  • Reconocer y comprender un ensayo narrativo
  • Taller de escritura 2C: Carta de opinión
  • Repasar la lección 2
  • Introducción a la Lección 3
  • Lectura
  • Hernán Cortés
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 10
  • Aprender cómo enlazar elementos con conjunciones
  • Aprender el uso de los gentilicios y topónimos
  • Usar construcciones pasivas en la escritura
  • Hacer predicciones y expresar suposiciones
  • Léxico 3.1 Las conjunciones
  • Léxico 3.2 Gentilicios y topónimos
  • Estructuras 3.3 Passive constructions
  • Estructuras 3.4 The future and the conditional
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 11
  • Utilizar y entender la acentuación de las palabras
  • Entender la función y el uso de las citas directas e indirectas
  • Escribir la narración de un evento histórico
  • Ortografía y puntuación 3.5 Acentuación III: Los diptongos y los hiatos
  • Ortografía y puntuación 3.6 Las citas
  • Taller de escritura 3A: La narración de un evento histórico
    • Prueba
    • Ensayo
Semana 12
  • Escribir un editorial
  • Repasar la lección
  • Taller de escritura 3C: Editorial
  • Repasar las lecciones 1-3
    • Examen Final
    • Ensayo Final


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.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

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.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.



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