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Spanish for Elementary School Students, Advanced, Part I

Open to: Grades 2 - 6

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish for Elementary School Students, 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)

Course Code: SPL9

Course Description

Description

The objective of this course is to introduce the novice Spanish reader to literature and grammatical concepts. The materials used in this course have been carefully created to introduce students to new vocabulary and grammar with literature readings providing context and examples. Each chapter within Yabisi 6 features several language usage points as well as a writing or speaking activity.

The four basic language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) will be developed during the course through practice and the application of specific learning strategies.

Students will read and analyze representative literary works and engage in literary analysis and Spanish grammar. The required readings will demand extensive writing and participation in class discussions. Therefore, the practice and application of grammatical features and vocabulary is critical to the content of the course, and students are expected to study and practice these grammatical structures through the explanations in the texts and assigned homework.

The course is conducted completely in Spanish, and students will be expected to communicate exclusively in Spanish.

Once students have completed this course, they should have:

  1. Advanced writing proficiency in Spanish in a variety of formats
  2. Advanced reading proficiency and an advanced understanding of literary terms and techniques
  3. Advanced knowledge of Spanish grammar and language conventions
  4. Advanced knowledge of Spanish vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation
  5. An understanding of recurring themes in Spanish and Latin American literature and the ability to assess the relevance of these themes to modern society
  6. Applied advanced punctuation techniques to enhance their composition skills
  7. The ability to discuss literature and culture and express personal opinions in scholarly discussions
  8. Composed their own original work within the bounds of learned writing formats

Discussion Material

Students will be attending online lectures twice a week via Adobe Connect. The lectures are one-hour long and will be held in the evenings. Each student’s assigned lecture time and days will be provided in the initial email he or she will receive from his or her instructor. Lectures are meant for students to better learn and to retain the new vocabulary, grammar, and cultural material associated with each lesson, and to also provide students with the opportunity to virtually interact with their instructor, teaching assistant, and peers.

Additional one-on-one Skype phone calls for each student will also be scheduled for speaking and listening practice. The phone calls will be made in the evenings once a week. The phone calls will be with the instructor for 15 minutes and with the teacher assistant for 30 minutes. Students will be asked to converse in Spanish as best they can so that they can practice and perfect their Spanish conversational skills through one-on-one communication. Students must email their Skype ID to their instructor as soon as they create their account.

Students will be taking quizzes via CTY’s Course Management System. This online Course Management System will provide the link to the recording of each lecture every week and copies of the lecture power points and additional links to available resources. Each student, however, will need a CTY student ID and a password in order to access the system. CTY Student IDs and passwords are provided in the course assignment email.

Students should expect to spend five to eight hours a week learning the material and completing the assignments for each lesson. If students cannot answer all quiz questions correctly their first time around, students should study the lesson once again until they can correct their answers. Reviewing previous lessons and assignments daily is also important for the retention of new material and helpful for preparing for future quizzes and exams. Students should take advantage of all the materials provided and remember to practice their Spanish daily, since practicing is the key to mastering any new language.

Materials Needed

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

  • Yabisi 6 -Santillana Publishing 
    ISBN: 9781604846492

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

Class 1:

  • Introduction to the course: syllabus, technology, expectations
  • Assignment:
    • Read: El ornitorrinco p. 10-13
    • Reading comprehension and vocabulary practice to follow

Class 2:

  • Los extranjerismos & neologismos
  • La comunicación y Los tipos de oraciones
  • Repaso y práctica

Week 2

Class 1:

  • Short Reading: Soy p. 22
  • El Autorretrato
  • Begin writing assignment

Class 2:

  • Lectura: El pasaporte p. 25
  • El dibujo p. 26
  • Review of Chapter 1

Week 3

Class 1:

  • Chapter introduction
  • Lectura: El día en que no hubo clase p. 32-35
  • Reading comprehension and vocabulary practice  

Class 2:

  • Los prefijos y sufijos p. 38
  • El sujeto p. 40
  • Los puntos suspensivos p. 43

Week 4

Class 1:

  • Short Reading: El lunes hay clases p.44
  • .El narrador y primera persona p. 45
  • Escribir: Una narración en primera persona.

Class 2:

  • Artículo breve p. 47
  • Repaso
  • Las artesanías p. 48
  • Review of Chapter 2

Week 5

Class 1:

  • Chapter Intro
  • Lectura: El pequeño escribiente p.54.-55
  • Reading comprehension

Class 2:

  • Las series de palabras p. 58
  • El predicado p. 60
  • Los tipos de predicado p. 61
  • Los paréntesis y las comillas p. 63

Week 6

Class 1:

  • Monólogo de un actor p. 64
  • El monólogo p. 65
  • Escribir: Un monólogo dramatizado. Prep for recorded assignment

Class 2:

  • Review for mid-term
  • La encuadernación p. 68
  • Midterm exam

Mid-term Exam—Written

The mid-term written exam is a comprehensive review of all the language points students have learned up to week six content. It contains a variety of questions including listening, multiple-choice, short answer, true or false, and a short essay. The examination will cover understanding of phonetics, vocabulary, and grammar information introduced in this course. It will therefore be helpful for students to review all of the units, including the vocabulary, grammar content, Power-points, recorded lectures, or any other material specified by the instructor, prior to the exam. The mid-term exam accounts for 10 percent of the final grade. Students must receive at least a 70 percent as the cumulative grade in order to pass the course.

Mid-term Exam—Oral

The mid-term oral exam tests students on their ability to speak, understand, and pronounce all of the Spanish vocabulary and apply grammatical content they have learned from week one to week six.

Week 7

Class 1:

  • Chapter Intro
  • Lectura: Una merienda de locos p. 74-75
  • Reading comprehension

Class 2:

  • Los conectores lógicos p. 82
  • El sintagma del sujeto y el predicado p. 84
  • Las comas p. 87
  • Práctica

Week 8

Class 1:

  • Repaso de sintagmas
  • Lectura breve p. 88 * El cuento y sus partes
  • .Escribir: Un cuento breve

Class 2:

  • El Criquet p. 91
  • Repaso del capítulo
  • El arte islámico p. 92
  • Conversación

Week 9

Class 1:

  • Chapter Intro
  • Lectura: Odiseo y el cíclope p.100
  • Reading Comprehension

Class 2:

  • Las palabras primitivas y derivadas p.106
  • Los determinantes p.108
  • El punto y coma p. 111

Week 10

Class 1:

  • El mito de la creación p. 112
  • El mito
  • Relato un mito: preparamos la tarea

Class 2:

  • Review chapter
  • Los maremotos p. 115
  • La escultura p. 116

Week 11

Class 1:

  • Chapter Intro
  • Lectura: Las mujeres de Weinsberg

Class 2:

  • Las palabras compuestas y parasintéticas p. 128
  • El adjetivo calificativo p.130
  • Los grados del adjetivo p.131
  • El guión y apóstrofo p.133

Week 12

Class 1:

  • Los inventos del tío Santiago p.134
  • La ficción histórica p. 135
  • Narro una ficción histórica p.136

Class 2:

  • Review Chapter
  • Review and practice for final exam
  • Week 12 Final Exam

Final Exam—Written

The written final examination is a comprehensive review of all the language points students have learned. It contains a variety of questions including listening, multiple-choice, short answer, true or false, and a short essay. The examination will cover understanding of vocabulary, grammar, and cultural information introduced in this course. It will therefore be helpful for students to review all of the units, including the vocabulary, grammar content, Power-points, recorded lectures, or any other material specified by the instructor, prior to the exam. The final exam accounts for 10 percent of the final grade. Students must receive at least a 70 percent on all of the assignments, quizzes, and exams in order to pass the course.

Students must have had successfully completed all the assignments, quizzes, and mid-term, and have had consistent online participation before being eligible to take the final exam.

Final Exam—Oral

The final exam tests students on their ability to speak, understand, and pronounce all of the Spanish vocabulary they have learned since week one.

Students must have had successfully completed all the assignments, quizzes, and mid-term, in addition to have had consistent online participation, before being eligible to take the 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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