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Spanish for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part III

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, Basic, Part II 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: SPL3

Course Description

Description

The Spanish for Elementary School Students, Basic: Part III course is designed for 2nd to 6th grade students who have had prior knowledge and experience with the language or culture. The course syllabus provides a course outline that may help each student manage his or her study time more efficiently. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of all materials provided to them in hopes of aiding their learning and retention of the new language. Practice, practice, practice—practicing is the key to learning any new language.

Once students have successfully completed Part III of the Spanish for Elementary Students course, students should be able to:

  1. More vocabulary and practices on conjugating verbs and using them in different tenses
  2. Learn how these language building blocks are used in everyday speech and writing
  3. Spanish learning fun comes in the Español libro de texto.
  4. Enhance the writing skills by using a series of writing-based methodology, focuses on specific activities and techniques to complement the vocabularies learned
  5. The use of weekly stories to enhance comprehension skills and class-led discussions.
  6. Recognize, understand, and pronounce more Spanish characters
  7. Improve conversational skills.
  8. Review the use of tenses
  9. Use some regular and irregular verbs in the preterit tense.
  10. Understand and use preterit tense.
  11. Learn to use direct object pronouns (me, te, lo, la, nos, os, los, las) with the command form.
  12. Learn to use indirect object pronouns (me, te, le nos, os, les) with the command form.
  13. Conjugate regular and irregular verbs (pat progressive, imperfect and preterit tense)
  14. Learn more of the Spanish culture, such as its history and traditions.
  15. Learn about holidays.
  16. Build up vocabulary about countries, nationalities, shopping and other activities;
  17. Compare equalities and inequalities

Students will be attending online lectures twice a week via Zoom. 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.

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

The following textbooks must be purchased for this course:

Student Book Set

Students will also need a headset with microphone.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Week 1

  • Introduction to the course
  • Chapter 1 Story: Soy así
  • Sounds ga, go, gu, gue and gui
  • Articles and nouns

Week 2

  • Writing sentences
  • Present tense of Ser
  • Capital and lowercase letters
  • Writing self portraits
  • Chapter 1 review

Week 3

  • Chapter 2 Story: Celebro mi lengua
  • Author’s purpose
  • Present tense of estar
  • Learn: La Diéresis

Week 4

  • Subject and predicate
  • Learn: semicolon use
  • Ser vs. estar
  • Writing personal experiences
  • Chapter 2 review

Week 5

  • Chapter 3 story: Ingenio y desafios
  • Reality vs. Fantasy
  • Present tense of tener and venir
  • Literal vs. Figurative meaning

Week 6

  • Types of sentences: Exclamatory and interrogative
  • J sound
  • Writing about personal experiences
  • Review chapter 3
  • Midterm Exam REVIEW and 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, multiple-choice, short answer, true or false, and a short essay. The examination will cover understanding of weekly stories, 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

  • Chapter 4 story: Amo a mi Família
  • Main idea
  • R sounds
  • Estar with conditions and emotions

Week 8

  • Context and meaning
  • Types of sentences: Declarative and Imperative
  • Writing: personal experience with family
  • Forming questions in Spanish
  • Review chapter 4

Week 9

  • Chapter 5 story: El secreto de la amistad
  • Summaries
  • B sound
  • Verbs with irregular Yo forms

Week 10

  • Nouns
  • Comparing and classifying nouns
  • Writing: Writing summaries
  • Chapter 5 review
  • Stem changing verbs e-ie, o-ue

Week 11

  • Chapter 6 story: Todos somos importantes
  • S sound
  • Word families
  • Stem changing verbs e-i

Week 12:

  • Personal pronouns
  • Uses of the letter H
  • Writing: Narrative
  • Review chapter 6

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 multiple-choice, short answer, true or false, and a short essay. The examination will cover understanding of weekly stories, phonetics, 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.

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.

 

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