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 III or placement test
Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: SPL4
The Spanish for Elementary Students, Part IV course is designed for 2nd to 6th grade students who have had prior knowledge and experiences 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 IV of the Spanish for Elementary Students course, students should be able to:
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.
Students will need a headset with microphone. In addition, the following textbook is required:
Santillana Yasibi Level 3 Student Book Set
Although a Spanish-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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