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Spanish for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part IV

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 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: SPL4

Course Description

Description

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:

  1. Appropriately use and understand the use of prefixes and suffixes in Spanish.
  2. Appropriately use and understand the use of the Spanish sounds for k, ll, I, m, and n.
  3. Appropriately use and understand the use of primitive and derived words in Spanish
  4. Appropriately use and understand the use of simple and compound words in Spanish
  5. Appropriately use and understand the use of homonyms and homophones in Spanish
  6. Appropriately use and understand the use of synonyms and antonyms in Spanish.
  7. Appropriately use and understand the use of possessive and demonstrative adjectives in Spanish
  8. Appropriately use and understand the use of articles in Spanish.
  9. Appropriately use and understand the use of adjectives and descriptive phrases in Spanish.
  10. Appropriately use and understand the use of adverbs in Spanish.
  11. Appropriately use and understand the use of verbs in Spanish.
  12. Appropriately use and understand the use of simple and compound verbs in Spanish.
  13. Appropriately use and understand the use of written dialogue and syllable division in Spanish.
  14. Appropriately use and understand the use of punctuation in Spanish, including accent marks.
  15. Appropriately use and understand how to differentiate among three types of Spanish words: palabras agudas, palabras esdrújulas, and palabras llanas.
  16. Appropriately use and understand the characteristics of fables, historical texts, legends, and letters.

Materials Needed

Students will need a headset with microphone. In addition, the following textbook is required:

Santillana Yasibi Level 3 Student Book Set
ISBN: 9781604846461

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

  • Day 1: Introduction to the course/Reading
  • Read Un consejero honrado
  • Characteristics of drama
  • Recorded summary and homework
  • Day 2: Review of Reading/ Grammar
  • Spanish use of the k sound
  • Spanish use of prefixes and suffixes
  • Spanish use of possessive and demonstrative adjectives
  • Spanish use of written dialogue and division of syllables
  • Week 1 Quiz

Week 2

  • Day 1: Writing
  • Review k sound
  • Review prefixes and suffixes
  • Review use of possessive and demonstrative adjectives
  • Write dialogue in Spanish
  • Week 2 Homework
  • Day 2: Conversation/ Review 
  • How to dramatize dialogue
  • Review chapter
  • Week 2 Quiz

Week 3

  • Day 1: Reading
  • Read Los dos asnos
  • Characteristics of a fable
  • Recorded summary and homework
  • Day 2: Review of Reading/ Grammar 
  • Spanish use of ll sound
  • Spanish use of primitive and derived words
  • Spanish use of articles
  • Spanish use of accent marks
  • Week 3 Quiz

Week 4

  • Day 1: Writing
  • Review ll sound
  • Review use of primitive and derived words
  • Review use of articles
  • Review use of accent marks
  • Write a fable in Spanish
  • Week 4 Homework
  • Day 2: Conversation/ Review
  • Giving advice in Spanish
  • Review chapter
  • Week 4 Quiz

Week 5

  • Day 1: Reading
  • Read Flor de luna
  • Comparing using similes and metaphors in Spanish
  • Recorded summary and homework
  • Day 2: Review of Reading/ Grammar
  • Spanish use of i sound
  • Spanish use of simple and compound words
  • Spanish use of adjectives and descriptive phrases
  • Spanish palabras agudas
  • Week 5 Quiz

Week 6

  • Day 1: Writing
  • Review i sound
  • Review use of simple and compound words
  • Review use of adjectives and descriptive phrases
  • Review palabras agudas
  • Write a historical text in Spanish
  • Week 6 Homework
  • Day 2: Conversation/ Review 
  • Telling historical facts in Spanish
  • Review chapter
  • Week 6 Mid-Term

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

  • Day 1: Reading
  • Read La tierruca
  • Poetry in Spanish
  • Lines, stanzas, and rhyme in Spanish poetry
  • Recorded summary and homework
  • Day 2: Review of Reading/ Grammar 
  • Spanish use of m and n sounds
  • Spanish use of homonyms
  • Spanish use of adverbs
  • Spanish palabras llanas
  • Week 7 Quiz

Week 8

  • Day 1: Writing
  • Review m and n sounds
  • Review use of homonyms
  • Review use of adverbs
  • Review palabras llanas
  • Write a poem in Spanish
  • Week 8 Homework
  • Day 2: Conversation/ Review 
  • Reciting a poem in Spanish
  • Review chapter
  • Week 8 Quiz

Week 9

  • Day 1: Reading
  • Read El origen del río Amazonas
  • Legends in Spanish
  • Recorded summary and homework
  • Day 2: Review of Reading/ Grammar 
  • Spanish diphthongs and triphthongs
  • Spanish use of homophones
  • Spanish use of verbs
  • Spanish palabras esdrújulas
  • Week 9 Quiz

Week 10

  • Day 1: Writing
  • Review diphthongs and triphthongs
  • Review use of homophones
  • Review use of verbs
  • Review palabras esdrújulas
  • Write a legend in Spanish
  • Day 2: Conversation/ Review 
  • Explaining a topic in Spanish
  • Review chapter
  • Week 10 Quiz

Week 11

  • Day 1: Reading
  • Read Rongogongo y Sasal
  • Characteristics of a letter in Spanish
  • Recorded summary and homework
  • Day 2: Review of Reading/ Grammar
  • Spanish synonyms and antonyms
  • Spanish use of simple and compound verbs
  • Spanish use of accent marks and hiatos
  • Week 11 Quiz

Week 12

  • Day 1: Writing
  • Review accent marks and hiatos
  • Review synonyms and antonyms
  • Review use of simple and compound verbs
  • Write a letter in Spanish
  • Prepare for final exam
  • Day 2: Conversation/ Review 
  • Explaining the topic of a letter in Spanish
  • Review chapter
  • 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 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.

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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