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Spanish for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, 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, Basic, 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: SPL5

Course Description

Description

The Spanish for Elementary Students, Intermediate, Part I course is designed for 2nd to 6th grade students who have had prior knowledge and experiences with the language or culture. The model is immersive: students learn Spanish as they learn about how Spanish is constructed and used, from a native speaker perspective. 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 this course, they should be able to do the following:

  1. As students experiment with creating their own autobiography, they identify different types of dictionaries; recognize the difference between a phrase and a sentence and reinforce nuances of syllabic emphasis.
  2. Through experimentation with prose and verse, students recall word stems and resulting word families, learn about and use the grammatical subject and its relationship to the predicate, apply prefixes and suffixes, and classify words by syllables.
  3. While creating first-person narratives, students review word families, classify accents and create questions, exclamatory sentences and orders.
  4. While reviewing the characteristics of the fable, students distinguish between root words and derivative words and identify distinct classes of nouns.
  5. As students learn about messaging and advertising, they will distinguish between words that augment (--ota, --azo, etc.) and words that diminish (--ito, --illo, etc), and identify and use determinant articles and possessive and demonstrative pronouns.
  6. While creating a biography, students work with and understand how semantic fields enrich language, learn about and use qualifying adjectives and are introduced to certain functions and uses of the comma.

Culture information students will learn in this course include the following topics:

  1. Reading culturally-responsive texts
  2. Abstract and figurative art
  3. Famous Puerto Rican artists

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:

Yabisí Español Level 4 Student Book Set
ISBN: 9781604846478

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. Capítulo 1

  • Lectura
    • Horacio pp. 10-13
    • Questions about the reading
  • Week 1 homework

Day 2:

  • Espigas del lenguaje
    • Tipos de diccionario
    • Oraciones simples y compuestas
    • Las síllabas
  • Week 1 Quiz

Week 2

Day 1: Capítulo 1

  • Lectura
    • El ejercicio físico
    • Questions about the reading
  • Week 2 homework

Day 2:

  • Espigas del lenguaje
    • Tipos de diccionario
    • Oraciones simples y compuestas
    • Las sílabas
  • Week 2 Quiz

Week 3

Day 1: Capítulo 2

  • Lectura
    • El exterminador
    • Questions about the reading
    • ¡A comparar!
  • Week 3 homework

Day 2:

  • Espigas del lenguaje
    • Los lexemas y los morfemas
    • El sujeto tácito y los núcleos del sujeto y predicado
  • La prosa y el verso
  • Week 3 Quiz

Week 4

Day 1: Capítulo 2

  • Lectura
    • El gato
    • Questions about the reading
    • ¿Verso o prosa?
    • ¡A inventar!
  • Week 4 homework

Day 2:

  • Espigas del lenguaje
    • Los lexemas y los morfemas
    • El sujeto tácito y los núcleos del sujeto y predicado
    • La prosa y el verso
  • Week 4 Quiz

Week 5

Day 1: Capítulo 3

  • Lectura 
    • Mi amigo Crispolo 
    • Questions about the reading 
    • Comienzo, desarrollo, desenlace ¿Qué son?
  • Week 5 homework 

Day 2:

  • Espigas de lenguaje 
    • Identificar las familias de las palabras 
    • Oraciones interrogativas, exclamativas, exhortativas, y desiderativas
  • Week 5 Quiz

Week 6

Day 1: Capítulo 3

  • El Principito
    • Questions about the reading 
    • El dibujo figurativo o abstracto 
  • Week 6 homework 

Day 2:

  • Espigas de lenguaje 
    • Clasificar las palabras agudas, llanas, esdrújulas y sobresdrújulas 
    • Introducción al cuento narrado en primera persona
  • Week 6 Mid-Term 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

Day 1: Capítulo 4

  • Lectura
    • Los dos conejos 
    • Questions about the reading 
    • Ficha de la lectura 
  • Week 7 homework 

Day 2:

  • Espigas de lenguaje 
    • Las palabras primitivas y derivadas 
  • Week 7 Quiz

Week 8

Day 1: Capítulo 4

  • Lectura
    • La zorra y el cuervo gritón 
    • Preguntas sobre la lectura 
    • Los galgos y los podencos 
    • El dibujo nos ayuda a entender más 
  • Week 8 homework 

Day 2:

  • Espigas de lenguaje 
    • Los sustantivos: propios, comunes, individuales y colectivos
  • Week 8 Quiz

Week 9

Day 1: Capítulo 5

  • Lectura
    • El misterio de la caja habladora
    • Preguntas sobre la lectura
  • Week 9 homework 

Day 2:

  • Espigas del lenguage
    • Palabras con aumentativos y diminutivos
    • Artículos posesivos y demostrativos
  • Week 9 Quiz

Week 10

Day 1: Capitulo 5

  • Lectura
    • Los anuncios
    • Preguntas sobre la lectura
  • Week 10 homework

Day 2:

  • Espigas del lenguaje 
    • Artículos definidos e indefinidos 
    • Los posesivos y los demostrativos
  • Week 10 Quiz

Week 11

Day 1: Capitulo 6

  • Lectura
    • El artista vive en su obra 
    • Preguntas sobre la lectura 
  • Week 11 homework 

Day 2:

  • Espigas del lenguaje 
    • Los campos semánticos 
    • El adjetivo calificativo 
    • El uso de la coma
  • Week 11 Quiz 

Week 12

Day 1: Capítulo 6

  • Lectura: La vida de José Campeche y Jordán 
    • Preguntas sobre la lectura 
    • La biografía 
  • Week 12 homework

Day 2:

  • Espigas del lenguaje 
    • Los grados del adjetivo
  • Exam Review
  • Week 12 Final Exam

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