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Spanish for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, 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, Intermediate, 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: SPL7

Course Description

Description

The Spanish for Elementary Students, Intermediate, Part III course is designed for 2nd to 6th grade students 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 this course, they should be able to appropriately use and understand the following: 

  1. Synonyms and Antonyms 
  2. Word Series 
  3. Simple and Compound Words 
  4. Augmentatives, diminutives, and pejoratives 
  5. Colloquial sayings 
  6. Minor and Major Sentences 
  7. Attitude of the speaker 
  8. Subject and predicate 
  9. Nucleus of the subject and the tacit subject/nucleus of the predicate 
  10. Simple and compound predicates 
  11. Verbal and nominal predicate 
  12. Accentuation rules 
  13. Capital Letters 
  14. Exclamation and Question Marks 
  15. Commas and Semicolons 
  16. Quotations and Parenthesis 
  17. Dash and Hyphen 

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

  1. Origin of the photograph 
  2. The comic 
  3. Leather Goods 
  4. Basket weaving 
  5. Cinema 
  6. Graphic Design

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:

  • Santillana: Yabisí Español 5 Student Book Set  By Zaida O. Alameda Alequín 
    ISBN: 9781604846485 

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, Lectura  

  • El caballo y el asno
  • Read and complete comprehension activities.

Day 2: Gramática 

  • Use an online dictionary
  • Identify and write minor and major sentences
  • Correctly apply accentuation rules
  • Workbook pgs. 6-11
  • Week 1 Quiz

Week 2

Day 1: Escritura 

  • Summarize the characteristics of a traditional fable. 
  • Write a traditional fable. 
  • Homework – Turn in traditional fable 

Day 2: Conversación 

  • Narrate fable 
  • Class discussion – Origin of the Photograph 
  • Homework – workbook pages 11-12 
  • Week 2 Quiz 

Week 3

Day 1: Lectura 

  • El guanín perdido 
  • Read and complete comprehension activities. 

Day 2: Gramática

  • Differentiate between synonyms and antonyms 
  • Recognize the attitude of the speaker to determine the type of sentence 
  • Use capital letters with initials, abbreviations and titles of books. 
  • Workbook pages 14-19 
  • Week 3 Quiz 

Week 4

Day 1: Escritura 

  • Summarize what is descriptive text 
  • Write descriptive text 
  • Turn in descriptive text before class 2 

Day 2: Conversación

  • Narrate descriptive text 
  • Discussion about the comic 
  • Homework: Workbook pages 20-21 
  • Week 4 Quiz 

Week 5

Day 1: Lectura 

  • Choja, el piadoso 
  • Read and complete comprehension activities 

Day 2: Gramática 

  • Word series 
  • Subject and predicate 
  • Question and exclamation marks 
  • Workbook pages 22-27, Taller de gramática (pg. 59) 
  • Week 5 Quiz 

Week 6

Day 1: Escritura

  • Draft argumentative text 
  • Turn in argumentative text before class 2 

Day 2: Conversación

  • Participate in a debate 
  • Conversation about leathermaking 
  • Review of homework pages and EXAM REVIEW. 
  • 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 multiple-choice, short answer, matching, sentence creation 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/Reading 

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

Week 7

Day 1: Lectura 

  • Un árbol prohibido 
  • Read and complete comprehension activities 

Day 2: Gramática

  • Simple and Compound predicates 
  • Nucleus of the subject, tacit subjects, nucleus of the predicate 
  • Comma and semicolon 
  • Homework: Workbook pages 30-35 
  • Week 7 Quiz 

Week 8

Day 1: Escritura 

  • Draft a fantastic story 
  • Turn in fantastic story before Day 2 

Day 2: Conversación 

  • Narrate fantastic story 
  • Conversation about basket-weaving 
  • Homework: Workbook pages 36-37 
  • Review of homework pages 
  • Week 8 Quiz

Week 9

Day 1: Lectura 

  • Una bebida helada 
  • Read and complete comprehension activities 

Day 2: Gramática 

  • Simple and compound predicate 
  • Augmentatives, diminutives, and pejoratives 
  • Quotations and parentheses 
  • Homework: Workbook pages 38-43 
  • Week 9 Quiz

Week 10

Day 1: Escritura 

  • Draft an anecdote 
  • Turn in anecdote before Day 2. 

Day 2: Conversación 

  • Narrate anecdote. 
  • Class conversation about cinema 
  • Homework: Workbook pages 44-45 
  • Week 10 Quiz 

Week 11

Day 1: Lectura 

  • Real rana saltadora 
  • Read and complete comprehension activities 

Day 2: Gramática

  • Colloquial phrases 
  • Verbal and nominal predicate 
  • Dash and hyphen 
  • Homework: Workbook pages 46-53 
  • Week 11 Quiz 

Week 12

Day 1: Escritura

  • Draft narrative text 
  • Turn in narrative text before Day 2 

Day 2: Conversación

  • Narrate narrative text 
  • Conversation about graphic design 
  • Exam Review 
  • 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 multiple-choice, short answer, matching, sentence creation 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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