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Spanish for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, 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, Intermediate, 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: SPL8

Course Description

Description

The Spanish for Elementary Students, Intermediate, Part IV 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. Paronyms 
  2. Demonyms 
  3. Homonyms: Homophones and Homographs 
  4. Onomatopoeias 
  5. Context clues 
  6. Analogies 
  7. Gender and Number of Nouns 
  8. Indefinite and Numeral Determinants 
  9. Adjective grades 
  10. Adjective phrases 
  11. Epithets 
  12. Interrogative and Exclamatory Pronouns 
  13. Verbs: number, person, time 
  14. Non-personal verbs 
  15. Adverbs 
  16. Adverbial phrases 
  17. Suspense Points 
  18. Letters b/v 
  19. Letter g/j 
  20. Letters c/s/z 
  21. Letters r/rr 
  22. Letters c/ch 

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

  1. Art of bonsai 
  2. Stain-glass making 
  3. Gold/silver-smithing 
  4. History of salsa genre 
  5. Land art

Discussion Material 

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 presentation 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

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 

  • Ese viejo árbol 
  • Read and answer comprehension questions 

Day 2: Gramática 

  • Paronyms 
  • Gender and number of nouns 
  • Suspense points
  • Week 1 Quiz 

Week 2

Day 1: Escritura 

  • Draft poem 
  • Turn in poem before Day 2 

Day 2: Conversación 

  • Narrate poem 
  • Conversation about the art of Bonsai
  • Week 2 Quiz 

Week 3

Day 1: Lectura 

  • Luisa y la libertad 
  • Read and answer comprehension questions 

Day 2: Gramática 

  • Demonyms 
  • Indefinite/numeral determinants 
  • Letters b/v
  • Week 3 Quiz 

Week 4

 Day 1: Escritura 

  • Draft historic fiction 
  • Turn in before Day 2 

Day 2: Conversación 

  • Narrate historic fiction 
  • Conversation about stained-glass
  • Week 4 Quiz

Week 5

Day 1: Lectura 

  • Cuestión de suerte 
  • Read and answer comprehension questions 

Day 2: Gramática 

  • Adjectives 
  • Adjective phrases/epithet 
  • Letters g/j
  • Week 5 Quiz 

Week 6

Day 1: Escritura 

  • Draft news article 
  • Turn in before Day 2 

Day 2: Conversación 

  • Narrate news article 
  • Conversation about goldsmithing and silversmithing 
  • 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 listening, 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 

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 reading exam consists of students reading aloud a passage and answering comprehension questions.

Week 7

Day 1: Lectura 

  • Agapito, el coquí trovador 
  • Read and answer comprehension questions 

Day 2: Gramática 

  • Onomatopoeias 
  • Interrogative/exclamatory pronouns 
  • Letters c/s/z
  • Week 7 Quiz 

Week 8

Day 1: Escritura 

  • Draft electronic letter 
  • Turn in before Day 2 

Day 2: Conversación 

  • Present electronic letter 
  • Conversation about salsa music
  • Week 8 Quiz 

Week 9

Day 1: Lectura 

  • No era tan fácil como pensaba 
  • Read and answer comprehension questions 

Day 2: Gramática 

  • Context clues 
  • Verbs: number/time/point of view 
  • Letters r/rr
  • Week 9 Quiz

Week 10

Day 1: Escritura 

  • Draft expository text 
  • Turn in before Day 2

Day 2: Conversación 

  • Present expository text 
  • Conversation about land art
  • Week 10 Quiz 

Week 11

Day 1: Lectura 

  • Los pájaros que cantan 
  • Read and answer comprehension questions 

Day 2: Gramática 

  • Analogies 
  • Adverbs/adverbial phrases 
  • Letter ch
  • Week 11 Quiz 

Week 12

Day 1: Escritura 

  • Draft biographic timeline 
  • Turn in before Day 2 
  • Review for Exam (3 parts).  

Day 2: Conversación 

  • Present biographic timelines 
  • Conversation about public flyers 
  • 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 listening, 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. The reading exam will consist of students reading aloud a passage and answering comprehension questions. 

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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