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Spanish Language Essay Writing

Open to: Grades 2 - 12

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish for Elementary Students, Basic, Part IV (for grades 2-6) or Spanish Language, Basic, Part IV (for grades 7-12) or 2 years of Spanish study. Placement test available upon request.

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Course Code: SPEW

Course Description

Description

This course provides a unique approach to developing Spanish composition skills by focusing on descriptive, narrative, persuasive, informational, and comparative paragraph writing. High interest reading materials serve as the foundation for engaging discussions and compositional analysis. To prepare the student for advanced coursework, the course also includes grammar, usage, punctuation, vocabulary, and spelling. Students will become better writers, both in the classroom and in real-life situations.

Once students have successfully completed this course, they should develop:

  • Advanced writing proficiency in Spanish in a variety of formats.
  • The ability to follow a process approach to writing that covers description, narration, comparison, persuasion, and giving information.
  • Advanced proficiency in descriptive, narrative, comparative, persuasive, and informative writing.
  • Advanced knowledge of Spanish grammar.
  • Advanced proficiency in reading Spanish in order to become a better writer.
  • Knowledge of advanced spelling and punctuation rules in Spanish.
  • The ability to discuss reading topics and express opinions.

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 Required

A microphone and headphones are required for this course.

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

The following topics will be covered in the course:

  • Writing a fluid and transitional paragraph
  • Analyzing, discussing, and writing the Descriptive Essay
  • Analyzing discussing and writing the Narrative Essay
  • Analyzing, discussing, and writing the Comparative Essay
  • Analyzing, discussing, and writing the Persuasive Essay
  • Analyzing, discussing, and writing the Informative Essay
  • Description of Places and Weather
  • Description of People’s Emotional Attributes
  • Description of People’s Disposition

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.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.