Open to: Grades 2-6
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish for Elementary Students, Basic, Part II or 1 year of Spanish
Course Length: 5 weeks (Fall Intersession, Spring Intersession, Summer Intersession)
Course Code: SRB1
This is a short, engaging course intended to give students general knowledge and an appreciation of Spanish-language stories. The course will also provide for the further development of language skills at the elementary level. This reading course will provide students with the opportunity to practice and improve their reading, listening, writing and speaking, which are all a part of the world language requirements to succeed in the use of Spanish at all levels.
The course is designed to enhance the Spanish language reading and comprehension skills of elementary readers. The narration of each story includes Spanish idioms and progressive skill development that will allow readers to become accustomed to more advanced Spanish literary language.
Students will need a headset with microphone. In addition, a book is required for this course:
El oso que no lo era
ISBN Code: 978-607-01-3572-8
Publisher: Editorial Santillana, S.A. de C.V.
Although a Spanish-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.
Students will be attending online lectures once a week via Adobe Connect. The lectures are one-hour long and will be held in the evenings. Lectures are meant for students to better learn and to retain the new vocabulary, reading, and cultural material associated with each reading, and to also provide students with the opportunity to virtually interact with their instructor and/or peers.
The 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 in the general cover letter.
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 app. Students 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.
“I enjoy the course very much. The individual attention during class makes it a very enjoyable hour, and the friendliness and relaxed atmosphere make class something to look forward to each week. I can’t wait to continue with the next level!”
"My son's foreign language instructor has had the challenging task of forging bonds with her students without being face-to-face with them in a classroom on a daily basis, while teaching them a language quite different from their native tongue. She has inspired our son with her enthusiasm, her expertise, and her extraordinary conscientiousness, kindness, tolerance, and patience. I have rarely had the pleasure and honor of being the parent of a student with a teacher who goes so far above and beyond."
"I really like this course, and I love the way the teacher teaches it. Her style of teaching makes it easier and more fun to participate."