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Spanish for Advanced Beginners

Course Description:

This course is designed for students with some experience in Spanish who feel they need a comprehensive review of the basic grammatical, linguistic and communicative structures covered in beginner level courses prior to taking an intermediate level course. Students will apply rudimentary skills to advanced language quickly and continue on progressively.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of a semester of study, students will be able to perform as indicated in each of the following areas:

1.  Listening comprehension:


a. Follow a class conducted mostly in Spanish.


b. Demonstrate an understanding of a native speaker who speaks slowly and clearly.

c. Demonstrate an understanding of the main ideas of native audio or video files.

2.  Speaking: 

a. Pronounce well enough to be understood by a native speaker with some difficulty.

b. Express basic ideas and opinions based on concrete life experiences issues.

3.  Reading:


a. Demonstrate an understanding of the main ideas in linguistically non-complex 
texts.

4.  Writing: 

a. Write short compositions on specific topics related to everyday situations.

b. Use basic grammatical, linguistic and idiomatic forms with some degree of control 
while developing rudimentary skills in the use of more complex structures.

Methodology:

Through the integration of the different language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing as well as the introduction of important cultural concepts, students will learn to communicate in the target language in progressively more involved daily life situations.

Evaluation and Grading:

  • Participation (includes weekly use of target language): 20%
  • Homework assignments (weekly): 20%
  • Quizes (comprehensive): 20%
  • Formal evaluations (writing): 20%
  • Final exam (comprehensive): 20%

SCALE:

  • 94-100 A
  • 90-93 A-
  • 87-89 B+
  • 84-86 B
  • 80-83 B-
  • 77-79 C+
  • 74-76 C
  • 70-73 C-
  • 64-69 D
  • 0-63 F

Participation:

Participation includes level of preparedness, engagement in the learning process, use an quality of the target language, and respect. NOTE: The following forms of teaching will be used:

  • E-mail

Weekly assignment schedules and handing-in assignments

  • Instant Message

Use of (written) language during live conversations

  • Google + (possibly)

Live classroom

  • YouTube Video

Video instruction

  • Recording

Students will be assigned to record their speaking and hand-in via e-mail.

Students will be required to watch all video links (not of my instruction) if applicable

Homework Assignments:

E-mailed assignments, compositions, or other homework assignments are due on assigned dates (listed on syllabus).

Quizzes:

Quizzes will be given as listed on the syllabus. Will include aural and oral sections.

***In addition, there will be VOCABULARY QUIZZES held each week on the past week's vocabulary (Sent to your e-mail via GOOGLE DOCS). The quizzes will include, of course, SPAN->ENG & ENG->SPAN as well as short sentences. The sentences will include the vocabulary and grammar we have learned. These sentences will be very short and few.

  • recording device needed (A phone can work!! As long as you can send me the recording via e-mail!!)

***Exam 1 - Use of learned language Semanas 1-5

  • Reading & Writing Comprehension
  • Grammar & Vocabulary
  • Oral & Aural

***Exam 2 - Use of learned language Semanas 6-9

  • Reading & Writing Comprehension
  • Grammar & Vocabulary
  • Oral & Aural

***Final Exam - Use of learned Language Semanas 10-14

  • Reading & Writing Comprehension
  • Grammar & Vocabulary
  • Oral & Aural

Formal Evaluations:

All formal evaluations will be personal compositions. These compositions will be handed-in via e-mail (listed on syllabus)

Lectures
    no lectures added
Prerequisites

***Only need basics of Spanish. Recommended that student has taken Spanish 1 and/ or Spanish 2(grade school level) or equivalent. (Though, any student who is intermediate or advanced is welcome and encouraged to take this course as a review!)

***If you are enrolled in this course, please e-mail me so I can have your e-mail saved.

Syllabus

Syllabus

WEEKLY SYLLABUS:

Semana 1 (01/06/14 - 01/10/14): YouTube Video, E-mail

  • Introducción al curso
  • Vocabulary Los animales y los saludos
  • Present tense of regular verbs
  • Present tense of stem-changing verbs and present tense of hacer, traer, poner, salir y oír
  • Questions, Negation
  • Possessive Adjectives

Semana 2 (01/13/14 - 01/17/14): YouTube Video, E-mail

  • Vocabulary La escuela y las ocupaciones and los adjetivos
  • Adjectives
  • Ser and Estar I
  • Ser and Estar II
  • Culture
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ

Semana 3 (01/20/14 - 01/24/14): YouTube Video, E-mail

  • Vocabulary La comida y la familia
  • Tener que / Hay que
  • Expressions with “Tener”
  • Weather Expressions
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ
  • ***Escritura 1: 75 words (due by Friday of Semana 4)

Semana 4 (01/27/14 - 01/31/14): YouTube Video, E-mail, Recording

  • Vocabulary La casa, los mueblos y los electrodomésticos
  • Vocabulary Las tareas domésticas
  • The Personal “a”
  • Contractions
  • “Ir a” + infinitive / Acabar de / Volver a
  • Oral & Aural
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ

Semana 5 (02/03/14 - 02/07/14): YouTube Video, E-mail, Recording, Google+

  • Vocabulary La anatomía
  • Comparisons of inequality
  • Comparison of equality
  • Superlatives
  • Culture
  • Oral & Aural
  • Google+ REVIEW
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ

Semana 6 (02/10/14 - 02/14/14): YouTube Video, E-mail, Instant Message

  • Vocabulary Las compras y los accesorios
  • Pronouns as Objects of Prepositions
  • Direct-Object Pronouns
  • Indirect-Object Pronouns
  • Live conversation
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ
  • ***Exam 1

Semana 7 (02/17/14 - 02/21/14): YouTube Video, E-mail

  • Vocabulary La ropa and Telas y diseños
  • Direct-Object and Indirect-Object Pronouns together
  • Verbs like Gustar
  • Present Progressive
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ

Semana 8 (02/24/14 - 02/28/14): YouTube Video, E-mail, Recording

  • Vocabulary Los deportes
  • Saber vs. Conocer / Pedir vs. Preguntar
  • Telling Time
  • Por and Para
  • Oral & Aural
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ
  • ***Escritura 2: 100 words (due by Friday of Semana 9)

Semana 9 (03/03/14 - 03/07/14): YouTube Video, E-mail, Recording, Google+

  • Vocabulary El tiempo y las estaciones and preposiciones
  • Irregular Comparatives
  • Demonstratives
  • Time expressions with “Hacer”
  • Oral & Aural
  • Google+ REVIEW
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ

Semana 10 (03/10/14 - 03/14/14): YouTube Video, E-mail, Instant Message

  • Vocabulary Las fiestas y las tradiciones
  • Vocabulary Otras celebraciones
  • Possessive Pronouns
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Preterit vs. Imperfect I / Preterit I / Imperfect I
  • Live conversation
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ
  • ***Exam 2

Semana 11 (03/17/14 - 03/21/14): YouTube Video, E-mail

  • Vocabulary Las invitaciones
  • Preterit II / Imperfect II / Preterit vs. Imperfect II
  • Preterit III / Imperfect III
  • Preterit IV, V, VI
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ

Semana 12 (03/24/14 - 03/28/14): YouTube Video, E-mail, Instant Message

  • Vocabulary El trabajo
  • Vocabulary Los oficios y la profesiones
  • Preterit vs. Imperfect III
  • “Hace …” meaning “ago”
  • Formation of Adverbs
  • Relative Pronouns and Adjectives - que, quien, el que and lo que, cuyo
  • Live conversation
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ
  • ***Escritura 3: 125 words (due by Friday of Semana 13)

Semana 13 (03/31/14 - 04/04/14): YouTube Video, E-mail, Recording

  • Vocabulary Buscando trabajo
  • Formal Commands
  • Informal Commands - tú
  • Irregular Commands - tú
  • Using Object Pronouns with Commands
  • Oral & Aural
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ

Semana 14 (04/07/14 - 04/11/14): YouTube Video, E-mail, Recording, Instant Message

  • Vocabulary Los países, los lugares y las nacionalidades
  • Commands Review I
  • 1st Person Commands - nosotros
  • Indirect Commands
  • Commands Review II
  • Culture
  • Oral & Aural
  • Live Conversation
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ

Semana 15 - 16 (04/14/14 - 04/25/14): E-mail, Google+

  • Future
  • Past Participle
  • Present Perfect
  • Past Perfect
  • Future Perfect
  • Conditional
  • Google+ REVIEW
  • ***VOCAB QUIZ
  • ***FINAL EXAM
Additional information

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Recording device
  • Access to e-mail
  • Access to YouTube
  • Access to Google+
  • Access to Google Docs
  • Access to Facebook

***Spanish of the Day!

Each day there will be a:

  • Word of the day

  • Slang of the day (word and/or phrase)

  • Phrase of the day

  • Street sign of the day

Teacher qualifications

Native Language: English

Second Language: Spanish

Other Languages:

  • Italian = conversational
  • German = conversation
  • French = conversational
  • Turkish = basics
  • Japanese = basics
  • Chinese = basics

Eudcation:

  • Minor in Spanish and Italian Language
  • Classes in other languages (as listed above)
Latest Update
Spring 2014 STARTED (2014-01-07 03:10:35)

"Hello all! This class has started and is closed to sign ups. If you have not e-mailed me, you will not receive lessons and assignments for this course. Please refer back to this course in June when it will be offered as the Summer 2014 course. E-mail me at ECPosniewski@gmail.com, if you have any concerns."

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