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Spanish 5.1


Spanish 5.1 is a course designed to teach Spanish on an Intermediate Low-High level. Spanish information and directions form much of the course.

By the end of this course, students will be able to speak a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks, and include personal details, responding to direct questions or requests, and ask simple questions to provide personal needs. Using the language alphabet, they can write familiar short simple communications, compositions, or requests that are loosely connected. Students may reference a variety of tenses, but write mostly in present tense with basic sentence organization. Students will listen for contextual words and can comprehend mainly one sentence construction with comprehension with some understanding of oral content from advanced speakers, practice reading short connected texts and derive some meaning from descriptive and narrative topics.

Content in the course includes global challenges, science and technology, contemporary life, personal and public identities, families and communities, and conceptions of beauty and aesthetics. Students study present indicative and subjunctive tense, preterite, reflexive verbs, adjectives, and focus on integrating vocabulary used in other courses. Expect simple conversation practice to be used extensively.

Expectations for the student include completing writing and speaking assessments using video, active engagement in their own learning, practicing vocabulary over time, comprehending grammar patterns, using various forms of verbs, participating in simple conversations and speaking prompts, analyzing and comparing cultural products, practices and perspectives between Spanish speakers and Americans.

Required Materials:

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This online course requires a Web browser capable of running the Adobe Flash Player plug-in 10.1+. Required course elements will not run on mobile devices, including iPads, that do not support Adobe Flash.

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Course Outline:

Unidad 1: La identidad personal
(Personal Identity)

  • Vocabulary: Self Image, Personal Interests, Personal Beliefs
  • Grammar: Present Tense - Regular & Irregular; Gustar & Other Verbs, Ser vs. Estar with Adjectives Possessives, Demonstratives
  • Culture: Spanish in Africa, Bailes hispanos
  • History: Francisco Franco

Unidad 2: Las familias y las comunidades
(Families & Communities)

  • Vocabulary: Family Structure, Customs & Values, Education Communities
  • Grammar: Progressive Tenses, Preterite, Imperfect Preterite vs. Imperfect
  • Culture: Movie Ratings in Hispanic Countries, Picar y tapas
  • Literature: “Los maderos de San Juan” - Asunción Silva

Unidad 3: La belleza y la estética
(Beauty & Aesthetics)

  • Vocabulary: Beauty & Creativity, Fashion & Design, Language, Literature & Architecture
  • Grammar: Pronominal Verbs (Reflexive, Reciprocal), Por vs. Para, Pronouns (object, subject), Double Object Pronouns
  • Culture: Torres humanas
  • History: Cortés y la Malinche

Unidad 4: La vida contemporánea
(Contemporary Life)

  • Vocabulary: Relationships, Lifestyles, Social Customs & Values
  • Grammar: Present Subjunctive, Noun Clauses, Adjective Clauses, Adverbial Clauses
  • Culture: African Influence in Latin America, The Spanish Monarchy
  • Literature: “Sensemaya” - Nicolás Guillén

Unidad 5: La familia y su interacción con el mundo

(The Family and its Interaction with the World)

  • Vocabulary: Social Networking, Human Geography, Global Citizenship
  • Grammar: Indirect Commands, Direct Commands, Present Perfect Indicative, Present Perfect Subjunctive
  • Culture: La guitarra, Plantas medicionales
  • Historia: Che Guevara

Unidad 6: Los desafíos mundiales
(Global Challenges)

  • Vocabulary: Population & Demographics, Economic Issues, Environmental Issues
  • Grammar: Future Tense (with Probability), Conditional Tense (with Probability), Prepositions, Relative Pronouns
  • Culture: Government in Uruguay
  • Literature: César Vallejo