Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
This course is intended for the beginning Spanish language student. Spanish I is designed to give students a balanced exposure to all four language skills. The course objectives emphasize accurate pronunciation, structure knowledge with primary focus on the present tense, and language acquision of basic vocabulary. The course provides students with opportunities to respond to and give oral directions and commands and to make routine requests in the classroom and in public places; understand and use appropriate forms of address in courtesy expressions and be able to tell about daily routines and events; and ask and answer simple questions and participate in brief guided conversations related to their needs and interests. Students will begin to speak and write in the target language. Cultural similarities as well as differences between Spanish-speaking countries and the United States are studied. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course.
The most important thing, enthusiasm towards learning a new language.
Patience and kindness during the online learning period.
The essentials: something to write with, somewhere to keep well-organized notes.
Headphones with a microphone adaptable to laptops, not for iPhone. You will be required to listen to audio when we come back.
Please obtain a copy of “El Capibara con Botas” by Mira Canion. Please have it by week 3. The cost is $7 to $8.50 plus shipping depending on where you purchase it.
You can purchase it in amazon with free shipping if you have Prime. You can also find it at teachersdiscovery.com, tprsbooks.com, miracanion.com
Access to a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone with internet access.
When we come back to the classroom, I will have everything else you may need: color pencils, paper, scissors, glue, etc. You can choose to have your own due to current health regulations, just know I will also have these materials available as well.
Dates, units and content are subject to change depending on the progress of the class.
Building a class community. During this time we will learn about each other, the class, and the expectations. We will also learn about proficiency levels and how you can successfully become a second language learner.
Supplemental: Señor Wooly - ¿Puedo it al baño?
SOMOS 1 UNIDAD 1
Los Pollitos Dicen, Hay
Target phrases and structures: Dice, Hay, Este(a) es, ¿Cómo es?, gender, nouns, and adjectives. Present tense in context. I/you/s/he conjugations.
SOMOS 1 UNIDAD 1
Me llamo Ronaldo
Target phrases and structures: Me llamo, Te presento a, introductions.
SOMOS 1 UNIDAD 2
El Encierro de Toros
Target phrases and structures: camina, corre, ve. 3rd person conjugations. Le gusta in context.
Supplemental: Señor Wooly - Soy Guapo
Q1 Cumulative Summative Assessment
SOMOS 1 UNIDAD 2
¿Qué te gusta? and Los Colores
Likes and dislikes, clothing, and colors.
El Capibara con Botas 1-3
We will read El Capibara con Botas as a class. In this class reader, you will learn: all about Ecuador, it's regions and ecosystems, animals, and family.
El Capibara con Botas 4-8
In these chapters, you will learn about climate, the weather cycle, the Amazon rain forest, and deforestation.
El Capibara con Botas 9-13
In these chapters, you will learn about Quito, the capital of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and the connection with Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
Final Capibara Exam - Summative Assessment
SOMOS 1 UNIDAD 3
¡Cierra la Puerta!
Target phrases and structures: Commands, school life, frequency words. Está enojada, Cierra la puerta, time telling in context.
Supplemental: Señor Wooly - Puedo ir al baño
SOMOS 1 UNIDAD 4
Target phrases and structures: Future recognition, quiere ser, toma clases, habla idiomas
Día de los Muertos
Students will learn about the traditions around this Latin American holiday. We will create an art project and possibly an ofrenda.
SOMOS 1 UNIDAD 5
La Corrida de Toros
In this unit, we will learn about the Spain's culture. Target phrases and structures: Tener + que, Poder, Ayudar, Predictions with future (ir + a)
SOMOS 1 UNIDAD 6
Target phrases and structures: Commands and school life.
Q3 Cumulative Summative Assessment
SOMOS 1 UNIDAD 7
Los Castells de Tarragona
Target phrases and structures: Tener + que, Poder, Ayudar
SOMOS 1 UNIDAD 8
La Comida Latina
In this unit, we will learn all about food form Spanish speaking countries. Possible cultural project.
SOMOS 1 UNIDAD 9
El Cucuy, Bolivia, La Hora
In this unit, we will explore Bolivia, legends, and review telling time.
We will read another class novel. This time we will learn about Brandon Brown and what happens when his parents go on vacation.
Q4 Cummulative Summative Assessment
FINAL AND PROJECT
We will review and take your final exam. You will also work on your final project.
CCS Required Final Exam
LISTENING IN SPANISH
Listening comprehension is the most important component of your language acquisition journey. You will listen to me providing you with comprehensible language. You will also listen to authentic sources such as commercials, music videos, short clips, newscasts, and many others. Remember, our goal is to stay 90% in the target language!
You need to HEAR the language in order to SPEAK the language.
We will use Señor Wooly as an tool to make connections with target phrases and enhance your pronunciation.
Music can be a great source to learn new vocabulary and make connections with language you already know. We will listen to various genres of music from many different countries.
COMMERCIALS AND SHORT VIDEOS
We will use authentic video sources from many different countries. These videos can be commercials, PSAs, short films and annimations.
READING IN SPANISH
We will be reading a series of class readers, news sources and authentic materials to increase language input and enhance your language acquisition. We will also create our own stories. Here you will find a list of the material we will be reading.
You need to READ the language in order to WRITE the language.
EL CAPBARA CON BOTAS
By Mira Canion
Join Carlos and his friends through Ecuador, the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands as they face great challenges to save the rainforest.
EL NUEVO HOUDINI
By Carol Gaab
Read about Brandon and discover what happen when you do not follow rules.
EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS
By The Comprehensible Classroom
EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS is a news publication that provides comprehensible news summaries from Spanish speaking countries to students. The target reader for this publication is a student in his or her first or second year of Spanish. A complete glossary is included to support student comprehension.
WRITING IN SPANISH
SPEAKING IN SPANISH
How I Got Here
From a young age, I knew I was going to dedicate my life to learning and teaching. As my career progressed, I realised that there’s nothing that I love more than sharing my knowledge with others.
These days, I am fully dedicated to my students. I believe that education in the 21st century should focus on exploration, questioning and learning new skills. I thrive on my students’ curiosity and take great pride in watching them grow and evolve. If you want to learn more about my classes and my methodology, my door is always open.