MS Spanish 1 A
This fun, interactive course for middle school students is filled with diverse, multimedia language activities. Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning.
Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices that reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit.
Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored.
The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
By the end of the course, students will be able to
- Master common vocabulary terms and phrases, including personal contexts such as greetings, family, school, and hobbies
- Comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, including the conjugation of regular verbs in the present tense, asking questions, and making comparisons
- Analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of Spain, Mexico and other areas of Latin America
- Participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts
- Generate language incorporating basic vocabulary and grammar patterns
- Read, write, speak, and listen for meaning in basic Spanish
- Regularly assess progress in proficiency through quizzes, tests, and speaking/writing submissions
- LMS access, speaker and microphone
- A Latin-English dictionary is recommended
- Standard laptop or desktop computers with Windows or Mac OS Bullet
- High-speed internet connection (Cable, DSL)
- Unit 1: Greetings
- Unit 2: School
- Unit 3: Descriptions
- Unit 4: Countries and Nationalities, Numbers 0–30
- Midterm Review and Test
- Unit 5: Telling time, Adverbs of Frequency
- Unit 6: Common -AR verbs Coordinating, Conjunctions, Prepositions
- Unit 7: Common -IR verbs, Common -ER verbs
- Unit 8: Days, Months, and Seasons, Numbers 30–100
- Unit 9: Final Review and Test
- Unit 10: Hobbies and Pastimes
- Unit 11: Food (part 1)
- Unit 12: Food (part 2)
- Unit 13: Family
- Midterm Review and Test
- Unit 14: The City
- Unit 15: Animals
- Unit 16: Shopping
- Unit 17: Weather, Expressions
- Unit 18: Final Review and Test
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