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Syllabus – Sr. Tubío
GRADES LEVEL: 10 - 12 Full Year Credit 1.0
This course provides a sampling of Spanish American literary works with emphasis on vocabulary, oral and written expression and response to foreign literature styles. Students are given greater opportunities for and written self-expression. Fluency and conversation in Spanish are continued in this honors course. Students will be expected to spend time in the language lab in order to improve their listening and speaking skills.
OVERALL COURSE OBJECTIVES
1. To acquire a high level of fluency in Spanish.
2. To develop an extensive vocabulary.
3. To master the principles of grammar, structure, usage and mechanics applied to composition in Spanish.
4. To become aware of cultural mannerisms, customs, traditions, and behavioral preferences of the different countries.
5. To learn and think logically and creatively for more effective composition writing.
6. To learn to think logically and creatively for more effective oral presentations, descriptions, and story telling.
7. To become responsible for their individual improvement.
8. To acquire a high level of reading comprehension.
9. To acquire a high level of listening comprehension.
10. To interpret Spanish poetry and drama.
11. To become proficient in Spanish.
Communication (Communicate in Languages Other than English)
…engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
…understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
…present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topic
Cultures (Gain Knowledge and understanding of other cultures)
…demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied
…demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.
Connections (Connect with other disciplines and acquire information)
… reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
Acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its culture.
Comparisons (Develop insight into the nature of language and culture)
… demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own
… demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
Communities (Participate in Multilingual Communities at home and around the world)
… use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
… show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Reading: Pre-reading activities, readings, strategies, activities while you read and after you read
Communication: Vocabulary in context, Activities for vocabulary and grammar building
Culture: Cultural readings.
Writing: activities in Orthography and the Writer’s Workshop (written assignments)
Listening and Speaking: Recorded audio performances of selected readings from each collection; one listening or reading activity that goes with each corresponding “Vocabulario” and “Gramática” sections; each “Ortografía” ends with a comprehensive dictation activity; a recording of each Cultura y comparaciones presentations is provided to build on students’ listening skills
Mayor Assessments: The structure of the Assessment Program, NUEVAS VISTAS curso de introducción is as follows:
Literature Quizzes: The quizzes test basic reading comprehension, analytical and composition skills, and students’ understanding of the “Elementos de literatura” sections in the Pupil’s Edition.
Language Quizzes: There are grammar and vocabulary quizzes per collection, focusing principally on writing and reading skills and featuring more discrete, closed-ended assessment. All these quizzes may be used for evaluation, or for review in preparation for collection tests.
Culture Quizzes: There is one quiz for each Cultura y lengua section of the six collections in the Pupil’s Edition.
Collection Tests: There are two tests per collection, one for reading and one for language. Only the language test will be administered.
Alternative Assessment: There will be a variety of activities for assessing written and verbal communication at the end of each collection.
Performance Assessment: This section provides an alternative to traditional testing methods by using authentic situations as contexts for performing communicative, competency-based tasks. For every collection of the Pupil’s Edition, there are four performance assessment suggestions. These suggestions give students the opportunity to demonstrate both acquired language proficiency and cultural competence in interviews, conversations, dialogues, or skits. These activities can be performed for the entire class or they can be recorded for evaluation at a later time. These activities provide additional practice for the oral section of the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Exam, which most of the students in Spanish 4 Honors will be taking the following year
All these components will be used as evaluation for each “Colección”
Textbook: Advanced Spanish – NUEVAS VISTAS curso de introducción, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2003
Workbook: Cuaderno de práctica – NUEVAS VISTAS curso de introducción
OTHER MATERIALS (Example: film, audio tapes, etc.)