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Spanish III, Part 1 (WLG300A)

Spanish III, Part 1 (WLG300A)

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Quick Overview

Students further deepen their understanding of Spanish by focusing on the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Each unit consists of a variety of activities which teach the students how to understand more difficult written and spoken passages, to communicate with others through informal speaking and writing interactions, and to express their thoughts and opinions in more formal spoken and written contexts. The course is conducted almost entirely in Spanish.

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Course Overview

Students further deepen their understanding of Spanish by focusing on the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Each unit consists of a variety of activities which teach the students how to understand more difficult written and spoken passages, to communicate with others through informal speaking and writing interactions, and to express their thoughts and opinions in both formal and informal spoken and written contexts. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, use correct vocabulary terms and phrases naturally, incorporate a wide range of grammar concepts consistently and correctly while speaking and writing, participate in conversations covering a wide range of topics, respond appropriately to conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries, read and analyze important pieces of Hispanic literature, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course is conducted almost entirely in Spanish. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).


Course Outline

The High School Spanish III course helps students

  • Engage in language learning
  • Begin to prepare for the AP Spanish test
  • Review and expand upon a wide range of grammar patterns
  • Participate in detailed conversations and respond appropriately to a variety of conversational prompts
  • Generate language incorporating advanced vocabulary and grammar patterns
  • Read, write, speak, and listen for meaning using advanced Spanish
  • Analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries
  • Regularly assess progress in proficiency through quizzes, tests, and speaking/writing submissions

Vocabulary Theme

  • Each unit covers a new set of vocabulary words pertaining to a particular theme. Vocabulary is first introduced in context through an interpretive listening or reading activity. Students then focus on selected words and work through several activities to learn the meaning of each word. Finally, students are presented with the complete passage again where they are then asked interpretive questions verifying their understanding of the passage. A printable vocabulary list is also provided.

Grammar Concept

  • Each unit introduces a new grammar pattern. The concept is first introduced in a contextualized situation and then presented in a multimedia grammar animation. The concept is then further practiced in several interactive activities throughout the unit. A printable explanation of the pattern is also provided.

Presentation of Culture through Culture Videos

  • In each unit students learn about various cultural aspects (e.g. practices, products, and perspectives) of a Spanish-speaking country through short video presentations. These videos are presented in Spanish.

Speaking and Writing

  • Students complete speaking and writing activities in each unit. These activities give students a chance to become more familiar with the speaking and writing patterns of Spanish by applying them in communicative situations.

Assessments

  • Listening and reading comprehension quizzes verify that students comprehend the main ideas and/or significant details of target language passages or conversations.
  • Culture comprehension quizzes verify that students have understood important concepts presented in the culture presentations.
  • Unit tests assess students' mastery of the vocabulary words and grammar concepts presented that unit. Each unit test also includes reading and listening comprehension questions and an oral or written assessment.
  • Midterm and Semester Exams are comprehensive in nature. Not only do they assess students' knowledge of the language, but they also assess students' ability to produce the language in a communicative way. Midterms and Semester Exams include both oral and written assessments.

"Life-long Learner" Assignments

  • Each semester students are required to create a plan for incorporating Spanish into their daily lives. They accomplish this by outlining the long-term benefits of learning Spanish, by making goals for what they want to accomplish with their mastery of the language, and by creating a plan for accomplishing their goals.

"Explore" Activities

  • Students are provided a link to an article or audio source on the Internet where they can begin to explore the unit's topic. They are then asked to provide their opinions about the information presented to them.

Discussion Board Activities

  • There are two discussion board activities in each semester. These activities provide opportunities for students to interact with other students and practice their language.

Journal

  • Journal assignments allow students to make cultural comparisons, reinforce new vocabulary and grammar patterns, and practice communicating in the language. Many of the journal assignments have the students first interacting with authentic language sources from the Internet before they write or speak about the prompt provided in the assignment.

Pronunciation

  • Pronunciation lessons are presented in short animation videos. These videos focus on the unique sounds of the language. Follow-up activities throughout the unit provide additional practices for students to improve their pronunciation skills.

Interpretive Communication Activities

  • In each unit students are presented with both print and audio sources to practice the interpretive mode of communication. Subsequent quizzes assess students' understanding of these passages. These activities are in preparation for those found on the AP test.

Interpersonal Communication Activities

  • In each unit students work through activities which allow them to practice their interpersonal communication skills in both speaking and writing. These activities are in preparation for those found on the AP test.

Presentational Communication Activities

  • In each unit students are presented print and audio sources from which they must synthesize information from both sources to answer specific questions. Students are asked to submit both speaking presentations and formal written essays. These activities are in preparation for those found on the AP test.

Additional Information

Course Length 4 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials No
Course Start Date

Courses Taught by a K12 Teacher

Courses with a teacher have designated start dates throughout Fall, Spring, and Summer. Full-year courses last 10 months and semester courses last 4 months. Courses are taught by teachers in K12 International Academy. For details on start dates, click here.

Teacher Assisted Yes, this course is taught by a K12 International Academy teacher. If you are looking for a teacher-supported option with additional flexibility and year-round start dates, click here to learn about the Keystone School, another K12 online private schooling option.
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Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)

 

Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

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Internet Connections

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