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CATHOLIC CENTRAL COURSE SYLLABUS
SPANISH 3 REGULAR
1 YEAR – 1 CREDIT
1. Prerequisites: Spanish 2 with a minimum grade of C in the last semester
2. Text Books:
2.1 Primary: Palo Boyles, Peggy; Met, Myriam; Sayers, Richard S. Realidades 3. Pearson. Boston,
This text immerses students in the Spanish – speaking world. It uses cross-curricular and cultural connections that make material relevant to the students. The grammar structures are presented with graphics, power-points, and animated presentations that allow students to use it and understand it actively.
2.2 Manuals: Workbooks:
Pearson. Realidades 3: Grammar and Vocabulary Core Practice.
Pearson. Realidades 3: Grammar and Vocabulary Guided Practice.
3. Course Goals and Objectives
As a continuation of a four year program, Spanish 3 reinforces the concepts and skills taught in Spanish 1 & 2 and adds to them additional understanding of concepts and practice with the skills of language. The following skills are developed: the Interpersonal (Interactive communication – direct oral and writing communication), the Interpretive (Receptive communication – receptive of oral or written material), and the Presentational (Productive communication – productive communication using oral or written language).
4. Course Description:
4.1 General Overview
This course is conducted mostly in Spanish and includes opportunities for students to develop all four languages skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening) further through valuable and level-appropriate materials on a daily basis. Taking the Spanish 3 course also prepares students to be proficient across the five Standards for Foreign Language Learning:
• Communication: Students practice listening and speaking skills in class discussions, pair or group activities. Students have the opportunity to use the library lab to listen to CDs, watch DVDs, videos, and TV programming that contains native speakers’ founts.
• Culture: Students will be immersed in Hispanic culture through the exposure of authentic Spanish pictures, readings, songs, video clips, and movies.
• Connections: Through the various themes study from the textbooks the course makes connections with other curricular areas. Some of the subjects connected to the students’ learning are: geography, history, sociology, art, psychology, math, anthropology, English, etc.
• Comparison: The course helps students to make and see the connections between both cultures and language structures. The cultural comparisons allow them to rediscover themselves and the structures comparison help them to reinforce their knowledge in their own language.
• Communities: the Spanish sequence program, through the Spanish club works closely with the Hispanic community. Several field trips are organized to visit the local Mexican town, Hispanic restaurants and representative places. Our students also help a Hispanic family during Christmas time.
4.2 Itemized Detail of Course Content
4.2. a. First Semester
• Vocabulary: Talk about daily life, leisure and after-school activities
• Grammar: Review of irregular verbs and stem-changing verbs in present tense; reflexive pronouns, verbs like “gustar”, possessive adjectives,
Chapter 1: Días inolvidables
• Vocabulary: Outdoor activities and camping; Natural environment; Sports and competitions, Expressing emotions and impressions.
• Grammar: Verbs with spelling and stem-changes in the preterite, irregular verbs in the preterite, the imperfect
Chapter 2: ¿Cómo te expresas?
• Vocabulary: Art forms, genres, materials, and professions, works of art and artists, Performing arts: music, dance, stage
• Grammar: Preterite vs. Imperfect, Verbs estar+ participle, ser vs. estar, verbs with different meanings in the imperfect and preterite.
Culture: Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa
• Students research, collaborate and present a verbal and written presentation on the various aspects of life in Central America including world challenges, science and technology, contemporary life, personal and public identities, families and communities and beauty aesthetics
4.2. b. Second Semester
Chapter 3: ¿Qué haces para estar en forma?
• Vocabulario: Symptoms and remedies, parts of the body, health, food and nutrition, physical fitness and exercise, moods
• Grammar: Affirmative and negative commands with tú, Ud. and Uds., subjunctive: regular and stem-changing verbs, irregular verbs
Chapter 4: ¿Cómo te llavas con los demás?
• Vocabulary: Personality traits, Relationships, Emotions and conflicts
• Grammar: Subjunctive with verbs of emotion, Uses of por and para, Nosotros commands, possessive pronouns
Chapter 5: Trabajo y comunidad
• Vocabulary: Jobs and actvities in the workplace, personal qualities and skills needed, volunteer and community work, job interviews
• Grammar: Review Present participle, Review possessive pronouns, Present perfect, pluperfect
Culture: Countries of the Carribean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic)
• Student research, collaborate and present a verbal and written presentation on life in the Carribean Spanish speaking countries including attractions, festivals, history, politics/ecomomics, daily life (food/customs) and current events.
4.3. Support Systems or Services
The ‘Realidades” program includes; video program, audio compact discs. In addition, the following technological resources are integrated during the course
• Teacher page with extra practices and help for studying for quizzes and tests
• Video clips and Spanish movies
5. Course Assignments and Requirements
5.1 Frequency of Test
Test will be given at the end of each chapter. Quizzes will be given at the end of each section
5.2 Frequency of Assignments:
Assignments will be given after each theme is presented and it will varied in frequency
Grading will be done using the total points system. The number of points earned is divided by the number of points possible; resulting is a percentile then a letter grade.
Final semester grade is computed as follows:
33.3% = First Quarter Grade
33.3% = Second Quarter Grade
33.3% = Final Examination