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Spanish I

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In level one the oral, writing, reading, and cultural aspects of beginning Spanish are fundamental.  Students are encouraged to engage in spontaneous and practical conversation using the present and near future tenses.  At the same time, they learn to write simple, grammatically accurate phrases in an environment stressing cooperation, creativity, and familiarity with the culture.  Students hear and employ a gradually increasing amount of Spanish in class. Tapes, film, music, videos, games, slides, and guest speakers are incorporated into the main curriculum.

 

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Spanish V (previous)

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Spanish V: Honors Modern Hispanic Literature

Honors level course.

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Spanish V: Honors Modern Hispanic Literature

Honors level course.

Spanish

This advanced level 5 course introduces students to a survey of contemporary Hispanic literature. Among the authors presented are Rodolfo Usigli, Horacio Quiroga, Laura Esquivel, José Martí, Isabel Allende, and Gabriel García Márquez. Students write several analytical and expository essays and are expected to participate daily in the discussion. In addition, this course provides a solid grammatical review for those students who plan to take the SAT 2 and AP exams in Spanish. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

Texts:

  • El Gesticulador, by Rodolfo Usigli
  • El Tunel, by Ernesto Sabato
  • Como Agua para Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel
  • El Coronel no tiene quienle escriba, by Gabriel G. Marquez
  • Cronica de una muerte anunciada, by Gabriel G.Marquez

Spanish IV

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Proyecto de comida
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clases de salsa

The level four course involves further study of grammatical structures and verb tenses, the acquisition of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions, and the development of a sound oral and written proficiency at the intermediate high level. Students continue the study of Spanish grammar and verb tenses: past tenses (preterit, imperfect, and present perfect), the imperative, the future, and the subjunctive. The class is conducted primarily in Spanish (the exception being some grammatical explanations), and students are expected to participate verbally on a daily basis. Students read from an anthology, as well as a selection of works (short stories, poems, song lyrics, and a novel) by authors representative of the Spanish-speaking world.

Useful Links

Internet activites for Nuevas Vistas On-line link for our textbook; check it out!

¡Vamos a editar! Needed documents for peer editing.

Great on-line verb conjugator

Diccionarios en Internet List of on-line dictionaries

¡Recursos útiles! Spanish grammar and tutorial resources.

el-castellano.com Cool Spanish Lang. site

RETANET Resources for Teaching About the Americas (Cool Links)

Estudiar con tarjetas electrónicas Electronic Flash Cards in Spanish

¿Quién quiere ser un millonario?--juego

Salsa Therapy Leer y escuchar al artículo sobre el uso de salsa como terápia para los enfermos en Cuba...

Oral Proficiency Checklist Fantastic resource for improving listening comprehension. Real-time video clips of native speakers talking about a variety of topics.

La página de Don Carlos Some interesting activities you can use for additional practice.

José Martí ---versos sencillos (Guantanamera)

Práctica con el condicional

Práctica con el subjuntivo Review of subjunctive as seen in song "Ojalá que llueva café" by Juan Luis Guerra followed by excercises.

Foreign Language Newspapers and Magazines Una lista de enlaces de prensa en español.

Language Learning Center Great resource page

Sandra Cisneros Página oficial de la escritora.

Actividad 1 para la película ¨Real Women Have Curves¨ ¿Sabes ¨spanglish¨?

Entrevista con las protagonistas de ¨Real Women Have Curves¨ Actividad de lectura--leer entrevista de 2002 que salió en ¨La prensa de San Diego¨

La herencia hispana en Target.com Learn about Hispanic Heritage Moth from Target

Lista de biografias para aprender más sobre la herencia hispana English biographies on well-know Latinos/as

Hispanos famosos Famous Hispanic Hall of Fame

La herencia hispana actividad con biografías

Language Guide Topical vocabulary guide (with illustrations and native pronunciation)

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Spanish III

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Students using their laptops

Level three involves further study of grammatical structures and verb tenses, the acquisition of additional vocabulary and idiomatic expressions, and the development of a solid oral proficiency at the intermediate-mid level. At this level, students focus on mastering the skill of narrating past, present, and future events with a particular emphasis on the ability to manipulate the various past tenses, plus the conditional and the subjunctive. Classes are conducted primarily in Spanish and students are expected to participate verbally every day. A varied methodology is used along with technology and multimedia that introduce students to a range of resources and authentic materials.

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Spanish II

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¡Bienvenidos a Español 2!

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CONTENT: This level 2 course involves further study of grammatical structures and verb tenses, the acquisition of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions, and the development of a sound oral and written proficiency at the intermediate level. Along with a brief review of the concepts learned in level 1, students will be introduced to three past tenses (preterite, imperfect and present perfect), the imperative, the future, and the present subjunctive. The class is conducted almost always in Spanish (the exception being grammatical explanations) and students are expected to participate orally on a daily basis and to be up-to-date with all assignments and homework.

GOALS: 1. To increase vocabulary knowledge and usage. 2. To increase oral expression and overall proficiency to a low-intermediate or intermediate level. 3. To improve writing ability and to perfect the development of a paragraph, letter and/or short composition. 4. To further develop listening and reading comprehension skills. 5. To continue the study of Hispanic culture. 6. To use technology as a means of aiding and enriching students in the language acquisition process.

TEXTS: Vistas 4th edition

READINGS: Students will be reading a selection of works (short stories, poems, articles,etc…) representing the Spanish speaking world.

EVALUATION:

A. WRITTEN END-OF-THE-TERM REPORTS and all TESTS will reflect the following evaluative words: 'Excellent, Nearly Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fairly Good, Better than Satisfactory, Satisfactory, Less than Satisfactory, Barely Passing, Failing.

B. DAILY ASSIGNMENTS, WRITING ASSIGNMENTS, SHORT QUIZZES, ORAL PRODUCTION ASSESSMENTS and PROJECTS will be evaluated using the following guidelines: Excellent range= task was accomplished completely, language had minimal errors. Good range= task was accomplished, language had some errors but they did not interfere with comprehensibility. Satisfactory range= task was mostly accomplished, more errors present and some interference with comprehensibility. . Less than satisfactory range= task was not accomplished fully, language somewhat incomprehensible, too many errors. Poor= task was not accomplished, majority of work either incomprehensible and/or in English or direct translation from English noted, too many errors.

 

 

Useful Links

On-line verb conjugator

¡Recursos útiles! Grammar and tutorial resources.

Foreign Launguage News and Newspapers Contiene una lista de enlaces muy buenos de prensa en español.

Spanish proficiency exercises A wonderful resource to practice skills, learn grammer and topic specific vocabulary and hear a variety of native accents.   This site has it all--including video and audio podcasts!

La cocina mexicana If you want to learn about Mexican cooking, check out this site!

Diccionarios en Internet List of on-line Spanish dictionaries that are reliable.

Language Guide Topic specific vocabulary guide (with illustrations and native pronunciation) in español

Estudiar español Learn Spanish

Mundo Latino tu idioma, tu gente, tu cultura...tu comunidad en el Internet. Page of links organized by category. Great way to gain access to information in Spanish.

Lenguage Helpful resources about the Spanish language or "apectos del lenguaje español".

eduhound.com Great world language search engine!

terra.com Terra.com (Spanish search engine)

Oddbite Inc. Spanish Verb Conjugation Machine Una buena manera de practicar la conjugación de los verbos.

El Mundo El Mundo en linea (on-line newspaper from Spain)

Prensa Libre Edición Electrónica--Guatemala Prensa Libre (on-line newspaper from Guatemala)

Online Spanish Newspaper link Resource offering links to many newspapers from the Spanish speaking world.

¿Quién quiere ser un millonario?--juego Cool game to test your knowledge of Spanish.

Oral Proficiency Checklist Fantastic resouce to improve listening comprehension skills. Real-time video clips of native speakers talking about a variety of topics.

La página de Don Carlos An eclectic collection of Spanish language activities and links.

Aprender sobre los objetos directos Learn about and practice use of direct object pronouns.

Aprender sobre los objetos indirectos Learn about use of indirect object pronouns

Gramática y ortografía--página creada por Juan Manuel Soto Arriví Great source for learning more about rules of Spanish grammar.

Ayuda con la escritura en español. Help with writing in Spanish--Useful terms and vocabulary.

Language Learning Center Great resource page especially for reading and listening comprehension practice.

Microsoft Spanish Keyboard Layout

 

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Upper School Spanish

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Here are some suggestions for interesting ways that beginner through anvanced students can maintain and improve their language proficiency in addition to being enrolled in the Catlin Gabel Spanish program and using their current teachers as resources.

  1. Listen to some Spanish language music.

  2. Listen to and watch Spanish language videos, commercials, films, news programs, etc...

  3. Read comic strips, short stories, novels, blogs, current events, etc... in the target language.

  4. Keep a written and/or audio journal of your summer adventures.

  5. Review topics covered this past school year.

  6. Have a conversation with a native speaker...ie. participate in local intercambios in Portland libraries

  7. Find a community service or service learning project in the local Hispanic community

    AND....Check out any and all of the below web sites: