Spanish I

Units

Unit Essential Questions Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources Multicultural Dimension
Spanish I: Fall

*Why learn a second language and specifically Spanish in the U.S. today?
*How are Spanish and English alike and different?
*Does the Latino population in Western U.S. influence American cultural values?

*Greetings, common courtesies and leave-taking
*Numbers 1-1000
*Telling time
*Weather expressions, seasons
*Months of the year and days of the week
*Gender and pluralization of nouns
*Verbs ser, estar, ir and tener
*Descriptive and possessive adjectives
*Present tense with both regular and irregular verbs
*Stem-changing verbs
*Vocabulary relating to the classroom, travel,family, pastimes, sports, clothing, colors and shopping

*Develop a cultural awareness through study of history, geography, and the arts
*Communicate with learned material and ask simple questions
*Demonstrate understanding of simple utterances, simple questions and commands
*Demonstrate understanding of main ideas of a simple text
*Recognize most cognates
*Write short descriptions and letters on familiar topics

*Daily conversation assessment using required vocabulary
*Weekly review of vocabulary proficiency through quizzes
*Chapter tests
*In class role-playing using pairs and small groups
*End of term evaluation in the fundamentals of listening, speaking, writing and reading

Vistas, fourth edition; online version.
A variety of computer software programs designed to support and strengthen student learning.  A variety of supplemental readers designed to add vocabulary and cultural depth to the material in the text.

*Identify and understand basic cross-cultural differences
*Recognize and experience both local and global Hispanic customs and traditions
*Understand how Spanish language acquisition can heighten cultural sensitivity

Spanish I: Winter

*Why learn a second language and specifically Spanish in the U.S. today?
*How are Spanish and English languages alike and different?
*Does the Latino population in the Western United States influence American cultural values?

*Reading, writing and speaking in the preterite (past) tense
*Direct and indirect object pronouns
*Reflexive verb use
*Comparisons and superlatives
*The verb gustar and similarly structured verbs
*Vocabulary relating to daily routine, personal hygiene, food and meals, and personal relationships

*Develop a cultural awareness through the study of history, geography, and the art
*Communicate minimally with learned material and ask simple questions
*Demonstrate an understanding of simple utterances, simple questions and commands
*Demonstrate understanding of main ideas of a simple text
*Recognize most cognates
*To write short descriptions and letters on familiar topics

*Daily conversation assessment using required vocabulary
*Weekly review of vocabulary proficiency through quizzes and short translations
*Chapter tests
*In class role-playing using pairs and small groups.
*End of term evaluation in the fundamental areas of listening, speaking, writing and reading

Vistas, fourth edition, electronic online version. Various supplemental reading materials designed to add depth to the material in the text. Online exercises designed to supplement the grammatical drills in the text.

*To identify and appreciate cultural differences.
*To identify and contrast some Spanish and American customs and traditions.
*To observe oral and non verbal communication in a Hispanic setting.

Spanish I: Spring

What is the benefit of learning a second language?
How similar or dissimilar is the Spanish language to the English language?
How do you compare between Spanish and American cultural values?

*General overview of the 21 Hispanic countries.
*General parts of speech.
*Regular and irregular verbs in the present and past tenses.
*Agreement of gender and number.
*Vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.

*To develop a cultural awareness through the study of history, geography, and the arts.
*To communicate minimally with learned material and ask simple questions.
*To understand simple utterances, simple questions and commands.

*Daily vocabulary quizzes (10 words).
*Bi-weekly unit tests including short paragraph writing.
*End of the term oral proficiency interviews and role playing.

Vistas, text and additional materials

*To identify and appreciate cultural differences.
*To identify and contrast some Spanish and American customes and traditions.
*To observe oral and non verbal communication in a Hispanic setting.