*What are the fundamental characteristics of Hispanic culture and language?
*What are the fundamental skills students need to use beginning Spanish accurately and spontaneously?
*What are the most efficient learning and teaching strategies needed to use beginning Spanish accurately and spontaneously?
*How best to integrate and utilize technology in the Spanish language classroom curriculum?
*Reading: Selected works from our anthology, Lecturas, as well as a selection of works (short stories, poems, song lyrics, etc…) by authors representative of the Spanish speaking world. A short novel, La casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros during the second semester. This book was chosen by the Multnomah County Library as the 2005 Everybody Reads Selection. For more information about this program go to: http://www.multcolib.org/reads/index.html
*Vocabulary: religion, politics, popular culture, media, arts, literature, technology, history and civilization.
*Grammar: transitional expressions, passive voice, constructions with se, past participles as adjectives, pero, sino, sino que, no sólo...si no, tampoco, expressing choice and negation, the future perfect and the conditional perfect, prepositions, diminutives and augmentatives, pedir/preguntar and conocer/saber.
*Writing: well organized paragraphs, summaries and simple narrations implementing a variety of tenses, poetry, essays and research papers
*Use intermediate Spanish sentence construction: complete, coherent sentences with correct gender and number agreement and reasonable accuracy of verb usage.
*Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions in Spanish
*Research and discuss current events from the Spanish speaking world
*Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
*Develop insights into nature of language and culture
*Build reading comprehension skills while obtaining information from authentic texts
*Implement strategies to help build reading comprehension.
*Implement techniques to improve and practice oral and written language
*Make political and/or historical connections to readings.
*Appropriate vocabulary usage in class
*Overall comprehension of class subject matter
*Unit tests with aural and oral sections
Nuevas Vistas, Curso Uno
*Promote awareness of world cultures and languages by highlighting use of Spanish first, in our country and second, in Spanish speaking world
*Discuss impact of Spanish on other peoples and cultures
*Study famous Hispanics and the contributions that they have made in the areas of art, music, dance, sports, politics, etc., as well as how these aspects of culture compare or differ from our culture in the United States
*Learn to use a variety of different registers and for what situations they are appropriate
*Goal is for students to: learn sophisticated and subtle aspects of the target culture and their impact on the people of the target culture and have developed an awareness and appreciation for global interdependence, the importance of multiculturalism, and the advantages of multilingualism