Author:
Vanessa Botts
Subject:
Languages, World Cultures
Material Type:
Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Textbook
Level:
High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division, Adult Education
Tags:
  • Hispanic Culture
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Culture
  • Spanish Language Acquisition
  • Spanish Language Learner
  • World Cultures
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    Public Domain Dedication
    Language:
    English, Spanish
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    Spanish for Communication and Cultural Understanding (Beginner 2)

    Spanish for Communication and Cultural Understanding (Beginner 2)

    Overview

    This resource was designed for a beginning-intermediate Spanish student, but its content can be useful (and adapted to) more advanced students. The equivalent of this resource would be a second-semester Spanish course. This online textbook resource is comprised entirely of free, open-educational resources which are available to anyone. These include SpanishDict.com, StudySpanish.com, The Spanish Experiment, YouTube and many more.

    The content is practical, authentic and engaging, but more importantly, it allows students to acquire much more than basic Spanish skills. The emphasis will be on oral communication and cultural understanding, but grammar and vocabulary building activities are also included in order to provide the student with a well-rounded experience equivalent to one semester of a college-level introductory Spanish course.

    Overview

    This resource was designed for a beginner Spanish student, but its content can be useful (and adapted to) more advanced students. The equivalent of this resource would be a second-semester Spanish course. This online textbook resource is comprised entirely of free, open-educational resources which are available to anyone. These include SpanishDict.com, StudySpanish.com, The Spanish Experiment, YouTube and many more.

    The content is practical, authentic and engaging, but more importantly, it allows students to acquire much more than basic Spanish skills. It provides students with oppotunities to learn about Spanish, Latin and Hispanic culture and geography, as well as acquainting the students with Spanish as it is actually spoken in many different countries.The course is divided into 14 modules with each module centering around specific themes aimed at increasing oral Spanish skills. Even though grammar is essential to learning any language, in this course speaking the language, strategies for learning languages and culture take precedence over grammar drills. 

    Modules are divided into sections with each section including activities that can be used in a face-to-face classroom or online classroom. They are activities that should take between 15 - 60 minutes and provide students with opportunities to:

    1. Acquire or increase Spanish speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
    2. Learn strategies for language learning and for learning in general (learn how to learn!)
    3. Become acquainted with Spanish, Latin American and Hispanic culture
    4. Explore free, online resources and platforms available for language learning

    Module 0: Resources and Tutorials (How do I...?)

    Click on the below for tutorials or useful information

    NOTE: With any external site incuded in this textbook resource, please watch out for ads and be cautious of where you click!

    Recommended Language Learning Platforms (all external sources that have both free and paid versions)

    • SpanishDict
    • Duolingo
    • Busuu

    Recommended Vocabulary and Translation (all external sites)

    • FreeRice
    • Quizlet
    • Toucan
    • DeepL
    • Linguee
    • Forvo

    Recommended YouTube Channels

    • EasySpanish
    • Why not Spanish
    • Spanish and Go
    • BBC Mundo
    • TedEd in Spanish

     

    Recommended Websites (Please watch out for ads and be cautious of where you click!)

    The Spanish Experiment

    FluentU

    Spanish Homeschool Academy

     

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

    Module 1: The Basics

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (15 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (30 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (30 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

     

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

    Scroll down to get started with the first section!

     

    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Basic Greetings Review

    Please watch the following video which will showcase some authentic conversation with Spanish from Spain! Based on the video, share 2 greetings and 2 parting comments (goodbye) phrases you learned that were new, interesting or useful for you. Share them in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

    When a submission requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. 

    Greetings

     

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Let's get to know each other 

     Building a community is important in any class, but especially in an online class.

    In Spanish, in the appropriate submission area, please share your name, age (optional), your major, where you are from and anything else you would like to share about yourself such as hobbies, interests, pets, etc. (Hint: This YouTube Playlist videos will show you some basic, authentic greetings in Spanish) and watch the video below for some great listening practice and basic phrases for introductions.

    *** Please scroll down the page for additional instructions and the second video you will watch for this lesson***

    Spanish introductions

    In addition to getting to know each other with 'traditional' introductions, we will also share our thoughts on how language affects thinking and culture because in order to effectively and authentically learn about any culture, we cannot isolate language and how it shapes thinking and thus, culture.

    Please watch the short video below, and based on the video, in English: share three new, interesting or useful things you learned and how these may (or may not) change your approach/perspective to learning Spanish in this class.

    All posts must be respectful and contribute positively to an atmosphere of civility and cooperation.

    NOTE: IF YOU ARE POSTING TO A PADLET DISCUSSION BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THE PADLET POST, TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT, PLEASE TAKE A SCREENSHOT (OR COPY AND PASTE POST TEXT) TO INCLUDE WITH THE REST OF THE MODULE SUBMISSION DOCUMENT WHERE YOU SUBMIT THE REST OF THE MODULE SECTIONS.

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

    Does language affect the way we think?

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Most important Spanish verbs

    Learn or review 20 of the most important Spanish verbs in this Babbel lesson. and with the video below. Then, choose one of the resources (lesson or video) and:

    • By hand, write the list of verbs from the video or lesson, and submit the list in English and Spanish. Submit a screenshot of your list.

    Please do not copy and paste the list from the lesson. Please do not type the verbs. Write them yourself so you get the practice, and this will also help with learning and memorization. Submit a screenshot of your writte list.

    Top 25 verbs

     

     

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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    Planning for Success

     As you probably already know, managing academics, work, family and social commitments is a challenge. However, there are ways to plan for success in all areas which are worth exploring. Please watch the videos below, and based on the videos answer the following questions:

    1. Based on the 7 Benefits of learning languages video, what are 3 new or surprising benefits of learning different languages? (list at least three benefits)
    2. Based on the How to Learn Faster video, which three learning strategies were more interesting or surprising to you? Why? Which ones can you incorporate into your Spanish studies this term?
    3. Which two strategies from the Thomas Frank, 6 Steps to Stop Procrastinating Now, video would be the most useful to you?
    4. Which strategies from all the videos do you plan to implement to help you succeed in this class? List at least 3 strategies and explain how they will be useful for you.
    5. Do you have the time or are you willing to make the time to learn Spanish while in this course?
    6. State your full name, state what grade you would like to earn in this class and explain how you plan to earn that grade?

    Your responses can be in English and/or Spanish.

    Submit your work as a Word or PDF document in the appropriate assignment submission area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    When applicable: Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    Benefits of speaking different languages

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    How to learn faster

     

    How to stop procrastinating

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    Regular and Irregular Verbs

     You may or may not recall the basics of Regular and Irregular Verbs in Spanish. Either way, they are an essential part to communicate in Spanish and worth reviewing before moving on to other/new grammatical structures.

    To review verbs, please watch the following videos and:

    • Submit a brief explanation of the difference between regular and irregular verbs and how they are conjugated.
      • List the -AR, -ER and -IR sample verbs from the first video (Spanish and English)
    • From the Easy Spanish video, share 2 new sentences or phrases you learned. Write them in English and Spanish.

    Submit your work as a Word or PDF document in the appropriate assignment submission area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    When applicable: Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    Regular and irregular verbs

     

    Irregular verbs

     

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    Section 6: Pronunciation Station

    Spanish Numbers Review

    Practice your numbers in Spanish with an excellent Open Educational Resource: SpanishDict.com which you will access by clicking below.

    Read the lesson and/or watch the video, and then:

    1. Record audio of yourself reading ALL the numbers from 1-100 in Spanish (Hint: You can record yourself repeating after the lesson audio or the video)

    Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link.

    Numbers 1-100

     

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    Section 7: Culture

    Greetings Around the World

    Please watch the provided videos and, for each video, share your saludo favorito (favorite greeting). Describe the saludo and include which country each is from.

    Greetings around the World

     

    Greetings and goodbyes around the World

     

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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

    Spanish Experiment Lesson: https://www.thespanishexperiment.com/learn-spanish/greetings

    Regular verbs: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/spanish-present-tense-forms

    Irregular verbs: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/irregular-verbs-in-spanish

     

    Greetings

     

     

    Module 2: Let's continue to get to know each other

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (30 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (30 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (30 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

    Scroll down to get started with the first section!

    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Formal and Informal Basic Greetings and Small Talk

    Please watch the following videos which will showcase some authentic conversation with Spanish with different accents! Notice the different ways in which the verbs are conjugated depending on whether they are addressing each other 'formally' or 'informally'.

    Based on the video, share 4 full phrases, questions or sentences you learned that were new, interesting or useful for you. Indicate whether the phrase or question is in the FORMAL, INFORMALforms or can be used in both situations. Share the phrases/questions in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

    When a submission requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. 

    Greetings
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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Let's continue to get to know each other!

    In this discussion, we will continue to get to know each other (in Spanish) with text and audio!

    This will be great practice for introductions when meeting others such as students, new friends, co-worker, client, etc.

    First, watch the YouTube videos below with more advanced greetings in Spanish and read this lesson from Homeschool Spanish Academy. Based on what you learned from the videos you will submit an original introductory post and respond to the post of others on the appropriate submission area of the course. 

    PARTE 1: Original Post

    • Create/write a brief text introduction of yourself (in Spanish) of at least five (5) sentences.
      • Please include some of the sentences you learned from the videos
    • After you create your written introduction, create a set of at least three (3) questions (in Spanish) that you might ask a student, new friend, colleagues, etc.
    • Record audio of yourself reading your introduction and the questions - all in Spanish.
    • Post the text version of your introduction as well as a link to the audio

    PARTE 2: What is Fluency? (Include on post)

    Watch the last video in this section (3 Myths about Fluency...), and based on the video, in English, share 2 new or interesting facts you learned about what FLUENCY means or its myths. Share what you think your current Spanish fluency level is and what level you hope to achieve in the future, even beyond this class. Note that it is OK to share if you are not planning on reaching any level of fluency beyond what you reach in this class!

    PARTE 3: Respond to the Posts of 2 other students

    • Choose posts from at least TWO other students that you will respond to
    • Listen to their audio introductions and read their posts, paying close attention to the questions they ask
    • Create an audio recording (in Spanish) where you respond to their questions.
    • Post a link to your text and audio response as a Reply to their original post.

    *** Please scroll down the page for  the second videos you will watch for this section***

    All posts must be respectful and contribute positively to an atmosphere of civility and cooperation.

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.) NOTE: If posting to a PADLET wall, please take a screenshot (or copy and paste the text) to also submit with the rest of the Module sections.

    When applicable: Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation. Please share which (if any) translation platforms you used.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

     

    Greetings and Introductions

     

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    Introductions
    Fluency myths
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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Diacritical Marks and Homonyms

     

    1. Learn about a specific type of diacritical marks in Spanish such as tildes, by reading this article from Berlitz: https://www.berlitz.com/blog/accent-marks-spanish 
    2. Scroll down the article until you find the word list titled Homonyms. (Notice how the accent can change the meaning of the word!)
    3. Then, from the article, TYPE all the words in the COMMON SPANISH HOMONYMS table using the TypeIt text editor which will help you write the Spanish accents and other marks such as the inverted question mark. Include only the English and Spanish words both accented and non-accented using TypeIt. DO NOT INCLUDE THE pronunciation or IPA column words. Please do not simply copy and paste from the article's list since the purpose of this assignment is to have you practice using a Spanish text-editor as well as to get you to slow down during this process to help you learn the words and how their meanings change with accents.

     

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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    A Faster Way to Learn a New Language

    Explore how to learn languages most efficiently while enjoying the process, please watch the following video about another individual's perspective (and literal journey!) to learn languages.

    The video running time of about 14 minutes, but you only need to watch the first 6 minutes of the video in order to complete the assignment.  Please disregard any 'sales' pitches/commercials and don't sign up for anything!

    Based on the video:

    1. Share what strategies or facts about language learning were new, most surprising or most useful to you.
    2. List 20 'High Frequency' words that would be useful to know in Spanish for you depending on your interest or situation (work? school? friends?) - YOU CHOOSE THE WORDS BASED ON YOUR NEEDS OR INTEREST. [Spanish and English list]
    3. State why you chose the 20 words. How would they be useful for you?
    4. Did the video inspire you to do something different in the way you approach language learning? Why or why not?

    NOTE: Online safety is essential. Never communicate or practice languages with individuals you do not know.

    A faster way

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    SER and ESTAR

     SER and ESTAR both mean "to be" but are used differently. They are essential verbs in Spanish, and even more advanced learners of Spanish find them challenging. To review how to use them, start with a SpanishDict lesson (you can access it below) and then, watch the following video about the verbs.

    1. Based on the video explain how and when these verbs are used
    2. Record audio of you reading/stating each of the example sentences  using the verbs SER and ESTAR (boxes in gray which contain audio icon) from the SpanishDict lesson (in English and Spanish). You can listen to the correct pronunciation by clicking on the speaker icon you will see next to each sample sentence. MAKE SURE TO SCROLL DOWN THE LESSON PAGE SO YOU CAN READ/RECORD ALL THE SAMPLE SENTENCES AS THEY ARE IN DIFFERENT SECTIONS.

    Please submit your assignment in the appropriate submission area as a Word document or PDF with audio link.

    NOTE: You do not have to sign up to SpanishDict (unless you would like to) in order to complete the assignment

    Lesson:  SPANISHDICT SER VS ESTAR

    NOTE FOR FIRST TIME SPANISHDICT USERS: You will need to register to the platform using a gmail/google account. There is a free version which has a lot of ads, so watch out for those. If you have the means, the paid version is highly recommended.

    Submit your work as a Word or PDF document in the appropriate assignment submission area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    When applicable: Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

     

    Ser vs Estar

     

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    Section 6: Pronunciation Station

    Difficult Sounds

    You may already be familiar with Spanish pronunciation, however, there are certain sounds that are often confusing, even for more advanced speakers.

    1. Watch the video below (less than 3 minutes) for a review on how to pronounce certain letters within difficult words.
    2. Based on what you review from the video, write down the Spanish words listed/pronounced AND record audio of yourself reading the words, using the proper pronunciation. Hint: Write down the words, type them into SpanishDict and hear them pronounced properly!
    Improve your Spanish pronunciation

     

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    Section 7: Culture

    Formal and Informal Speech 

    You may recall, in Spanish, there are different ways to address people depending on many factors; there is a formal and informal way, especially when it comes to the pronoun YOU. Based on the YouTube videos and your own research on the pronouns tú and usted, explain:

    1. From EACH video, list three new, useful or interesting facts you learned.
      • Note: The 2nd video is in Spanish, but you can turn on the Auto-Translate function for English subtitles. Instructions are below,
    2. Explain the difference between: tú, vos y usted
    3. When you would use one instead of the other? Provide at least five (5) different situations that are likely for you and share the situation, the pronoun you would use and why.
    4. Why is it important to know (and properly) use the correct one?
    5. Conduct research of different languages that also have a formal and informal way of addressing people? Which one(s) did you find? Share the links where you got the information.
    • Your responses can be in English and/or Spanish.

    Note: In addition to learning about the pronouns with the videos, you will get some excellent listening practice. Listen for the different accents!

    Submit your work as a Word or PDF document in the appropriate assignment submission area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    When applicable: Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

    NOTE: If a YouTube video is in Spanish, often, you can click the 'gear' icon, choose 'Auto translate' and click on 'English' to view the captions. (Make sure the CC icon is ON and that you are viewing the video on a separate browser tab). The translation may not be 100% accurate, but it will be close enough!

    Formal and informal speech differences

     

    Origins of VOS

     

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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

    Greetings

    Module 3: Pasatiempos (Hobbies)

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (15 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (30 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (30 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

    Scroll down to get started with the first section!

     

    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Hobbies in Spanish

    As you know, talking about hobbies and what we like to do in our spare time is a great way to communicate and get to know people. 

    Based on the video, share 2 phrases AND 2 pastimes that were new, interesting or useful for you from each the video and lesson. Submit the phrases as text and audio, in English and Spanish.

    When a submission requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. 

     

    Hobbies

     

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Pasatiempos

    Hobbies are called pasatiempos in Spanish, although in many Spanish-speaking countries, they are also called hobbies!

    1. In the appropriate discussion board area, we will continue to get to know each other, (in Spanish) with text and audio, by talking about hobbies and what we do during our free time!
    2. First, watch the YouTube video below about hobbies and read this lesson
    3. Based on what you learned from the video and this lesson from Homeschool Spanish Academy you will submit an original introductory post about what you like to do in your free time and respond to the post of 2 others in the appropriate submission area of the course.
    4. Your original and response posts should be in English and Spanish as text and audio.

    All posts must be respectful and contribute positively to an atmosphere of civility and cooperation.

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.) NOTE: If posting to a PADLET wall, please take a screenshot (or copy and paste the text) to also submit with the rest of the Module sections.

    When applicable: Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation. Please share which (if any) translation platforms you used.If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

    Hobbies in Spain

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Present Progressive

    The Spanish present progressive verb tense is practically the same as its English equivalent, you’ll probably have little trouble learning this one. An example of an English equivalent of the Spanish present progressive would be “I am swimming”. To find out how to use this tense, please watch the video below and:

    • Complete the 'Practice' activity at the end. Write down the responses to the questions (the video will prompt you to translate some sentences using the Present Progressive) and do not worry about being correct or incorrect.
    • Then, as you continue watchind the video, check your responses. How many did you get right and how many were not correct? Submit your original responses with the correct response next to it (as applicable)
    Present Progressive

     

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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    Language Learning Style

    There are many challenges we are faced with when learning something new. However, for most of us, few of those challenges have to do with the subject matter itself but rather our approach or thoughts. Learn some strategies on how to overcome some of these challenges by watching the video below.

    Based on the video, in English:

    • State 3 new, interesting or useful facts you learned about learning. Provide enough details from the video to fully explain.
    • Explain how you will use the knowledge/strategies from the video to help you learn Spanish more efficiently.

    Based on your own experience, in English:

    • What are the biggest challenges you have faced in this class so far?
    • How have you/will/could you overcome them?
    • Have your views on your ability to learn Spanish changed since the beginning of the course? Explain.
    • Have your views on your interest in learning Spanish changed since the beginning of the course? Explain with enough details to support your answer.
    Learning Styles

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    SER and ESTAR

    PARTE 1: SER and ESTAR both mean "to be" but are used differently. They are essential verbs in Spanish. To review, start with this Spanish Experiment lesson and based on the lesson, record audio of yourself reading all the sample phrases, conjugations and sentences using ser and estar. Submit an audio link, and make sure to properly label the link to indicate that it is the PARTE 1 audio.

    PARTE 2:

    Please visit the SpanishDict lesson provided via the link below to learn about this topic. You should have already visited the lesson in a previous section, but this time, you will complete the clickable, interactive lessons.

    Complete the Activity Lessons located at the top of the page. Choose at least 3 lessons you will complete (Choose the 1st lesson and then choose 2 others) and click on each lesson. Provide a screenshot of each completed lesson as evidence of your completion. If you complete lessons at different times, you can submit separate screenshots. If you complete them all at one, you can submit one screenshot that shows they have been completed.

    • SPANISHDICT LESSON

      Interactive lessons at the top of the page for which you will submit screenshot(s) as proof of completion) Click on each of the lessons to complete.
      • Note: When completing the lesson activities, you can hover over the Spanish sentences to view the English translation

     

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    Section 6: Pronunciation Station

    C and Z sounds

    Learn about (or review) the C, S and Z sounds in Spanish (and more!) with the following video. Please watch the video provided and then record yourself reading out loud the vocabulary words that include the specified letter or sound. Additionally, please submit a list of these words in both English and Spanish. Share the audio recording link and provide the written list as well.

    C and Z

     

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    Section 7: Culture

    Idioms

     You may already know that learning and using idioms can help you understand Spanish better and make you sound more like a native speaker. Idioms are also a fun way to communicate authentically.

    Access a FluentU article with some idioms in Spanish by clicking on the link below and watch an interesting video on common Spanish idioms.

    Based on the article you read or the video:

    1. Choose TWO idioms that were new and/or interesting for you.
    2. List the idioms in English and Spanish (with the English 'literal' and 'actual use' translations.
    3. Find images (or create) images that could represent the idioms (either the literal translation or as an idiom)
    4. Use the idioms in sentences and include the English and Spanish version (they will likely not be literal translations!) as well as the images.
    5. State whether the idioms you chose were from the lesson, video or both.

    FLUENTU ARTICLE: 15 COMMON SPANISH IDIOMS

    VIDEO

    Idioms

     

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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

     

     

    Module 4: Routines

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (15 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (30 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (30 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

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    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Billy la Bufanda (Reflexive verbs)

    Reflexive verbs and pronouns are helpful when talking about routines. To learn or review some reflexive verbs and places with a song (that you will not be able to stop singing along with!) join Billy La Bufanda (Billy the scarf) for about seis minutos.

    Based on the video, list 3 new or useful phrases/sentences (not single words) you learned. Submit in Spanish and English as audio and text

    When a submission requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. 

     

    Billy

     

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Routines

    Watch the video below to learn or review routines and reflexive verbs. (Notice the use of 'PUES' which is one of the most common 'filler' words in Spanish. It takes the place of 'hmm...' or 'well...' that we use in English before saying something such as "Well...Every day I drink coffee")

    Based on the conversations from the videos and lesson you will post to the appropriate submission area the following:

    1. Create a script of a conversation of two or more people where you talk about your daily routine, including time (hours, days, season, etc.) The script should consist of at least 10 lines (5 for each of the people/characters speaking) and it should be in Spanish and English.
    2. Record the audio for the script (using Vocaroo or another recording platform you are familiar with OR use the Padlet audio recorder feature) in both languages.
    3. You can play the voice for both 'characters' in the recording OR you could ask a friend or family member to help
    4. Post the written script and audio link

    You do NOT have to respond to the posts of others but are encouraged to do so or at least read/listen to their posts!

    All posts must be respectful and contribute positively to an atmosphere of civility and cooperation.

    ****Please don't forget to submit your routine script (text and audio) in English and Spanish as text and audio both on the Discussion Board AND the Module assignment submission area.****

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

     YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

    Routines

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

     Free Rice or Memrise

    For this assignment, you will explore a resource to help you learn Spanish vocabulary and much more: Free Rice

    NOTE: If Free Rice does not work or you would prefer another platform, use Memrise and take a screenshot showing proof you completed at least two lessons.

    • Visit the Free Rice site and learn/practice Spanish vocabulary while at the same time helping to fight hunger around the World.
    • Submit a screenshot once you have gained at least 500 ‘grains of rice’
    • Write a statement of whether you were familiar with Free Rice (or Memrise), is this a resource you might incorporate into your routine to help you increase your Spanish skills. Why or why not?

    The 500 points/grains do not have to be earned at the same time - you can take screenshots at different times that show points that add up to 500)

    Note 1: You may be asked to input your birthday to 'play' Free Rice, but you DO NOT have to input your actual date

    Note 2: If you register to the site, it will keep track of the 'grains of rice' you earn as well as give you more difficult words rather than the same ones over and over.

    Free Rice

    Memrise

     
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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    Translate Using Context (Beginner Level)

    For this assignment, you will try out translating first WITHOUT help and then WITH the help of online resources. The goal here is NOT to have a perfect translation but to give you a sense of translating by using context. You will first read the text below on this page. Then:

    1. Translate the text to English WITHOUT using any apps - title this translation NO APP TRANSLATION (remember the goal is not an accurate translation!)

    2. After you translate on your own (without an app) Create a list of 10-20 words that you did not know and translate them using any of the resources you have (DeepL, SpanishDict, etc. - extend beyond Google Translate) - TYPE YOUR LIST IN BOTH LANGUAGES and title this translation NEW WORDS

    3. Return to original and translate again. Did the translation get better? Explain.

    4. Now, copy and paste (or type) the original Spanish text into translator app and compare YOUR TRANSLATION with the APP translation. Title this new translation APP TRANSLATION

    5. Compare translations - how close was your translation to the APP translation? Yours might be more accurate than the app, do you think so?

    • Submit ALL written translations, properly labeled as per the instructions above AND:
      • Share how this process went for you: (1) How long did it take?
      • How accurate was your initial translation?
      • How did the translation improve after you increased your vocabulary by looking up the words?
      • Was this activity challenging? Simple? Fun? Useful? Explain.

    Translate the following:

    Mi día

    Me llamo María Pérez, tengo diecinueve años. Nací en Málaga, pero vivo en Granada. Soy estudiante de primer curso de Periodismo.

    De lunes a viernes me levanto a las siete y media, desayuno y camino hasta la universidad. Entro en clase a las nueve y salgo a la una.

    Al mediodía como la comida en mi casa y veo la televisión. Por la tarde, estudio hasta las siete y después quedo con mis amigas.

    A nosotras nos gusta mucho el cine, el teatro y la música. Los viernes por la noche cenamos pizza y bailamos en la discoteca.

    Todos los sábados visito a mi familia en Málaga.

    El domingo por la tarde regreso a Granada y, si hace sol, salgo con mi perro a dar un paseo. ¡Me encantan los animales!

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    Reflexive Verbs and Pronouns

    In simple terms, reflexive verbs in Spanish are used when a person performs an action to or for him/herself.

    For example, I wake (myself) up, he gets (himself) dressed, she showered (herself), and so on.

    In other words, the subject and direct object of the reflexive verb is the same.

    This means that the subject pronouns (yo, tú, él, ella, nosotros, ustedes, ellos, ellas) will always be affected by the action.

    Please visit the SpanishDict lesson provided via the link below to learn about this topic.

    • Complete the Activity Lessons located at the top of the page numbered 1 - 4. Provide a screenshot of the completed lessons as evidence of your completion. If you complete lessons at different times, you can submit separate screenshots. If you complete them all at one, you can submit one screenshot that shows they have been completed.

    SPANISHDICT LESSON

     

    • Please complete ALL lessons
    • Note: When completing the lesson activities, you can hover over the Spanish sentences to view the English translation

     

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    Section 6: Pronunciation Station

    "J" and "G" sound

    The "J" and "G" sounds in Spanish is one of the more confusing for beginner learners. You may remember that GE and GI in Spanish have the J Spanish sound, unlike GA, GO or GU.

    Please watch the video provided and then record yourself reading out loud the sample sentence that includes the specified sounds in both English and Spanish. Share the audio recording link and provide the written list as well.

    When a submission requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. 

     

    J and G sounds

     

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    Section 7: Culture

    Chronemics

    Watch the following videos to learn about how different cultures experience time.

    1. Based on EACH video list 3 new or interesting facts you learned.
    2. Explain why it might be important to be aware of differences in Chronemics in other cultures other than our own.
    3. Submit your list and include enough evidence from the video.

    Submit your work as a Word or PDF document in the appropriate assignment submission area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    When applicable: Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    Time
    Clocks around the World

     

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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

    Countries, languages and nationalities in Spanish from Berlitz: https://www.berlitz.com/blog/countries-nationalities-languages-spanish

    Module 5: Past Tense

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (15 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (30 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (30 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

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    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Preterite 

     The preterite or preterit is a grammatical tense or verb form serving to denote events that took place or were completed in the past. Please learn about this important tense which allows us to communicate and understand events that happened in the past by watching the video below and then based on the video:

    1. Explain the preterite tense
    2. List 3 full sentence examples from the video that use the preterite  (in English and Spanish)
    3. Record audio of yourself reading each of the 3 example sentences you chose (in English and Spanish)

    Submit answer to question 1, written sentence list and audio link of your reading the list in English and Spanish.

     

    Additional Resources

    Preterite tense introduction

     

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

     Asking people what they did

    You are now going to learn a bit the past tense in Spanish in a practical way: by learning how to ask people 'what they did'. You will explore in more detail in upcoming activities.

    Meanwhile, let's practice some real-life conversation by asking our classmates about their day, weekend or past. Watch the following video, and based on the video, and using the proper tense, you will ask and answer questions on the appropriate discussion board content area.

    Based on what you learned from the video:

    1. Post THREE questions that you would ask a friend about what they have done in the recent past. (Spanish and English - text and audio)
    2. Choose two posts you will respond to and answer the 3 questions the classmates posted. (Spanish and English - text and audio)

    All posts must be respectful and contribute positively to an atmosphere of civility and cooperation.

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    NOTE: IF YOU ARE POSTING TO A PADLET DISCUSSION BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THE PADLET POST, TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT, PLEASE TAKE A SCREENSHOT (OR COPY AND PASTE POST TEXT) TO INCLUDE WITH THE REST OF THE MODULE SUBMISSION DOCUMENT WHERE YOU SUBMIT THE REST OF THE MODULE SECTIONS.

    Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

    Asking people what they did

     

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    Section 3: Language Learning Lab (There are 2 parts in this section)

     PARTE 1: Preterite in a story

    This week, you will be exploring the preterite in Spanish (past tense) but before we delve into the grammar of it, we will re-visit a well-known children's story, but in Spanish: Goldilocks. With this story, you will practice reading out loud, try out your translation skills and explore some verbs in the preterite. You can access the story by clicking on the link below.

    For this assignment, you will:

    1. Read the story to yourself in Spanish, and as you read each paragraph, try to translate its meaning in your head. Then, check your translation by clicking on the Translate? button which will show you the English translation. How close was your translation?
    2. Read out loud and record yourself reading the entire story so you can submit an audio link. Hint: you can first hear the story read by clicking on the Click play to listen button near the top of the story page. You do not have to record the story all at once!
    3. Share a bit about your experience with this activity by addressing the steps above and share: Was it simple? challenging? fun? eye-opening? etc.

    When a submission requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. 

     

    SPANISH EXPERIMENT STORY: RICITOS DE ORO

    Goldilocks

     

     PARTE 2: Story verbs in the past tense

    From the story Ricitos de oro, which you read in the previous section, choose FIVE verbs in the past tense and submit them as a numbered list with the English and Spanish version. Note: please include the accents. Also, please make sure the verbs you choose are in the past tense. You can use SpanishDict to check.

     

     SPANISH EXPERIMENT STORY: RICITOS DE ORO

    Goldilocks

     

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    Section 4: Vocabulary Builder

     Also and Also not

    Based on the video below:

    1. Explain también  and tampoco and how/when each is used.
    2. In English and Spanish, share two sentences from the video, one that uses también  and the other one using tampoco.
    3. In English and Spanish create two sentences that would be useful for you, using each word.

    Provide enough details and examples from the video to suppport your answer.

    Also
     

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    Regular and Irregular Verbs in the Past tense - Preterite and Imperfect

    Please visit the SpanishDict lesson provided via the link below to learn about this topic. Based on the lesson:

    • Complete the first four lessons on the page by clicking on the clickable lesson activities. When done, submit a screenshot showing completion showing the lessons were completed.
    • Next, explain the difference between the Preterite and the Imperfect tense. Use the information from the main lesson page (scroll down)

     

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    Section 6: Pronunciation Station

    "R" Sound

    Learn about (or review) the “R” sound in Spanish (and more!) with the following video.

    Then, record audio of yourself stating the words in Spanish containing the letters with “R” from the video.

    Submit an audio link.

    YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK

     

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    Section 7: Culture

    Literature (Magical Realism)

     

     Now that you have a bit of experience with the past tense in Spanish, it might be time to expand our cultural knowledge with an introduction to a storytelling genre that is very important in Latin literature: Magical Realism. Watch the video on the following page.

    Explica el libro y recomienda otro:

    • After you watch the video, explain the significance of One Hundred Years of Solitude, and
    • Recommend another book from a Latin author that is also part of this genre.

    You will need first to know more about the genre, conduct some research and find one book that you would recommend to someone who wants to read this genre (from Spanish/Latin/Hispanic authors). State the title, author, a brief summary and WHY you recommend it. (in English, but Spanish also encouraged!)

    • To learn more about this genre (not necessarily about Latin authors), visit this Thoughtco article.
    • Please provide enough details and evidence from the video as well as your own thoughts.
    • Submit responses in English only (Spanish version optional if you would like the practice).

    Please submit your assignment in the appropriate submission area as a Word document or PDF

    (Even though it is difficult to recommend a book you have not read, through your research, you should find enough information to make a recommendation of a Spanish-language book of this genre based on if you would be interested in the book)

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

     

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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

    Question words lesson from Spanish Experiment: https://www.thespanishexperiment.com/learn-spanish/question-words

    Question words lesson from ThoughtCo: https://www.thoughtco.com/asking-questions-spanish-3079427

     

    Question words in Spanish

    Module 6: Talking about the past

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (30 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (60 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (30 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (30 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

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    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Past tense within a story

    Explore the past tense for daily conversation with the video below. The video is in Spanish, but remember you can turn on English captions.

    Based on the video, list 3 new or interesting phrases that incorporate the past tense, in English and Spanish as audio and text. Also, list 3 other new or interesting phrases that do not incorporate the past tense, in English and Spanish as audio and text.

    Past tense

    .

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Introducing yourself and others

     Watch the following videos, and based on what you learned from the videos, imagine you and a friend are meeting someone new.

    1. For your original post, create a brief script where you introduce yourself by stating 3 things you might share upon first meeting someone.
    2. Following your own introduction, introduce your friend to the new person you just met. Use some of the phrases you learned from the video to introduce your friend and state 2 things about your friend as part of the introduction.
    3. Ask the ‘new person’ (classmate who will be responding to your post) TWO questions you might ask a person you just met
    4. Post your script as text and include an audio recording of you reading/saying the script (English and Spanish - please check your pronunciation with a tool such as SpanishDict)
    5. For your response post: Choose the post of at least one other student and think of yourself as the new person the student and his friend are meeting Respond to the post by answering the 2 questions the student posted (English and Spanish, text and audio - please check your pronunciation with a tool such as SpanishDict)

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    NOTE: IF YOU ARE POSTING TO A PADLET DISCUSSION BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THE PADLET POST, TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT, PLEASE TAKE A SCREENSHOT (OR COPY AND PASTE POST TEXT) TO INCLUDE WITH THE REST OF THE MODULE SUBMISSION DOCUMENT WHERE YOU SUBMIT THE REST OF THE MODULE SECTIONS.

    Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

    Introducing others

     

    Introduce yourself

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    12 Useful Verbs

    Based on the following video, please list each of the 12 esential verbs from the video, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

     

    12 verbs

     

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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    Translate Using Context (Intermediate level)

    For this assignment, you will try out translating first WITHOUT help and then WITH the help of online resources. The goal here is NOT to have a perfect translation but to give you a sense of translating by using context. You will first read the text below on this page. Then:

    1. Translate the text to English WITHOUT using any apps - title this translation NO APP TRANSLATION (remember the goal is not an accurate translation!)

    2. After you translate on your own (without an app) Create a list of 10-20 words that you did not know and translate them using any of the resources you have (DeepL, SpanishDict, etc. - extend beyond Google Translate) - TYPE YOUR LIST IN BOTH LANGUAGES and title this translation NEW WORDS

    3. Return to original and translate again. Did the translation get better? Explain.

    4. Now, copy and paste (or type) the original Spanish text into translator app and compare YOUR TRANSLATION with the APP translation. Title this new translation APP TRANSLATION

    5. Compare translations - how close was your translation to the APP translation? Yours might be more accurate than the app, do you think so?

    • Submit ALL written translations, properly labeled as per the instructions above AND:
      • Share how this process went for you: (1) How long did it take?
      • How accurate was your initial translation?
      • How did the translation improve after you increased your vocabulary by looking up the words?
      • Was this activity challenging? Simple? Fun? Useful? Explain.

    Translate the following

    Viaje a Sevilla

    Soy Iván, estudiante de bachillerato en un instituto de Madrid.

    Hace una semana estuve de viaje en Sevilla con unos amigos. Teníamos muchas ganas de ir porque nos gusta mucho el sur de España. La gente es muy amable y hospitalaria.

    Sevilla es una de las ciudades más bonitas de España y de Europa. Sus monumentos más famosos son la Giralda, La Catedral y la Torre del Oro. La Giralda está situada junto a la Catedral. Es una torre muy alta, y sus alrededores siempre están llenos de turistas que toman fotografías.

    Las chicas son muy guapas y simpáticas. Conocimos a tres chicas en la calle Sierpes, una de las calles más animadas de la ciudad. Por la noche fuimos con ellas a la discoteca a bailar. A mí me gustó especialmente Carmen. Ella me dejó su número de teléfono y hablamos a menudo. Estoy deseando volver a Sevilla.

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    Tu cuento

    A cuento or historia both mean 'a story'. Based on what you have learned in previous modules about the Preterite (past tense) and what you will learn about the Imperfect (in the article below), write a short story of at least five sentences (in Spanish and English) telling us about a moment in your childhood that had some sort of significance. Make it simple, make it short, but make the story impactful!

    To guide you, the story should begin with Cuando tenía _____ años ... (When I was ___ years old). It should have a strong beginning, some sort of surprise element or conflict, and a resolution - all in a few short sentences (try for no more than 10!) It must have taken place in the past, and therefore, you will be using the Preterite and Imperfect throughout.

    Below is a sample of a great example short story with all the proper elements.

     

    Example of a CUENTO

     

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    Section 6: Pronunciation Station

    More "G" Sound

    Learn about (or review) the “G” sound in Spanish (and more!)

    Please watch the video provided and then record yourself reading out loud the vocabulary words that include the specified letter or sound. Additionally, please submit a list of these words in both English and Spanish. Share the audio recording link and provide the written list as well.

    YOUTUBE VIDEO 'G' SOUND

     

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    Section 7: Culture

    Traditions and Celebrations

     No conversation about the past would be complete without talking about traditions and celebrations which still take place. Some of them include festivals, and some include food!

    Watch the videos on the below about Spanish and Latin Traditions and Holidays

    1. Based on the videos, list at least one celebration from each video with a brief description for the celebration.
    2. From all the videos, share which you knew about and which were new to you.
    3. Conduct some research on your own and find one Latin or Spanish celebration not listed on the videos and which is interesting to you. Share the name and description of the celebration, why you chose it and the link where you found the information.
    4. Based on the new celebration you found and chose:
      • Create an audio recording, in Spanish, explaining the celebration as though you were trying to convince a friend to go with you! Be convincing!
        • What is the celebration?
        • Where/when/why is it held?
        • Why is it important?
        • Why should your friend go with you?
        • Submit audio and written script in Spanish and English

    Please submit your assignment in the appropriate submission area as a Word document or PDF

     

    Human Towers of Catalonia

     

    Carnaval

     

    Tomatina Festival

     

     

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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

     

    Module 7: Tell me...

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (15 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (30 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (60 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (60 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

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    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Spanish practice through song

    Spanish music with lyrics can be a great way to improve your Spanish skills and learn about culture. Lyrics training is an app you can us on your phone or computer along with music and lyrics

    Please choose one of the following options to complete:

    • Option 1: Sign up to Lyrics Training and play a few song games. Submit some kind of proof of using the app and describe your experience. Is this a method you would use again to improve your Spanish? Why or why not?
    • Option 2: Choose any Spanish-language music video (from your own research) that has captions or lyrics and listen to it and/or sing-along! Share its link and describe your experience. Is this a method you would use again to improve your Spanish? Why or why not?

    Submit text response to the questions above and some kind of 'proof' of practice in the appropriate submission area

    Lyrics Training

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Tell me...

    "Dime" (dee-meh) is a phrase which is often translated as "tell me", and "cuéntame" (coo-ehn-tah-meh) is a phrase which is also often translated as "tell me". You can learn more by clicking on the SpanishDict lesson below.

    For this discussion, on the appropriate discussion area, post a question asking a classmate something using dime and one using cuéntame (Spanish and English, audio and text) for your response post, answer the questions of at least one other student (Spanish and English, audio and text)

    SPANISHDICT LESSON: dime vs cuéntame

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    NOTE: IF YOU ARE POSTING TO A PADLET DISCUSSION BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THE PADLET POST, TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT, PLEASE TAKE A SCREENSHOT (OR COPY AND PASTE POST TEXT) TO INCLUDE WITH THE REST OF THE MODULE SUBMISSION DOCUMENT WHERE YOU SUBMIT THE REST OF THE MODULE SECTIONS.

    Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Positive and Negative words

    Positive and negative words in Spanish are useful to tell a story, ask questions, create requests, answer questions and much more.

    1. Watch the following video, and based on the video, list ALL the positive and negative words listed. (English and Spanish - text and audio)
    2. Then, choose 2 positive/negative sentence pairs from the video and submit them as a list in Spanish and English - text and an audio recording of you stating them. This will be a total of 4 sentences (2 with positive words with the 2 negative versions of the sentence)
    3. Create a positive/negative sentence pair that would be interesting and/or useful for you to know. Submit it as text and audio in English and Spanish.
    4. Please submit assignment in the appropriate submission area.

    EXAMPLE OF ONE SENTENCE PAIR (2 SENTENCES)

    • Positive sentence: Siempre hablo italiano. I always speak Italian.
    • Negative sentence: Nunca hablo italiano. I never speak Italian.

    VIDEO

    Positive and negative words

     

     

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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

     Escucha (Beginner)

    Let's practice listening and comprehension skills as well as re-visit the past tense with a 'scary' video story below.

    1. First, listen to/watch the video, and as you listen, listen for words, phrases you know/recognize and use context clues. You can take notes if you would like.
    2. Then, write a short summary of the video, by hand (English and/or Spanish) AND/OR take notes as you watch the video. Your summary might be limited, and that is OK!!!
    3. Keep the summary (it should be hand-written!) so you can compare it to the actual video content.
    4. Now, re-watch the video, but this time, click on the CC icon at the bottom-right of the video screen, and you will see the captions in English.
    5. Read the captions as you watch again and when done, compare the actual video content to your summary. How close were you? How much were you able to understand initially? What strategies did you use to understand?
    6. Submit your initial handwritten summary (upload photo/image of you summary sheet), answers to the above AND share how this experience went for you? Simple? Challenging? Frustrating? What did you learn?

     

    Don't forget screenshot of your hand-written summary!

    Scary Story in the Past Tense

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    Animate your CUENTO

    You may recall, in a previous module, writing a story about you in the past tense.

    Now, you will complete you story following the steps below after you ensure everything is accurate as far as grammar, accents, punctuation, etc. by creating a slide show or video or some sort of animated book telling your story along with the text, audio and images.

    Your story should:

    1. Be a Slide Show presentation (or animated video story, etc.) with audio of your story (think of each slide as a page in a book, each with its own text, image and audio)
    2. Story has text (in Spanish and English) that is easy to read, accurate and has been checked for grammar, accents, etc.)
    3. Story is illustrated with images that help illustrate the story and provide context (original photos, drawings, or images from the internet)
    4. Audio is of you reading, in both languages, and pronunciation is accurate (check with SpanishDict)

    You could also use a video recording tool such as Screencastomatic to record your screen, video and audio all together. Before you submit, ask yourself: Is the final product one I am proud of? Would I enjoy looking, listening and reading this story?

    Below is a link to a student example of a cuento/historia (it is possible sample audio may not be linked, but your story MUST have audio)

    Please submit assignment in the appropriate submission area.
     

    STORY EXAMPLE (MAY NOT HAVE AUDIO. YOUR SUBMISSION MUST HAVE AUDIO NARRATION IN SPANISH AND INCLUDE SPANISH AND ENGLISH TEXT)

    piernas story

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    Section 6: Pronunciation Station

    Sentences using prepositions

     Prepositions hold a privileged position as parts of speech in that they are a 'closed class'.

    While prepositions are limited in number, they are important because they act as vital markers to the structure of a sentence; they mark special relationships between persons, objects, and locations. You will now, review some prepositions in Spanish but keep in mind, that their uses might be multiple and/or might change depending on context.

    Access the Thoughtco article below, and record yourself reading all sentence examples for prepositions, in English and Spanish. Submit an audio link. Please submit assignment in the appropriate submission area.

    THOUGHTCO ARTICLE: SPANISH PREPOSITIONS

    AS WITH ANY EXTERNAL SITE, PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR ADS AND BE CAUTIOUS NOT TO CLICK ON ANY ADS.

     

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    25 Prepositions in Spanish

     

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    Section 7: Culture

    Culture and language through music

    In addition to literature, traditions, music provides great insight into a culture (including its past), to forge connections with others and can also help us with acquiring a language, in our case, Spanish.

    1. Please read about different Spanish musical genres with the FluentU About article below
    2. Based on the article, list the genres included and conduct some research to find either an article or a music video (from a credible source and appropriate for an academic setting) about ONE Latin Music genre of your choosing.
      • Include the genre title, a brief description of the genre, why you chose it and include the link to the article or video.
      • Find a video of a song in the genre you choose (as long as it is appropriate for a classroom setting) please share it as well to the appropriate submission area

    Please submit your assignment in the appropriate submission area

    FLUENTU ARTICLE: POPULAR SPANISH MUSIC GENRES

     

    Optional and for Extra Credit

    To learn about the power of music and get some listening practice, learn about a place in Paraguay where trash is turned into beautiful music. For Extra Credit, submit a statement that you watched the video and share 2 new or interesting things (or Spanish phrases with their English equivalent) you learned from the video.

    Landfill Harmonic

    Submit your work as a Word or PDF document in the appropriate assignment submission area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    When applicable: Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

     

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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

    Latin Music

     

    Module 8: Creer (To believe)

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (15 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (30 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (60 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

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    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Untranslatable words

     

    In less than 3 minutes, you can learn several words in different languages that do not have a direct English translation. One of them is in Spanish, and you may recognize it. This is a worthwhile video!

    Based on the video, find the Spanish word that does not have an English translation and from the video and submit the word and a brief explanation of what it means.

    Untranslatable words

     


     

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

     ¿Es cierto? (Is it true?)

    ¿Es cierto? On the appropriate discussion board, you will explore more about the past (preterite and imperfect) by doing the following:

    1. Post two factual, positive/funny/happy events that happened to you or you did in the past (recent or long ago) and one positive, happy event that is a lie (mentira) but that you would like to happen! In Spanish and English (audio and text) post your 2 truths and a lie.
    2. Please HIGHLIGHT the verbs that are in the past tense.
    3. Choose a post to respond to and for your response, indicate which is the lie (in Spanish and English - audio and text)
    4. Check your original post and confirm responses you received. Did your classmate guess correctly!? (text only, Spanish and English

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    NOTE: IF YOU ARE POSTING TO A PADLET DISCUSSION BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THE PADLET POST, TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT, PLEASE TAKE A SCREENSHOT (OR COPY AND PASTE POST TEXT) TO INCLUDE WITH THE REST OF THE MODULE SUBMISSION DOCUMENT WHERE YOU SUBMIT THE REST OF THE MODULE SECTIONS.

    Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

    SAMPLE POST

    Sample post

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Sabes (do you know) the difference between CADA and TODO? Find out in about 1 minute with the following Babbel video! Based on the video:

    • Explain the difference AND share one sentence from the video using CADA and one sentence using TODO (Spanish and English - audio and text)
    Cada and todo
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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    Test your Spanish level

    According to the Foreign Service Institute, it takes a native English speaker about 600 hours of instruction to become 'professionally proficient' in Spanish. What level do you consider your Spanish skills to be? What level of fluency would you like to achieve? To get an idea, take an online assessment.

    Complete the assessment to the best of your ability, and do not worry about being right or wrong. The idea is to find out at what level your Spanish is at this point in time and then to see how much progress you have made by the end of the course!

    YOU WILL GET FULL CREDIT FOR COMPLETING THIS ACTIVITY, SO PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY RESOURCES TO COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT. THE PURPOSE IF FOR YOU TO ‘TEST’ YOUR SPANISH LEVEL, EVEN IF YOU DO NOT KNOW ANY SPANISH, YET! 

    Click on the link below, and take the Spanish proficiency test. Once finished, take a screenshot of your results and submit the screenshot as proof of submission. Also, explain the results:

    • Were the results what you expected?
    • Were you surprised? Why?
    • What areas/skills of Spanish might it be helpful to study for this specific assessment?

    REMEMBER: Your scores do not matter. All that matters is getting an idea of your current Spanish level as measured by an assessment of this type. Also keep in mind that this type of assessment measures very specific skills which you may or may not be familiar with or may not have been explicitly covered in this course. Therefore, do not let any score discourage you!

    SPANISH LEVEL ASSESSMENT LINK (EXTERNAL SITE)

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing (There are 2 parts to this section)

     PARTE 1: Verb creer

    Creer (kreh-ehr) is a useful verb in Spanish language, and it is used in a wide range of expressions that you'll use daily. It means "to believe" and can be used in many contexts, such as "I think that..."/"Yo creo que..."

    Access a Thoughtco article below to learn more.

    • Based on the lesson, list 5 used of the verb creer record yourself reading each sentence sample using the verb creer (English and Spanish) and submit your audio link.

    THOUGHTCO ARTICLE: 5 WAYS TO USE CREER

    5 ways to use CREER

     

    PARTE 2: Adverbs

    You may not realize it, but in the past few modules, between reading or writing a story, you have encountered many Spanish adverbs. Even if you did not realize it, please do not worry as you will do so in this lesson.

    Adverbs are words used to modify or describe verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. An adverb can give information about time, place, manner, or number and answer questions such as:

    • How?
    • How long?
    • How often?
    • When?
    • Where?

    Please access the SpanishDict lesson to learn about adverbs in Spanish, and based on the lesson:

    • List the different types of adverbs, how/when each type of adverb is used. Submit the list and explanation.
    •  Record audio of you reading the adverbs list for each type of adverb. Submit audio link.
      • You can find the list by scrolling down the lesson page and looking at each section where it says 'List of adverbs of _________.'
      • Hint: You can hear the proper pronunciation by clicking on the audio icon next to the words.
      • You are welcome to record yourself repeating after the SpanishDict audio

    SpanishDict Lesson: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/spanish-adverbs

     

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    When applicable: Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

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    Section 6: Pronunciation Station

    More "R" Sound

    Learn about (or review) the “R” and "RR" sound in Spanish (and more!) with the following video. Please watch the video provided and then conduct some research and find 5 words that contain the letter 'R'. Please submit a list of these words in both English and Spanish. Share the audio recording link and provide the written list as well.

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    R sound

     

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    Section 7: Culture

     ¿Lo puedes creer? (Can you believe it?)

    Can you believe it? The teen in the video you will watch below speaks 13 languages at varying levels of fluency. You are welcome to answer in English but Spanish as well encouraged!

    Based on the video:

    1. List three new, useful or interesting facts you learned
    2. List three strategies that the teen uses to learn languages which you could incorporate to your studies.
    3. Did the video inspire you to continue learning Spanish? Other languages? Explain
    4. How might you (or not) change your approach to learning Spanish after viewing the video?
    5. What level of Spanish proficiency do you want to acquire? What would you consider your current level? Explain.
    6. How much (or little) has your Spanish proficiency increased since the beginning of this class? Are you happy with your progress? Explain.

    Please submit your assignment in the appropriate submission area as a Word document or PDF (or as slides)

    Teen speaks 13 languages

     

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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

     Learn about the origin of new words with a short TedEd video. The story is not only fascinating, but you will also learn some words that come from English and are used in many other languages, including Spanish (hint: 'internet' is such a word). This video is less than 6 minutes long, and you will be glad you watched!

    New words

     

    Module 9: QUÉ and CUÁL (What and Which)

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (15 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (30 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (30 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

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    Section 1: Warm-Up

     ¿Hablas español?

    Watch the short video below of students at a college campus being asked if they speak Spanish.

    Based on the video:

    1. Would you be able to answer the questions? Some? None? Explain.
    2. List two questions from the video that would be useful for you to know how to ask and answer. Submit a written list AND audio of you reading/stating the questions (English and Spanish)
    3. List two responses from the video that would be useful for you to know. Submit a written list AND audio of you reading/stating the responses.

    Please submit your assignment in the appropriate submission area.

    Do you speak Spanish?

     

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

     QUÉ and CUÁL (What and Which)

    Learn about the important distinction between QUÉ and CUÁL by watching the video below.

    Also, see some examples in context in this 123Teachme webpage. Note: The 123Teachme lesson has some great idiomatic, authentic expressions using both words!

    Based on what you learned from the video in the appropriate Discussion Board area:

    1. Explain in your own words when QUÉ vs CUÁL are used.
    2. Post two questions to a classmate (you do not need to specify the classmate!) using QUÉ (in Spanish and English - audio and text).
    3. Post two questions to a classmate using CUÁL (in Spanish and English - audio and text).
    4. Choose one post to respond to and answer the questions the classmate asked (in Spanish and English - audio and text)

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    NOTE: IF YOU ARE POSTING TO A PADLET DISCUSSION BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THE PADLET POST, TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT, PLEASE TAKE A SCREENSHOT (OR COPY AND PASTE POST TEXT) TO INCLUDE WITH THE REST OF THE MODULE SUBMISSION DOCUMENT WHERE YOU SUBMIT THE REST OF THE MODULE SECTIONS.

    Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

    What and Which

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

     Question words

    While qué and cuál are the focus in this module, we will also revisit other question words. 
    Visit the Spanish Experiment lesson and video below. 

    Based on the lesson:

    1. Summarize in your own words the differences between Spanish and English questioning. (How questions are structured or formulated) 
    2. List all question words (Spanish with English equivalent)
    3. From the video, share the sample questions and submit the written list and audio of you reading the questions (English and Spanish)

    Submit your summary and audio link in the appropriate submission area.

    SPANISH EXPERIMENT LESSON: QUESTION WORDS IN SPANISH

    Question words

     

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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    Shadowing Practice

    You will now use an engaging method to help your Spanish skills: Shadowing. You may have heard of the method of Shadowing as a strategy to increase your fluency in Spanish (or any language), but if not familiar with this method of increasing your Spanish fluency, the video below will explain what it is. Shadowing is sometimes difficult for beginners, but for this assignment, do give it a try!!!!

    As you will learn from the video (approximate running time: 17 minutes) shadowing is a bit 'controversial' in the sense that some people feel it does not help the novice speaker. For this assignment, you will try our shadowing and see how/if it might be helpful for you by:

    1. Watch the video about the Shadowing method and list at least 3 advantages of the shadowing method that are mentioned in the video, and describe the advantages and how they help increase language skills. You will include this as part of your assignment submission.
    2. Watch the video below "Spanish for Students" which is at a slow speed. 
    3. While watching/listening record yourself SHADOWING FOR AT LEAST THREE MINUTES
      • Again, if you absolutely cannot Shadow (speak at the same time as the speakers on the video, then you can Repeat (Listen.Stop video. Repeat what you heard) Do try both methods!
    4. Share a bit about your experience and the answers to the following:
      • Share the link to the source (audio, video, etc.) you chose to shadow and explain WHY you chose it. Also explain if you Shadowed, Repeated or both.
      • State whether you personally (not someone else) shadowed/repeated the video and recorded yourself doing so. If not, why not?
      • What was your experience like with shadowing and/or repeating? (Fun? Challenging? Stressful? Simple? Useful?) 
      • Based on this experience, do you think shadowing might (or might not) be a good way to increase your Spanish skills? Explain
    5. Submit your answers to the above AND some kind of audio/video proof of using the methods such as a Vocaroo recording of you shadowing/repeating the video for AT LEAST 3 MINUTES!
      • Submit some kind of proof that you have implemented and used the method to practice Spanish (audio, video, screenshots, etc.)

    NOTE 1: You can slow down the speed on YouTube videos by clicking on the gear icon on the bottom of the video screen and choosing a slower speed but please try not to slow it down in order to get the full ‘shadowing’ experience!

    NOTE 2: For those who may find the Shadowing method of practice frustrating, please note that the purpose of Shadowing is to help with the mechanics of the movement of the mouth, intonation, rate of speech etc. The purpose of Shadowing is NOT to understand what is being said.

    If the videos you chose are too advanced, you can choose some slower or more basic videos and/or slow down the speed or choose the video provided below. With practice, students see a lot of improvement, so hopefully you will continue to give Shadowing a try with different videos at different speeds and levels.

     

    Shadowing method

    .Video Resource for Shadowing

    Conversation at school
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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

     Relative pronouns

    A relative pronoun in Spanish introduces a clause that describes a previously mentioned noun. This noun can be a person, thing, place, possession, or amount. You see these in English all the time: “that, which, who, whom” and you’re fairly confident that you use them correctly, although you may wonder about “whom.” (Learn about these in this SpanishDict lesson)

    One example in English would be: "That is the coat THAT I bought you." In English, unlike Spanish, we can drop the relative pronoun THAT as in: "That is the coat I bought you."

    However, in Spanish we cannot drop them, and thus, they are essential in conversation.

    Learn about relative pronouns by watching the video below, and:

    1. Explain Relative Pronouns
    2. List all the pronoun examples mentioned in the video in Spanish and English (text and audio)
    3. Choose THREE of the pronouns and create 3 original sentences using each pronoun in Spanish and English
    4. Record audio of yourself reading the sentences you created in Spanish and English
    5. Submit your written work and audio link (as always, please check your grammar, accents and pronunciation before submitting your work.)

    Please submit assignment in the appropriate submission area.

    Relative Pronouns

     

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    Section 6: Pronunciation Station

     "H" Sound

    Learn about (or review) the “H” sound in Spanish (and more!) with the following SpanishDict lessons.

    Complete at least 2 'H' sound lessons, and submit a screenshot as 'proof' of completion.

    H SOUND SPANISHDICT LINK

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

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    Section 7: Culture

     Daily life in Spain

    Get to know daily life in Spain while learning more about qué and cuál ('what' and 'which').

    Notice the different accents as they speak!

    After you watch the video below:

    1. Describe the difference between qué and cuál (when/why is each used?)
    2. How do their uses (qué and cuál) differ between Spain and Latin America?
    3. List 5 new words (other than qué and cuál) from the video which were new and would be useful for you. Why would they be useful?
    4. Model the conversation in the video and create a short script of at least 10 lines based on you and a friend//family member during an outing to your favorite city/town. The script should have 5 lines for one character and 5 lines for the second character.
    5. Record audio in Spanish.

    Note: You can play both parts, or you can find a willing friend or family member to play one of the characters.

    Submit your answers to the questions, written script as well as audio link in both languages in the appropriate submission area as a Word document or PDF.

    Which or What?

     

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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

    Lesson about the weather from The Spanish Experiment: https://www.thespanishexperiment.com/learn-spanish/weather

    Geopraphy of South America by National Geographic: https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/south-america-physical-geography/

    Module 10: SER and IR

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (15 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (30 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (30 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

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    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Also and Also not

    Based on the video below:

    1. Explain también  and tampoco and how/when each is used.
    2. In English and Spanish, share two sentences from the video, one that uses también  and the other one using tampoco.
    3. In English and Spanish create two sentences that would be useful for you, using each word.

    Provide enough details and examples from the video to suppport your answer.

    Also
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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    SER and IR

     

     On this discussion, in the approriate Discussion Board area, you will use the verbs SER and IR in tenses other than the present. Although you will learn more about the grammar behind these in an upcoming ask, here you will practice authentic conversation using the verbs.

    To guide you, please visit this YABLA lesson about the past tense of SER and IR  and watch the video below. As always, you are encouraged to use any resources available to you to check your grammar and pronunciation.

    1. From the article, explain the past tense for SER and iR
    2. State something you 'were' in the past with the verb SER.
    3. Ask a question that uses the verb SER in the past tense.
    4. State somewhere you used to go in the past with the verb IR.
    5. Ask a question that uses the verb IR in the past tense.
    6. Choose on post you will respond to and answer the question they posted.
    7. Include text and audio (English and Spanish for all posts) and bold the past form of SER and IR within 

    SAMPLE ORIGINAL POST

    STATEMENT: De niña era buena estudiate. / I was a good students as a child https://voca.ro/1eaRuhLeHv3K

    QUESTION: ¿Eras un/a buen/a estudiante cuando eras niño/a? / Were you a good student as a child? https://voca.ro/1sv4JIhL4Z6y

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    NOTE: IF YOU ARE POSTING TO A PADLET DISCUSSION BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THE PADLET POST, TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT, PLEASE TAKE A SCREENSHOT (OR COPY AND PASTE POST TEXT) TO INCLUDE WITH THE REST OF THE MODULE SUBMISSION DOCUMENT WHERE YOU SUBMIT THE REST OF THE MODULE SECTIONS.

    Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

    Ser and Ir

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Cognates

    Cognates are pairs of words that sound alike and have the same meaning in two different languages. They are useful first steps in learning a new language. Spanish and English share hundreds of cognates and have borrowed from each other for centuries. These can be very helpful for professions, especially when the cognates have Latin or Greek roots.

    Please watch the following video about cognates which will also help you complete this assignment.  (Note: the video has an error with the cognate for 'delicious' - in Spanish, it is delicioso!) Interestingly, a lot of the Spanish words for professions are English cognates such as doctor, artista, profesor and many more.

    Based on your current or future situation(s), conduct some research and find 20 cognates that would be useful to know for your profession or your daily life or your school life, your sports life, etc. 

    1. State 2 new, useful or interesting facts you learned from the video.
    2. Submit a list of 5 cognates in Spanish and English from the video that would be most useful for you.
    3. From the video, explain False cognates. Share and explain one False cognate pair with the Spanish and English versions and explanation of why they are confusing.
    4. Submit an audio recording link of you stating the cognates (English and Spanish)

    Additional Resource: https://www.realfastspanish.com/vocabulary/spanish-cognates

    Cognates
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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

     Escucha (Intermediate)

    Let's practice listening and comprehension skills as well as re-visit the past tense with a 'scary' video story below.

    1. First, listen to/watch the video, and as you listen, listen for words, phrases you know/recognize and use context clues. You can take notes if you would like.
    2. Then, write a short summary of the video, by hand (English and/or Spanish) AND/OR take notes as you watch the video. Your summary might be limited, and that is OK!!!
    3. Keep the summary (it should be hand-written!) so you can compare it to the actual video content.
    4. Now, re-watch the video, but this time, click on the CC icon at the bottom-right of the video screen, and you will see the captions in English.
    5. Read the captions as you watch again and when done, compare the actual video content to your summary. How close were you? How much were you able to understand initially? What strategies did you use to understand?
    6. Submit your initial handwritten summary (upload photo/image of you summary sheet), answers to the above AND share how this experience went for you? Simple? Challenging? Frustrating? What did you learn?

     

    Story in the past tense

     

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    Section 5: Pronunciation Station

    "Ñ" sound

    Review the sound of this special letter only found in the Spanish language by learning about its history.

    Based on the video, list 3 new or interesting facts you learned. Please provide enough details from the video.

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    tilde

     

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    Section 6: Grammar & Writing

     Ser and Ir (past tense)

    Without stressing too much about the preterite and imperfect conjugations for SER and IR (as it takes a lot of time and practice to master these, and if you want to master them, you will need to practice more on your own!), it is still worth knowing about them as these verbs are essential in all tenses and highly irregular.

    Watch the video below, and based on the video:

    1. Write all the conjugations for both verbs  (you can replicate the tables from the video) and then
    2. Create one sentence for each conjugation for each verb. (For each of the verb conjugations, for each verb!)
    3. Submit your conjugations (typed by you and not copied and pasted from another source) as well as text and audio of your sentences (Spanish and English text and audio).

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    SER and IR in the past tense

     

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     Section 7: Culture

     World's most useful languages

    Estimated time to complete this lesson: 15 minutes

    Ever wonder if learning languages is all that useful?

    Hopefully by now you agree Spanish is at least beautiful and fun!

    Even if not, please watch the video below, by Drew Binski, who has completed a quest to visit every country in the World.

    Based on the video:

    1. List all the 'most useful languages' mentioned in the video. List them in English and Spanish (watch out for translations that will provide you with the nationality rather than the language.) NOTE: When translating, use context by using translating terms such as SPANISH LANGUAGE rather than SPANISH which could also mean a person from Spain)
    2. List the 2 reasons we must learn a few basic phrases of the language of the country we are visiting (or if we are around individuals from specific countries)
    3. State how/if learning Spanish is/would be useful for you for your career.

    Please submit your assignment in the appropriate submission area as a Word document or PDF

    World's most useful languages

     

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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

    History of Spanish

     

    Module 11: Ojalá

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (15 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (30 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (90 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

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    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Imperative Mood

     

    You may already be familiar (or will be in this Module!) with the Subjunctive mood in Spanish, but may not be as familiar with the Imperative. Learn about the Imperative mood in just one minute.

    Based on the video, explain the imperative mood and when it is used. Then, create one sentence using the imperative and submit the written sentence and audio of you reading the sentence in both English and Spanish.

    Imperative

     

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Ojalá

     The subjunctive (el subjuntivo) is one of the three moods in Spanish, the other two being the indicative and the imperative. The subjunctive is used to express desires, doubts, the unknown, the abstract, and emotions. You will explore it further in the grammar folder but meantime, you will learn about an unusual yet commonly used word in the subjunctive: ojalá (oh-hah-lah)

    First, learn about the subjunctive with this Thoughtco article

    Based on what you learn from the article about the subjunctive and research you will conduct about ojalá, create 3 sentences where it would make sense to use ojalá. 

    1. Post your 3 sentences (in Spanish and English - audio and text)
      • Please check your pronunciation prior to posting and remember the J sound in Spanish is like the H sound in English (as though we are laughing HAHA HEHE)
    2. Choose a post to respond to and comment on similarities or differences between the sentences/usages you each chose (in Spanish and English - audio and text)

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    NOTE: IF YOU ARE POSTING TO A PADLET DISCUSSION BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THE PADLET POST, TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT, PLEASE TAKE A SCREENSHOT (OR COPY AND PASTE POST TEXT) TO INCLUDE WITH THE REST OF THE MODULE SUBMISSION DOCUMENT WHERE YOU SUBMIT THE REST OF THE MODULE SECTIONS.

    Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

    Subjunctive mood

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Subjunctive Mood

    Even though you may not fully understand yet the Subjunctive mood as it is quite complicated, and it takes even advanced speakers a long time to master, it is still worthwhile to practice it so you can start getting used to how it is used.

    Access the following SpanishDict Lessons on the Subjunctive mood to learn more, and record audio of yourself reading all the sample sentences from the lesson.

    Submit TWO separate audio links of your recordings properly labeled as Lesson 1 and Lesson 2.

    Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link.

     

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    Section 4: Grammar & Writing

    More Subjunctive Mood

     Learn about the subjunctive mood in Spanish with the video and lesson below.

    Based on the video:

    1. Explain the Subjunctive mood
    2. List 2 sentence examples (Spanish and English) from the video which show the subjunctive.
    3. Create 3 sentences that will be useful for you, using the subjunctive. (Spanish and English with audio and text)
    4. Explain how or why the sentences you created would be useful for you.

    LESSON: https://baselang.com/blog/basic-grammar/spanish-subjunctive/

    Subjunctive mood in Spanish

     

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    Section 5: Language Learning Lab

     Visual glossary

    Did you know that 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed in the brain at 60,000 times the speed of text. In other words, we look at pictures and videos regularly and we consume them more quickly than we do text. That is why for this task, you will create a Spanish-English glossary of terms and phrases using Padlet or any other platform that allows for text and images (Google Slides, PowerPoint, etc.)

    For this assignment:

    1. Based on your own need or interests, choose the 20 most useful phrases (not single words) you feel are essential for you to know in Spanish AND create a Padlet OR Slides Presentation with those phrases.
    2. Create your own Padlet account, etc. and create one post for each of the phrases. Each post must include:
      • The phrase correctly written in English and Spanish
        • Please stay away from the most 'basic' phrases such as 'Hola', 'Gracias' etc. Challenge yourself with some more advanced phrases!
      • An image that illustrates or approximates the phrase or words
      • Record audio of yourself reading the phrases in Spanish and English (hint: if you use Padlet, it allows for audio recording)
      • Submit link to your Padlet or upload slides

    Note: Padlet WILL let you upload images or choose images from the web. It also lets you record audio (you may have to start a different post on your board) or you can include a Vocaroo link.

    Please submit assignment in the appropriate submission area.

    Additional Resources (Optional)

    Sketch notes for foreign language learning

     

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    Section 6: Pronunciation Station

    "J" and "H" sound

    Learn about (or review) the J and H sounds in Spanish (and more!) with the following video.

    Then, record audio of yourself stating the sample word from the video.

    Submit an audio link.

    YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK FOR 'J' SOUND

     

     

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    Section 7: Culture

    Don't do this in Mexico or Spain

     You may, in the future, have or seek opportunities to live and/or work abroad. If not, it is likely you will at some point work with individuals (either as co-workers, customers, etc.) from other countries or you may be in another country.  For this assignment, we will concentrate specifically on the possibility that you might be working in Mexico or Spain and will be helping a new arrival from the U.S. to Mexico or Spain as though you live in one of those countries.

    Learn about some 'customs' observed in Spain or Mexico by watching the following videos. Keep in mind, these are NOT rules but rather suggestions or information on certain peculiarities one might encounter in Spain, Mexico and in some Latin American countries as well.

    Please watch the provided videos (note that giving advice in Spanish often requires the use of the Subjunctive mood) and then choose one of the videos based on which you will:

    • Using as a model what you learned on the video, in Spanish and English, create a 'script' telling a possible new arrival from the U.S. least FIVE things they should 'not' do in SPAIN or MEXICO that they should be aware of. You choose one country (SPAIN or MEXICO) to highlight to the new arrival from the US.
    • Then, based on your script, record yourself reading the script in Spanish as though you were giving a video or in-person presentation to the new arrivals. Remember, you are in Mexico or Spain (depending on which video you chose) and the arrival is from the U.S.
    • Submit your written script and audio.

    When applicable: Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation. Please share which (if any) translation platforms you used.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

    What not to do in Spain

     

    Mexico

     

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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

    How to express feelings and emotions from Homeschool Academy:  https://www.spanish.academy/blog/50-feelings-and-emotions-in-spanish-expressions-vocab-and-grammar/

    Module 12: The Future

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (30 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (90 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (30 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

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    Section 1: Warm-Up

    El futuro

    Learn the basics of the Future tense, and some 'work arounds' that can be used which will help avoid conjugating the verbs, with the video below.

    • Based on the video,explain the 2 ways in which the future tense can be expressed in a sentence.
      • Include and explanation of the futuro simple and futuro IR + infinitivo
    • Also list 3 new, interesting or useful Spanish phrases you learned (Spanish and English as audio and text)
    Future
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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Future goals

    Since this module, we will explore the future tense in Spanish, a good place to start is with authentic conversation about future goals. To prepare for the Discussion Board:

    1. Watch the following video, and based on the video state 2 goals the interviewees shared (Spanish and English -  audio and text)
    2. State two future goals you have (in Spanish and English - audio and text)
    3. Ask a question of a classmate (a general classmate OR a specific classmate!) relating to a specific goal a typical student might have (in Spanish and English - audio and text)
    4. Respond to the question in a post of at least one other student AND make sure to address any questions that were addressed to you! (in Spanish and English - audio and text)

    As always, please check your grammar and pronunciation with a tool such as SpanishDict

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    NOTE: IF YOU ARE POSTING TO A PADLET DISCUSSION BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THE PADLET POST, TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT, PLEASE TAKE A SCREENSHOT (OR COPY AND PASTE POST TEXT) TO INCLUDE WITH THE REST OF THE MODULE SUBMISSION DOCUMENT WHERE YOU SUBMIT THE REST OF THE MODULE SECTIONS.

    Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

    Future goals

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Professions

    Learn the words for various professions in Spanish with the video below. Based on the video, list 10 professions listed and include both the masculine and femenine version of the word for each. Also, state your current or future profession in English and Spanish.

    Submit the list of 10 professions and your profession. Please label each section to differentiate between the list and your profession.

    Professions in Spanish

     

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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    NOTE: For this section, although completing both activities below is encouraged, you only need to choose ONE of the activities to complete and submit along with the rest of the Module sections. Also, explain why you chose one activity to complete over the other.

    ACTIVITY 1

     

    Translating Using Context (Advanced)

    For this task, you will try out translating first WITHOUT help and then WITH the help of online resources.

    The goal here is NOT to have a perfect translation but to give you a sense of translating by using context.

    This will help you for upcoming tasks where you will translate business documents.

    You will first read the text you will find below the instructions. Then:

    1. Translate the text to English WITHOUT using any apps - title this translation NO APP TRANSLATION (remember the goal is not an accurate translation but for you to give translation a try!)

    2. Create a list of 10-20 words that you did not know and translate them using any of the resources you have (Linguee, SpanishDict, etc. - try to extend beyond Google Translate) - TYPE YOUR LIST IN BOTH LANGUAGES and title this translation NEW WORDS

    3. Return to original and translate again. Did the translation get better? Explain.

    4. Now, copy and paste (or type) the original Spanish text into translator app and compare YOUR TRANSLATION with the APP translation. Title this new translation APP TRANSLATION

    5. Compare translations - how close was your translation to the APP translation? Yours might be more accurate than the app, do you think so?

    • Submit ALL written translations, properly labeled as per the instructions above AND:
    • Included with your translations document: Share how this process went for you: (1) How long did it take? (2) How accurate was your initial translation? (3) How did the translation improve after you increased your vocabulary by looking up the words? (4) Was this activity challenging? Simple? Fun? Useful? Explain

    Please submit assignment in the appropriate submission area.

     

    Translate the following:

    TITLE: 6 ejercicios que practica cada día la neurocientífica Wendy Suzuki para mejorar su fortaleza mental

    Es raro imaginar la ansiedad como algo positivo. ¿Qué tiene de bueno sentirse nervioso y preocupado?

    Según Wendy Suzuki, neurocientífica y profesora del Centro de Ciencias Neuronales de la Universidad de Nueva York, la ansiedad puede ser una buena emoción.

    En lugar de luchar contra ella, Suzuki cuenta que durante su vida ha utilizado esa emoción para ser más productiva, más optimista, y, en última instancia, más resistente.

    La investigadora —autora del libro Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion ("Ansiedad buena: aprovechando el poder de la emoción más incomprendida" en español, que se publica este mes)— se ha especializado en el estudio de la plasticidad del cerebro y los efectos transformadores del ejercicio físico en la salud mental y el desarrollo cognitivo.

    Source where you can read the full artice: https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-58442859

     

    ACTIVITY 2

    Escucha de nuevo (Listen again)

    Let's practice listening and comprehension skills with an animated story about a job interview. Note that in Spanish, the word trabajo can be the verb 'to work' or the noun for 'job', however, 'job' can also be empleo.

    1. First, listen to/watch the video, and as you listen, listen for words, phrases you know/recognize and use context clues. You can take notes if you would like.
    2. Then, write a short summary of the video, by hand (English and/or Spanish) AND/OR take notes as you watch the video. Your summary might be limited, and that is OK!!!
    3. Keep the summary (it should be hand-written!) so you can compare it to the actual video content.
    4. Now, re-watch the video, but this time, click on the CC icon at the bottom-right of the video screen, and you will see the captions in English.
    5. Read the captions as you watch again and when done, compare the actual video content to your summary. How close were you? How much were you able to understand initially? What strategies did you use to understand?
    6. Submit your initial summary (upload photo/image of you summary sheet), answers to the above AND share how this experience went for you? Simple? Challenging? Frustrating? What did you learn?

    Please submit each part in the appropriate submission area as a Word document or PDF.

    Don't forget to submit an image/photo of your hand-written summary!

     YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    Simple perfect tense

    The simple perfect tense is used to describe what will happen in the future. You have learned a bit about this tense in a previous section, and here you will review and learn more.

    • Please visit a Spanish Dict lesson which you can access below to learn more about the Future tense. Also, please watch the short video.
    • Then, complete the Comprehensive Review activity. Submit a screenshot at the end of the activities as proof of completion.

    Please submit assignment in the appropriate submission area.

    SPANISHDICT LESSON: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/simple-future-regular-forms-and-tenses

    COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW: https://www.spanishdict.com/lessons/102?lesson_start_source=grammar%20article%20lesson%20name

    VIDEO

    Future

     

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    Section 6: Pronunciation Station

    Professions

    In a previous section, you watched a video with vocabulary about the names of professions in Spanish. You also created a list of 10 professions from the video. Now, you will record audio of yourself stating each of the professions from your list in English and Spanish (with the masculine and feminine version of each as applicable). The video is included below for your convenience.

    When a submission requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link.

    jobs
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    Section 7: Culture

    Jobs in Spain

    Learn about what people do for work in Spain with the video below. Notice the different accents; some from Spain and others from Latin America. Based on the video, share 5 different full sentences or questions you learned that were new, interesting or useful for you, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

    Submit your written list and audio link.

    Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link.

    Jobs in Spain
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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

    Emergency Phrases from Lingo: https://ling-app.com/es/spanish-emergency-phrases/

    Module 13: Spanish for the Professions

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (15 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (30 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (30 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

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    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Practicing for a job interview

    Get some excellent listening practice and learn some new phrases helpful for a job interview with the video below. Based on the video list 3 new, useful or interesting Spanish phrases you learned, in English and Spanish.

    Interview
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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    How to ask and answer "Cuéntame"

    This module, you will explore a casual type of conversation that involves talking to a friend or family member and asking them and which you may recall from a previous module: Cuéntame. You may also hear this word at a job interview when asked to talk about yourself.

    While not a proper question in the sense that it does not have question marks, cuéntame is the equivalent of asking someone to tell you what has been going on with their life or around them, about a place, etc. Essentially, it prompts a response in a sort-of story telling of recent or past events, future plans, about places, etc. depending on the context.

    For this discussion board, in the appropriate submission area, you will ask a classmate to ‘tell you a short story’ about something in their life - it is not intended to be a long story but rather an explanation in story form (just like in English when you and someone are talking and someone asks: "So, tell me about..."

    • You could pose questions such as Cuéntame algo acerca de tus estudios (tell me something about your studies) or Cuéntame acerca de tu ciudad (tell me about your town/city), etc.
    • You decide what to ask a peer, and as a peer response, you will actually answer the question!
    • Please respond to the post of at least one other student.
    • All original and response posts must include text and audio in English and Spanish.

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    NOTE: IF YOU ARE POSTING TO A PADLET DISCUSSION BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THE PADLET POST, TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT, PLEASE TAKE A SCREENSHOT (OR COPY AND PASTE POST TEXT) TO INCLUDE WITH THE REST OF THE MODULE SUBMISSION DOCUMENT WHERE YOU SUBMIT THE REST OF THE MODULE SECTIONS.

    Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

    Contar, decir, hablar

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Vocabulary for writing a letter

    Learn some vocabulary useful for writing a letter in Spanish. This will also help you with another section in this Module.

    From the following sections from the lesson below, please record audio of yourself reading the vocabulary in English and Spanish. Please submit separate audio links, each properly labeled as below:

    1. How To Write A Letter In Spanish: Essential Vocabulary

    2. Spanish Vocabulary For Formal Greetings

    3. Spanish Vocabulary For Formal Goodbyes

    4. Spanish Vocabulary For Informal Letters

    Webpage: https://baselang.com/blog/vocabulary/write-a-letter-in-spanish/

     

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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    A job interview - Speaking practice

    Practice your Spanish conversational skills with a 'mock' job interview with the video below. You may need to watch the video several times in order to compose your responses. Notice the green boxes will be for your part as the interviewee.

    • Submit a written list of the responses in the green boxes, filled out for your particular situation.
      • For example, the first question asks for your name, and from the green box, you would type: Me llamo TYPE YOUR NAME HERE.
    • When ready, record audio of the video playing in the backgound and you answering the interview questions as though you were in an actual interview! Remember, you can slow down the video speed if needed. You can also stop the video if you need more time to answer, but try not to!
      1. Submit written responses list (English and Spanish) and audio link (only in Spanish, as though you were in the actual interview! You may choose to record yourself answering while the video interviewer asks the questions.)
      2. Share how this experience went for you. Was this difficult? Interesting? Frustrating? Useful? Explain with enough details.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

    A job interview

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing (There are 2 parts in this section)

    PARTE 1: Present Progressive

    In Spanish, the present progressive is only used to describe an action that is in the process of taking place. It is not used for future actions, such as  "I am studying (now)." As you might imagine, this is helpful for daily conversation but also for situations such as job interviews and job search where you often indicate your current status such as where you currently work, your current course of studies, what are you looking for in a position etc. Learn a bit about this tense with the video below, and based on the video:

    • Explain the conjugation pattern for verbs in the Present Progressive tense
    • Share 2 sample sentences or phrases from the video using the tense (English and Spanish, audio and text)
    Present Progressive

     PARTE 2: Cover letters

     Now that you have learned a bit about interviews and jobs in Spanish, let's practice writing skills in Spanish with a Cover Letter for an ideal job you would apply for.

    1. First, read the article below from ThoughtCo and learn more about formal Spanish for business communications with the video below the article about written communications in Spanish. Notice the greetings and closings which are different and many not have a literal translation between English and Spanish.
    2. Conduct a search on jobs of interest to you and choose one job posting that you would apply to.
    3. Then, watch the video below and visit this Jobseekers webpage (external site.  watch out for ads and be cautious where you click) to learn about writing resumes in Spanish and essential vocabulary for job applications.
      • As always, be mindful of ads in any external sites. Be careful not to click on anything and do not sign up for anything!
    4. Using what you learned, write a cover letter applying for the job.in with an English version AND 3 translations using different translation apps. You can try Google Translate, DeepL and SpanishDict (for SpanishDict, you will need to translate a few sentences at the time as it does not allow long text)
    5. Submit your letter as a separate document in both languages including all 3 translations properly labeled with the translation app used for each. Make sure the letters Include proper greetings, closings and if needed, learn how to properly write dates in Spanish.
      • Explain what differences you noticed in each of the Spanish versions
      • Explain why it might be a good idea to use different translation apps
    6. Include the job posting title and link for the job for which you created the application letter.

    Please submit assignment in the appropriate submission area. Make sure the letter includes the full date in Spanish (not an abbreviation such as 11/12/23) and greetings and closings that are appropriate for a business letter as per the lesson and video suggestions.

    THOUGHTCO ARTICLE: HOW TO WRITE BUSINESS AND PERSONAL LETTERS

    VIDEO:

    Formal Spanish

     

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    Section 6: Pronunciation Station

    Confusing sounds

     You may already be familiar with Spanish pronunciation, however, there are certain sounds that are often confusing from beginners to even for more advanced speakers.

    1. Watch the video below (about 4 minutes) for a fun take on how to pronounce certain difficult Spanish words.
    2. Based on what you review from the video, write down the Spanish words listed/pronounced AND record audio of yourself reading the words, using the proper pronunciation. Hint: Write down the words, type them into SpanishDict and hear them pronounced properly!
      • Submit written word list and audio link, in English and Spanish.

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    Difficult words to pronounce
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    Section 7: Culture

     High and Low-Context Cultures

    Estimated time to complete this lesson: 15-30 minutes

    Learn a bit more about differences in cultures as far as how they communicate (and with 'how many' words!) .

    Based on the videos below (and any extra research you need to conduct):

    1. Define high-context and low-context cultures
    2. Is the U.S. a high-context or low-context culture? Explain
    3. Are Latin American countries high or low context? Explain
    4. If you were to live, visit or work in a Latin American culture or with individuals from Latin America, what would you do in order to gain an advantage in business or make friends and establish trust? Use specific evidence from the video as well as your own opinion.
    5. Share links/resources where you got the information

    Submit your work as a Word or PDF document in the appropriate assignment submission area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

    When applicable: Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    High and Low Context Cultures

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    Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

    Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

     

    Module 14: Spanish around the World

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 4-6 hours

    Please submit all sections, clearly labeled, in one document (unless otherwise stated such as Slides projects). PDF is preferred. If needed, you can submit more than one document, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.

    Sections to complete and approximate time needed to complete each (may vary depending on your Spanish level, effort and interest)

    1. Warm-Up (15 minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (15 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (30 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Pronunciation Station (15 minutes)
    7. Culture (45 minutes)
    8. "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement" (15 minutes): Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

    MODULE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (Use this assignment template to help you stay organized) NOTE: Please do not request 'ACCESS' to the document as it is not fillable. Instead, you will need to make a copy to your device so you can edit it.

    YouTube Tips:

    • To view subtitles, click on the c icon.

    • To view subtitles translated to any language, click on the c icon, then click on the c icon, click on ‘Auto-translate’ and choose the language you would like.

    • To slow down the audio speed of a video, click on the c ​ icon, click on ‘Playback Speed’ and choose the speed.

     

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    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Spanish by the Numbers

    Did you ever wonder how many people speak Spanish and where? This short video from Babbel will explain just that! Based on the video, share 3 new, interesting or useful facts you learned. Submit your list in English and include enough details from the video.

    Where Spanish is spoken
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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    TED Talks en español (Share)

    You are probably already familiar with TedTalks, but did you know there is a TedTalks in Spanish? Visit TED en Español and choose two videos, in Spanish, with content that interests you.

    • For this assignment, post to the appropriate Discussion Board submission area and share the titles and links to your videos you chose AND the reason you chose those two videos. You can do so in English unless you would like to also include Spanish as well, however, the video titles you share should have both the English and Spanish version.

    Note: In an upcoming activity, you will do some work based on the videos you chose. You do not have to watch them for this discussion unless you have time or would like to.

    You do not need to respond to the post of others but are encouraged to read the posts (and respond if you would like) to get some ideas of additional videos you may want to watch!

    All posts must be respectful and contribute positively to an atmosphere of civility and cooperation.

    Post to the appropriate Discussion Board area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

    NOTE: IF YOU ARE POSTING TO A PADLET DISCUSSION BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THE PADLET POST, TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT, PLEASE TAKE A SCREENSHOT (OR COPY AND PASTE POST TEXT) TO INCLUDE WITH THE REST OF THE MODULE SUBMISSION DOCUMENT WHERE YOU SUBMIT THE REST OF THE MODULE SECTIONS.

    Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

    If the post requires an audio file, please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio and share the link. Note: If the Discussion Board is in a 'Padlet', this platform has an audio recording function as well.

    TedTalks in Spanish

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Different words for the same thing

    Be surprised by learning how different Spanish-speaking countries have various words for the same thing.Based on the video, share 3 'items/things' mentioned and share the different Spanish words for each. Include what they mean in English.

    For example: Auto/Car can be: Auto, automovil, carro and coche

     

      Different words for the same thing
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      Section 4: Language Learning Lab

      TED Talks en español (watch & summarize)

      If you have not done so already, go to TED Talks en Español and choose 2 videos to watch in Spanish.

      Based on the videos you chose, share how your experience was watching the videos in Spanish.

      1. Did you watch both videos entirely? If not, why not?
      2. How much were you able to understand?
      3. Did you use the captions or transcripts? Did they help?
      4. Would you recommend watching these types of videos to increase Spanish skills? Why or why not?
      5. Share a brief summary of each video along with the title.
      6. Also, share the links to the videos you watched.
      7. Anything else you would like to share

      Please be thoughtful and detailed in your responses. Use full sentences and paint a complete picture of how this process went for you.

      Please submit your assignment in the appropriate submission area.

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      Section 5: Grammar & Writing

      Translating LAS NOTICIAS using context

      Please visit BBC Mundo and take a look around. Choose one article in Spanish that is good news. Based on the BBC Mundo article in Spanish you chose (It must be about POSITIVE/GOOD news!) you will translate the TITLE of the article and TWO paragraphs of your choosing.

      You will try out translating first WITHOUT help and then WITH the help of online resources. The goal here is NOT to have a perfect translation but to give you a sense of translating by using context! You will first read the text you will find at the end of this page. Then:

      1. Translate the text to English WITHOUT using any apps - title this translation NO APP TRANSLATION (remember the goal is not an accurate translation but for you to give translation a try!) SAVE THIS TRANSLATION TO TURN IN! MISTAKES ENCOURAGED - TRY IT ON YOUR OWN WITHOUT ANY HELP!

      2. After your initial translation, create a list of 10-20 words that you did not know and translate them using any of the resources you have (Linguee, SpanishDict, etc. - try to extend beyond Google Translate) - TYPE YOUR LIST IN BOTH LANGUAGES and title this translation NEW WORDS - SAVE THIS WORD LIST TO TURN IN!

      3. Return to original text and translate again using the new words you looked up. Did the translation get better? - YOU CAN (BUT DON'T HAVE TO) TURN IN THIS TRANSLATION

      4. Now, copy and paste (or type) the original Spanish text into translator app and compare YOUR TRANSLATION with the APP translation. Title this new translation APP TRANSLATION - SAVE THIS TRANSLATION TO TURN IN!

      5. Compare translations - how close was your translation to the APP translation? Yours might be more accurate than the app, do you think so? ANSWER THIS QUESTION FULLY TO TURN IN! (Submit in the appropriate submission area)

       

      BBC Mundo

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      Section 6: Pronunciation Station

      Reading LAS NOTICIAS

      Please re-visit the BBC Mundo article you previously chose, and record yourself reading the title AND at least 2 paragraphs in Spanish. Also, submit the link to the BBC article. Submit your audio recording link in the appropriate submission area.

      When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

      BBC Mundo

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      Section 7: Culture

      Spanish in Asia and Africa

      Did you know Spanish is spoken in one country in Asia and one in Africa?

      • Watch the following video in Spanish (with NO subtitles/captions/English translation) and try to understand using the Spanish you know and context clues. Then, share a statement of how much you THINK you were able to understand and what strategies you used to help you understand.
      • Then, re-watch the video with English captions and compare your initial understanding with the actual translation. How much did you ACTUALLY understand?
        • How was this experience for you?
        • What did you learn from doing this activity (both about Spanish in Asia and Africa and about your listening comprehension and/or Spanish skills)

      Submit your work as a Word or PDF document in the appropriate assignment submission area of your course's Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, Google classroom, etc.)

      When applicable: Please do not upload video or audio files. Instead, use a tool such as Vocaroo to record audio or Screencast-o-matic to record videos, and share the link.

      When applicable: Use a tool such as Google Translate, Forvo,  DeepL or SpanishDict to check your grammar and/or pronunciation.

      Spanish in Africa

       

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      Section 8: "Academic Honesty and Resource Acknowledgment Statement"

      Please submit a statement affirming that the work you submit is your own, indicating that you have watched the videos, read the lessons, recorded your own audio, any screenshots are of your own work that you completed, and that composed your own sentences. Additionally, please provide an explanation of the resources or help, including any AI tools, that you utilized in the process of completing this work.

       

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      Additional Resources (Optional)