Author:
Vanessa Botts
Subject:
Languages, World Cultures
Material Type:
Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Textbook
Level:
High School, Community College / Lower Division, Adult Education
Tags:
  • Hispanic Culture
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Culture
  • Spanish Language Acquisition
  • Spanish Language Learner
  • World Cultures
    License:
    Public Domain Dedication
    Language:
    English, Spanish
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    eBook

    Spanish for Communication and Cultural Understanding (Intermediate)

    Spanish for Communication and Cultural Understanding (Intermediate)

    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 an 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. 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

    Module 1: How language shapes the way we think

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 6-10 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 (90 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Multi-tasking Verbs(15 minutes)
    7. Culture (15 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.

    NOTE: The first few modules of this online textbook resource will provide you with a review of grammatical concepts, conversational phrases, vocabulary, etc.

    This review will help you solidify previous skills you may have learned and also through repetition it will help you commit what you review to long-term memory.

    However, do not worry as you will find new, useful and interesting content as well! 

     

    Scroll down to get started with the first section!

     

    Section 1: Warm-Up

    How language affects thought

    Based on the video below, How Language shapes the way we think, share 3 new or interesting facts you learned and share how/if the video changed the way you view/think of language and language learning. You can do so in English, Spanish or both.

    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. 

    Language and thought
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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 basic phrases for greetings and goodbyes.
    • Based on the video you watched in the previous section (in English and/or Spanish), Does language change your way of viewing the World, share your thoughts on the topic. Do you agree? Why or why not? Explain. Hint: You can use some of the thoughts or phrases you created in the previous sections to use for this post.
    • Respond to the post of at least one other student

    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.

     

    Greetings
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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Describe yourself

    Learn or review some useful Spanish adjectives for physical characteristics and gain some excellent listening practice in the video below. Notice not just the different accents but also the common use of diminutives in Spanish! (If you are not familiar with diminutives in Spanish, this Homeschool Spanish lesson will help)

    Based on the video list, by hand, write a list of at least 10 adjectives (or phrases related to describing oneself) that you did not know and/or need more practice with and/or are useful for you and/or describe you, in English and Spanish. Submit a screenshot of your handwritten list. 

     

    Describe yourself

     

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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 on the next page, and based on the videos below, answer the following questions:

    1. Based on the Benefits of a bilingual brain, what are three benefits of language learning?
    2. From the video of Typing vs Handwriting list 2 benefits of handwriting and how handwriting might be useful (or not) for you in this class or any other class. 
    3. Which two strategies from the Thomas Frank 'How to stay productive..' video would be most useful to you?
    4. Do you have the time or are you willing to make the time to learn Spanish while in this course?
    5. State your full name, state what grade you would like to earn in this class and explain how you plan to earn that grade?

    You can choose to submit in English, Spanish or both.

    Submit your work as a PDF document in the appropriate assignment submission 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.

    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.

    What happens to your brain when you learn a new language
    Handwriting vs typing
    How to manage your time

     

    How to stay productive

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    100 most useful verbs

     Learn or review 100 of the most important Spanish verbs in the video below. 

    Based on the video list, by hand, write a list of at least 10 verbs that you did not know and/or need more practice with and/or are useful for you. Submit a screenshot of your handwritten list of the verbs in English and Spanish.

    Additional resource (optional) Babbel lesson.

    Most important verbs
     
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    Section 6: Multitasking Verbs

    Tener as "to be" and  Tengo

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for this verb with the video below. Based on the first video, explain the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

    Based on the secong video (tengo) explain the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

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

    Tener

    .

    Tengo

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    Section 7: Culture

    Greetings Around the World

     ¿Lo sabías? (Did you know?) In Latin American countries and Spain, it is common to greet with a kiss on the cheek!

    Of course, greetings also consist of spoken words...Learn a few of those with the short videos below.

    1. From each video, choose your saludo favorito (favorite greeting)
    2. In Spanish and English (as audio and text), state the countries (or areas) of your saludo favorito, explain the greetings and why each is your favorite.

    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.

     

    Greetings
    Greetings

    .

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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

     

    Regular and irregular verbs

     

     

    Irregular verbs
    How language affects the way you think
    Does language affect the way we think?

     

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

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 6-10 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. Multi-tasking Verbs (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.

    NOTE: The first few modules of this online textbook resource will provide you with a review of grammatical concepts, conversational phrases, vocabulary, etc.

    This review will help you solidify previous skills you may have learned and also through repetition it will help you commit what you review to long-term memory.

    However, do not worry as you will find new, useful and interesting content as well! 

     

    Scroll down to get started with the first section!

     

    Section 1: Warm-Up

    Review of Basic Greetings and Phrases

    Practice your Spanish conversational skills with a 'mock' conversation with the video below. You may need to watch the video several times in order to practice your responses for speed and accuracy or if you are fairly advanced in oral conversation, you may be able to do it the first time! Either way, this should be a simple and fun practice.

    Notice the pause icon throughout the video will be for your part of the conversation and where you will respond by creating your own responses. For example, if a question asks for your name, you would respond: Me llamo TYPE YOUR NAME HERE.

    • When ready, record audio of the video playing in the backgound and you answering the questions as though you were in the actual conversation! Remember, pause the video as you respond. Also remember you can slow down the video speed if needed. 
      • Submit an audio link of the 'conversation' between you and the video. You can submit several video links if you would like to break-up the conversation into shorter sections.
      • Share how this experience went for you. Was this difficult? Interesting? Frustrating? Useful? Explain with enough details.

    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. 

    Conversation practice
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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 a review of greetings and some 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: 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.

    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

    .

    Introductions

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Diacritical Marks and Homonyms

    Review a specific type of diacritical marks in Spanish such as tildes, as well as rules of accentuation, by reading this article from Rosetta Stone where you can also learn the rules for accents: https://blog.rosettastone.com/spanish-accent-marks-and-diacritics/

    1. Scroll down the article until you find the word lists. (Notice how the accent can change the meaning of the word!)
    2. Then, from the article, TYPE all the words in the Common homonyms using Spanish accent marks 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. 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

     

     Test your Spanish Level

    You may be curious as to your current Spanish-level. With this assessment, you can get a general idea. As with any assessment, there are limitations to what they measure, and results depend on many factors such as the assessment content versus what you have learned, how or when. At any rate, it may be helful to test your Spanish knowledge from time to time using a variety of methods, such as the video below.

    • Go through the video below an its related activites, and based on your results, share what you feel your current 'level' of Spanish is.
    • Provide evidence of having taken the assessment and your 'score' (notes, responses to the questions, etc.) as well as explain your results.
      • How did you do? Were you surprised? What might you need to (if at all) to study more of to improve your score on an assessment like this one?
    Test your level

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    Regular and Irregular Verbs Review

    Learn more and practice your skills with Regular and Irregular verbs review with an excellent Open Educational Resource: SpanishDict.com which you will access below.

    Read the lessons first, and then complete the first 4 activites by clicking on each clickable lesson/activity title.

    • Submit a screenshot(s) showing proof of activities completion.

    Click below to access the lesson and activity.

     

    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.

     

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    Section 6: Multitasking Verbs

    Pedir and Preguntar

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for these verbs with the video below. Based on the video, list the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

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

    Pedir and preguntar

     

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    Section 7: Culture

    Difference between Latino and Hispanic

    In addition to learning the language (and to aid in more authentically understanding it) it is helpful to also learn about culture. Here you will learn (or review) the often confusing terms: Hispanic, Spanish, Latino and more.

    Please note these terms can be confusing even for individuals who are from Spanish-speaking countries, and on the videos you will learn why!

    Based on the videos below, you will describe, in full sentences and with enough detail and evidence from the videos as well as your own knowledge, in English and/or Spanish:

    1. The difference between Spanish, Latino, Chicano and Hispanic (and any other terms worthy of note)
    2. What did you learn about the difference in terms that was most interesting, useful or surprising to you?
    3. Why might it be important to be aware of the difference in terms (Spanish, Hispanic and Latino) 
    4. What are some of the challenges inherent in defining and/or using these terms? Explain.

    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.

    REMINDER: 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!

     

    Latino or Hispanic
    Hispanic, Latino, Spanish
    Latino, Hispanic, Spanish
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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, and 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 greetings
    Greetings

    Module 3: Pasatiempos (Hobbies)

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 6-10 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. Multi-tasking Verbs (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

    Camping

    This Module, we will be talking about hobbies and what we like to do in our spare time. You may or may not agree that camping is a great way to spend one's time, but regardless, a lot of the vocabulary used in camping can be useful for daily life!

    Watch the video below, and based on the video, share 5 new or useful phrases you learned,in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

    (Notice all the different accents and also that there are native English speakers who are speaking in Spanish. Also notice the different ways in which certain items are named depending on where the person is from.)

    Camping

    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. 

     

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Pasatiempos

    In this discussion, we will continue to get to know each other (in Spanish) with text and audio by talking about hobbies and what we USED TO like do during our free time! This will help review the past tense which will also be reviewed in another section.

    First, watch the videos below about hobbies and the past tense which you may want to review for your post.

    1. Based on what you learned from the videos you will submit an original introductory post about what you USED TO like do during your free time in the past. List at least 3 things, in full sentences.  Also, post 2 distinct questions to your classmates to help you learn more about their past hobbies or likes
    2. Respond to the questions on the post of 2 others in the appropriate submission area of the course.
    3. 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

    .

    Hacer, querer, venir
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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Double Negatives

    Learn or review some useful Spanish words that will help you for daily, general conversations.

    Based on the video, list the double negative words and one sample sentence for each, 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. 

    Double negatives

     

     

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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    Escucha

    Let's practice listening and comprehension skills as well as re-visit the past tense with a simple story about 'likes' in the past tense.

    1. First, listen to/watch the video, all in Spanish and as you listen, listen for words, phrases you know/recognize and use context clues. You should take notes of words, phrases or clues to the story.
      • For this portion of the assignment, you can use SPANISH subtitles but NOT English.
    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?
    Verbs like gustar
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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing (There are 2 parts in this section)

    PARTE 1: Adverbs

    In Spanish, adverbs (los adverbios) are words that describe a verb, an adjective or another adverb. Adverbs do not agree in terms of gender or number. To learn or review this topic, read the lesson first, and then complete the first 7 clickable lessons/activities that you will access by clicking on each lesson-activity. Submit a screenshot(s) showing proof of completion.

    Click below to access the lesson activites.

     

    PARTE 2: Prepositions

    Prepositions hold a privileged position as parts of speech in that they are a 'closed class'. They are essential to master and thus, we will review them here.

    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.

    1. Access the lesson below, and record yourself reading all sentence examples for prepositions, in English and Spanish. Most of the sample sentences are in tables, and you will see a 'speaker' icon which you can use to hear the pronunuciation.
    2. Submit an audio link.

    FLUENTU LESSON: 40 Most Common Spanish Prepositions

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    Section 6: Multitasking Verbs

    Pasar

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for this verb with the video below. Also, you may want to read this Thoughtco lesson for more examples and conjugations (as with any external website, be cautious of where you click and watch out for ads!)

    Based on the video, list the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use. The sample sentences should be in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

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

    Pasar
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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 this Homeschool Spanish lesson with some idioms in Spanish and watch an interesting video on common Spanish idioms.

    \Based on the article you read or the video:

    1. Choose 5 idioms that were new and/or interesting for you.
    2. List the idioms in English and Spanish (with the English 'literal' and 'actual use/equivalent' translations)
    3. Find images (or create) images that could represent the idioms.
    4. State whether the idioms you chose were from the lesson, video or both.

    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)

    23 Prepositions
    Hobbies

    Module 4: Routines

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 6-10 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. Multi-tasking Verbs (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

    Routines in Spain (La siesta)

    Are you familiar with the siesta tradition?  The siesta is often daily routine in Spain and many other countries!

    Based on the video below, explain the siesta and list 3 new or useful phrases/sentences (not single words) you learned. Submit phrase list 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. 

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Routines

    Watch the video below to learn or review routines and reflexive verbs. The video will give you some excellent listening practice as well.

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

    1. List 5 items based on your actual daily routine and post them in 'conversational form' as though you were telling a friend about your daily routine. Post the written routine and audio link, in English and Spanish as audio and text.
    2. In your post, include two questions you might ask a friend, classmate or co-worker about their routine, in English and Spanish as audio and text.
    3. Respond to the post of at least one other student and answer the question they posted, in English and Spanish as audio and text.

    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.

    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.

    Routines

     

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    Section 3: Language Learning Lab #1

    Escucha

    Build your vocabulary and gain some great listening practice with the video below. (Notice the accent is from Spain) First, watch the video with no subtitles.Take notes as you listen and make a handwritten list of at least 20 words you are not sure of (pause the video as needed).

    Then, look up the definitions of those words and re-watch the video again. Did you understand more this time? Lastly, watch the video with English captions and compare all 3 viewings. How much of the video were you able to understand the first time? How much more of the video were you able to understand after looking up the words?

    Submit your answer to these questions and the handwritten notes and list of the vocabulary words from the video with the English version.

    Routines
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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab #2

    Translate Using Context 

    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:

     En la escuela

    Hoy es día de clase. Como todas las mañanas Roberto se levanta con sueño. Hoy tiene clase de matemáticas, inglés y ciencia. Se viste, desayuna y comienza el camino hacia la escuela. Se encuentra con su amigo Pedro. Los dos van juntos a clase desde que eran pequeños y siempre que pueden quedan para jugar en el parque al fútbol, su deporte favorito. Su mesa está junto a la de Pedro y sus mochila son muy parecidas.

    Cuando llegan el profesor ya está esperando. Se sientan en su silla rápido y sacan el libro, el papel, el lápiz y la regla. El profesor ha indicado un ejercicio que tienen que hacer. Es un ejercicio complicado. Cuando todos los alumnos están pensando en el ejercicio llega el director de la escuela con un alumno junto a él. Es un nuevo compañero de clase. Estudiará con Roberto, Pedro y el resto de la clase. Como no hay ninguna mesa vacía el nuevo alumno se coloca en el escritorio del profesor hasta que le traigan su mesa. Es divertido verlo en ese lugar, detrás del escritorio, como otro profesor más.

    La clase de arte es la favorita de Roberto. Puede dibujar cosas bonitas y la hora pasa muy rápido. Hoy ha dibujado un caballo. Le ha quedado muy bien. Cuando terminan las clases Pedro y él se van juntos a casa. En el camino se encuentran con el alumno nuevo. Hablan un poco con él. Se llama Andrew y es de Estados Unidos. Es un chico simpático. A Pedro y Roberto les gustaría que pusieran la nueva mesa de Andrew cerca de la suya.

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    Reflexive Verbs and Pronouns

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

    Complete the Activity Lessons located at the top of the page numbered 6 - 9. 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 lessons 6-9
    • Note: When completing the lesson activities, you can hover over the Spanish sentences to view the English translation

    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. 

     

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    Section 6: Multitasking Verbs 

    Ir and Venir

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for these verbs with the video below. Based on the video, list the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

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

    Ir and venir

    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. 

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    Section 7: Culture

    Food in Spain and Latin America

    Watch the following video to learn about a traditional part of the daily routine in Spain (and many Latin American countries!), food!  Food customs may be unlike the U.S. in some ways as you will see from the videos, and the videos will also offer you some excellent listening practice. Notice the different accents!

    *** Did you know? Ayuno in Spanish means 'fast' as in 'not eating food'. So, desayuno means to end the 'fast' just like the English word breakfast which derives from 'break fast' (resume eating after fasting all night during sleep)

    • In English, Spanish or both, explaing what surprised you the most about the various breakfasts from the different regions or individuals and how they compare to your breakfast choices.
    • In English, Spanish or both, explaing what surprised you the most about the various meal choices from the different regions or individuals and how they compare to your breakfast choices.
    • Based on each of the videos list 3 new or interesting Spanish phrases you learned.
      • Submit your list (English and Spanish) as text and audio.

    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.

    Food
    Desayuno

     

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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

    reflexives

    Module 5: Past Tense and Story-telling

     Preterite and Imperfect review 

    View the video below to review the past tense in Spanish and complete the lesson and activity below.

    • Based on the video, summarize the differences between the imperfect and preterite.
    • Then, choose one sample sentence from the video that is in the Preterite and one in the Imperfect. Submit as text and audio 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.

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

    Preterite and Imperfect

     

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 6-10 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

    Past tense within a story

    Explore the past tense with verbs like gustar for daily conversation with the video below. The video is in Spanish, but remember you can turn on English captions. Notice you have watched this video in a previous Module, so this time try to watch it without any subtitles to see how much you can understand this time compared to last time!

    • Based on the video, list 3 new or interesting phrases that incorporate the past tense, in English and Spanish as audio and text.
    • Also, did you watch the video without subtitles? With? Both? Spanish and/or English subtitles? 
    Past tense

     

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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" (koo-ehn-tah-meh) is a phrase which is also often translated as "tell me" (similar to something like "Tell me about...") You can learn more by clicking on the lesson below and watching the video that follows.

    1. For this discussion, post a question asking a classmate something about their past using dime and one question using cuéntame (Spanish and English, audio and text).
    2. For your response post, answer the questions of at least one other student (Spanish and English, audio and text). The link below will help explain the verbs.

    SPANISHDICT LESSON: HABLAR; DECIR; CONTAR

    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.

    VIDEO

    Decir, contar y hablar

     

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    Section 3: Language Learning Lab

     Preterite in a story

    This week, you will be exploring the preterite in Spanish (past tense) but before we delve more into the grammar of it, we will re-visit a well-known children's story, but in Spanish: Little Red Riding Hood. 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: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

    Little Red Riding Hood

     

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    Section 4: Vocabulary Builder

    From the story Caperucita Roja, 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:  LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

    Little Red Riding Hood

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    A cuento or historia both mean 'a story'. Based on what you have learned in previous modules about the past tense, and using as an inspiration the children's story of Little Red Riding Hood, write a short children's story (in Spanish and English) based on a moment in your real life that had some sort of significance where a lesson was learned.

    Keep it simple, keep it short, but make the story impactful! The setting, characters, details, etc. should be changed to fit a 'children's story/tale' (cuento) format, but it should be based on a real life-lesson you learned. Include images to augment the text and provide an audio of you reading the story in both languages.

    Note: You are welcome to create a slides presentation, video, etc. if you would like!

    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. 

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    Section 6: Multitasking Verbs

    Contar

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for this verb with the video below.

    Based on the video, list the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

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

    Contar

     

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    Section 7: Culture

    The Worst Nun in the World

    History provides great insight into a culture and can also help us with acquiring a language, in our case, Spanish. The contribution to a certain historical figure will be surprising to you. Become acquainted with the 'worst nun in the World' with the video story below.

    First, watch the Spanish version (no English subtitles, but Spanish subtitles are OK) and then, watch the English version. Based on this experience:

    1. How much were you able to understand from the Spanish version when compared to the English version? What strategies did you use to understand the Spanish version?
    2. In English and/or Spanish, in your own words, please provide a brief summary of the story about Sor Juana and her historical importance.
    La peor monja

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    The worst nun

     

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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)

     Additional Resources

    Preterite tense introduction

     

     

    Asking people what they did

    Module 6: Spanish for Job Searching

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 6-10 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. Multi-tasking Verbs (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

    What not to do at a job interview

    Please take a few minutes to explore what not to do at a job interview while getting some exposure to Spanish as it is spoken in Puerto Rico.

    Note: Did you know? The more accents you listen to, the better your overall comprehension will be!

    • Based on the video, list 5 things not to do at an interview. Please submit in English and Spanish as audio and text.
    What not to do
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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Job interview questions

    In preparation for upcoming assignments relating to the topic of professions, job interviews, etc. Conduct some research (from credible sources) and find THREE questions that most job applicants can expect during a job interview. Your research should include the videos below.

    1. Post text and an audio recording of yourself asking the questions in English and Spanish as well as the link to the source where you found those questions.
    2. Respond to the post of at least one other student answering the interview questions as text and audio (English and Spanish) as though you were answering at an actual job interview!

    Note: Please make sure to listen/view other posts before you post so that you do not repeat the same questions!

    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.

    Helpful Resource

    How to Ace a Job Interview

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    A job interview

    Learn some basic interview conversation and gain some listening practice with the following video. As the video plays, 'shadow' what the interviewee says as though you are at the one being interviewed!

    With shadowing, you will speak 'over' the audio (at the same time) and the captions should help you with this.

    • Choose one or more sections from the video that make sense to shadow and record and which add to about 2 minutes of 'conversation'
    • Then, write a list of 10 new or useful words you learned with the video, and share the list in English and Spanish. Also, explain how the 'Shadowing' process went for you. Did you attempt to Shadow? Why or why not? How did it go?

    In another Module section, you will learn more about the Shadowing technique, but for now, do give it a try as best as you can! Meanwhile, this video will explain Shadowing.

    Submit your list and answers to the questions above.

    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. 

    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 4: Language Learning Lab

     Strengths and Weaknesses 

    In job interviews, you may have, or will be asked something along the lines of "Tell me about your strenghts and weakness". In this assignment, you will explore how you might answer this question at a job interview (in Spanish!)

    Note: You never know when an opportunity may present itself for you to interview in Spanish or for you to interview someone else in Spanish!

    1. Watch the videos below, and based on the video, share 2 new or useful Spanish phrases you learned from each video. Submit the phrases written in English and Spanish. 
    2. Create a script where there are 2 roles: An interviewer and interviewee. The script will represent a portion of a job interview where the interviewee is asked about his/her strengths and weaknesses. It should have at least 20 lines and include the question and answer to "What are your strengths and weaknesses" as though it was an actual interview!
    3. On the script, include typical greetings and the title or description of the job you are 'applying for'.
    4. Submit written script and audio. The script will be in English and Spanish, but the audio will ONLY be in Spanish.
    • You can play both parts or have a friend or family member play the part of interviewer so that you play the part of the individual applying for the job.

    NOTE: As you will see/learn from the resource below, this interview question is NOT the time to talk about your personal life but rather to present to the interviewer your professional background and what you 'bring to the table' (how would the company benefit from hiring you)

    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.

    NOTE: Video is in Spanish (notice the accent from Spain!)

     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.

     

    Hablame de ti

    In Spanish (notice the Caribbean accent!)

    Hablame de ti

     

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

    PARTE 1: Written Communications 

    In addition to speaking to communicate in Spanish, it is also useful to learn how to communicate in writing. Learn about different types of business and personal letters in the Thoughtco article: How to Write Personal and Business Letters in Spanish, (watch out for ads and be cautious not to click on anything) and based on the article:

    1. List 2 possible Letter greetings listed that are formal enough to use on a business letter (Spanish and English). Please do not just copy and paste. Take the time to practice writing in Spanish and using the Typeit editor for accents, inverted question marks, etc.
    2. List 2 possible Letter closings listed that are formal enough to use on a business letter (Spanish and English) Please do not just copy and paste. Take the time to practice writing in Spanish and using the Typeit editor for accents, inverted question marks, etc
    3. Make sure you write the dates in Spanish properly! Click here for a link that will help.

     PARTE 2: Cover letters

     Now that you have learned a bit about interviews and written communication 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 to learn about writing resumes in Spanish and essential vocabulary for job applications. (As always, be mindful of ads in these types of sites, be careful not to click on anything and do not sign up for anything!)
    4. Using what you learned, write a cover letter in Spanish (with an English version) applying for the job.
    5. Submit your letter as a document in both languages. Include proper greetings, closings and if needed, learn how to properly write dates in Spanish.
    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: Multitasking Verbs

    Llevar

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for this verb with the video below. Based on the video, list the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

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

    Llevar

     

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    Section 7: Culture (There are 2 parts in this section)

    Honorifics

    PARTE 1

    As you already know, in Spanish, there is a formal and informal way to address people, and honorifics are one such way.

    • Watch the video below to learn (or review) honorifics, and based on the video, list all the honorifics you learned and include a brief description of how/when each is used.
    Honorifics in Spanish

    PARTE 2

    Now, test your newly acquired honorifics vocabulary with the video below. Complete the activity as per the video instructions, and submit a statement of how well you did. Were you able to get them all correct? Could you use more practice?

    Honorifics assessment
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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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    Module 7: The Subjunctive

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 6-10 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 ( minutes)
    2. Authentic Conversation (60 minutes)
    3. Vocabulary Builder (30 minutes)
    4. Language Learning Lab (60 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Multi-tasking Verbs (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

    Ojalá

    Ojalá is a versatile word to indicate wishes and hopes. It also has an interesting story which relates its origins to Arabic. There is an optional video if you would like to learn about its history, but meanwhile, based on the video below, share 3 new or useful phrases you learned that use Ojalá. The phrases should be in English and Spanish as audio and text.

    Ojala

    Additional Resource about the history of the word Ojalá and the subjunctive (Optional)

    Ojala

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    El subjuntivo

    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 other activities but meantime, you will learn about an unusual yet common word in the subjunctive: ojalá. First, learn about the subjunctive with this Thoughtco article.

    Based on the video you watched in the previous section and any further research you need to conduct on ojalá,  create 3 sentences where it would make sense to use ojalá.

    1. Post your 3 sentences (in Spanish and English - audio and text)
    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)

    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)

    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

    Read the Thoughtco article on titled Confusing Spanish words below to learn about some often-confused pairs of words.

    1. Based on the article, choose FIVE SETS of words that, given your current or future professional,  academic or daily life situation might cause negative issues if used incorrectly (offend someone, cost money, inaccurate essential information, etc.)
    2. Based on the words you choose, create one sentence (for each word from each set, for a total of 10) in Spanish and English with text and audio of you stating the sentences.
    3. Explain why or how using the wrong version of each of these words could create issues.

    THOUGHTCO ARTCICLE: https://www.thoughtco.com/two-dozen-confusing-spanish-words-4078814

     

     

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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    Translate using context 

    For this assignment, you will try out translating first WITHOUT help and then WITH the help of online resources. While simple, it will prepare you for upcoming translation exercises which will be more advanced.

    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 bottom 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!)

    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. - 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.

    Translate the following:

    Barcelona

    Mark está de viaje de negocios en Barcelona. Hoy tuvo un día libre y salió a visitar la ciudad.

    Primero, caminó por La Rambla, la calle más famosa de Barcelona, llena de gente, tiendas y restaurantes. Se dirigió al Barrio Gótico, uno de los sitios más antiguos y bellos de la ciudad. En la Plaza Sant Jaume observó dos de los edificios más importantes: El Palacio de la Generalitat de Catalunya y el Ayuntamiento.

    Volvió a La Rambla. Mark tenía hambre y se detuvo a comer unas tapas y beber una cerveza. Continuó hasta la grande y hermosa Plaza de Catalunya. Avanzó por el Paseo de Gràcia hasta llegar a un edificios fuera de lo común Casa Batlló y luego a Casa Milà, diseños del arquitecto Antoni Gaudí. Quiso saber más sobre este famoso arquitecto y se dirigió al Park Güell, donde tomó muchas fotografías.

    El día se acababa pero antes de volver al hotel, Mark tomó un taxi hacia la Fuente Mágica y disfrutó de un espectáculo de agua y luces.

    Mark quedó sorprendido con esta gran ciudad y sintió que le faltó tiempo para conocer más lugares interesantes. Se prometió regresar para tomar unas vacaciones con su familia.

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

     

    PARTE 1: Indicativo y subjuntivo

    Learn (or review) the difference between the indicative and subjunctive moods in Spanish with some SpanishDict activities. Complete activities 1-5 of Subjunctive vs. Indicative and submit a screenshot(s) as proof of completion.

    SPANISHDICT LESSONS: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/subjunctive-vs-indicative-in-spanish

     

    PARTE 2: Subjunctive

    The subjunctive mood can be difficult, and as you will learn from the video below, it is often more of a 'native' speaker's way of expressing wishes, doubts, etc. in the sense, that even if you do not use it, you can still be understood.

    Nonetheless, it is worth exploring, and it can also be quite fun! 

    1. Watch the video below, and based on the video, write a list of the subjunctive sample sentences mentioned. Then record yourself stating each in both languages.
      • Hint: The video host will state the verb (and it will be on the screen) and then follow up with the sample sentence using the verb in the subjunctive.
        • Submit your written list and audio 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.

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

    Subjunctive
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    Section 6: Multitasking Verbs

    Saber and Conocer

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for these verbs with the video below. Based on the video, list the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

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

    Saber and conocer

     

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    Section 7: Culture

    Giving advice about Cultural Differences between Latin America and the U.S.

    (PLEASE SUBMIT THIS PRESENTATION AS A SEPARATE FILE OR LINK AND MAKE A NOTE OF THAT IN THE MODULE TEMPLATE)

    Read the article from Abasto titled Cultural Differences between Americans and Hispanics and watch the videos below. One video is about differences in culture, and the other video reflects authentic interviews about giving advice (which is one of the many ways in which the Subjunctive mood is used)

    1. Based on the article and the videos about cultural differences between the American and Hispanic Cultures and giving advice, pretend you have been tasked at work (or school, volunteer organization etc.) with creating a presentation for some international individuals who will be arriving soon to the U.S. from Latin America to live and also to work or study. The international visitors will be staying with an 'American/U.S.' host family for the entirety of their stay in the U.S.
    2.  Based on what you learned from the article, video and any additional research, create a video presentation, in Spanish, highlighting 5 pieces of advice you would give the international visitors so they can prepare for some of the cultural differences they may encounter in the U.S. 
      • Think of this presentation as though you  were in a 'Zoom' video call where you would present to a 'live' virtual audience where you would speak with them AND have some slides with text and images to augment what you said.
    • For the narrated slides, you could create a Padlet, Google Slides, PowerPoint, Quizlet or you could create an infographic using the Canva platform. It does not matter what you use as long as you include the 5 differences with images to augment the text with an audio narration.
    • OPTIONAL: Based on the slides or other visuals you created, create a video of the presentation, and for the video, you can use the Canva screencasting option or the PowerPoint video option or use another video creation platform so that you can screencast the slides as well as your audio. Your likeness (face) is optional.

    ABASTO ARTICLE

     

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

    Advice

    Latino values

     

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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)

    Confusing words

    Module 8: Do you speak Spanish?

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 6-10 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

    ¿Hablas español?

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

    Based on the video:

    1. Would you be able to answer the questions? Some? None? Explain.
    2. List three 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 three responses from the video that would be useful for you to know. Submit a written list AND audio of you reading/stating the responses.

    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.

    Do you speak Spanish?

     

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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Funny mistakes

    Get some Spanish listening practice by watching the video below about funny Spanish mistakes by students learning Spanish in Mexico!

    • Based on the video, share 2 of the mistakes you could most relate to and also share at least 2 'funny' Spanish mistakes you may have made in the past or have witnessed. Your post can be in English. You do not need to respond to the posts of others but are encouraged to!

    Note: One funny example I heard recently was when a friend told me "Tengo hamburguesa" which means "I have a burger" I told my friend I was confused as he did not have a burger that I could see. He then told me, in English, that he was hungry. The correct phrase for "I am hungry" is "Tengo hambre"!  These can sound similar but mean two different things!

    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.

    Funny mistakes

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    100 palabras

    Would you believe that 100 Spanish words cover 50% of spoken conversation?

    Decide for yourself byreading  this THOUGHTCO ARTICLE: https://www.thoughtco.com/spanish-words-you-need-to-know-3079567

    1. After you read the article, create a set of FIVE ESSENTIAL phrases or sentences for your school, work or daily life using ONLY the first 100 words on the list. Obviously, you do not need to use all the words, but also, you cannot use any other words not on the list.
    2. Submit the sentences in English and Spanish and explain:
      • Were you able to create complete sentences?
      • Did you have to add words? What type of words? (verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc)
      • Did you notice the translator app correct the grammar or not? (A good way to check is by using the SpanishDict translator as it will offer you several options when applicable. Some other translators will automatically fix the errors.)
      • What type of words would you need to (or like to) add to the 100-word list?
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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    Spanish phrases to amaze!

    Learn or review some useful phrases that denote you speak (or are learning) Spanish with the video below.

    • Based on the video, choose 3 of the phrases and create a script of at least 10 lines between 2 people who have just recently met.
    • The script should have no less than 10 lines (5 for each character) and include the 3 phrases you chose from the video.
      • You will also record your audio of you reading the script. You can play both characters or you can have a willing friend or family member play one of the roles!
    • Then, create a slides show with the audio (or video) based on the script. You can act out the script on the video or create slides with text and images and audio, etc. Be as creative as you would like! Think of this as though it were a Spanish video lesson someone would watch in order to improve their Spanish skills on this topic through an authentic conversation.

    Submit the slides or a link to the Published video (it should be set to Public or Unlisted) to a platform such as YouTube, Vimeo, Canva, Screenpal, etc. Choose a free platform you are comfortable with and that meets the needs of this activity.

    Remember: Please do not upload a video file.

    I speak Spanish

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    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, if you so choose, 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 ASSESS YOUR SPANISH LEVEL AS MEASURED BY THIS VERY LIMITED ASSESSMENT. 

    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 6: Multitasking Verbs

    Creer

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for this verb with the video below and this lesson from Thoughtco (watch out for ads!). Based on the video or lesson, list the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

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

    Creer
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    Section 7: Culture

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

    (same as: ¿Puedes creerlo?)

    The individual in the videos you will watch below speaks over 20 languages at varying levels of fluency. Even if you have already watched it, please watch it again.

    Answer in English, Spanish or both!

    Based on the video:

    1. List three new, useful or interesting facts you learned
    2. List three strategies that the individual 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.

    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.

    Polyglot

    .

    Polyglot teen

     

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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)

    Spanglish

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    Authentic expressions

    Module 9: Conditional

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 6-10 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. Multi-tasking Verbs (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

    What if? (Translation Catastrophes)

    Have you thought about any Real-World consequences of translating or interpreting something wrong? Did you know this could have catastrophic consequences? (Luckily this is not the case in a classroom setting!). Learn more with the video below, and based on the video:

    • State 3 new, interesting or useful facts you learned about interpreters and/or interpreting.
    • What would you consider a possible 'catastrophe' if you were to translate or interpret something incorrectly in your daily life, work or other? State the situation and explain
    • What are 3 ways to help try to avoid incorrect translations or interpretations between 2 or more languages.
    Translation catastrophes
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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    'Conditional' Questions

    The conditional tense is used to talk about events that would happen in the future under certain circumstances. Based on what you learn from the videos below about the Conditional Tense, in the appropriate Discussion Board area:

    1. Post three questions to a classmate (you do not need to specify the classmate!) using verbs in the conditional (in Spanish and English - audio and text).
    2. 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.

    Conditional
    Conditional
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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Sentences using the Conditional

    Based on this FLUENTU lesson:

    1. List 5 of the verbs in the Conditional that would be most useful for you (include the infinitive and its conditional both Spanish and English versions)
    2. Record audio of you reading each of the sample sentences from the section titled: Uses of the Spanish Conditional Tense

    Submit your verb list and audio link.

    Additional Resource: https://storylearning.com/learn/spanish/spanish-tips/spanish-conditional-tense

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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 and list at least 3 advantages of the shadowing method that are mentioned in the video and describe the advantages and how they help. You will include this as part of your assignment submission.
    2. Choose ANY video/audio in Spanish you would like OR choose the video below which is at a slow speed. Hint: Movie or TV show on Netflix, YouTube videos in Spanish, authentic podcasts in Spanish, etc. However, if you feel your level is more 'beginner', you may want to find videos specific for beginning Shadowing or Repeating practice OR choose videos geared for beginners or lessons for children as these tend to be shorter, more basic and slower. At the end of this page, you will find a simple video you can shadow
    3. While watching/listening record yourself SHADOWING FOR AT LEAST THREE MINUTES
      • Again, if you absolutely cannot Shadow, you can Repeat (Listen.Stop video. Repeat what you heard)
    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.
      • What was your experience like with shadowing? (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. 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.

    When a submissionrequires 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.

    Shadowing method

    .Video Resource for Shadowing

    NOTE: You may need to turn on the CC for English in order to fully understand the instructions, but will want to turn them off when the Shadowing activity begins as they will be distracting. The Spanish text will appear on the screen, so you do not have to worry about that!

    Shadowing

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    Conditional Tense Practice

    Practice the Conditional Tense by creating a 'mood board'. A mood board is a type of visual presentation or 'collage' consisting of images, text, and samples of objects. However, in our case, it will be digital so it will only have images and text. A mood board can be based on a set topic, and for this activity it will containt at least 5 sentences using the Conditional tense about what you would 'do' or 'want' if you could. This will be great practice of the tense. The mood board should contain sentences in English and Spanish as well as images to represent those sentences.

    Some platforms you could use to create your mood board include Padlet and Canva.

    Mood board sample

     

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    Section 6: Multitasking Verbs

    Poder

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for this verb with the video below. Based on the video, list the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

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

    Poder
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    Section 7: Culture

    What if? (Hypothetical Situations)

    With the video below, get to know daily life in Mexico as well as the hopes and plans of individuals while learning more about the Conditional tense and reviewing the Subjunctive.

    Notice the different accents as they speak!

    After you watch the video below:

    1. List 5 new phrases from the video which were new and would be useful for you. Why would they be useful?
    2. 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 or attraction, using the Conditional and Subjunctive tenses.
      • The script should have at least 5 lines for one character and 5 lines for the second character.
    3. Record audio of the script begin 'acted out'. You can play both parts, unless you have a friend or family member who would like to play one of the parts!
    4. Submit answers to the above, written script and audio of script being read.

     

    Conditional and Subjunctive
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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. INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME IN THIS SPECIC STATEMENT IN BOLD.

     

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    Additional Resources (Optional)

    https://www.spanish.academy/blog/what-is-the-conditional-tense-in-spanish/

    Module 10: Leveling up in Spanish

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 6-10 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. Multi-tasking Verbs (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

    Challenges

    The video below will not only be great for Spanish listening practice but also will help you see that no matter how long individuals study Spanish, there are certain things that remain difficult. 

    • Based on the video below, share 3 challenges that even long-term Spanish learners experience when using Spanish.
    • Then, share 3 challenges you have faced either in this course or in your overall Spanish-learning journey. 
    • Provide enough details and examples from the video to support your answer, in English or Spanish or both.
    Challenges
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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    Language Learning Strategies and Challenges

     

    Watch the short video below, and then on this discussion, in the approriate Discussion Board area, you will:

    1. Share one strategy from the video that would be useful for you when learning Spanish.
    2. Share your main 3 challenges you have (or currently are) experiencing with your Spanish learning journey.
    3. Also, pose one question to a classmate related to their Spanish learning.
    4. Choose on post you will respond to and answer the question they posted.
    5. Include text and audio in English and Spanish for #3 [question you will post for a classmate] and the rest can be in English as text only. 

    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.

     

    Learning languages
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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    Cognates and False Cognates

    Cognates are pairs of words that sound alike and have the same meaning in two different languages. They are useful  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 videos about cognates and false cognates which will also help you complete this assignment.  (Note: 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, list 5 False cognates. Share and explain the False cognate pair with the Spanish and English versions and explanation of why they are confusing.

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

    Cognates

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    False cognates

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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    Test your Spanish Level (again)

    You may recall in a previous Module you took this Spanish-level assessment. As with any assessment, there are limitations to what they measure, and results depend on many factors such as the assessment content versus what you have learned, how or when. At any rate, it still is helpful to test your Spanish knowledge from time to time using a variety of methods, such as the video below.

    • Go through the video below an its related activites, and based on your results, share what you feel your current 'level' of Spanish is.
    • Provide evidence of having taken the assessment and your 'score' (notes, responses to the questions, etc.) as well as explain your results.
      • Did you improve? How did you do? Were you surprised? What might you need to (if at all) to study more of to improve your score on an assessment like this one?
    Test your level

     

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    Section 5: Multitasking Verbs

    Sentir

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for this verb with the video below. Based on the video, list the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

    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 6: Grammar & Writing

    Expressing Regrets

    'Level up' your Spanish with an advanced verb: Arrepentir . With the video below, you will learn how to express 'regrets' in Spanish. Based on what you learn from the video, create a list of 3 sentences where you express one major regret in each sentence. It could be an academic regret, a missed opportunity, a professional regret, etc. Submit your sentences in English and Spanish as audio and text.

     

    Regrets
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     Section 7: Culture

    Origins of Spanish

    You may or may not know that Spanish shares roots with Italian, French, Portuguese and Romanian. Do you know why? Do you also know the Spanish and Arabic connection? Learn more with the video below, and based on the video.

    • List 3 new or interesting facts you learned. Please submit in English and Spanish as audio and text.

    Then, take a few minutes to watch the next video so you can see how similar the Romance languages are!

    Frequency

    Additional Resource to see similarities between Romance Languages

    Comparing Romance 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)

     

    Module 11: Imperative

    Estimated time to complete this Module: 6-10 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. Multi-tasking Verbs (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 are already be familiar with the Subjunctive mood in Spanish, but may not be as familiar with the Imperative. Learn about the Imperative mood in just a few minutes.

    Based on the video, explain the imperative mood and when it is used. Choose the 5 most useful (for you) 'commands' from the video and submit the written commands and audio of you reading them in both English and Spanish.

    Imperative
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    Section 2: Authentic Conversation

    "Commands" (Imperative mood)

    Learn how to form commands in Spanish with this Spanish Homeschool Academy lesson.

    Based on what you learn from the lesson, create 3 sentences (requests) where you utilize the imperative mood to ask a classmate to 'do something' that would make sense in an academic setting.

    1. Post your 3 sentences (in Spanish and English - audio and text)
    2. Choose a post to respond to and respond to their commands in the positive or negative - will you do as you were asked or not? why? (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.

     

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    Section 3: Vocabulary Builder

    More Commands

    From this Duolingo lesson, copy and paste (or type or hand-write) all the command phrases found in tables. Record audio of you reading the phrases in both languages. Submit phrase list and audio link.

    Additional Resource

    Commands
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    Section 4: Grammar & Writing

    Subjunctive Mood 'Trigger' words

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

    Based on the video:

    1. List the 'trigger' words for the subjunctive
    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

     

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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 10 most useful phrases in the IMPERATIVE and SUBJUNCTIVE mood (5 phrases for each mood) 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
      • 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: Multitasking Verbs

    Quedar

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for this verb with the video below. Based on the video, list the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

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

    Quedar
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    Section 7: Culture

    Don't do this in a Mexican household (according to moms!)

     You may or may not know about the use of chanclas as a discipline tool Mexican moms (and other Hispanic moms as well) use on their kids. Learn a bit about this with the video below:

    • Based on the video (and any research you need to conduct) what is the literal meaning of chancla and what is the cultural/discipline related meaning of the chancla?
    • Create a list of at least 3 things one should 'not' do in order to avoid the chancla. 

    Your submission can be in English, Spanish or both as written text.

    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.

    chancla
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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: 6-10 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. Multi-tasking Verbs (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 tense

    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 3 future goals that the interviewees shared (Spanish and English -  audio and text)
    2. State three of your future goals that 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

    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!

     

    My first job interview
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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing

    Simple Perfect

    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: Multitasking Verbs

    Tomar

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for this verb with the video below. Based on the video, list the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

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

    Tomar
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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: 6-10 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 (90 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Multi-tasking Verbs(30 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

    How computers translate human language

    Have you thought about how computers (translation apps) translate human language? Learn about this topic with the video below, and based on the video, in English, Spanish or both:

    • State 2 new, interesting or useful facts you learned.
    • What are 2 ways you will/could/might be more aware when using app translations as a result of what you learned from the video?
    translation

     

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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. This time, with the video below, you will learn (or review) the different yet similar verbs contar, decir and hablar. The video will help you with the discussion board post.

    For this discussion board, in the appropriate submission area, you will ask a classmate to ‘tell you’ 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..." 

    • In Spanish and English, as audio and text, post three questions that you would ask a coworker or classmate, one each using:
      • contar
      • decir
      • hablar
    • You could pose questions such as Cuéntame algo acerca de tus estudios (tell me something about your studies) or Dime algo de tu nuevo trabajo (tell me something about your new job), 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 on a job application

    Learn some vocabulary useful for a job application in Spanish with the application below.

    • First, find a method to edit the application document (print and write by hand, make a copy of the file onto your device. etc.) 
    • Then, translate as much of the application as you are able to do WITHOUT looking at a translator app and save the file. Name it ORIGINAL TRANSLATION 
      • DO NOT worry about how little or how accurate this is. It does not matter at this time!
    • Repeat the process but now, use a translation app. Save this new version and name it APP TRANSLATION
    • Submit both files AND include a short statement of how this activity went for you? About how much were you able to translate without the app? What strategies did you use? How useful was this exercise/ What did you learn?

    APPLICATION DOCUMENT (Please DO NOT request access to the document. The simplest way to edit is to create a copy to your device OR you can print so you can fill out by hand and then submit screenshots)

     

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    Section 4: Language Learning Lab

    Common Mistakes

    As we approach the end of the course, you might be wondering how much progress you have made and how you might continue to learning Spanish in ways that are meanigful to you.

    To help you get started, please watch the following videos which will address many of these things as well as provide you with an opportunity to informally see 'where you are' in Spanish at this point.

    1. Based on the first video, complete the quiz at the end of the video. As you are watching the quiz portion of the video, write down by hand the response you believe is correct (full sentence) so you can compare it with the correct answer at the end. How many did you get right? Submit your handwritten notes and a statement about how many responses you got correct and incorrect,
    2. Based on the second video, please answer the following questions.
    • What are diphtongs? Explain and give 3 examples from the video (Spanish and English versions)
    • Give at least two examples of words that sound feminine but are masculine and two examples of words that sound masculine but are femenine (include the ARTICLE that helps us male that distinction as well as the english version of the words)
    • List 2-3 ways in which you might approach learning Spanish on your own differently than the way you have approached it until now (in class and on your own). If you would NOT change your approach, explain why.
    7 common mistakes
    How to sound like a Native Speaker

     

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    Section 5: Grammar & Writing 

     

      Résumé

    Writing a Résumé (in Spanish also known as CV  or  Hoja de vida depending on the profession and other factors) is an important skill no matter what the language!

    Since this is a Spanish class, you will create a Resume in Spanish. Access the external links below to learn more about this skill and then create a resume in Spanish for a future (or dream) job that you might want to pursue. You may want to first create it in English and then translate it into Spanish.

    Expatica: Finding a Job Resume in Spanish (Please note: Photos in a resume are no longer a practice for most positions - do not include!)

    Indeed: How to Make a Resume

    1. Submit a properly-formatted, professional-looking resume, in Spanish, as a Word of PDF file that is separate from the rest of the Modules section submission.

    How to make a resume

     

     

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    Section 6: Multitasking Verbs

    Echar

    Learn or review some new or unexpected uses for this verb with the video below. Based on the video, list the verb uses and share at least one sample sentence for each use, in English and Spanish, as audio and text.

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

    Echar
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    Section 7: Culture

    High and Low-Context Cultures

    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

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    Low and high context

     

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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: 6-10 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 #1 (30 minutes)
    5. Grammar & Writing (60 minutes)
    6. Language Learning Lab #2 (30 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

    Chicano Subculture in Japan?!

    Did you know there is a Chicano subculture in Japan? Be surprised with the video below, and based on the videos, in English and Spanish, as audio and text, in full sentences, share 3 new or interesting facts you learned.

    Japan
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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

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

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      Different words for the same thing
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      Section 4: Language Learning Lab #1

      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 THREE 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: Language Learning Lab #2

      Reading LAS NOTICIAS

      Please re-visit the BBC Mundo article you previously chose, and record yourself reading the title AND at least 3 paragraphs in Spanish. Also, submit the link to the BBC article.

      Submit your audio recording link in the appropriate submission area.

      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? Learn more with the videos and related activities below:

      VIDEO 1

      • 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)

      VIDEO 2

      Watch the Drew Binsky video about Spanish in Asia, and share 2 new or interesting facts you learned.

      Submit your statement and answers to the questions above, in English, Spanish or both.

      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

       

      Spanish in Asia

       

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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 by the Numbers

      Where Spanish is spoken

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