Educational Resource

Spanish I

Brief Course Description

This course gives students the basic language tools and experiences that constitute the first step toward proficiency in Spanish. Course work will include instruction in grammar, spelling, pronunciation, and punctuation. Students will become better acquainted with the people and customs through exposure to music, art, sports, recreational activities, festivals, history and geography. Students will become aware of the opportunities to use their knowledge and skills in travel, careers, and future academic studies.

Course Objectives

  • Be able to communicate with basic social expressions and conventions of language and gesture
    • Be able to use conventional gestures and words in greetings and farewells and courtesy expressions
    • Be able to recognize and apply levels of formality (pronouns, terms of address, other unique aspects)
  • Be able to use correct pronunciation and understand the written sound and meaning symbols
    • Be able to recognize and say the alphabet in the language
    • Be able to recognize and use symbols unique to the target language (diacriticals, silent letters, unique letters)
    • Be able to produce sounds and sound combinations with a recognizable movement away from native habits
    • Know expected basic differences in stress and pitch and begin to assimilate them
  • Understand some basic structures of the language and be able to use the present tense
    • Be able to apply basic differences of word order and inflection
    • Be able to apply basic pronoun cases (objective and subjective) and basic differences of agreement
    • Be able to apply the concepts of first/second/third person, singular, plural persons, and formal/informal
    • Know verb types and apply the appropriate verb ending
    • Be able to use present tense forms properly
  • Be able to ask/answer questions of personal information and everyday functions and respond verbally and in action to classroom directions and instructional vocabulary
    • Know and apply correct grammatical structures (word order and placement, agreement, etc.)
    • Be able to pronounce and apply basic pronouns, negation and vocabulary words
    • Be able to ask and answer basic information questions in a comfortable and nonrote manner
    • Be able to use numbers correctly for basic communication (time, dates, counting, money, age, computation)
    • Know and be able to apply the words for classroom objects and activities and do exactly as directed
    • Know and be able to apply the correct terms of address and manners for speaking to teachers and fellow students
  • Be able to read and listen for main ideas and/or details and be able to communicate effectively in a limited number of simple real life situations
    • Be able to paraphrase in English a brief written or spoken passage applying studied grammatical forms and vocabulary
    • Be able to listen/read for specific requested details and apply active listening skills (attentive and ready to respond)
    • Be able to function in restaurants, on phone, in taxis, at hotels, on planes/airports and trains/stations, on streets, etc.
    • Be able to carry on light general conversations (introductions, weather, courtesies, etc.)
    • Be able to apply expected pronunciation, vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural norms
  • Possess a basic knowledge of history, geography, culture of the countries of the target language
    • Be able to identify on maps the countries’ capitals, other major cities, key landforms, and major regions
    • Know the historical significance of certain events, persons, monuments, artistic achievements, etc.
    • Know and be able to apply the terms culture, anthropology, ethnocentrism, and customs
    • Know significant customs, cultural traits, and traditions and be able to compare them to own in a non-judgmental manner

Methods of Assessment
Assessment tools include the following but are not limited to:

1. Research projects
2. Portfolios
3. Student grades
4. Student demonstrations
5. Oral communication
6. Written examinations
7. Periodic review of work by independent study teacher (IST)
8. Parent facilitator and education specialist observation

Suggested Materials

  • Holt Ven Conmigo Level One; ©1996
  • Holt Ven Conmigo Workbook Practice and Activity Book Level One; © 1996
  • Glencoe ¡Acción! Level 1; ©1998
  • Glencoe ¡Acción! Level 2; ©1998
  • Prentice Hall Nueva Vista
  • Power Glide Spanish