Educational Resource

Spanish II

This course expands and refines the speaking and listening skills necessary to attain competence in complex conversations and writing. The vocabulary will continue to expand. Phonics review and further grammatical concepts will be taught.

Course Objectives

  • Be able to demonstrate all of the first year standards with greater depth and complexity, in the past, present, and future tenses in survival situations
    • Be able to communicate easily with the basic social expressions and the social conventions of language and gesture
    • Be able to bring pronunciation to a level of some comfort and close to what a native speaker could comprehend
    • Be able to ask and answer basic questions with ease and respond readily to classroom directions
    • Know and be able to apply verb endings for all three basic tenses
    • Be able to function exclusively in the target language for extended blocks of classroom time
  • Be able to recognize structure in language and demonstrate use of structural patterns in the target language
    • Be able to use words describing the past and future
    • Be able to compare and contrast word order patterns in the target language and in English
    • Be able to recognize cognates and false cognates
    • Know and be able to apply agreement and pronoun cases
    • Know and be able to apply different structures for formal and informal situations
    • Know and be able to apply patterns of pitch and stress showing some movement from English patterns
    • Know and be able to apply prepositions and conjunctions
  • Be able to communicate in spoken and written form
    • Be able to write and read friendly letters using all three tenses so that a native speaker could readily comprehend, and be able to apply basic differences of writing convention, such as punctuation and capitalization
    • Be able to converse in all three tenses about familiar subjects
    • Be able to produce short oral and written narratives using all three tenses and description so that a native speaker could readily comprehend
    • Be able to use commands in all three tenses
  • Be able to comprehend the written and oral messages in the target language
    • Be able to summarize in both languages the key points of an oral or written presentation
    • Be able to respond appropriately to oral and written questions
    • Be able to identify in both languages key elements of an oral or written passage
    • Be able to determine the meaning of unknown words by the use of cognates, inflections, and context
  • Be able to function as a tourist on a survival level in the target language in target countries
    • Be able to apply a working knowledge of history and geography, monuments and major tourist sites, and cultural elements by asking directions and making light conversation
    • Know and be able to apply the key aspects of tourism (travel methods, money, lodging patterns, common foods, etc.)
    • Know significant artistic efforts and creators (art, literature, music, etc.)
    • Know significant current events of the target nations and be able to discuss how they impact the country and the U.S.
    • Know and be able to apply day-by-day cultural differences and social courtesies at home and in public
    • Be able to apply expected pronunciation, vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural norms

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

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

Suggested Materials

  • Glencoe ¡Acción! Level 2; ©1998
  • Glencoe ¡Acción! Level 3; ©1998
  • Houghton Mifflin Bravo Level 2
  • Prentice Hall Vista Hispanica ©1987
  • Power Glide Spanish II