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Spanish i and pre ap course syllabus

Spanish I and Pre AP course syllabus

Sra. Garza

Course description


  • Course Description: Spanish I consists of the fundamental communication skills of Spanish. The focus will be on listening and speaking, acquiring functional vocabulary and implementing that vocabulary into dialogues. Students will also focus on reading and writing, and study of more advanced language structures to prepare them for level II Spanish. In addition to home work to practice these skills, students will do reading and presentations about the peoples and cultures of Hispanic countries. Students will more familiar with geographic areas of Spanish-speaking countries and their surrounding areas. Students will do some projects and presentations to demonstrate mastery. Students will also work in groups to practice the dialogues and participate in face-to-face communication with students and the teacher.

  • Spanish II builds on Spanish I skills.




Course objectives


Students will be able to:


  • Create and understand simple statements and questions

  • Understand main ideas and some details of material on familiar topics

  • Cope successfully in straightforward social and survival situations

  • Use knowledge of culture in developing communication skills, and use of grammar to increase proficiency and accuracy

Class will be conducted mostly in spanish

Class will be conducted mostly in Spanish

  • Students have an opportunity to learn Spanish each time we meet. Students are expected to learn the vocabulary and negotiate comprehension through listening and negotiating meaning as the teacher points to something or shows a picture, demonstrates, performs, acts out, etc.

  • Students are not to expect everything to be translated. Students will make many assumptions. That is ok. For example, if I say “horario” and point to the schedule, they can assume I am saying something about the schedule or that I am saying it is a schedule. Much vocabulary will be heard and learned before we get to certain chapters. Vocabulary used and learned outside the chapter taught at any given time will not be quizzed or tested; however, the student is expected to learn it in order to begin to gain comprehension and fluency in speaking.

Pre ap

Pre Ap

  • Students taking Pre-AP will have more assignments added to course work. These assigments will include and are not limited to:

  • Extended listening activities outside of class

  • Writing activities outside of class

  • Research outside of class

  • Questions for discussions

  • Tests and quizzes will differ in that they are more challenging than on level 1

  • Course is more rigorous

Objectives continued

Objectives continued

Read and write more fluently and accurately in Spanish

Express themselves confidently in Spanish

Study habits for language acquisition

Study habits for language acquisition

  • Learning vocabulary to begin to speak is important. Students need to study at least 20 min. a day and learn the vocabulary and the dialogs.

  • Students can make whatever visuals they need to study. (flashcards) for example.

  • Students need to be aware of their surroundings and see where Spanish is used. This is a fun way to learn vocabulary and sentence structure.

  • Listen to music and watch Spanish programming helps engage the mind and helps the ear to distinguish sounds. Eventually, one can hear where the words are separated.

  • Do all required assignments. Sometimes what may seem like busy work has a purpose

Don t be discouraged

Don’t be discouraged

  • Understand that learning a language takes time and one has to focus and be diligent in study with a purpose

  • Engage all your senses to learn it

  • Seek help- attend tutorials if needed, ask questions, prepare before coming to class and know what to ask

Use all your resources

Use all your resources

Internet books friends tv radio

Internet, books, friends, Tv, radio

Don’t hesitate to use the internet for information, videos, lessons, and other teacher websites.

Invest in a spanish english dictionary and a 501 verb book

Invest in a spanish/English dictionary and a 501 verb book

Places to go for information and help

Places to go for information and help

Spanish i and pre ap course syllabus

These can be accessed from my webpage. This is just an example of what is out there.

textbook online your Spanish in Spanish, conjugation, and much learning. Great Spanish site. http://www.spanishdict.comThis is an excellent link to link to for listening to understand people from different Spanish speaking countries. Everyone is speaking Spanish and everyone sounds differently. Don't expect everyone to sound like Sra. Garza. To some she sounds weird too. :):) Listen to different pronunciations of Spanish. Great for practicing SpanishThis is another teacher's website. She is using the same text we use. You might find it helpful. is another website made by another teacher who is using the same textbook we are using. There are powerpoints that cover the same material in our chapters. Please use it to reinforce your learning. http:/ about the teacher.

Spanish i and pre ap course syllabus

Teacher specific – students will receive information on how to access these and how to use them.

Material to be covered

Material to be covered

  • It is anticipated that we will get from chapter 1-4.1 the first semester

  • From 4.1-chap. 6 the second semester

Chapter one objectives

Chapter one -objectives

  • Student will be able to:

  • Ask someone’s name

  • Ask how some is

  • Introduce others

  • Say where you and others are from

  • Give phone number

  • Give the time, the date and the day

  • Spell words and give e-mail addresses

Chapter one vocabulary

Chapter one- vocabulary

  • Greetings and goodbyes

  • Numbers

  • Telling time

  • Days of the week and months of the year , seasons

  • alphabet

Chapter one grammar

Chapter One -grammar

  • Subjects and verbs in sentences

  • Subject pronouns

  • Verb ser

  • Punctuation marks and written accents

  • Additional- tener and definite and indefinite articles

Chapter one culture

Chapter one-culture

  • Diminuatives and nicknames

  • How students address teachers

  • Spanish speakers in texas

Chapter two objectives

Chapter two objectives

  • Describe people

  • Ask someone’s age and birthday

  • Talk about what you and others like

Chapter two vocabulary

Chapter two vocabulary

  • Describing friends

  • Numbers- ongoing

  • Likes and dislikes

Chapter two grammar

Chapter two grammar

  • Adjectives

  • Negation

  • Gender and adjective agreement

  • Number agreement

  • Question formation

  • Nouns and definite articles

  • Verb Gustar and ¿porqué and porque

  • The preposition de

Chapter two culture

Chapter two culture

  • Ways to describe people

  • Legal driving and voting age

  • Quinceañeras Texas

  • Comparisons: describing yourself and your best friend

  • Community- Tejano music

Chapter three objectives

Chapter three- objectives

  • Talk about what you and others like to do

  • Talk about what you want to do

  • Talk about everyday activities

  • Say where you go and how often

Chapter three vocabulary

Chapter three vocabulary

  • Sports and leisure activities

  • Weekend activities

Chapter three grammar

Chapter three grammar

  • Gustar with infinitives

  • Pronouns after prepositions

  • Present tense of querer with infinitives

  • Present tense of regular –ar verbs

  • The verb jugar, ir

  • Weather expressions

Chapter three culture

Chapter three culture

  • Participating in team sports in Latin America

  • Introducing friends to your parents

  • Recreation in south padre island in texas

  • Comparisons: what you and your friends do on weekends

  • Community- cinco de mayo in texas

Chapter four objectives

Chapter four- objectives

  • Say what you have and what you need

  • Talk about classes

  • Talk about plans

  • Invite others to do something

Chapter four vocabulary

Chapter four vocabulary

  • School supplies and items needed for school

  • Schedules/classes

  • Particular time one has a class or event

  • School events

  • Places at school

Chapter four grammar

Chapter four grammar

Indefinite articles

¿cuándo? ¿cuánto?

Mucho and poco

Tener and tener idioms


A + time

Ir + a + infinitives

-er, -ir verbs

Tag questions

-er/-ir verbs with irregular yo forms

Chapter four culture

Chapter four culture

  • Beginning of the school year

  • Elective classes and tracking

  • Ballet folklorico and mariachis in Texas high schools

  • Comparisons: a typical day at school

  • Community: Spanish clubs in the Texas community

Chapter 5

Chapter 5

Chapter 5 objectives

Chapter 5 objectives

  • Describe people and family relationships

  • Describe your house

  • Talk about your responsibilities

Chapter five vocabulary

Chapter five- vocabulary

  • Family members

  • Describing people (physical and personality)

  • Rooms in the house

  • Furniture and accessories

  • Chores

  • Where you live

Chapter 5 grammar

Chapter 5 -grammar

  • Possessive adjectives

  • Stem-changing verbs o to ue

  • Stem-changing verbs e to ie

  • Estar with prepositions

  • Negation with nunca, tampoco, nadie, and nada

  • Tocar and parecer

Chapter five culture

Chapter five-culture

  • Hispanic surnames

  • Extended families

  • Comparing- describing families

  • Community- surnames and family trees in texas Hispanic families

Chapter six objectives

Chapter six-objectives

  • The student will be able to comment on food

  • Make polite requests

  • Talk about meals

  • Offer help

  • Give instructions

Chapter six vocabulary

Chapter six-vocabulary

  • Lunch foods

  • Foods you might order in a restaurant

  • Condiments

  • Describing food

  • Table

  • Breakfast and dinner foods

Chapter six grammar

Chapter six- grammar

  • Ser and estar

  • Pedir and server

  • Preferir, poder, and probar

  • Direct objects and direct object pronouns

  • Affirmative informal commands

  • Affirmative informal commands with pronouns

Chapter six culture

Chapter six - culture

  • Mexican food; atole

  • Corn as a staple food

  • Barecue in texas

  • Compare favorite dishes

  • Community- Mexican and texmex food in texas

  • Main meal of the day

  • snacks

Chapter seven objectives

Chapter seven - objectives

  • Talk about your daily routine

  • Talk about staying fit and healthy

  • Talk about how you feel

  • Give advice

Chapter seven vocabulary

Chapter seven-vocabulary

  • Daily routine

  • Personal items

  • Parts of the body

  • Telling how you feel

  • Healthful advice

Chapter 7 grammar

Chapter 7 grammar

  • Verbs with reflexive pronouns

  • Using infinitives

  • Stem-changing verbs

  • Estar, sentirse, and tener

  • Negative informal commands

  • Object pronouns and informal commands

Chapter seven culture

Chapter seven -culture

  • Argentina’s ski resorts

  • Texas surfing spots

  • Compare: keeping in shape

  • Community: popular sports in texas

  • Argentine food

Chapter 8 objectives

Chapter 8- objectives

  • Ask for and give opinions

  • Ask for and offer help in a store

  • Say where you went and what you did

  • Talking on the phone-etiquette

Chapter eight vocabulary

Chapter eight-vocabulary

  • Clothing and colors

  • Stores and the things you buy there

  • Expressions of time

Chapter 8 grammar

Chapter 8 -grammar

  • The verb “costar”

  • Numbers to 1 million

  • Demonstrative adjectives and comparisons

  • The verb “quedar”

  • Preterite of –ar verbs

  • Preterite of –ir, -er verbs with reflexive pronouns

Chapter eight culture

Chapter eight-culture

  • Clothing sizes

  • Guayaberas

  • Compare: shopping

  • Flea markets in texas

  • Community: shopping in el paso, texas and Juarez, mexico

  • Spanish speakers’ buying power in the usa

  • Open-air markets and bargaining

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