Outline. Part I Speaking 1. Strategies 2. Sample Dialogue Volunteer for the dialogue… This is when you call! Part II Listening Comprehension 1. Strategies 2. Example. Outline. Part III Reading Comprehension 1. Strategies 2. Examples of each section. Outline. Part IV Writing
Part I Speaking
2. Sample Dialogue
Volunteer for the dialogue… This is when you call!
Part II Listening Comprehension
Part III Reading Comprehension
2. Examples of each section
Part IV Writing
1. The Rubric… What is expected?
3. Student Samples
4. Grammar… With what do you need help?
Part I: Speaking 30 credits
Part II: Listening Comprehension 40 credits
Part III: Reading Comprehension 20 credits
Part IV: Writing 10 credits
1. Do not give just yes/no responses
2. Do not restate all or essential parts of what the teacher has just said.
3. When you are stuck, say something in Spanish. Silence is very uncomfortable.
1. Each utterance must be a Checkpoint A idea. This can be achieved by adding… but, because, or by adding a question after your simple response.
2. Do not go to the main point immediately. Put yourself in the situation and expand the conversation.
Teacher: ¿Quieres ir de compras?
You are at a store in (country) and you want to buy a gift for your host family. I am the sales clerk. I will suggest some items and you will tell me how you fell about the suggestions.
No hay de qué.
No te preocupes.
Es una lástima.
Es una buena idea.
Estoy de acuerdo.
It is a pleasure.
You are welcome.
I am sure.
It is a pity.
It is a good idea.
I would like...Useful Expressions
I am your friend. We are planning a party.
We will talk about what each of us will do
to prepare for it. I will start the
I am your host parent in Mexico. We
are talking about your plans for the
future. I will start the conversation.
I am your friend. We are planning a
day at the beach. You start the
I am your teacher in Costa Rica.
You have a report that is due
tomorrow, but you need additional
time to complete the assignment.
You start the conversation.
Do not read questions or answers while the teacher is reading the paragraph.
Deduce the answer by focusing on key words used in context which will lead you to the correct answer.
Eliminate the answers that you do not hear.
Do not focus on dates and names.
Do not try to translate as the teacher is reading.
Never leave a blank answer… give it your best guess.
Never change an answer once you have moved from this question.
Part A – 6 multiple choice questions, responses in English
Part B – 4 multiple choice questions, responses in Spanish
Focus on “tone” and theme of the writing.
Look for supporting details.
Think of the intention of the writer… not just the literal meaning of the passage.
Select two of the three possible tasks
Each writing must contain 30 or more words to earn full credit for length.
When you write 30 words, write 10 more.
Avoid exaggeration and humor.
Make sure all information relates to purpose.
Make sure your writing is Checkpoint B level.
Do not cut yourself short - plan to write 40-50 words
Transitional words…antes (before)primero (first)al principio (at the beginning)entonces (then)luego (then, later)más tarde (later)próximo (next)sin embargo (however)finalmente (finally)en resumen (in summary)
Read Spanish, listen to Spanish, or watch Spanish television!
Speak Spanish with someone!
Study Regents vocabulary and expressions!
Don’t “cram” grammar!
Be rested, alert and patient!
Say to yourself… I am prepared!