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Spanish 3A

Course Description

An interactive course that focuses on vocabulary and grammar through reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities that involve art and literature from the Spanish-speaking world.

Required Course Materials

You can use either a print textbook or an interactive CD-ROM text for this course. Each version of the textbook has two listings. One has an ISBN-10 number and the other an ISBN-13 number. While the numbers are different, they are exactly the same textbook. You only need one textbook for this course. IMPORTANT: The interactive textbook does NOT work with Mac OS X 10.8.4. If you have Mac OS X 10.8.4 or higher, you will need to purchase the print version of the textbook.

Realidades 3
Print textbook
ISBN-13: 978-0131340947
ISBN-10: 0-13-134094-8
Realidades 3
Interactive CD-ROM
ISBN-13: 978-0131660045
ISBN-10: 0-13-166004-7

Students will also need to have the following materials:

  • microphone with a sound recording program; and
  • MS Word.

Course Lesson Organization

Objectives. The objectives for each lesson will help you focus your efforts. They indicate the concepts and skills you must understand or master when you complete the lesson.
Reading Assignments. Each lesson specifies the selections that must be read.
Introduction. The Introduction section of each lesson provides key terms and concepts that give you background for the lesson.
Self-Assessment Activities. These activities help to build your knowledge and skills and to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses. Some activities direct you to Internet sites with supplemental material for the lesson. All activities prepare you for the graded assignments and for mastering course materials.
Graded Assignments. Each assignment provides information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. Most assignments will be submitted online and graded by your instructor. Some assignments will be computer-graded. The average of your assignments counts as 75 percent of your course grade. The Final Examination counts as the other 25 percent. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the lessons. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better.
Format: Multiple-choice, writing, recording.
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed:#2 pencil, answer sheet provided, recordable CD-ROM

Course Outline

Total Number of Lessons: 6
Total Number of Activities: 54
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 13
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 13
Computer Graded: 0

Unit 1: ¿Cómo te expresas?
Lesson 1: Talking about art, artists, and giving your opinion
  Activity 1: Vocabulary Practice
  Activity 2: Grammar Practice
  Activity 3: Listening Practice
  Activity 4: Speaking Practice
  Activity 5: Writing Practice
  Activity 6: Reading Practice
  Graded Assignment 1
  Graded Assignment 2
Lesson 2: Narrating events in the past
  Activity 1: Vocabulary Practice
  Activity 2: Grammar Practice
  Activity 3: Listening Practice
  Activity 4: Speaking Practice
  Activity 5: Writing Practice
  Activity 6: Reading Practice
  Graded Assignment 3
  Graded Assignment 4

Unit 2: Encuentro entre culturas
Lesson 1: Describing how different cultures interact and intertwine
  Activity 1: Vocabulary Practice
  Activity 2: Grammar Practice
  Activity 3: Listening Practice
  Activity 4: Speaking Practice
  Activity 5: Writing Practice
  Activity 6: Reading Practice
  Graded Assignment 5
  Graded Assignment 6
  Graded Assignment 7

Unit 3: ¿Mito o Realidad?
Lesson 1: Talking about myths, legends and mysterious events in the past
  Activity 1: Vocabulary Practice
  Activity 2: Grammar Practice
  Activity 3: Listening Practice
  Activity 4: Speaking Practice
  Activity 5: Writing Practice
  Activity 6: Reading Practice
  Graded Assignment 8
Lesson 2: Giving your opinion about mysterious events
  Activity 1: Vocabulary Practice
  Activity 2: Grammar Practice
  Activity 3: Listening Practice
  Activity 4: Speaking Practice
  Activity 5: Writing Practice
  Activity 6: Reading Practice
  Graded Assignment 9
  Graded Assignment 10

Unit 4: ¿Cómo te llevas con los demte llevas con los demás?
Lesson 1: Talking about personal relationships and emotions
  Activity 1: Vocabulary Practice
  Activity 2: Grammar Practice
  Activity 3: Listening Practice
  Activity 4: Speaking Practice
  Activity 5: Writing Practice
  Activity 6: Reading Practice
  Graded Assignment 11
  Graded Assignment 12
  Graded Assignment 13

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