Weekly students read and discuss current event articles taken from online

Weekly students read and discuss current event

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Weekly students read and discuss current event articles taken from online sources, primarily . The articles come from various Spanish- language country online newspapers. Students also read online articles from Ecos . Reading selections from AP Spanish Language Preparing for the Language Examination , Triángulo and other sources are also utilized. Students participate in Silent Sustained Reading in Spanish for approximately 20 minutes weekly during which time they are allowed to select their own Spanish- Carmen Andrews-Sánchez February, 2007
language reading materials which may include Spanish-language novels and magazines . Listening Skills In this course students watch episodes from the PBS series The American Family in Spanish in order to build note-taking skills, listening, writing and discussion skills. Hispanic cultural topics as well as current event topics such as immigration that various episodes focus on are expanded upon through research, extended reading and discussion. The text AP Spanish Preparing for the Language Examination and Triángulo are both used primarily during the second semester to improve student listening skills and to develop their oral ability to synthesize and present information in a more formal manner. Notes in Spanish podcasts are used frequently to build auditory skills and cultural knowledge, as well as to serve as springboards for discussion. Listening of short narratives and dialogues with multiple choice responses Listening of extended auditory pieces with multiple choice responses (note- taking) Speaking Skills In order to demonstrate and improve speaking skills in Spanish, students are provided continuous opportunities to speak both formally and informally in class. Guided conversations (student practices guided conversations by following given prompts in English) Oral presentations (after reading one short reading and listening to an auditory source on a related topic, the student is given 2 minutes to prepare a 2 minute formal presentation, synthesizing the material for both sources) In pairs students research a topic of choice related to Hispanic culture, create a bulletin board and present the information to the class In pairs students lead a “tertulia” or class discussion on a topic of interest. Utilizing review vocabulary, students prepare and present original stories in Spanish to the class In groups students prepare original “telenovelas” entirely in Spanish which are digitally recorded and presented to the class Writing Skills

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