Spanish IV Dual Credit Syllabus
High School Course Spanish Level IV
Length of Course: 2 Semesters
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Spanish III with a grade of a B or better and the measurement of the student’s college readiness must be completed.
Spanish IV, a course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for World Languages, provides a context for integration of the continued development of language skills and cultural understanding with other content areas and the community beyond the classroom. The skill sets that apply to the exchange of written and oral information are expanded through emphasis on practicing speaking and listening strategies that facilitate communication, such as the use of circumlocution, guessing meaning in familiar and unfamiliar contexts, and using elements of word formation to expand vocabulary and derive meaning. Additionally, students will continue to develop understanding of Spanish-speaking culture through explaining factors that influence the practices products, and perspectives of the target culture: reflecting on cultural practices of the target culture: and comparing systems of the target culture and the student’s own culture. This course further emphasizes making connections across content areas through the design of activities and materials that integrate the target language and culture with concepts and skills from other content areas. The use and influence of the Spanish language and culture in the community beyond the classroom is explored through the identification and evaluation of resources intended for native Spanish speakers.
Span 4 – Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:
1. Incorporate vocabulary related to various themes studied in spoken and written
2. Describe the history and culture of Mexico, Spain and South America.
3. Review and refine spoken and written grammar.
4. Describe and express ideas in writing.
5. Speak about familiar topics using all grammar studied in Spanish 1-4.
6. Read and discuss Spanish articles and texts with understanding in class.
7. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the Spanish language and culture. More easily understand the main ideas and details of native conversation.
8. Make presentations on Spanish-speaking countries and other cultural events such as holidays, food, music and dance, or current issues in the news using the IPad, other technology based resources or realia created by the student.
9. Project-based learning.
Areas of study include Spoken Spanish, Written Spanish, Spanish Grammar/Vocabulary, Culture, Geography, Music and Literature of the Spanish-Speaking World.
Required Text or Other Instructional Materials:
Avancemos 4 Ana C. Jarvis, et al., McDougal Littell. ISBN: 0-618-74993-4
Galería de Arte y Vida Margaret Adey, et al., Glencoe. ISBN: 0-02-676595-0
*El Cid Marcel C. Anrade, National Textbook Company. ISBN 0-8442-7119-5
*Lazarillo de Tormes Marcel C. Andrade, National Textbook Company. ISBN 0-8442-7365-1
La Chica de los Zapatos Verdes Jordi Surís Jordà. EMC Publishing. ISBN 0-8219-1109-0
*If time permits
Method of Evaluation: Student grades are based on a culmination of total points. Homework, projects, diary writings, quizzes, tests and presentations are all part of the students’ grade as well as culture and grammar class competitions. At the end of each semester a semester exam will be administered. All students will take the exam which will count as 20% of the final semester grade. No student or student's scores are exempt. At the end of the school year one grade for Ivy Tech will be submitted. It will be the average of the student's first and second semester grade.
90-100 = A All scores are maintained in PowerSchool, the online student grade
80-89 = B system at Rensselaer Central High School. Students are responsible
70-79 = C for tracking their progress by referring to the online grade book.
60-69 = D
59-0 = F
No late assignments will be permitted unless a student has been absent and was unaware of the assignment. Additional time will be given to the student after a discussion between the student and the instructor.
Attendance: Attendance at school is imperative. Since this is a language class, much of the practice is oral, which is difficult to make up.
Academic Honesty Statement:
Rensselaer Central High School is committed to academic integrity in all its practices. Activities that violate academic integrity undermine the quality and diminish the value of educational achievement. Cheating on papers, tests or other academic works is a violation of school rules. No student shall engage in behavior that, in the judgment of the instructor of the class, may be construed as cheating. This may include, but is not limited to, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty such as the acquisition without permission of tests or other academic materials and/or distribution of these materials and other academic work. Use of Google Translate or any other translation program is prohibited for use in any manner. The use of Word Reference is acceptable for use as an on-line dictionary.
1. YouTube videos for an in-depth look at culture.
2. Listening, writing, reading comprehension exercises (practice and quizzes).
3. Quizzes given throughout each lesson culminating with a test at the end of each lesson.
4. Practice at studyspanish.com, conjuguemos.com, quizlet or classzone.com.
5. Pronunciation Activities – recorded and emailed to teacher.