Beginning Spanish Unit 3
La familia

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Important links:

Unit Objectives:

New Vocabulary
Professions (reviewed)
additional verbs (-er / -ir)
descriptive adjectives
Basic body parts and clothing
Basic colors
idioms (tener)
Patterns / Pronunciation
Using adjectives in Spanish
Using -er/-ir verbs
verbs: tener / venir
additional uses of tener
Pronunciation: dipthongs and linking
Communication goals
Talk about your family
Describe people
Additional basic narration
"Things to do list"
Talking about personal needs
Discuss life in Ecuador

Class schedules:
Class #7: Tarea (class #7):
  1. Continue working on your vocabulary retention cards, adding family, characteristics and continuing with professions.  Remember to apply multiple-sensory learning (see it, hear it, visualize it, say it, associate it, do it, write it, use it) and repetition.  Once you feel that you have mastered the words, begin using them in context whenever possible.
  2. Review the new vocabulary (la familia) in the textbook on pages 70-73, completing the activities (#1 uses the Audio CD) and checking your answers with the answer key.
  3. Pronunciation practice: Page 77 with audio CD.
  4. Review pages 78-82, 83-85  in your textbook which discuss the proper use of adjectives to describe things in Spanish.  Complete the exercises and Check your answers to the exercises here.  Click on one of the links below for additional practice:
    1. Using descriptive words, part 1
    2. Using descriptive words, part 2
  5. Begin practicing with -er and -ir verbs
  6. For additional practice on jigsawing (basic reading comprehension) and professions, click here.
  7. Conversation practice: Describe everyone you meet.  Talk about famous people and what makes them famous.  Describe your family.  Using techniques from the previous two units, describe likes/dislikes
  8. Helpful websites:  The following websites practice vocabulary presented in this class:
    1. Body part interactive crossword
    2. Body parts 1
    3. Body parts 2
    4. Interactive matching exercise on descriptive words
    5. Positive characteristics
    6. Negative characteristics
    7. Women's clothing
    8. Men's clothing
    9. Outdoor clothing
    10. Family relationships
    11. Basic colors
Class #8: Tarea (class #8):
  1. Complete the translation sheet (mini-phrases)
  2. Talk about your family as much as possible: we did it for 15 minutes tonight, but you could have continued for another 2 hours.  Remember the idea of vocabulary circles--your family is important, and so are the words that we use to describe them...
  3. Watch video segment #3 on your video-CD.  This time, do not use the transcription or translation features until you have watched the video at least twice and tried to complete the exercises on page 76.  After working through the video for as much comprehension as possible, go back to the video and use the transcription/translation features for additional comprehension and pronunciation practice.  Check your answers to the exercises here.
  4. Practice, practice, practice with all regular-tense verbs.  The following link is very helpful (you will have to log in, which is free):
  5. Continue working on vocabulary retention cards
  6. Complete exercises in textbook pages 70-89, 94-99
Class #9: Tarea (class #9):
  1. Create your own monster drawing as per the example given in class.  After drawing your monster, describe it in as much detail as possible.  Pay careful attention to your use of descriptive words and their proper use.  Three rules to remember: 1). Adjectives should match the gender of the object they are describing if possible (change "o" to "a" for feminine).  2). Adjectives should match the number of the object(s) they are describing (add -s or -es) and 3). Adjectives generally follow the word(s) they describe.  Click here for an example of the monster drawing/description.
  2. Read the summary of Ecuador (p. 100 - 101) and be prepared for a discussion next session.  Additional web sites of interest:  Hispanet's guide to Ecuador
  3. Continue working on the exercises in chapter 3: p. 90 - 93, others from last week.