Beginning Spanish Unit 1
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Unit Objectives:

New Vocabulary
Basic conversation
Courtesy
Numbers / time telling
Basic classroom supplies
Patterns / Pronunciation
Singular / plural forms of nouns
"ser"
Introduction to adjectives
Overview of pronunciation
 
Communication goals
Carry out a simple conversation
Tell time
Simple description of people
Ask / answer simple questions
Discuss Hispanic influences in the United States

Class schedules:
Class #1: Tarea (class #1):
  1. Begin working on the vocabulary retention cards for unit #1 as per the instructions.  Remember that multi-sensory input and output will greatly enhance your retention.
  2. Work through the activities in your book on pages 2-5, checking your answers with the answer key provided.  Activity #1 (with the headphones next to the number) uses the listening CD as part of the activity.
  3. Watch episode 1 on the Video-CD at least two times.  If needed, you may hit the transcription or translation buttons but do your best to understand the main ideas in Spanish.  Apply the principles of “jigsawing” taught in class.  After watching the episode, review pages 6-8 in your textbook and complete / check the exercises on page 8.
  4. Review the overall pronunciation of the Spanish alphabet with your listening CD and page 9 of the textbook.  At this point, focus on hearing and producing the correct sounds with guidance.  You do not need to have all of the sounds memorized yet, but you should feel comfortable repeating with correct pronunciation.  Click here for additional practice.
  5. Review pages 10-11 in your textbook on the concept of nouns in Spanish and the ideas of gender (masculine vs. feminine) and number (singular vs. plural) as well as the definite/indefinite articles.  Complete & check exercises on pages 12-13.  Please consult Pattern Mastery Guide #1 for help on this topicAdditional on-line practice available below:
  6. Begin working on the Vistas-interactive CD-ROM for supplemental practice.  This material is also available on-line by clicking here.
  7. Have a practice conversation with at least three other people (friends that speak Spanish, other classmates, pets, mirrors, steering wheels, etc.)  Include as many details as comfortable.  Additional on-line practice available below:
  8. Call (518-9546) or e-mail (hablame@utahspanish.com) with any questions.
  9. Helpful websites:
Class #2: Tarea (class #2):
  1. Continue working on the vocabulary retention cards.  Once you feel that you "know" a word, make sure you use it in context as often as possible.  Eventually, the English will fade and the Spanish will prevail.
  2. Work through the activities on pages 14-16 to practice numbers in Spanish. Check your answers here.  Every time you see a number, say it in Spanish.  Click on one of the links below for additional practice with numbers.
  3. Complete the activities on pages 17-21 in your textbook, covering the ideas of subject pronouns, verb conjugation and the verb "ser".  Check your answers here.  Click on one of the links below for additional practice:
  4. Now that you are comfortable with "ser", let's use it to describe people.   Review the descriptive words on your vocabulary list (or retention cards) and complete the following two exercises (review instructions and complete quiz #1)
  5. Writing assignment: Describe two semi-famous people (known to all class members) using descriptive adjectives and help from the "¿Quién soy?" handout.  Please bring these with you to class.
  6. Complete the reading activities in the textbook on pages 26-27.  Check your answers here.  Focus on the cognates: you already know what many of these words mean due to their similarity to English.
  7. Complete the listening activities in the textbook with your audio CD (page 30).  Pay careful attention to what you do know, not what you don't.  Check your answers here.
  8. Writing assignment: Using your textbook or a dictionary if necessary, make a list of 10 places you routinely visit (dr.'s office, bank, etc.) with a telephone # for each and a time of day:  Example:    la escuela, 273-2015, 8:30.  We will use this as a conversation warmup next class.
  9. Continue working on the Vistas-interactive CD-ROM for supplemental practice.  This material is also available on-line by clicking here.
  10. For additional listening / pronunciation practice, re-watch the video with the script showing in the box provided.
  11. Have a practice conversation with at least three people based on the mini-descriptions on page 21 of your textbook.  Tell them what you need for class.  Describe any famous Hispanics that you know of.
  12. Call (518-9546) or e-mail (hablame@utahspanish.com) with any questions.
  13. Helpful websites:
Class #3: Tarea (class #3):
  1. Continue working on the vocabulary retention cards.  You should finish all of the cards for unit one and then make sure that you can 1). identify each word from Spanish - English and English - Spanish; 2). Use each word in some type of authentic context (in a sentence).  Keep practicing until you feel confident with these two goals.  Words are the building blocks of language.
  2. Complete the activities on pages 22-25 on telling time.  Check your answers here.  For additional practice, please click on the link provided below:
  3. Review the cultural material on pages 32-33 and complete the exercises. Check your answers here.
  4. Continue working on the Vistas-interactive CD-ROM for supplemental practice.  Finish what you need to from chapter 1.  This material is also available on-line by clicking here.
  5. Tell time whenever you can.  Every time you look at the clock.  86,400 opportunities per day!
  6. Have a practice conversation with at least three people.  Expand your basic conversation to include simple professions and basic hobbies.  Talk about time and what time you have to go places.  Don't worry if everything doesn't come out just perfectly--it didn't when you were 18 months old either!
  7. Journal entry #1.  Write a postcard or brief letter to a Spanish-speaking person introducing yourself and asking simple questions (use basic conversation as a guide).  Include hobbies, profession, and any other information that you can.  Bring your journal entry to class for review by your instructor.  If you prefer, you may tape the entry instead of writing it.
  8. Journal entry #2.  Create a list of important telephone numbers for people and places.  Look at page 28 for more ideas on how to create such a list or page 26-27 for an example.  Write as much as you can with your limited Spanish  about each entry.  Bring your journal entry to class for review by your instructor.  If you prefer, you may tape the entry instead of writing it.
  9. Review / study the material and vocabulary in chapter 1 in preparation for taking test #1.  When ready, click here to download the written portion of the test (should be completed prior to class #4).
  10. Call (518-9546) or e-mail (hablame@utahspanish.com) with any questions.
  11. Helpful websites: