Beginning Spanish Unit 2
En la universidad y la oficina

The Spanish Language Learning Center

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Unit Objectives:
New Vocabulary
University life (brief)
Basic school subjects (brief)
Days of the week
Basic prepositions
Basic places in the city
Basic verbs
Basic office vocabulary
Patterns / Pronunciation
Using -ar verbs in Spanish
Asking questions
prepositions of place
Numbers 31-1000
Pronunciation: vowels
Communication goals
Talk about life at school
Discuss a simple weekly schedule
Talk about likes/dislikes
Narrate simple actions
Ask and answer more complicated questions
discuss the location of places and items
Make simple purchases
Discuss important points about life in Spain

Class schedules:
Class #5: Tarea (class #5):
  1. Vocabulary retention cards: University vocabulary, classes, learning words, office.  Remember: not every word will be important to your personal communication goals.  If you are not planning on talking about economics, throw out that card and replace it with a word of greater personal importance.  However, a word is not "learned" until you can use it on your own: without English, without cards and without prompts.  Try to create daily in the language!
  2. Work through the vocabulary exercises on pages 36-39, checking your answers with the answer key.  Use the audio CD on activity #1
  3. Watch the video segment for chapter 2 in a similar way that you reviewed it for chapter 1.  Three or four times through is not excessive as each repetition will bring greater understanding.  At first, apply the ideas of "jigsawing" to look for clues, context and cognates.  Then review the segment with the transcription and translation if necessary.  After you feel that you have a good grasp of the main ideas, watch the video again without any assistance to determine your understanding.  Finally, complete the exercises in the book (pages 40-42) and correct them with the answer key.
  4. Review the pronunciation activities (with Audio CD) on page 43
  5. Please complete the activities on pages 53-56, where the ideas of the verb "estar" and prepositions are presented.  Correct exercises with the answer key.
  6. Continue working on the Vistas-interactive CD-ROM for supplemental practice (chapter 2).  Click here for the on-line version.
  7. Call (518-9546) or e-mail ( with any questions.

Class #6: Tarea (class #6):
  1. Continue working on the vocabulary retention cards, especially the action words learned today.  As you practice them, work on all forms, not just the infinitive (-ar) ending.  Add the days of the week. Click here to hear the days of the week song.
  2. Complete pages 44-52 in your textbook and check your answers with the answer key.  These pages cover the idea of regular verb conjugation and question formation, as reviewed in class.  For further assistance, consult Pattern Mastery Guide #2, 3, 4, 5.
  3. Communication practice: Every time you can, describe the location of objects or places around you.  Practice makes perfect with prepositions of place.  As you visit places that are frequent on your schedule, learn the names for them in Spanish and then describe their location: El cine está cerca de la tienda.  Está delante del supermercado.  In addition, recall your college days or talk with your children about their classes.
  4. Complete the reading selection for chapter 2 (pages 60-61) and the exercises that accompany them.  Check your answers with the answer key.
  5. Writing assignment: Create a weekly schedule by writing a destination, time, relative location and what you will do at your destination. Remember that the word "voy" means "I go." Please include one "errand" per day.  Your finished product should look something like this:
  6. lunes martes miércoles jueves viernes
    Voy a la oficina a las 8:30.

    está cerca del parque y detrás de la plaza

    Yo trabajo y visito

    Voy a la escuela a las 3:00.

    Está a la izquierda de la oficina y delante de la estación de policía.

    Yo estudio y hablo.

  7. Communication practice:  With the weekly schedule coming together, begin narrating your daily schedule with as much detail as possible.  Sentences like "Yo trabajo en la oficina a las 8:30 de la mañana" are no longer out of reach.  They may seem a bit contrived at first, but all communication begins somewhere.
  8. Call (518-9546) or e-mail ( with any questions.
  9. Additional web sites of interest:

Class #7: Tarea (class #7):
  1. Continue working on the vocabulary retention cards to include basic office vocabulary, numbers to 1000 and the new question words.  You have now covered several hundred words, not all of which are part of your active vocabulary.  Words become active through proper contextual use.
  2. Complete the exercises in chapter 2 of the textbook (pages 57-59).  Check your answers with the answer key.  Prepare for test #2 by reviewing the exercises and new vocabulary as well as the assignments from classes 4-6.  For further practice on numbers, click here.
  3. Please complete the listening activities on page 64 with the Audio CD.  Check your answers with the answer key.
  4. Continue working on the Vistas interactive CD-ROM for supplemental practice.  Finish what you need to from chapter 2.  This material is also available on-line by clicking here.
  5. Journal entry #3.  Narrate, in Spanish, as much as you can about what you do at work or school in a typical day.  Use proper forms of verbs.  Describe the location of your office or school and what you like and dislike about it.  Talk about what types of materials you need for your studies or job.  Talk about any days that are different.  Include times of typical meetings or activities.
  6. Journal entry #4.  Write up a brief description of where your house is in comparison to other recognizable locations in the city.  Use the verb "estar" and the prepositions studied in this chapter.
  7. Communication practice: look at the two journal entries above.  Make sure you can successfully communicate those ideas orally as well as in writing.  There are tons of things that you are now capable of saying in Spanish.  So start speaking!  Find a native who is willing to practice with you.
  8. Please review the cultural pages on Spain at the end of the chapter and complete the exercises (check your answers with the answer key)
  9. Additional reading selections.  You will find the following two reading selections to be at your level and relatively easy to understand, especially with some focused effort:
  10. Additional cultural research.  There are thousands of sites dedicated to Spain on the Internet.  Find some.  Plan a vacation.  Extra credit for anyone that travels to Spain this year :)
  11. Please complete the test #2 (passed out in class) prior to our next class.
  12. Call (518-9546) or e-mail ( with any questions.