Spanish 2

  • Course Description

    Students will advance their oral and written communication skills in Spanish from formulaic language and simple sentences to strings of sentences including some complex sentences with emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and broadening their repertoire of grammatical structures with which to express themselves. Students will participate in oral presentations, class discussions, and write original compositions. Students are encouraged to do original thinking and to contribute to classroom discussions. This class is taught 75% to 90% in the target language. The following are some of the many concepts of which students should have mastery entering into level two, as well as the new concepts and topics we will explore throughout the year.

    Suggested Prerequisite concepts:

    • Minimum grade of C or better in Spanish level 1
    • Number and gender of nouns
    • Agreement of nouns and adjectives
    • ¿Te gusta..? Me gusta...
    • Subject pronouns (yo, tú, él, ella, etc.)
    • Regular –ar, -er, and –ir verbs
    • Irregular verbs: ser, ir, estar, tener, and venir
    • The present tense (yo hablo, tú hablas, etc…)
    • The present progressive (yo estoy hablando…)
    • Affirmative tú commands
    • The preterite tense (yo hablé, tú hablaste…)
    • Vocabulary including likes, dislikes, leisure activities, personality traits, family terms, school materials and activities, meal times and foods, common places in the community, birthdays, house, chores, shopping, clothing, and colors among others.

    First Semester's Learning Topics:

    • Affirmative and negative words
    • Making comparisons
    • Using Hace + time + que expressions
    • Reflexive verbs
    • Possessive adjective long forms
    • Using adjectives as nouns
    • Irregular preterite tense conjugations
    • Vocbulary including classroom activities, extracurricular activities, daily routines, clothing materials and styles, and shopping.

    Second Semester's Learning Topics:

    • Irregular preterite tense conjugations
    • Imperfect tense forms and irregulars
    • Uses of preterite and imperfect tenses
    • Direct and indirect object pronouns
    • Reciprocal actions
    • Using adjectives as nouns
    • Irregular tú commands
    • Vocbulary including errands, places in the community, modes of transportation, navigating a city, childhood characteristics and activities, disasters and accidents, and medical treatment among others.

    Your semester grade is comprised of the following weighted categories; homework/classwork- 10%, interpersonal communication assessments- 15%, interpretive communication assessments- 15%, presentational communication assessments- 15%, tests and quizzes- 25%, and a cumulative final exam- 20%.