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Spanish III

Subject: Foreign Language

Course Description:

Here we go on another adventure! In Spanish 3, you will meet and accompany four teens of Hispanic backgrounds as they learn about and travel to several Spanish speaking countries.

In this course, you will have many opportunities to use the Spanish you already know as well as opportunities to expand your vocabulary, your knowledge of grammar and your experiences with Spanish speaking countries.

The purpose of this course is to provide you with many experiences where you can use your Spanish. Completely immersed in Spanish, you will speak, listen, read, write, and collaborate with other students in this course. You will also gain knowledge and perspectives about Spanish speaking countries and from Spanish speaking people.

Spanish III is an Honors level course.

Major Topics:

Segment 1

  • Mexican family life
  • Mexican teen attitudes
  • Authentic literary selections
  • Mexican Myths and Legends
  • Mexican celebrations and cultural traditions
  • Present tense and stem changing verbs
  • Ser vs Estar
  • Reflexive tense
  • Present Progressive
  • Literary Elements
  • Comparatives/Superlatives
  • Preterite tense and Irregular Preterite verbs
  • Imperfect tense and Irregular Imperfect verbs
  • Preterite vs. Imperfect
  • Life cycles and life situations
  • Formal vs Informal
  • Congratulate and console
  • Debate
  • Cuban pastimes/dominoes/baseball
  • Celia Cruz
  • Cuba in the 1960s, Cuban politics, Cuba’s relationship with the US
  • Nicolás Guillén
  • José Martí
  • Verbs like gustar
  • Tocar vs Jugar/Pedir vs. Preguntar/Saber vs. Conocer
  • Commands
  • Direct and Indirect object pronouns
  • Future tense/Irregular Future tense verbs
  • Conditional tense/Irregular Conditional tense verbs
  • Impersonal expressions
  • Spain’s educational system

Segment 2

  • Daily life in Spain/Spanish activities
  • The subjunctive mood
  • The subjunctive vs indicative
  • Por vs Para
  • Employment/Careers
  • Idiomatic expressions
  • Costa Rican ecology/tourism
  • The Conditional tense/Irregular conditional verbs
  • Ecuador, geography and tourism
  • Weather patterns in Spanish speaking countries
  • The Galapagos Islands
  • The Present Perfect tense and irregular Present Perfect verbs
  • The Past Perfect tense and irregular Past Perfect verbs
  • The Future Perfect tense and irregular Future Perfect verbs
  • Demonstrative adjectives
  • Shopping
  • Argentina, el gaucho y el criollo
  • Entertainment in Argentina
  • The media in Argentina
  • The Tango, forbidden dances
  • Relative Pronouns
  • Persuasive arguments
  • Hispanic authors, Antonio Machado, Julio Cortázar
  • Hispanic artists, Frida Kahlo, Goya,
  • Authentic literary selections
  • Prepositions of place
  • The passive voice

Participation Requirements:

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, INVS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks and practice problems, worksheets, assignments, oral assessments, pre-tests and practice tests, quizzes, discussions, hands-on activities, and module and semester exams. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

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Course Details

  • Course Code:
  • Course Credits: 2.0


Estimated Completion:
2 segments/32-36 weeks