Course Description

Through this Local Engagement course, Juniata students will partner with the Huntingdon Area School District to offer language and culture classes to elementary and middle school students. They will design and deliver course content in a dynamic, fun, after-school program designed to introduce students in grades 3-6 to Spanish and the cultures of Spain and Latin America. The course introduces students to best practices in local engagement and engages students in the study and implementation of best practices in language education. During seven weeks of the class, Juniata students will teach the twice-a-week lessons via an online platform and will develop, assign and assess exercises on Google Classroom. Pre-reqs: A minimum of Spanish 230 and safety clearances.

Google syllabus link:
We will use Moodle forums this semester for peer feedback in small groups on the pronunciation analyses. You will post your recordings in an online space to be designated for our class. More details will be provided at a later date.

Course Resources:
1) Book: Donley & Blanco. (2018). Aventuras (A), Boston: Vista Higher Learning. We will be using the 5th Edition.
2) Supersite: Aventuras Supersite. Self-enroll online for the Supersite and then link to our course to see assignments and due dates.
3) Moodle. Self-enroll online. This is where you will access practice exams and turn in EEs and cultural events.

Spanish 120 is the second part of a three-semester introductory Spanish sequence. The primary goals of this course are to enable students to continue building their proficiency in Spanish and to attain a broader understanding of Hispanic/Latin cultures. In SP 120, students continue to develop their communicative and cultural competence.They begin to show a greater level of accuracy when using basic language structures, and they are exposed to more complex features of the target language. They continue to focus on communicating about their immediate world and daily activities. They read material on familiar topics and write short, directed compositions. Emphasis continues to be placed on the use of the target language in the classroom as exclusively as possible, as well as on the use of culturally authentic materials to learn about the target language and culture(s). There is continued emphasis on using the language in the real world beyond the classroom setting. One way this can be accomplished is through the integration of technology in the classroom, as technology is a means to access authentic information in the target language and to offer students the chance to interact with other speakers.

Students will develop their communicative and cultural competence in order to:
-articulate and contrast the values, beliefs, or practices of different cultures
-describe global challenges and the ways different cultures address them
-communicate about their immediate world and daily activities
-practice a greater level of accuracy when using basic language structures
-interact orally and in writing with other speakers, understand oral and written messages, and make oral and written
presentations, all in the target language
Spanish 110 is the first course in Juniata’s three-semester introductory Spanish sequence and it is intended for true beginners (i.e. students who have never studied Spanish before). The primary goals of this course are to enable students to begin to develop communicative competence in Spanish and to expand their understanding(s) of Hispanic cultures. Communicative competence is defined in terms of three modes of communication (World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, 2015 edition):

• Interpersonal Communication: Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken and/or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
• Interpretive Communication: Learners understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
• Presentational Communication: Learners present information, concepts and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences of listeners, readers or viewers.

The course will be conducted in Spanish, and upon successful completion of this course students will be able to do the following using a mixture of practiced or memorized words, phrases, and simple sentences or questions:

• Request and provide information by asking and answering a few simple questions on very familiar and everyday topics.
• Express basic needs related to familiar and everyday activities.
• Express preferences or feelings and react to those of others.
• Identify some basic facts from memorized words and phrases when they are supported by gestures or visuals in informational texts and conversations.
• Present some simple information on a familiar topic based on pictures or photos.