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    Learning Log – Ventanas – Lessons 1 and 2

    This is a list of topics / objectives you are responsible for in lessons 1 and 2 with suggested learning activities. Lesson 1 and 2

    For each topic, list at least two activities you did to learn the material and write a reaction to the activity (what you learned and how the activity worked for you) of at least one sentence. Be aware that you may need many more than two for some of the topics. Do as many as you need to until you are confident that you know the material well enough to reach the stated objective and to get the grade you would like on the lesson test. Use this learning log along with your textbook on libretexts. It includes links to helpful resources and self-check quizzes. You may also practice using other methods you find. Practicing with friends and family is wonderful! Just make sure you use that along with the textbook, so that you know what we are focusing on in this course for each topic. I recommend that you print this page or copy it into a document. That way, you can use the book to familiarize yourself with a topic, then come back to the learning log for practice and write down what you did to practice. Then, you can move onto the next page in the textbook. Note that you are unlikely to have time to engage with everything posted here. I have posted a variety of resources so that you can make your learning path according to your needs, preferences, and interests. 


    1) I can use Spanish greetings and leave takings with my instructor and  classmates and also outside of class. (possibilities: loecsen2, Duolingo Greetings, Learn Spanish |,Polite Phrases for Conversational Spanish - EasySpanish - level 1,Spanishdict - Abre el mundo vocab 1 (I made the Spanishdict vocab lists based on the vocab in our lessons. Note that you can click on the dropdown arrow next to Start the Quiz and then click on Open Input, Multiple Choice, or Conjugation Drill. What you choose will depend on what you are working on at the moment. You may need all three, depending on your objectives. One exercise may count for more than one of the objectives here). 

    Extra: You do not need to learn all of these. If you already know some Spanish, or want more options to sound more natural, you might want to check these out.STOP saying ¨Cómo estás¨, Say THIS Instead - Spring Spanish, 11 Ways to Respond to ¨¿Cómo estás?¨ in Spanish - Lingo Mastery Spanish

    Write down what you did to practice this topic here (For example, did you use any of these websites, flashcards, other websites, practice with friends, etc.): 


    2) I know the personal subject pronouns in Spanish and can use them when speaking. (flash cards, imagining the person as you say the subject in Spanish, studyspanish, Spanishdict - Abre el mundo vocab 1

    Extra: Note: The following links have explanations of when to use formal and informal. They also have explanations of vosotr@s and vos. I won´t test you over those, but you at least need to know that nothing is wrong with using them or not using them. It just depends on the dialect you are speaking or writing.  Spanish Subject Pronouns - Teacher Catalina (good for if you need a review of subject pronouns in English and in Spanish). Learn the Difference Between Vosotros and Ustedes - SuperEasySpanish (If you just listen to 1:20 for the explanation, that is fine.) 5 Spanish Words for You - Spanish by Fede, Tú vs Vos in Spanish - Bilingue Blogs


    3) I can conjugate the verb ¨estar¨ correctly to match with the subject in order to tell how I and others are doing and in order to inquire about how others are doing. (Spanishdict - Abre el mundo vocab 1 - Be sure to click on the arrow next to Start the Quiz and then click Conjugation Drill. Under tenses, have only Present checked. Under categories - stem-changing and irregular, since estar is an irregular verb. Pronouns - all except vosotros and vos. It is your choice whether or not you want to learn those for this course. I am annoyed that this site has now made those premium though.) El verbo ESTAR en español - Profes por el Mundo



    4) I can conjugate the verb ¨ser¨ correctly to match with the subject. (possibilities, (Go to the Present tense irregular verbs activity and click on Graded Practice, click on settings and then choose the verb ¨ser¨ only), make flashcards, practice with a classmate, Spanishdict - Abre el mundo vocab - lección 2 - Click on Conjugation drill, present tense, Stem-changing and irregular and all subjects besides vos and vosotros), Verbo SER en español - Profes por el Mundo (Note: In this video, the teacher says the verb ser is used for permanent characteristics. However, will he always be dark haired? Not necessarily. He is likely to get white or gray hair. It is more helpful to think that the verb ser is used for describing how you see someone as a person, or how you see an object. It may change at some point, but this is how you see its nature.)


    After you have learned the conjugations of ¨ser¨ and ¨estar,¨ take the quiz on Blackboard. 


    5) I can use descriptive adjectives to describe yourself, the ideal professor, the ideal student, and the ideal friend. (conjuguemos – Spanish vocab – characteristics, do the actividades comunicativas from this section of the book), Spanish Vocabulary / Common Adjectives in Spanish - Aprender Español: Idioma PRO, Describiendo el Carácter y la Personalidad en Español - Spanish Learning Lab


    6) I can conjugate regular –ar verbs in the present tense and use the most common ones. How to Conjugate Spanish Regular Verbs in the Present Tense - Spanish Learning Log (This site has basic explanations in English and a comparison of English and Spanish grammar), Presente de los Verbos Regulares en Español - Profes por el Mundo, Conjugation of Spanish Regular Verbs Explained - Easy Spanish (This video includes vos and vosotr@s, which I won´t test you over. However, it is good to at least be familiar with them and know that it is fine if you use them, or if you don´t.), (study spanish verb drills –ar;, Spanish Language and Culture –ar, Spanishdict - Abre el mundo vocab - lección 2 - Conjugation drill, present, Regular -AR only, all conjugations besides vos and vosotr@s), Learn 44 Common AR Verbs in Spanish - BaseLang (only watch through 5:30)


    Once you know these conjugations, take the quiz on Bb.

    Extra Note: If you want to practice all vocab from lesson 2, you can go here and click on open input or multiple choice.

    Part II

    Lesson 1 and Lesson 2

    1.      Listening – 5 activities for lección 1 and 2.A. – please list them (recommendation – Vowels); Check out the listening exercises on this page of the book. 




        2. Speaking – Pronunciation – 2 activities – Choose a listening activity and repeat what you hear. (Recommendation – see above)



    2.      Reading – 1 reading of at least one paragraph in Spanish, a fill in the blank exercise can count. Just make sure you are paying attention to the meaning as well as the conjugations. (recommendation – Spanish Language and Culture – El Presente – Regular –AR Verbs)



    3.      Writing – at least ten complete sentences in Spanish. Suggestions for topics: Introducing yourself and others. Telling what an ideal friend, instructor, student is like. Describing your friends. Describing your favorite actors or other people. Some lyrics to a love song describing your beloved. Ask questions about what others do? Answer questions about what you do. Tell how often you do different things. Ask how often someone else does different things.






    4. Culture 1 - Look up general information about the Spanish language and / or the Spanish speaking world. Write at least five sentences about what you learned and your reactions to it. Here are some ideas, but you can also do your own research. These are posted for you to get to know different ideas from the Spanish speaking world. There is some factual information presented in the cultural section, but there are also opinions presented. You are encouraged to use these to expand your knowledge, but of course you are not expected to agree with all opinions that may be represented. The fact that an opinion may be represented here does not necessarily mean that your instructor shares that experience or viewpoint. The Spanish Speaking Countries of the World and Amazing facts!

    Guide to the Languages of Texas

    5.      Culture 2– Look up something about Hispanic culture and summarize your findings in at least 5 sentences. Then write your observations, comparisons, analysis, perception, or opinion about the information. Please write about a specific topic instead of just listing random, unrelated facts. (some possibilities – Latinos learning Spanish in the US: 'I really wanted to discover my heritage and reclaim it' San Antonio, SAN ANTONIO: la ciudad de TEXAS fundada por los españoles 🇪🇸 ¿qué visitar? 🇺🇸 | GLADYS SEARA- This video is in Spanish, but you can put subtitles in English, Rosa Rolanda, The fantastical self: Mexico and Surrealism (Rosa Rolanda, Self-Portrait) SPANISH IN MIAMI | DO YOU NEED TO SPEAK ENGLISH?, The Debate Over Latino Identity And The Spanish Language, 👀 What's going on with SPANISH in the USA? [Advanced Spanish VLOG] - This video is completely in Spanish, but you can put closed captioning and then go to settings and have it translate automatically, A lifetime without Spanish | The Latinos who lost their language and the fight to recover it, Spanish dialect unique to portions of Colorado and New Mexico is fading away, Linguist Dr. Devin Jenkins sits down with Jeremy Jojola to talk about the unique Spanish dialect in northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. These are just some ideas. Look up anything that interests you. One of my goals is to find more YouTubers that speak Spanish and produce videos that may be of interest to students. Let me know if you find anything!)

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