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Spanish Vocabulary Project

University of California, Davis via Coursera

Found in Foreign Language
  • Provider Coursera
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Start Date
  • Duration 7 weeks long
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Overview

In this course, we'll imagine that you are applying for an all-expenses paid, educational trip to a Spanish-speaking nation of your choice. You'll introduce yourself to a host family that you'll be staying with, research the rich culture and history of the place you intend to visit and compare it with your own country, and plan out an itinerary of places you plan to see, and things you plan to do and experience while visiting. In addition, you'll summarize the key points of your written report in an oral presentation. This course is challenging and is meant to test everything you've learned in the Spanish Vocabulary specialization. It will provide you an excellent way in which to test what you know and what you still need to work on in your Spanish learning journey.

Syllabus

Project Overview
-Welcome to the final project for Spanish Vocabulary! In this project, you're going to pretend that you are applying for an all expenses paid, extended trip (5-7 weeks) to a Spanish-speaking nation of your choice where you will be staying with a native host family. As part of the "application" process, you need to write a 3-part report and produce a recording of you speaking, summarizing the contents of your report. In this module, you will learn all about the format of the course and be provided with an overview of the entire project and all of the milestones. You'll also choose the Spanish-speaking nation you would like to "visit" for the course project.

Milestone 1: Introducing Yourself to Your Host Family (1st Draft)
-The first milestone is all about introducing yourself to the family you'll be staying with. You'll want to reflect on the material learned in the earlier courses of the specialization, particularly Course 1: Meeting People, and prepare a written introduction to your host family. In this module, you'll turn in a first draft of your introduction for feedback and review from a peer before you turn in the final draft in the next module.

Milestone 1: Introducing Yourself to Your Host Family (Final Draft)
-In this module, you are to take the feedback you were given on your draft from the last module, improve your paper, and then submit your final assignment for official peer review and grading.

Milestone 2: Culture and History of Your Selected Nation (Research and 1st Draft)
-For the 2nd milestone in our course project, you are going to research the history and culture of your selected host nation. Search the internet, preferably relying on Spanish-language websites from that country, to determine things like the current and historical political systems, common foods, entertainment, music, arts, traditions, important historical milestones, etc. You'll also be asked to compare what you learn about your host nation with the country or region in which you presently reside to note similarities and differences. In this module, you'll hand in a draft of your report for feedback and review from a peer before you turn in your final draft in the next module.

Milestone 2: Culture and History of Your Selected Nation (Final Draft)
-In this module, you are to take the feedback you were given on your draft in the last module, improve your paper, and then submit your final assignment for official peer review and grading.

Milestone 3: Your Trip Plan (Research and 1st Draft)
-In this module, you will research and write the 1st draft of your trip plan. You'll talk about where you would like to go and what you would like to see and do while in your chosen country. Again, search the internet, preferably relying on websites from that country, to determine what your trip plan will be. In this module, you'll hand in a draft of your report for feedback and review from a peer before you turn in your final draft in the next module.

Milestone 3: Your Trip Plan (Final Draft)
-In this module, you are to take the feedback you were given in the last module, improve your draft, and then submit your final assignment for official peer review and grading. You will also want to begin the process of compiling all of your different milestones into one comprehensive document so that in the final milestone, you'll be prepared to refine your final report and prepare your oral presentation.

Milestone 4: Final Report and Oral Presentation
-In our final milestone for this course, you are going to compile all three of your papers into one, complete report, making any last refinements to make it a strong, and grammatically proficient report. You will also get to demonstrate your proficiency in speaking Spanish by giving a brief, 3-5 minute oral presentation that summarizes the key points and findings from your entire report.

Taught by

Dr. Robert Blake

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