Advanced Spanish with Embedded Geography

From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 9th–12th

Live Class:  Tue 5:45–6:45 p.m. ET

Dates: Aug 22–Apr 28

Price: $549

Instructor: David Nance

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Course Description

 

Languages are best learned in context, and languages are inherently about community. Therefore, we take an exciting and unique approach to learning Spanish with Aim Academy. To provide context to our Spanish class, we focus on one topic per year. The topic for 2022-2023 will be geography. Geography is much more than the study of maps. It is the study not only of the land, but of people – how people are shaped by their environment and how they shape it. It is the study of movement and interaction – commerce, migration, the spreading of ideas, the spread and control of diseases. It is the study of trends – economic and political progress, conflict and cooperation. In this class, we will use Spanish-language maps, videos, webpages, documents, and other resources to study these topics, sometimes looking at the entire world and sometimes focusing on Spanish-speaking areas. Throughout the year, students will create and share projects about each topic that we cover. In this way, students will get contextualized practice with reading, listening, speaking, and writing Spanish. The Advanced Spanish class is taught almost entirely in Spanish.

Themes for this class rotate through a four-year cycle, on the same schedule as the Spanish 2-4 course. In this way, a student can stay in the lower-level course for one, two, or three years, and then progress to the Advanced course when ready. The themes will rotate as follows:

  • Spanish with embedded Geography (2022-23 school year and every fourth year thereafter)
  • Spanish with embedded Current Events (2023-24 school year and every fourth year thereafter)
  • Spanish with embedded Health (2024-25 school year and every fourth year thereafter)
  • Spanish with embedded Economics (2025-26 school year and every fourth year thereafter)

Because of the dual nature of each course, parents may want to grant their students credit for both content areas (Spanish and Geography, for instance).

Course Structure

The school year begins with a Pretest and ends with a Post-Test. Each week during the school year will consist of the following:

  • an in-class discussion of the week’s topic
  • resources related to that week’s topic
  • a project sharing something the student has learned about the topic
  • a speaking assignment in which the student answers a thought-provoking question about the topic
  • a timesheet that records what the student has done in Spanish throughout the week Students should plan to work on Spanish for at least five days each week, and for a total of at least three hours throughout the week.

Course objectives are based on the ACTFL World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, and include the following:

  • share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions in spoken and written conversations
  • understand what is heard or read on a variety of topics
  • present information and ideas in a variety of formats, to explain, persuade, and narrate a variety of topics
  • use Spanish to investigate the practices, products, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking countries
  • use Spanish to build, reinforce, and expand knowledge of other disciplines (specifically Geography)
  • compare aspects of Spanish and its cultures to their own language and culture
  • use the language within and beyond class
  • develop lifelong habits of language learning

Who should enroll?

There are no formal prerequisites, but students in the Advanced class should have already had several years of Spanish classes or other meaningful long-term exposure to the language. Students who are not comfortable with a class taught almost entirely in Spanish should consider our Spanish 2-4 with Embedded Geography class. Parents are welcome to contact David Nance at [email protected] with questions about student placement.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Microphone and Webcam (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures and other videos related to the course

Evaluation and Feedback

It is our belief that students learn best when they are comfortable and engaged in the work that they are doing. We also believe that languages are learned through large amounts of exposure to engaging, comprehensible input. Therefore, our focus is not on small details, but rather on the big picture. Students who complete their work in a timely manner and make a habit of participating in our weekly live class sessions can expect to do well in the class.

Feedback on specific assignments tends to be supportive feedback rather than corrective feedback, but we do comment on common or easily avoidable mistakes. Students who are looking for more corrective feedback (particularly concerning the mechanics of the language) should consider supplementing this course with our self-paced Spanish Grammar course.

Communication

Parents and students can always view the student’s scores through Canvas, and are welcome to contact the teacher with any questions or concerns. Barring unusual circumstances, we grade assignments within two business days of the due date, and we reply to messages within one business day.

 

Required Texts

 

Course materials are supplied by the teacher.

Parents wishing to buy a companion text can contact David Nance for recommendations.

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Instructor Bio

David and Rachel Nance

David and Rachel Nance have been teaching Aim Spanish classes together for the last several years, in addition to working together to raise and homeschool their five children.  Both have deep roots with the Spanish language and with education.  In addition to living in Spain with their family in 2019-2020, they each previously lived in South America (David in Uruguay and Rachel in Bolivia) and have traveled extensively through Latin America and Europe.

David has a BA in Spanish Teaching from Brigham Young University, an MSE in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University, and a Master’s in School Management from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Spain.  He has taught online Spanish classes since 2007, spent four years as the foreign language curriculum specialist at the Arkansas Department of Education, and worked for one year as an English language teaching assistant at a vocational school in Spain.

Rachel has a BS in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.  She taught elementary school for four years before having children of her own. In addition to being fluent in Spanish, Rachel studied ASL for four semesters while she was in college.  When a Deaf couple started coming to her church four years ago, she finally got to put her learning into practice and became one of the interpreters for the couple. Rachel has taught Spanish and ASL classes in her home in addition to teaching for Aim Academy.

The Nances love spending time with their family.  They love to travel, learn languages, spend time outdoors, read, and play tabletop games.

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