Learning Recommendations: University of Washington recommends B+ or better on Spanish 2
General Description: Spanish 3 Honors is a UW Spanish 103 advanced class where motivated students may earn high school and college credit simultaneously if they choose. This course is a continuation of Spanish 2, and students will work on reading, writing, speaking and listening at a more advanced level. Students who would like to sign up for this course are highly encouraged to speak to their Spanish 2 teacher about proper placement. This class is intended for highly motivated and achieving students who want to partake in a more rigorous course, with the intention of eventually pursuing AP Spanish. A Spanish 3 Honors student retains and produces all Spanish 1 and 2 materials with ease and accuracy. There will be substantially less review than in Spanish 3, and the class will naturally move at a more accelerated pace.
Students will be required to:
- Memorize between 50 and 100 words every 3-4 weeks for accuracy and long-term retention
- Learn and use idiomatic expressions
- Learn and apply new grammatical concepts every 3-4 weeks, as well as demonstrate competence with any concepts previously studied
- Follow directions and conversation almost entirely in Spanish
- Speak in Spanish all the time
- Write at length in multiple formats using appropriate grammar, vocabulary and conventions
- Read at length at a more rigorous level and with more independence
- Commit time to reading, listening and communicating in Spanish outside of regular assignments
Students who plan to continue past Spanish 3 should be intrinsically motivated to seek out opportunities (reading, listening, oral communication, etc) in Spanish.
Content: Extensive and rapid review of concepts and vocabulary learned in first two years of language:
- Student will learn and begin to implement all verb tenses in class work and conversation
- Students’ vocabulary will expand to incorporate more advanced, in-depth topics
- Students will express themselves in writing by producing formal college-level compositions
Strategies: Students learn through a combination of:
- Reading authentic texts in Spanish
- Listening to native Spanish speakers via audio or video
- Writing in Spanish
- Extemporaneous speaking and formal oral presentations in Spanish
Homework: Students should plan on 20 minutes of homework.
Course Fee / Materials: +/- $375 paid to the University of Washington. Yabla subscription of +/- 14.00
College in the High School: Sophomore, Junior and Senior students may opt to receive 5 college credits for a fee (~$400, subject to change). Students will receive registration information in class which are due in October. Students are responsible for submitting the paperwork to the UW directly.