(In SPA 101, chapter four, I cover ser and estar fully just as I do in SPA 102, ch. 5. I believe ser and estar should be covered fully in a single section section instead of being divided into two sections as Conéctate does. That is why this video is from ch. 4, SPA 101.) Video de explicación
(In SPA 101, chapter four, I cover ser and estar fully just as I do in SPA 102, ch. 5. I believe ser and estar should be covered fully in a single section section instead of being divided into two sections as Conéctate does. That is why these videos are from ch. 4, SPA 101.)
Diapositivas (avanzado) (These slides cover beyond what our book covers. We will not be tested on the additional grammar explained in it. It is only there for additional information on relative pronouns.)
Algunos de mis videos sobre el subjuntivo de otras clases.
SPA 214: uno, dos y tres
SPA 206: uno y dos (The SPA 206 videos were recorded before I bought a nice microphone. So, the sound quality is not very good.)
Your distribution should have a Keyboard application with Layout settings. There you can add English (US, international with dead keys) as an additional keyboard. In the same section there is usually an option for a keyboard shortcut to toggle between input keyboards. The method to type accents with the English US International keyboard is the same as Windows (see above).
Knowing grammar is fundamental for success in this course. Knowledge of grammar is the map by which you find your way around language and most efficiently learn a new language. Learning this material is fundamental for your future career and your ability to communicate clearly and efficiently in writing.
Oxford Language Dictionaries Online Glossary of Grammatical Terms
One way to be successful at any endeavor is to observe those who have had success in that area and model after them. I asked students in SPA 101, SPA 102, and SPA 201 who have consistently gotten an A on tests to describe what they do to prepare. Thank you to those students who took the time to provide this optional input. Below are their responses.
Please keep in mind that every person learns differently, and we all have different strengths. For some, it may be easier to learn math while for others learning a foreign language comes easy. If you are already doing the things below and not scoring high grades, please do not be discouraged. If you have watched the video above, followed the advice on the section of the syllabus titled, Strategy for preparing and studying and implemented some of the methods below, but are still struggling, then I recommend arranging a time to meet with me to discuss options.
I always start by studying the vocabulary list by making my own Quizlet (including conversational phrases) and make sure I know how to spell and pronounce everything. Then I go through the chapter taking notes and making sure to spend time studying the irregulars. After that, I complete all the activities on cochranb.com and check my answers. I also make sure to attend every class and go in person as often as possible. And I always complete my homework practice. This takes time but it is worth it.
When preparing for my exams obviously it is helpful to do the book work and homework corresponding with class lessons.
I spend a lot of time memorizing vocabulary, or tenses. Anything with no rhyme or reason that is strict memorization I make sure to spend ample time on.
I practice and study using the classroom website. I do all the activities and practice the conjugations and vocabulary on the class website 3-4 times a week.
The few days prior to the test, I go through the chapter in the book and make sure I grasp all the concepts as well as understand all the vocabulary or new phrases.
I spend most of the time before the first homework is due getting familiar with vocab on Quizlet. I know that Quizlet isn't for everyone, but I find the study features to be really helpful because they test a variety of skills and focus on words that I struggle with. I do a quick read-through of each section before attempting the homework, but I mostly use the homework itself as my study tool. About two days before the test, I'll make a study sheet where I write down everything important from the chapter and make special notes for exceptions or things that I get confused about. Then, I use the last homework assignments to solidify my understanding. Finally, I spend the day before the test going through practice sheets on the course website and reviewing vocab and conjugations. I can't say exactly how long I spend studying for each exam because it heavily depends on the type of content we cover.
I make flash cards whenever I come across new words. I really like doing the vocabulary practice on the website. One big part is that I try and get engaged with the class and with what I’m learning because it causes it to stick in my brain better. I am lucky because I have a bit of a knack for memorization, but I memorize even better when I make sure I fully understand and enjoy what I am learning. Studying very hard before the test does not do me any good if I did not comprehend the information throughout the course.
I honestly didn’t really study that much, because most of what we’ve learned I’ve learned before. I do write down the formulas for the conjugations while we learn them and then go over that right before the tests though. I also look over any irregular conjugations and new vocabulary for me right before the test as well, especially the irregular conjugations.
Google Docs: 'File' → 'Language' → 'Español (Latinoamérica)'
This is beneficial because it checks the spelling and grammar according to the language selected. Be sure to right click where there are colored squiggly underlines to see what the correction suggestions are. However, do not blindly trust its suggestions; always look up needed changes when in doubt.