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Spanish II NCVPS Final Exam Part C
Transcript of Spanish II NCVPS Final Exam Part C
Thank You The Start What do you hope to learn if you continue to study the Spanish language?
I hope to learn more about Spanish culture and about the Spanish-speaking world in general. I also hope to learn more vocabulary and better grammar in Spanish. Also, I hope that if I continue studying Spanish, I will become more fluent in conversations in Spanish and in my pronunciations. Also, I hope that I will learn enough to become bilingual, which would give me an advantage in the future for job opportunities. What differences have you seen between Spanish and your native language?
There are many differences I have seen between Spanish and English, my native language. The first is that Spanish has much more tenses than in English. In Spanish there are verb conjugations for ever subject while in English there isn't as much. Also, the Spanish language has different sounds than the English language. There are only 5 vowel sounds in Spanish while there are around 12 in English. The rules for punctuation marks are different, too. What things are you able to express in Spanish that you have learned in Spanish II? Give some written and audio examples (write at least 5 different sentences and speak 5 different sentences) in Spanish.
I have learned a lot in Spanish II that I didn't know before. I am able to express many new things in Spanish. This includes being able to express feelings, tell time, talk and write about my daily routine, talk about shopping, how to bargain, about fashions, how to compare items, use past tense, present progressive, and the near future tenses. I have also learned how to talk and write about my house and about animals. Below are some examples:
Me gusta jugar el golf.
Ahora son las seis de la tarde.
Voy a dormir a las nueve y media de la noche.
Estoy comiendo en el comedor.
Me levanté a las seis de la mañana. What are some things that you learned that were surprising to you?
A few things I learned this semester were surprising. One was of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Their culture is a bit different from mine and certain parts of it, like the general eating habits, surprised me. I was also surprised when I learned of the Battle of Chapultepec and of the six boys who sacrificed themselves for their country. What new countries have you learned about?
I have learned about many new countries, including Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico (part of the U.S.), Panama, Chile, and others. I learned about standard foods and the culture of each country. I also learned about certain differences between the countries including the cultural diversity and customs. Talk about similarities and differences between Spanish-speaking culture and your own.
There are many differences in the Spanish-speaking culture and my own. First is the eating habits. Spanish-speaking people usually eat a very light breakfast, a very big lunch at about 2pm, and a light dinner at about 10pm. They might have snacks in between also. In my culture, we have a filling breakfast, a light lunch at about noon, and a heavy dinner at 7 or 8pm.
Another difference between the Spanish-speaking culture and my Hindu culture is that the views about life are different. In spanish culture, live life to the fullest, every moment counts, cherish every moment and don't worry about future. Hindu culture has it almost exactly different.
Yet there are also many similarities between the Spanish-speaking and my Indian culture. We both eat similar food. We select fresh fruit to eat every day and we visit the market to buy fresh food. Also, a specific example of similar food is the tortilla and roti. They are almost exactly alike, but come from places on opposite sides of the globe. Yet another similarity is that society's view about time is similar (people in both cultures generally arrive late and aren't very picky about time, especially parties). Even some vocabulary is similar. For example, in Hindi, two is do, and in Spanish, its dos. Were there any ideas/stereotypes about Spanish-speaking culture that you had before this course that have now changed because of what you have learned.
There is one stereotype that I had before this course that has now changed because of what I have learned. It was a stereotype that all Spanish-speaking people eat tacos and burritos quite often. I learned that although this may be true in some parts of Mexico, it isn't true in many parts of the Spanish speaking world. We have learned elements of a language in a different teaching style than you may be used to. Talk about what you liked and did not like with regards to learning Spanish in an online class.
I liked a lot of things about this course. The first was that the teacher was amazing. She was very accommodating and willing to help me out whenever need be. She also was very punctual and released and graded assignments on-time. My teacher also gave me the opportunity to do extra credit and improve my score. Also, I enjoyed the flexibility I had while doing this course. I liked the extra credit set up and the ability to freely communicate with class mates and students participating in other courses.
However, there were a couple of things that I didn't like about the course. When I downloaded many of the programs needed to run the blackboard software, my computer started running slower. There were many unwanted viruses and cookies that were downloaded with the necessary software. Also, there were a few technical issues that sprung up here and there while doing the course. Were there things that you liked?
I liked the flexibility the course offered. If one was out of town, they could easily make up on the missed work due to the flexibility. Also, all the materials were readily available and easy to access on the course home page. I liked the ability for one to get extra credit easily and whenever one wanted to through the archives. Also, having various forms of questions (writing, listening, multiple choice, etc.) helped to engage my mind more than if it had been only multiple choice. Yet another thing I liked was the ability for independent study and test-taking. What things could be done to improve your learning?
A few things that could be done to improve my learning include a few more practice exercises and keynote reviews at the end of each lesson. Also, some reminder messages if assignments are missing or incomplete the day before they're due. Finally, skype lessons or web conferences with the teacher to help get some face to face learning between the teacher and student. Also, a list of books to read to help brush up on my Spanish would've been nice. However, the overall technique was good and the teaching was excellent. What things could your professor do to help you with your learning?
Face time or Skype lessons would help a lot for my learning as I prefer face to face contact with my teacher instead of solely through e-mails and the phone. Also, having a list of suggested books to read of my Spanish level would help me brush up on vocabulary and help me to become more fluent. Sound file goes here