Spanish 1B (MS Cohort)

Enrollment Message:

This course fulfills 1/2 credit of the world language content standards required for high school graduation under Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) guidelines. The course content, assessments, syllabus information, and credit guidance associated with this enrollment are identical to those contained in the high school level course offering of the same or similar title in the Michigan Virtual course catalog. The MS Cohort offering allows middle school level students an opportunity to enroll in a classroom section dedicated to that age or grade level group. Peer-to-peer interaction within discussion forums is thereby limited to members of middle school students enrolled in the same class section.

This course fulfills 1/2 credit of the world language content standards required for high school graduation under Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) guidelines. This is the second semester of a two-semester course. In Spanish 1B, students will continue their language learning journey by exploring the Spanish-speaking world, all while learning the vocabulary and structures to be able to express themselves and talk about their own lives. In every unit, students will make comparisons between products and practices of Spanish-speaking cultures and their own perspectives and experiences. The class takes a proficiency-based approach which is informed by current language acquisition research and the ACTFL performance descriptors for novice language learners. A heavy focus is placed on meaningful language use. Grammar is learned implicitly through input and meaning-based activities. The course will incorporate grammatical concepts including: continuing use of present tense conjugations (including stem-changers), imperatives, indirect/direct object pronouns, and a brief introduction to past tense. Prerequisites:  Spanish 1A - Grammar concepts taught in the previous semester include present tense conjugations (with some stem-changers), gustar (and similar verbs), possessive adjectives, adjective agreement, estar + prepositions, present progressive tense, and ir + a + infinitive.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Describe basic information about Spanish-speaking areas of the world, such as their location, population, geography, climate, and major industries
  • Describe basic information about yourself and your community
  • Explain food preferences, habits, and practices in your own and Spanish-speaking cultures
  • Describe clothing preferences, shopping habits, and gift-giving practices in your own and Spanish-speaking cultures
  • Discuss celebrations, holiday traditions, and vacations in your own and Spanish-speaking cultures
  • Compare products, practices, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures with those of your own
  • Describe how languages are learned and assess your progress in learning Spanish

Course Outline:

Unidad 1: ¡Vamos a Explorar!

Unidad 2: ¡Vamos a Comer!

Unidad 3: ¡Vamos a Ir de Compras!

Unidad 4: ¡Vamos a Celebrar!

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score out of total points earned will be submitted to your school mentor for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will need a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube. NOTE: Students must possess a working microphone and webcam on their device in order to record and submit audio and video files using either the embedded recording tools within the Brightspace learning management system or another means of recording and submitting audio and video files for world language performance assessments.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements:

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information: Students will require a computer device with a webcam, speakers and a microphone. Students are required to contact their instructor to schedule one or more live speaking assessments during the course.


School Level: Middle School
Standards: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages,Michigan World Language Standards and Benchmarks
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 24052
MDE Endorsement Code: FF - Spanish
MMC Minimum Requirements: World Language

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus