Spanish 1A (Grades 6-8)

Enrollment Message:

See Technical Requirements for device restrictions related to Middlebury Interactive Language courses. A headset with a microphone is needed with all World Language courses.

This course is the first in a two-course sequence. Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Prerequisites: None

Course Objectives: After completing this course, students will be able to:

• Engage in language learning

• Master common vocabulary terms and phrases

• Comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns

• Participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts

• Generate language incorporating basic vocabulary and grammar patterns

• Read, write, speak and listen for meaning in basic Spanish

• Analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries

• Regularly assess progress in proficiency through quizzes, tests, and speaking/writing submissions

Course Outline:

Unit 1

Vocabulary: • Greetings

Grammar: • Subject Pronouns • Tú vs Usted

Culture: • Introduction to Mexico

Unit 2

Vocabulary: • School • Alphabet

Grammar: • Noun (singular and plural, gender, agreement) • Definite Articles • Indefinite Articles

Culture: • Mexican Schools

Pronunciation: • Alphabet

Unit 3

Vocabulary: • Descriptions • Colors

Grammar: • Adjectives • Rules of Accentuation

Culture: • Tortillas

Unit 4

Vocabulary: • Countries and Nationalities • Numbers 0-30

Grammar: • Conjugating Verbs • Ser

Culture: • Idioms

Pronunciation: • Vowel A

Midterm Review and Test

Unit 5

Vocabulary: • Telling time • Adverbs of Frequency

Grammar: • Estar • Negative Sentences • Telling Time

Culture: • Mexico City Aztecs

Unit 6

Vocabulary: • Common -AR Verbs • Coordinating Conjunctions Prepositions

Grammar: • Present Tense -AR Verbs

Culture: • Birthdays in Mexico

Pronunciation: • Vowel E

Unit 7

Vocabulary: • Common -IR Verbs • Common -ER Verbs

Grammar: • Present Tense -IR Verbs • Present Tense -ER Verbs

Culture: • Nezahualcoyotl Poem

Unit 8

Vocabulary: • Days, Months, and Seasons • Numbers 30-100

Grammar: • Question Formation • Giving Dates

Culture: • MariachisPronunciation: • Vowel I

Unit 9 - Final Review and Test

Resources Included:

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score 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: This course has specific device requirements.

Middlebury (MIL) CAP course content is delivered through LTI in Brightspace and rendered for view and submission of student work within iFrames embedded in Brightspace content pages.

MIL courses are NOT supported on Chromebooks, iPads, or Android devices for access via LTI in a third-party LMS.

BROWSERS: Minimum supported, compatible browsers include:

  • Chrome 66
  • Firefox 58
  • Safari 13 (desktop and laptop devices only; iPad or iPhone not compatible) *NOTE: Macintosh Safari 13 Browsers must have "Prevent cross-site tracking" turned OFF in order to permit sending of cookies.
  • Microsoft Edge 15

PC Device Minimum Requirements for MIL courses:

  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor
  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Display setting 1280x1024 resolution or above; lower resolutions may require scrolling
  • 128MB Graphics Memory & Sound card
  • Cookies enabled
  • JavaScript enabled

Macintosh (MAC) Device Minimum Requirements for MIL courses:

  • Intel Core™ Duo 1.33GHz or above
  • Mac OS X v10.9 or higher
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Display setting 1280x1024 resolution or above; lower resolutions may require scrolling
  • 128MB Graphics Memory & Sound card
  • Cookies enabled
  • JavaScript enabled

Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

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: A headset with a microphone is needed with all World Language courses. This course has specific device requirements and restrictions. See the Technical Requirements field of this syllabus for further details.


School Level: Middle School
Standards: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
NCAA Approved: N/A - Grade Level
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 24050
MDE Endorsement Code: FF - Spanish
MMC Minimum Requirements: World Language

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Middlebury
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus