Spanish 3A

Enrollment Message:

Sound card with speakers, microphone or headset is needed with all World Language courses. Students are required to contact their instructor to schedule three live speaking assessments during the course.

This course is the first semester in a full year of Spanish III. Dive into the rich diversity of Hispanic culture across the globe by exploring the tastes, sights, and sounds of this dynamic language that reflects triumph, struggle, celebration, and so much more. During this cultural journey, students will improve conversational, vocabulary, and writing skills through authentic tasks. Short of obtaining a passport, there is no better way to discover new lands, peoples, or experiences. The purpose of this course is to provide the students with many experiences where they can use their Spanish. Completely immersed in Spanish, they will speak, listen, read, write, and collaborate with other students in this course. They will also gain knowledge and perspectives about Spanish speaking countries and from Spanish speaking people. Content and assignments are presented in the target language. Grammar concepts are presented in English also. Students are required to contact their instructor to schedule three live speaking assessments during the course. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish II or equivalent.

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

  • Respond to questions using the past tenses and vocabulary and culture related to important Hispanic figures in the United States;
  • Orally present information on important Hispanic figures in the United States;
  • Write a biography on an important Hispanic figure in the United States;
  • Use the future, present progressive tenses, por and para, commands, and vocabulary and culture related to planning a trip abroad;
  • Orally present information on planning a trip abroad;
  • Write a narrative essay about planning a trip to a foreign country;
  • Respond to questions and giving opinions using various tenses, vocabulary and culture related to how cities around the world are alike and different;
  • Orally present information on how cities around the world are alike and different;
  • Write a compare and contrast essay about life in Spanish-Speaking countries compared with own.

Course Outline:

Módulo 1: La influencia hispana en los EE.UU.

01.00 El mundo es un pañuelo

01.01 ¿Qué sabes de quien conoces?

01.02 ¿Quién hizo qué?... Contribuciones hispanas en EE.UU.

01.03 ¡Escribamos una biografía!

01.04 ¡Conversemos!

01.05 EE.UU.: Una fusión fantástica

01.06 Módulo Examen Parte Uno

01.06 Módulo Examen Parte Dos

Módulo 2: En camino a ver el mundo

02.00 Viajar es vivir

02.01 Preparando un viaje increíble

02.02 Adonde vayas haz lo que veas

02.03 ¡Escribamos una narración!

02.04 ¡Conversemos!

02.05 Sé un viajero inteligente

02.06 Módulo Examen Parte Uno

02.06 Módulo Examen Parte Dos

Módulo 3: Descubriendo el mundo

03.00 Todas las ciudades tienen su encanto

03.01 Súbete al tren de la vida

03.02 ¡Me encanta probar los platos del mundo!

03.03 ¡Escribamos un texto comparativo!

03.04 ¡Conversemos!

03.05 ¿Qué habrán aprendido del pasado en el futuro?

Colaboración del segment uno

03.06 Examen del Segmento Uno Parte Uno

03.06 Examen del Segmento Uno Parte Dos

Resources Included: There are many resources built into the course to aid in comprehension such as graphic organizers, self checks, rubrics, etc. Assignment directions are given in Spanish. Students should read assignment directions and then review associated rubrics. The rubrics are in English and will help the student to be certain nothing important is omitted from his/her work. Instructors will support the student and be available to help with assignment specifics if the students have any questions. 

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: 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:

Lightweight devices such as Apple iPads, Google Chromebooks, and tablets have limited support for Java which still appears in a small percentage of FLVS courses. FLVS has worked to de-Flash its courses. Students may need extra work-around steps or alternate browsers to engage with some portions of select courses or may be required to utilize text-alternatives for some interactive objects. FLVS recommends students have a Windows or Mac based computer available to complete coursework in the event that your selected mobile device does not meet the needs of the course. Fully supported Operating Systems for FLVS courses include Windows (7 or higher), Mac OS X (10.8 or higher), and MacOS (10.12 or higher). Supported Browsers include the most recent versions of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari on devices that support Java and HTML5. Browsers need to be up to date, and some FLVS courses may require installation or enabling of the following Plug-ins: JavaScript enabled, Cookies enabled, Java installed.

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: None.


School Level: High School
Standards: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 24054
MDE Endorsement Code: FF - Spanish
MMC Minimum Requirements: World Language

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Florida Virtual School
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus