Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
¡A Presentar en Español!
Prepare: Now that you are growing more comfortable with your language development, we are going to start communicating, in Spanish, each week in a discussion forum. To prepare for this activity, review the vocabulary and grammar explanations from Capítulo 2. Practice conjugating verbs in the present tense, asking and answering questions, expressing likes and dislikes, and familiarizing yourself with the vocabulary by completing several of the assigned practice activities in MySpanish Lab.
Reflect: Consider your daily schedule, your likes and dislikes, and qualities and characteristics related to different programs of study. Can you share information about courses and majors? Convey likes and dislikes? Relate daily activities and create and answer questions? If so, you are ready to prepare your post!
Write: Choose one of the following activities to use for your initial response.
Activity # 1: In Capítulo 2 of your primary text, explore Presente Indicativo de Verbos Regulares, the narration of what Mario, a law student, does each day (p. 67). Using that description as a model, narrate the things that you do each day. Your description needs to include six different activities, each expressed using a complete Spanish sentence.
*Optional–you may include pictures to accompany your narration.
Activity #2: In Capítulo 2 of your primary text, explore Una Descripciόn, a writing activity (p. 87). Follow the instructions to create a personal description of what makes you a viable applicant for one of the following positions: to work in the library, the career services department, or the athletic department. Your description must be six complete Spanish sentences.
Activity #3: You are working at the Office of International Education for Ashford University. One of your responsibilities is to help international students adjust to life at your school by conducting orientation sessions and holding individual and group meetings. Today you are meeting with a student from Mexico. Help him by answering each question with a complete Spanish sentence.
¿Qué especialidades son muy difíciles en Ashford?
¿Qué especialidades son fáciles?
¿Cuál es tu especialidad y por qué te gusta?
¿Qué clases son interesantes?
¿Qué clases son aburridas?
¿Qué actividades extracurriculares te gustan? ¿Cuáles no te gustan?
Respond to Peers: Read through your classmates’ posts. Choose two different posts, and ask one question to each classmate, in Spanish, to elicit more information (Due by Day 5). Also, respond to one of the questions posed by your classmates in response to your initial post (Due by Day 5).
Note: You will have a minimum of four posts, in Spanish, in this forum:
Your initial post (Due by Day 3)
A question posed to classmate 1 (Due by Day 5)
A question posed to classmate 2 (Due by Day 5)
An answer to a question posed by a classmate in response to your initial post (Due by Day 7)
Tips for success:
Post your initial response by Day 3. If you post late, you may not have a question from a classmate to respond to in order to fulfill that portion of the prompt.
As you interact with peers, please look for posts that don’t have questions from classmates first. That way, we can ensure that everyone has an opportunity to practice both asking and answering questions.
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