Spanish II Computer Lab 4/23

Repasito: 1. do handout with incendios y cucarachas.  2. turn in your RAFT assignment (with all drafts, rubric and peer review).

A. Scan this FEMA site in Spanish and then pay special attention to the section called “Emergencias y Desastres Recientes” to answer the following questions.

1. ¿Dónde hubo un terremoto?

2. ¿Dónde hubo una tormenta de nieve?

3. ¿Dónde hubo una inundación?

B. Present Perfect Tense

Refresh the forms of haber needed in your notes and use the language guide to refresh your past participles.  Then play the quia quiz game for present perfect.

1. Write down your forms of haber plus some info on past participles (include normal verbs plus a few irregulars at least).

2. Write down how you did on the game.

C. Irregular Preterit Practice

Practice your conjugation with spaleon 1. here and 2. here .  How did you do on each one?

Practice with your textbook here.  How did you do?

Pick six verbs from BK Nelson’s menu/activity (that we have learned) and conjugate them.  Using the self-correction, how did you do?  Practice over and over until you no longer make mistakes.

D. Dictionary skills

Do the handout called Diccionario (on the back of your warm up).

One online Spanish dictionary that I find useful is  Students often feel unsure about using the online resource because they will perhaps type in too many words to where it would be cheating.  When in doubt, stick to your paper/book style dictionary.

For more information on dictionary skills, see this former entry.

E. Skits (if time)

En preparación para el Día de la tierra 2010

Let’s check out some Earth Day buzz online…

1. From a blog in Perú last year (List at least ten cognates from the article.)

2. Check out the endagered animals from Latin America (scroll down) in 2008.  Write down three of the animals and their names in Spanish.

3. Check out this news roundup of sorts and jot down what you think two of the links/resources are.

4. Our very own EPA has a website in Spanish also.  Look at their “siete prioridades” (seven priorities) list and jot down four of them (in English).  Next to each one, write whether or not you think these things will happen.

Día de la tierra 2009

***This is the info for the last Extra Credit assignment.

Check out one person’s blog about Earth Day

On this official site with an article format, check out the ten suggestions for what we can do in 2009, this year, to help our planet:


On this official site with an article format, check out a basic history of Earth Day.

Why take a foreign language?: some links

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  2. MLTAV promoting the benefits of language learning

     Discover Languages . . . Discover the World

  3. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

  4. National Council of State Supervisors for Languages

  5. Is Bilingualism Valued in the U.S. Labor Market?

  6. DoD Initiative to improve FL Skills

  7. Why learn a foreign language? 
  8. Why learn languages? 10 good reasons to learn a foreign language!

  9. Learning A Foreign Language – Interpreting and Translation

  10. Spanish Learning Blog: Top 10 Reasons to Learn Spanish

7 wonders of the world (new)


“Thanks to Chris Craft through Twitter, I was made aware that the Winners of the Seven New World Wonders were announced.

7 New World Wonders

  1. The Great Wall of China
  2. The ruins of Petra in Jordan
  3. The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  4. The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru
  5. The Mayan city of Chichen Itza in Mexico
  6. The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
  7. The Taj Mahal mausoleum in India

The sites were chosen on the basis of around 100 million votes cast by people around the world over the internet and by mobile phone text messages.

Checking a little further into this (through Wikipedia), you can learn more about a different point of view regarding this vote. For example that the UNESCO does not affiliate itself with this poll:

The list of the “7 New Wonders of the World” will be the result of a private undertaking, reflecting only the opinions of those with access to the internet and not the entire world. This initiative cannot, in any significant and sustainable manner, contribute to the preservation of sites elected by this public.