LS 123 Conversaciones Primavera de 2010 These conversations take the form of a 10-15 minute conversation in Spanish with your professor and one other student. You and a classmate will prepare a 5-minute conversation that you should memorize and practice. Your professor will listen to this conversation without interruption and will then ask questions based primarily on the information covered in your conversation. The topics for the conversation are as follows: Examples of possible questions. Datos personales............................. ¿Cuál es tu dirección? ¿Cuántos años tienes? Personal información ¿Cuál es tu apellido? ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? La familia ........................................ ¿Cómo es tu familia? ¿Tienes hermanos? ¿Cómo es tu Family pariente favorito? Las personas ................................... Describe a otro estudiante en la clase de español. ¿Cómo People in general es tu mejor amigo? La universidad................................ ¿Cuántas asignaturas tienes? ¿Cuál es tu clase favorita? The university ¿Qué clases tienes los lunes? El tiempo libre ................................ ¿Qué haces los fines de semana? ¿Qué tipo de música Free time te gusta? ¿Cuáles son tus pasatiempos favoritos? Los planes ....................................... ¿Qué planes tienes para las vacaciones? ¿Adónde piensas ir Plans y qué quieres hacer allí? La casa............................................. ¿Cómo es tu casa? Describe tu cuarto favorito. ¿Qué tienes House and home en tu dormitorio? La comida ....................................... ¿A qué hora almuerzas? ¿Qué comes y bebes para el desayuno? Food ¿Qué comida no te gusta? ¿Cuál es tu plato favorito? You need to include all of these topics in your scripted conversation. It is strongly recommended that you create a conversation that makes sense to you. Don’t try to memorize something that you don’t understand as, if you forget your lines, you are likely to panic. You should be comfortable enough with the information so that you can improvise if necessary. You and your partner should also anticipate some of the questions your professor might ask and should practice answering these. Be prepared to respond to specific questions – like “¿Cuántas asignaturas tienes?” – or more general instructions and questions – like “Cuéntame de (Tell me about) tu familia.” or “¿Cómo es tu hermano?” The interview will take ten to fifteen minutes and, to receive an A, you will need to do the following: • • • • • • Use no English during the conversation. You can ask for help by describing the context of the word you are looking for and having your teacher provide you with possibilities. For example: – No sé la palabra. Es una clase. Estudiamos como son las personas. – ¿Es una clase de psicología o de sociología? – Sí. Es la clase de psicología. Listen out for your mistakes. It is perfectly acceptable to correct any errors you may make. We use self-correction all the time in English. Demonstrate that you are comfortable with the vocabulary. While you may not remember one or two words, you must have enough vocabulary to talk about the topics listed above in some detail. Be prepared to use full sentences. Practice with words like pero and también, so that you can formulate complex sentences. Practice replying in detail, with more than one sentence. Demonstrate familiarity with the verbs that we’ve studied. Specifically: the present tense of regular AR, ER, and IR verbs, irregular verbs like ESTAR, SER, TENER, IR, stem-changing verbs, first person irregular verbs, the verb GUSTAR. While it is acceptable to ask your teacher to repeat something – we all get nervous – you must demonstrate familiarity with the questions practiced in class. • • Pronunciation counts so make sure you practice out loud. The words must be intelligible. Pausing for a moment to think is natural. However, long pauses between words indicate that you are not really comfortable with either the grammar or the vocabulary and will not get you an A. Here follows a breakdown of how your grade is decided. All aspects will be taken into consideration with special emphasis on your ability to communicate your ideas in Spanish. A B C D F Language Spanish only May use 1 or 2 words of English Uses a few English words Requires English to communicate most ideas. Vocabulary Comfortable with vocabulary related to all topics, or will use circumlocution. Good grasp: only occasional errors in conjugation or agreement. Able to self-correct. Unable to remember or describe 1 or 2 words. Unable to remember or describe several words. May use a several words in English or a sentence or two of English. Unable to discuss 1 or 2 topics for lack of vocabulary. Fair grasp: occasional errors in conjugation or agreement. Able to self-correct many, but not all errors. Makes many mistakes in conjugation and / or agreement. Able to selfcorrect a few errors. Able to respond in detail on most, but not all topics. Does attempt to use full sentences. Short, natural pauses for thought. Good Uses full sentences but not usually able to respond in much detail. Occasional lengthy pauses. Occasionally able to conjugate verbs correctly. Demonstrates some understanding of subject/verb, gender and number agreement Some attempt to use full sentences. Not able to offer much detail. Occasional lengthy pauses. Fair Poor Good: Many mispronounce the occasional word. Fair: unable to pronounce several words Poor: pronunciation occasionally hampers understanding Grammar Fluency Able to respond in detail using full sentences. Short, natural pauses for thought. Comprehension Excellent Pronunciation Excellent Unable to answer more than one or 2 questions on each topic for lack of vocabulary. Shows little ability to conjugate verbs or to control subject/verb, gender or number agreement Little detail. Occasionally able to construct full sentences. Many lengthy pauses which impede comprehension. Unable to understand most of instructor’s questions. Pronunciation frequently hampers communication. These oral interviews will take place on March 4th and 5th . Your professor will pass around a sign-up sheet so that you may select a time and date that is most convenient to you. Please write down the date and time you have selected. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are present. And finally, in addition to having what will surely turn out to be a very interesting and enjoyable conversation, this is a chance for you to really show off the Spanish you’ve mastered. If you put some effort into the preparation, you’ll be surprised by just how much you’ll be able to communicate. ¡Buena suerte!