First, you can always go to the website for the textbook, www.phschool.com, and complete one of the exercises for our current chapter. I will accept exercises for Capítulo 2B or 3A. Just use the code provided in your text on one of those pagesm and it will take you to the right place on the site. Each exercise is worth a small amout of points, it depends which one you do. You need to bring proof of your work -- either print it out and complete it, or write it by hand.
Second, I have a fairly simple assignment for you -- but one that will test your skills. I want you to be exposed to hearing Spanish, and practice listening and writing, so the assignment is to watch 30 minutes or more of Spanish-language television, and complete the following:
Pretend you are in a Spanish-speaking country, and that the actors on TV could turn and talk to you at any moment. You need to understand what they are saying!! Write down anything you understand. If it's not a complete sentence that can be understood without any further explanation, then you also need to write in any clues from context (overall situation, facial expressions, body language, enough words in the sentence to make a guess, etc.) that you could use to help you undertsand what they are talking about.
On your paper, you must have:
1. Your name
2. The date you watched TV on
3. The time you started and stopped (Minimum 30 minutes)
4. The name of the program you watched
5. The written segment must be either 1 page, front and back, OR 25 separate statements, whichever comes first. If you don't have that much written down at the end of 30 minutes, keep watching until you do (you can do it in more than one sitting).
A great way to fill this out is to watch the commercials. They're quick, designed to be memorable, and are often simpler to understand than the TV programs. Another easy way to do this is to watch the news -- they show lots of relevant pictures, they have text underneath that explains the overall situation, and it is aimed at a sixth grade language level. Often the news and commercials are easier to understand than the complicated stories that happen in many TV shows, which often just involve people talking with no clues about what they are talking about.
Here are two examples of things you could write:
Example 1, a complete sentence: "Ellos están hablando con los amigos en frente de la casa."
If you heard someone say this, and you wrote it down, no further explanation would be needed.
Example 2, a partial sentence with some context clues:
What they actually say on TV might be something like 'Yo hablaba contigo a diario sobre este asunto, pero tú nunca me oía." It's fine if you don't understand it all, just guess at the spelling and the sounds, and write a sentence after ward, like this:
"Yo habla(?) ... pero tú nunca me... (something)."
A woman said this to a man, and she was angry. Then she ran out of the room crying, and he looked guilty and sad. I think maybe she was accusing him of something.
If you have questions about how to complete this, email me. I will be away from my email until the 26th, but will happily call or email you back.