Spanish Proficiency Exercises
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Spanish Proficiency Exercises

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Spanish Proficiency Exercises is a compilation of brief video clips in which native speakers of Spanish from various locations throughout Latin America and Spain demonstrate various language tasks. The site incorporates proficiency topics, divided by level of dificulty: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior. The specific topics include video clips, vocabulary lists, phrases lists, and mini-grammar explanations.
Material Type: Drill and Practice
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: August 26, 2005
Date Modified in MERLOT: March 24, 2014
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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: Spanish
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Avatar for Karen Forsythe
2 years ago

Karen Forsythe (Administrator)

This site is a fantastic repository for students to hear the varying speech patterns and accents of native Spanish-speakers from many different countries and regions.  Recognition of varying dialects is an important part of language learning.  If a student were to travel to Spain, Argentina and Chile, respectively, they would undoubtedly hear very different forms of Spanish with unique vocabulary, phrases, accents and in some cases grammatical uses (i.e. "vos" verb tense implemented in South America, but uncommon in Mexico) while in each country.  Though it may require a more trained ear to hear the nuances of every speech pattern, simply hearing the varying accents is a valuable tool for learners of any foreign language.  Since mort learners will not have the resources to actually travel to every region to hear these speech nuances in person, having access to these short videos all in one concise website is invaluable.

Technical Remarks:

The site is organized with a very user-friendly interface, allowing easy navigation across different levels of spanish-speaking proficiency.  The choice of language transcription provided in each video, either in Spanish or English (or turned "off"), enables students to read along with text as a speaker orates those exact words.  An immediate translation into English, with the click of a button (even while the video is running) provides a useful platform for seeing and hearing language in use.  The sections to the right of the main page highlight useful grammar, vocab and phrases used within that particular task lesson.  This is beneficial for students as they begin to produce language and actually engage in implementing orally what they have heard in the different videos of each task.

Time spent reviewing site: Several Hours

Avatar for Mariano Zaro
3 years ago

Mariano Zaro (Faculty)

Se trata de un trabajo excelente: La información está muy bien organizada, la página es muy fácil de "navegar" y presenta contenidos para todos los niveles. 


Avatar for Avonne Alzate
5 years ago

Avonne Alzate (Faculty)

Excellent for aural/listening exercises for students of all levels. Students hear native speakers from various countries speak on topics.

Technical Remarks:

Easy to use,Great video and audio. Plus available on podcast and Ipod.
Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for Jennifer Brady
6 years ago

Jennifer Brady (Student)

This resource would be great for students! It offers many different types of spanish language proficiency tests that could be used to reinforce what students have learned in class. One thing that makes this resource stand out is its very clear and concise explanation of how to use it which is on the first page.

Avatar for Nancy Whitman
6 years ago

Nancy Whitman (Faculty)

Students have the opportunity to listen to heritage speakers narrate on a variety of useful topics. Excellent for beginning and intermediate students.

Technical Remarks:

Easy to use the site. Students have three options: no subtitles, subtitles in Spanish or subtitles in English.

Avatar for Christopher Laley
8 years ago

Christopher Laley (Student)

I haven't had enough exposure to this to accuratly give a rating but it looks promising for improving verbal understanding
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Avatar for Sally vahaji
8 years ago

Sally vahaji (Student)

This site is really helpful. Daily activities and dialoges by different people with different accents...wow!!!!

Technical Remarks:

Listenung to what we are looking at is the best way to teach...
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