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Spanish Proficiency Exercises

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

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.
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Stacy Southerland
Stacy Southerland (Faculty)
5 days ago
I have used this site in the past and recommend it to students. The main page provides a thorough overview of site content and the overarching goal for resouirces. The site is conveniently and well-organized by language proficiency level and, within each level, by topic. The use of diverse speakers from different Spanish-speaking countries for each topic is one of the resources most appealing features. The brevity of the examples if also a plus. Grammar and vocabulary topics are presented contextually and are unaccompanied by grammar and detailed vocabulary explanations. This approach will work well for those who want to instroduce topics contextually without reliance on formal vocabulary and grammar explanations. Some learners may be more comfortable if provided with a more formal presentation of grammar and vocabulary in video or written format for students to review before listening to examples of the topics as presented in the videos and might benefit from pre-listening exercises for reviewing and practicing grammar and vocabulary presented in the videos. To maximize the site’s resources as a learning tool for students, instructors would need to provide students guidance about how best to use the site and how to use the various language options—Spanish, English translation—most effectively.
Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour
Anuradha Chintalapudi
5 weeks ago
A very good resource for learning Spanish. It is an effective course that teaches languages in a user-friendly format.
Karen Forsythe
Karen Forsythe (Administrator)
6 years ago

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.

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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
Sally vahaji
Sally vahaji (Student)
11 years ago
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...
Used in course? Yes
Christopher Laley
Christopher Laley (Student)
11 years ago
I haven't had enough exposure to this to accuratly give a rating but it looks promising for improving verbal understanding
Used in course? Yes
Mariano Zaro
Mariano Zaro (Faculty)
6 years ago

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. 

Avonne Alzate
Avonne Alzate (Faculty)
9 years ago
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
Jennifer Brady
Jennifer Brady (Student)
9 years ago
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.
Nancy Whitman
Nancy Whitman (Faculty)
10 years ago
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.