Spanish II

Español II

Overview & Syllabus



This course is the continuation of what will hopefully become a lifetime love of Spanish! It is designed to improve upon skills the students already acquired in Spanish I with more of an emphasis on listening and speaking skills.  Grammatical structures will be enhanced through simple reading and writing. We will spend most of this course increasing our ability to communicate in various tenses, such as present, progressive, preterite and imperfect.



The primary text of Spanish II is Realidades 2, though we will begin with a re-cap of Spanish I grammar and vocabulary using the level 1 book, Realidades 1.  The following is the material we will cover in this text as well as cultural elements that the teacher will bring to the classroom using a variety of sources including personal experiences, collection of music and realia, and guest speakers.




  • Re-cap of Spanish 1
  • Affirmative & negative words
  • Making comparisons
  • "Hacer + time period" to express how long it has been since...
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Demonstrative adjectives
  • Past tense (preterit) of -AR, -ER & -IR verbs
  • Present progressive
  • Stem-changing verbs: e-ie "pensar, preferir, querer"
  • Demonstrative adjectives
  • Past tense (preterit) of "-AR, -ER, -IR" verbs
  • Past tense (preterit) of "-car, gar" verbs
  • Object pronouns: direct & indirect
  • "Acabar + de + infinitive" to express past actions
  • Stem-changing verbs: e-i "pedir & servir"
  • "Knowing" verbs: "saber vs conocer"
  • Reciprocal actions
  • Irregular past tense "Pretérito"
  • Spell-changing verbs in past tense
  • Irregular "Tú" commands
  • Irregular present progressive
  • Imperfect tense
  • Describing the past: preterit vs imperfet
  • Progressive imperfect


  • Re-cap of Spanish 1
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Daily routines
  • Getting ready for an event
  • Shopping
  • Prices & money
  • Running errands
  • Places in a city or town
  • Driving terms
  • Modes of transportation
  • Directions
  • Travel
  • Apartment/City living
  • Furniture
  • Holiday & family celebrations
  • Childhood activities, toys, terms
  • Airport
  • Planning a trip
  • Traveling safely
  • Staying in a hotel
  • Tourist behavior


  • Independence Days of Latin American countries
  • "Travel" to the Spanish-speaking world
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Día de la Raza vs Columbus Day (Oct. 12)
  • Día de los Muertos (Nov. 1 & 2)
  • Music & Dance
  • Food Festivals
  • Día nacional de Tango (Dec. 11th)
  • Navidad in Spain & Latin America ~ Parrandas & Posadas
  • Día de los Reyes (Jan. 6th)
  • Día de San Valentín & Latino Stereotypes of Passion & Machismo
  • Calle 8/Carnaval