Beginner Spanish OER


Beginner Spanish OER

Beginner Spanish

Glossary Assignment
Unit 7

Marks: Your 20 entries are worth _____ % of your final grade.


  • At the end of the each learning unit, you have to post two entries in the Spanish Glossary.
  • At the end of the course, you must submit all twenty entries to your tutor for grading via the assignment drop box. If you do not make this final submission, you will not be graded for this assignment.


  • Two entries per unit = Twenty entries in total.
  • One brief definition per entry (1–2 complete grammatically correct sentences in Spanish).
  • The phonetic representation of each entry.
  • The pronunciation of each entry (as an attached audio file).

Learning Materials Associated with this Assignment


Review the learning materials for this unit, and select two words in Spanish that you want to use for this assignment.

  1. Verify that the words you selected have not already been posted in the Glossary. Your tutor will not accept duplicated entries. If you submit a word that was already posted, your submission will be automatically rejected.
  2. Write a brief description for each entry in Spanish, using your own words. Remember, plagiarism is highly penalized. You should be aware of the AU Student Academic Misconduct Policy (
  3. Write the phonetic representation of your entry. To complete this part of your assignment, you might want to use the resources provided in Learning Materials Associated with this Assignment (above); the online phonetic symbols keyboard ( is especially useful. Copy the symbols from the site, and paste them into the Glossary with your description.
  4. Finally, record yourself pronouncing the word or phrase used in your entry, and attach the audio file to your Glossary entry. To record your entry, you can use the software of your preference, or you might want to use Audacity. To learn how to download and use Audacity for free, read the information that is available in the Resources for Students section, which is on the upper left side of the main course page ( Before posting your recording, make sure to convert your audio file to MP3 or MP4 format.
  5. Do not forget to include the sources of information you used to complete your assignment. For each entry, include all sources of information you used at the end of your description. Do the same if you include an image, video, or any other materials you might want to attach to your entry.

Note: To guide your work, you might want to consult the example in the Glossary: Mujer.

How to submit your entries in the Spanish Glossary

  1. Once you have completed the description, phonetic representation, and audio recording, it is time to post your entries in the Spanish Glossary (
  2. Click on Add a New Entry.
  3. Input the word you have selected in the Concept text box; for example, “Mujer
  4. In the Definition text box, first paste the phonetic representation of your entry in parentheses; for example, “(ɱʊˈχəɾ)”
  5. Underneath the phonetic representation of your entry (still in the Definition text box), enter your brief description off your entry; for example, “Un ser humano del sexo femenino o que tiene cualidades femeninas y que ha llegado a una edad de más de 18 años.”
  6. In the Attachment section, attach the MP3 or MP4 audio file containing the pronunciation of your entry. You might want listen to the audio file for the sample entry (Mujer).
  7. Important: At the bottom of the page, do not forget to select the following two Auto-linking items: This entry should be automatically linked and Match whole words only.
  8. Repeat these steps for your second entry.
  9. After submitting your two entries, they will go to your tutor for approval. If your tutor approves your entries, you will see them in the Glossary later on. Give your tutor a couple of days to review your entries. If your tutor does not approve your entries, s/he will get in touch with you, and will let you know how to improve your assignment. Once your entries are approved, they will be published in the Glossary. Do not forget to come back to verify that your entries have been approved.
  10. Optional: You can attach an image to your entry that illustrates it. An image might help others to understand the entry.
  11. Read the other entries, and feel free to provide your peers with positive and respectful feedback on their work. If you want to post comments, you can click on the Comments link found under each entry.
  12. Last but not least, remember that at the end of the course you must compile and submit all your entries to your tutor for marking purposes. For now, keep all the information about your entries in the same spot. Keep all your descriptions and phonetic representations in a single Word file, and keep all your audio files in the same folder. You will need to easily access all these materials for your final submission at the end of the course. You will find instructions on how to submit this assignment at the end of Unit 10.

If you find problems while selecting, producing, and posting your entries, do not hesitate to contact your tutor.

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