Open to: Grades 2 - 6
Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score, and successful completion of Spanish for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part III or placement test
Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: SPL4
This course uses a communicative approach to engage students in the learning process. Students will have many opportunities to practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish. This course focuses on specific activities and techniques that expose the learner to an abundance of authentic language in a short period of time. It simulates a hybrid immersion experience by eliminating its major flaws (incomprehensible input and excessive time) while maintaining the effective aspects of the immersion experience: context, comprehensible messages, natural and useful language, and a great deal of repetition. To expose students to current events and topics of interest, the text is supplemented by readings from Spanish newspapers and magazines as well as films and television.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Students will need a headset with microphone. In addition, the following textbooks are required:
Mini-lecturas for ¡Cuéntame! Student Reader by Carol Gaab & Teri Abelaira
¡Cuéntame! Student Text by Christine Anderson & Valeri Marsh
Complete Spanish Grammar – Practice Makes Perfect by Gilda Nissenberg
Although a Spanish-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.
Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.
“I enjoy the course very much. The individual attention during class makes it a very enjoyable hour, and the friendliness and relaxed atmosphere make class something to look forward to each week. I can’t wait to continue with the next level!”
"My son's foreign language instructor has had the challenging task of forging bonds with her students without being face-to-face with them in a classroom on a daily basis, while teaching them a language quite different from their native tongue. She has inspired our son with her enthusiasm, her expertise, and her extraordinary conscientiousness, kindness, tolerance, and patience. I have rarely had the pleasure and honor of being the parent of a student with a teacher who goes so far above and beyond."
"I really like this course, and I love the way the teacher teaches it. Her style of teaching makes it easier and more fun to participate."