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Spanish Language, Basic, Part I (NCAA Approved)

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Open to: Grades 7 - 12

Eligibility:CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Course Format: Session BasedSee calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year

Course Code: SP11

Course Description


This course is designed for beginning students with little or no previous knowledge or exposure to Spanish. Students will be introduced to the sound system and grammatical structure of the Spanish language. The focus will be on developing skills in the areas of listening, speaking, basic reading, and writing. By the end of the session, the student will have a basic understanding of grammar, including word formation, verb conjugation, idiomatic expressions, and cognates. Students will also acquire a knowledge of the geography, culture, and people of the regions where Spanish is spoken and of Spanish-speakers' contributions to North American and world cultures. Active participation in class, homework preparation, and memorization are essential to succeed in this course.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Recognize, understand, and pronounce multiple Spanish words including those related to numbers, telling time, and forming questions.
  • Recognize the uses of the present tense –ar, -er, and –ir verbs and the uses of descriptive and possessive adjectives.
  • Recognize the uses of the present tense of the verbs estar, tener and venir.
  • Introduce the stem-changing verbs and the irregular yo forms.
  • Write descriptive narratives about events in the present tense.
  • Understand and summarize the main ideas and specific information in “authentic” written Spanish texts and when listening to spoken and recorded Spanish.
  • Describe a variety of topics such as greeting and leave-taking, introducing yourself, school, family, professions and occupations, and pastimes.
  • Develop reading, writing, listening, and comprehension of paragraphs of the topics mentioned above.

Online courses are held twice per week. Students interact with the instructors and other students using Internet-based software. Interactive virtual online sessions are held in the evenings (both ET and PT). A school's need to hold daytime sessions for its students will be honored whenever possible. Separate conversations between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students will also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor and teaching assistant. View the schedule for class meeting times. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. Online courses are held twice per week. Separate conversations between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.

Materials Needed

Students will need a headset with microphone. A textbook does not need to be purchased at this time. Students will have access to an online textbook once enrolled in this course.

Although a Spanish-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Week 1


  • Contexto(vocabulario)
  • Cultura/Nouns and articles

Week 2


  • Numbers 0-30
  • Present tense of ser

Week 3


  • Telling Time
  • Lectura/Estados Unidos

Week 4


  • Contexto(vocabulario)
  • Cultura/Present Tense of –ar verbs

Week 5


  • Forming Questions in Spanish
  • Present tense of Estar

Week 6


  • Numbers 31 and higher
  • Lectura/España
  • Review of the midterm exam
  • Midterm: Written and Oral Exam

Week 7


  • Contexto(vocabulario)
  • Cultura/Descriptive Adjectives

Week 8


  • Possessive Adjectives-
  • Present tense of –er and -ir

Week 9


  • Present Tense tener and venir
  • Lectura/Ecuador

Week 10


  • Contexto(vocabulario)
  • Cultura/Present Tense of -ir

Week 11


  • Stem-changing verbs e;ie-o;ue
  • Stem-changing verbs e;i

Week 12


  • Verbs with Irregular Yo form
  • Lectura/Mexico
  • Review of the final exam
  • Final: Written and Oral Exam


Technical Requirements

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.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

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.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.



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