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Spanish for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part I

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Open to: Grades 2 - 6

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

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

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

Course Code: SPL1

Course Description


This course is designed for beginning students with little or no previous knowledge or exposure to Spanish. Student 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 Spanish characters.
  • Recognize, understand, and explain certain Spanish signs.
  • Learn about the Spanish culture, including its history and traditions.
  • Learn Spanish sentence writing.
  • Acquire conversation skills.
  • Learn about school topics.
  • Learn about sports, music, games, and other activities.
  • Learn about Spanish food and cooking.
  • Practice proper Spanish etiquette by using appropriate expressions for greetings, departures, and questions.
  • Tell time and be able to recite the days of the week and the months of the year.
  • Describe a variety of other topics, such as preference, pets, weather, clothes, etc.

Online courses are held twice per week. Students interact with the instructors and other students using Internet-based software. Course materials include a textbook, workbook, and CD-ROM purchased separately by the student.

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.

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

A textbook and workbook must be purchased for this course:

Espanol para chicos y grandes - an interactive Spanish Course for Children and Parents Level 1 Textbook 2nd ed. All Bilingual Press

Espanol para chicos y grandes - an interactive Spanish Course for Children and Parents (Grammar and Exercise Manual)

Students will also need a headset with microphone.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Week 1

  • Leccion 1 - Las Letras [The Letters]
  • Leccion 2 - Los saludos [Greetings]
  • Students will take QUIZ 1

Week 2

  • Leccion 3 - Los números (de 0 a 20) [Numbers (0-20)]
  • Leccion 4 - Los colores [Colors]
  • Students will take QUIZ 2

Week 3

  • Leccion 5 – En la clase [In the Classroom]
  • Leccion 6 – ¿Qué tienes? [What do you have?]
  • Students will take QUIZ 3

Week 4

  • Leccion 7 – Los días de la semana [Days of the Week]
  • Leccion 8 - Los números (de 21 a 100) [Numbers (21-100)]
  • Students will take QUIZ 4

Week 5

  • Leccion 9 – La hora [The Time]
  • Leccion 10 – Las estaciones y las fechas [Seasons and Dates]
  • Students will take QUIZ 5

Week 6

  • Leccion 11 – Los animales [Animals]
  • Leccion 12 – La familia [The Family]
  • Students will take QUIZ 6
  • Midterm Exam REVIEW and EXAM

Week 7

  • Leccion 13 - Los parientes [Relatives]
  • Leccion 14 - Partes del cuerpo [Parts of the Body]
  • Students will take QUIZ 7

Week 8

  • Leccion 15 – Las actividades [Activities]
  • Leccion 16 – Comidas y bebidas [Meals/Food and Drinks]
  • Students will take QUIZ 8

Week 9

  • Leccion 17 - ¿Tienes hambre? [Are you hungry?]
  • Leccion 18 - ¿Qué te gusta? [Preferences]
  • Students will take QUIZ 9

Week 10

  • Leccion 19 – La ropa y los objetos personales [Clothing and Personal Belongings]
  • Leccion 20 – Mi casa [My House]
  • Leccion 21 – El pueblo [The Town]
  • Students will take QUIZ 10

Week 11

  • Leccion 22 – Los mandatos [Commands]
  • Leccion 23 - ¿Cómo están? [What do we have to do?]
  • Students will take QUIZ 11

Week 12

  • Leccion 24 - ¿Qué está haciendo? [What are you doing?]
  • Review and Final 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.



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