Open to: Grades 2 - 6
Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score
Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: SPL1
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:
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 EST and PST). 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.
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.
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."