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Spanish for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part II

Open to: Grades 2 - 6

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part I or placement test

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)

Course Code: SPL2

Course Description


Spanish for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part II is designed for 2nd to 6th grade students with some prior knowledge and experiences with the Spanish language and culture. Students will learn about the indigenous cultures that form an important part of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will also use verb conjugations by practicing their conversations with their peers and an instructor about such topics as school, sports, music, and games. A workbook reinforces each lesson, both written and auditory. 

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

  • Recognize, understand, and pronounce more Spanish characters.
  • Recognize, understand, and explain some Spanish signs which one might encounter on some occasions.
  • Learn more about Spanish culture, such as its history and traditions.
  • Learn Spanish sentence writing.
  • Acquire more conversational skills.
  • Learn school subjects and schedules.
  • Build up vocabulary about sports; music; games and other activities; professions; personal objects; holidays; objects around the house; countries; and more numbers.
  • Describe a variety of other topics such as birthday parties, and invent expressions with “tener.”

Active participation in class, homework preparation, and memorization are essential to succeed in this course.

Interactive virtual online sessions are held twice per week for one hour in the evenings (both ET and PT). Separate conversations between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually. Students interact with the instructor and other students using Internet-based software. Course materials include a textbook, workbook, and CD-ROM purchased separately by the student.

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:

Español para chicos y grandes, Level 2 Textbook

Español para chicos y grandes, Level 2 Vocab. and Grammar Manual/CD

Students will also need a headset with microphone.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Week 1

  • Lección 1 – Vamos a la clase
  • Review of ser, estar, ir, dar, tener and hay
  • Review of interrogative words
  • Review of present progressive
  • Review of possessive adjectives and pronouns
  • Spanish in the United States

Week 2

  • Lección 2 – ¿Qué materias tienes?
  • Numbers: 100 – 1,000,000
  • Gustar and similar constructions
  • Review of –ar ending verbs
  • Spain and the Romance Languages

Week 3

  • Lección 3 – Después de la escuela
  • Jugar vs. Tocar
  • Review of –er and –ir ending verbs
  • Verbs followed by infinitive: ir, saber, deber, tener que, preferir, poder, querer.
  • Mexico

Week 4

  • Lección 4 - ¿Qué quieres ser?
  • Professions and occupations
  • Review verbs ending in “-go” in the 1st person
  • Stem changing verbs (-e; -ue; -i)
  • The Caribbean countries

Week 5

  • Lección 5 De la mañana a la noche
  • Personal Objects
  • Reflexive Verbs
  • Central American countries

Week 6

  • Mid-term Exam Review
  • Mid-term Exam

Week 7

  • Lección 6 ¡Hay que limpiar la casa!
  • Chores and objects around the house
  • Adjectives
  • Direct Object pronouns
  • Adjectives with “ser”and “estar"
  • Venezuela and Colombia

Week 8

  • Lección 7 – Feriados y fiestas
  • Holidays
  • Household objects
  • Direct object pronouns
  • Impersonal se
  • Ecuador, Perú and Bolivia

Week 9

  • Lección 8 – El presente y el pasado
  • Countries, nationalities and languages
  • More numbers
  • Inventions
  • Preterit Tense, regular and irregular verbs
  • Comparison of equalities and inequalities
  • Uruguay and Paraguay

Week 10

  • Lección 9 – Vamos de compras
  • Clothes and accessories
  • Textiles
  • Vocabulary in the past
  • Preterite tense
  • Chile and Argentina

Week 11

  • Lección 10 – Cuando yo era chico
  • Expression with tener
  • Intorduction to the mperfect tense
  • Past progressive
  • Latin America and the environment

Week 12

  • Review and assessment
  • 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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