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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 EST and PST). 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.

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
  • Lección 1 – ¿Qué materias tienes?
  • Numbers: 100 – 1,000,000
  • Gustar and similar constructions
  • Phrases of clarification
  • Review of –ar ending verbs

Week 2

  • Lección 2 – 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.
  • Lección 2 - ¿Qué quieres ser?
  • Review and new verbs ending in “go” in the First person
  • Stem changing verbs (-e; -ue; -i)

Week 3

  • Lección 3 - De la mañana a la noche
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Reflexive actions using progressive tense
  • Lección 3 – Hay que limpiar la casa
  • Direct object pronouns (me, te, lo, la, nos, os, los, las)
  • Commands
  • Adjectives with “ser” and “estar”

Week 4

  • Lección 4: Feriados y fiestas
  • Direct object pronouns with the command form
  • Gerund
  • Impersonal se
  • Lección 4 – El presente y el pasado
  • Preterit tense: regular and irregular verbs in the 3rd person singular
  • Indirect object pronouns (me, te, le, nos, os, les)
  • Comparison of equalities and inequalities

Week 5

  • Lección 5 – Vamos de compras
  • Preterit tense: conjugation of regular and irregular verbs
  • Lección 5 – Cuado era chico/a
  • Imperfect tense
  • Imperfect and preterit tenses together
  • Past progressive tense

Week 6

  • Lección 6 - El pasado: pretérito vs. Imperfecto
  • Imperfect and preterit tenses together
  • Mid-term Exam Review
  • Mid-term Exam

Week 7

  • Lección 7 – Parts of the human body.
  • Lección 7 – Outdoor Activities.
  • Review of interrogative words.
  • Review of verbs ending in –ar.
  • Review of reflexive verbs.

Week 8

  • Lección 8 – Feriados y fiestas
  • Direct object pronouns.
  • Lección 8 – Feriados y fiestas
  • Direct object pronouns.
  • Cultural note: Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia

Week 9

  • Lección 9 – El presente y el pasado
  • Countries, nationalities and languages
  • Preterit Tense, regular and irregular verbs.
  • Lección 9 – El presente y el pasado
  • Indirect object pronoun: me, te, lo, la, nos, os, los, las s
  • Comparison of equalities and inequealities.
  • Cultural note: Uruguay and Paraguay

Week 10

  • Lección 10 – Vamos de compras
  • Cloths and accessories
  • Demonstrative pronouns.
  • Lección 10 – Vamos de compras
  • Preterit tense: whole conjugation of regular and irregular verbs.
  • Cultural note: Chile and Argentina

Week 11

  • Lección 11 – Cuando yo era chico
  • Imperfect tense.
  • Lección 11– Cuando yo era chico
  • Expressions with the verb “tener”
  • Imperfect tense.
  • Cultural note: The environment in Latin-American

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 for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch 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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