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Spanish for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part III

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 II 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: SPL3

Course Description


The Spanish for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part III course is designed for 2nd to 6th grade students who have prior knowledge and experiences with the language or culture. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of all materials provided to them in hopes of aiding their learning and retention of the new language. Practice, practice, practice—practicing is the key to learning any new language.

In Part III of the Spanish for Elementary Students course, students will:

  • Broaden their vocabulary and learn practices on conjugating verbs and using them in different tenses.
  • Learn how these language building blocks are used in everyday speech and writing.
  • Enhance their writing skills by using a series of writing-based methodology focusing on specific activities and techniques to complement the vocabularies learned.
  • Recognize, understand, and pronounce more Spanish characters.
  • Improve conversational skills.
  • Use regular and irregular verbs in the preterit tense.
  • Continue learning about the Spanish culture, such as its history and traditions.
  • Learn to use direct object pronouns (me, te, lo, la, nos, os, los, las) with the command form.

Online courses are held twice per week. Students interact with the instructors and other students using Internet-based software. The required textbooks for this course must be 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.

Materials Needed

The following textbooks must be purchased for this course:

Mini-lecturas for ¡Cuéntame! Student Reader by Carol Gaab & Teri Abelaira

¡Cuéntame! Student Text by Christine Anderson & Valeri Marsh

Complete Spanish Grammar – Practice Makes Perfect by McGraw Hill publisher

  • ISBN: 9780071763431

Students will also need a headset with microphone.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Week 1

  • Introduction to the course
  • SPL1 Overview and practice
  • Parts of the human body
  • Outdoor Activities

Week 2

  • SPL2 Overview and practice
  • Review of interrogative words
  • Review of verbs ending in –ar
  • Review of reflexive verbs

Week 3

  • Lección 1 – Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Episadio 1: Mini-lectura A
  • Activities

Week 4

  • Lección 2 – Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Episadio 1: Mini-lectura B
  • Activities
  • Cultural note: Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia

Week 5

  • Lección 3 – Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Countries, nationalities and languages
  • Episadio 1: Mini-Lectura C
  • Activities

Week 6

  • Lección 4 – Vocabulary
  • Episadio 2: Mini-Lectura A
  • Activities
  • Cultural note: Uruguay and Paraguay

Week 7

Review and assessment

Week 8

  • Lección 5 – Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Episadio 2: Lectura B
  • Activities

Week 9

  • Lección 6 – Vamos de compras
  • Grammar
  • Episadio 2:.Lectura C
  • Activities
  • Cultural note: Chile and Argentina

Week 10

  • Lección 7 – Cuando yo era chico
  • Grammar
  • Episadio 3:Lectura A
  • Activities

Week 11

  • Lección 8 – Cuando yo era chico
  • Grammar
  • Episadio 3: Lectura B
  • Activities
  • Cultural note: The environment in Latin-American

Week 12:

Review and assessment


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.

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 appStudents 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.


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