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Spanish Literature Series: Basic

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Open to: Grades 7 - 12

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish Language, Basic, Part I or 1 year of Spanish

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

Course Length: 5 weeks (Fall Intersession, Spring Intersession, Summer Intersession)

Course Code: SLT1

Course Description


This course is an introduction to various short stories where the student will examine these narratives as a form of reflection of the culture and history of Spanish-speaking people and their countries. This course is intended to give students a general knowledge and an appreciation of Spanish/Latino literature. The course will also provide for the further development of language skills at the elementary level. This literature course will give students the opportunity to practice and improve all areas of language use. The student will practice the four language skills (reading, listening, writing, and speaking), which are required to succeed in the use of Spanish at all levels.

Students will attend online lectures once a week via Adobe Connect. The lectures are one-hour long and will be held in the evenings. Lectures are meant for students to better learn and to retain the new vocabulary, reading, and cultural material associated with each reading, and to also provide students with the opportunity to virtually interact with their instructor and/or peers.

Materials Required

Students will need a headset with microphone. In addition, a textbook is required for this course:

An Elementary Spanish Reader, (Spanish Edition) by Earl Stanley Harrison

An Elementary Spanish Reader text cover

Although a Spanish-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Week 1


  • El cuento del pollo
  • Un hombre insaciable

Week 2


  • Los tres osos
  • Los tres barcos

Week 3


  • El testamento
  • Don Juan Bolondrón

Week 4


  • Buena ganga
  • El médico tunante

Week 5


  • El príncipe Jalma
  • El Palacio de Madrid


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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“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!”

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"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."