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Spanish Readers' Series: Basic

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Open to: Grades 2-6

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish for Elementary Students, Basic, Part II 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: SRB1

Course Description


This is a short, engaging course intended to give students general knowledge and an appreciation of Spanish-language stories. The course will also provide for the further development of language skills at the elementary level. This reading course will provide students with the opportunity to practice and improve their reading, listening, writing and speaking, which are all a part of the world language requirements to succeed in the use of Spanish at all levels.

The course is designed to enhance the Spanish language reading and comprehension skills of elementary readers. The narration of each story includes Spanish idioms and progressive skill development that will allow readers to become accustomed to more advanced Spanish literary language.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students may also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor to answer questions or concerns. 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 Required

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

El oso que no lo era
ISBN Code: 978-607-01-3572-8 
Publisher: Editorial Santillana, S.A. de C.V.

La estupenda mamá de Roberta by Rosemary Wells
ISBN Code: 978-6-07012-819-6
Publisher: Santillana USA Publishing Company, Inc.

These books can be purchased through Vista Higher Learning.

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

Discussion Material

Course Details

Students will be attending online lectures once a week via Zoom. 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.

The online Course Management System will provide the link to the recording of each lecture every week and copies of the lecture presentations and additional links to available resources.  Each student, however, will need a CTY student ID and a password in order to access the system. CTY Student IDs and passwords are in the general cover letter.

Week 1


  • El oso que no lo era

Week 2


  • El oso que no lo era

Week 3


  • El oso que no lo era, Review

Week 4


  • La estupenda mamá de Roberta

Week 5


  • La estupenda mamá de Roberta


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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