I enjoyed this course! I used a tremendous amount of the information in my class with my intermediate students and they loved it too! Thank you!
I really enjoyed this course and felt that it built a good foundation for Spanish within the classroom setting. I felt the matching games and links were particularly useful in helping to remember words. The scenarios with the ongoing characters throughout the course proved to be very helpful as well, providing real life situations to use Spanish.
This was my first online course and it was great! I really enjoyed this course and felt that it was set up in a way that was easy to navigate through and understand!
Excellent course! Informative and useful in my classroom. Thanks!
The instructor was very positive and upbeat. She presented our lessons with humor and good examples. Her illustrations and examples helped my language acquisition and desire to keep learning. Learning a new language is hard, but she was very positive and sympathetic and kept us going!
If high school Spanish was presented in this 'useful," user-friendly way, instead of the "verbs-rule" method, more students might stay involved! The lessons were easy to understand and very relevant to classroom use!
Thank you for offering this course. I was thrilled to find a beginning Spanish class tailored to the classroom. I really enjoyed the lessons. They were creative and engaging. The assignments were all very helpful, useful, and I very much appreciated that there was no "busy work" to be completed. The techniques you employ are great examples of best practices in teaching, very much a brain-based format for learning. I learned a great deal from this class and I am looking forward to trying out some of my newly acquired language skills. I plan to continue on with other Spanish classes. You are an excellent, organized, well-prepared teacher who is obviously passionate about the topic.
This course was great! Working with primary students whose native language is Spanish, I was able to communicate with my students. They were willing to assist me with my pronunciation and the fluency of the language. The information in the course wasn't overwhelming. The instructor also gives students feedback in the discussion area in a timely matter too!
This instructor did an excellent job selecting material that would be immediately useful to a classroom teacher. I thought it was an extremely beneficial course, taught in an easy to relate with manner.
For an old, retired teacher, determined to learn Spanish, this course was perfect! I am beginning to be able to converse with my Spanish students when I substitute and they appreciate the effort. Excelente!
Course Code: stc
In your first lesson, you will discover how easy it is to master the Spanish alphabet. You will learn simple tricks for pronouncing Spanish words, and you will start building your vocabulary by learning to count from zero to nine. Then you will learn the Spanish words for a rainbow of colors, find out how to count to 199 and learn fun facts about the culture of Latin America.
In this lesson you will find out how to say the names of all your student’s relatives and start putting your words in conversational phrases and sentences. Then you will explore pronouns and learn how to talk about the months of the year and the days of the week.
In this lesson you will learn propositions, words for directions, and three new words for asking questions. Then you will explore “easy” verb tenses and learn the difference between the “to be” verbs.
In this lesson you will add Spanish survival phrases and discover a simple way to ask key questions when enrolling new students. You will also master and important new skill: telling time in Spanish. Then you will learn Spanish words for common classroom objects and activities. You will discover a host of new adjectives that will come in handy both in and out of the classroom.
This lesson will teach you how to answer the question: How are you feeling today? You will also learn how to explain classroom ruled, regulations, and instructions to students in Spanish. Then you will learn words for teaching, learning, and doing. In addition, you will look at vocabulary builders that you can use to explain concepts in English, math, science, and history.
In this final lesson, you will learn Spanish words that will help you assist students in the cafeteria or on the playground. You will also learn key vocabulary words for talking about medical emergencies that may happen in school. Then you will learn to share information directly with Spanish-speaking parents. You will learn words for describing your students’ strengths, pointing out areas where they can improve, and praising their achievements.
Tara Bradley Williams has authored several Spanish textbooks and occupational Spanish reference guides, including the "¡A Conversar!" and "¡A Trabajar!" series. She taught Spanish and English as a Second Language at the high school and community college levels for over 10 years. She has also operated a Spanish language school and served as a medical interpreter. Tara has BA degrees in Spanish and Sociology from St. Norbert College and an MA in Higher Education and Adult Studies from the University of Denver. She has studied Spanish at the Universidad de Ortega y Gasset in Toledo, Spain and has lived and traveled extensively in Spain and Latin America.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.