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Spanish in the Classroom

If you struggle to communicate with your Spanish-speaking students and their families, and you don't know your cabeza from your codo (that's your head from your elbow), don't worry—help is here!

Whether you took a Spanish class 20 years ago and just want to brush up a bit, or you have never taken a Spanish class, you will learn the essential Spanish for teachers and bridge the communication gap with your Spanish-speaking students and parents. Rest assured that this won't be anything like your typical high school Spanish course. You will learn new words in easy-to-digest bites, and each lesson will include Supplementary Material to help you keep expanding your vocabulary.

This course starts with the basics of Spanish pronunciation, and then moves right into simple words for everyday things, such as colors, numbers, and question words. Then you will learn more of the basics of conversational phrases, family names, and directions. You will understand what it's like on the first day of school and words relating to enrolling new students, conversing in the classroom, talking about rules and behavior, and basic vocabulary for various academic subjects.

Finally, you will discover some survival phrases for the parent-teacher conference as you learn to describe how a child is doing, talk about academic or behavior problems, and discuss grades and homework. By the end of this course, you will be well on the path to becoming a Spanish speaker and communicating more effectively with the Spanish-speakers all around you.

Note: To receive 25 hours of instruction in the State of Oregon, please ensure your school is eligible to issue professional development units, and that the course is approved by your professional learning coordinator.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting December 12 | January 16
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Spanish in the Classroom

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Course Code: stc

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the basics of Spanish pronunciation
  • Learn simple words for everyday things
  • Learn conversational phrases and sentences
  • Learn Spanish words for enrolling new students, conversing in the classroom, talking about rules and expectations, and basic vocabulary for academic subjects
  • Learn phrases to use in the cafeteria and on the playground
  • Learn survival phrases for the parent-teacher conference
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led or self-paced online course
  • 6-12 weeks to complete
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Communicate effectively with the Spanish-speakers all around you
  • Learn Spanish words that you can use in everyday school situations
  • Confidently communicate with the parents of your Spanish-speaking students

Outline

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Speaking, Spelling, and Counting in Spanish

In this lesson, you will discover that mastering the Spanish alphabet is as easy as A-B-C! You will also learn simple tricks for pronouncing Spanish words, and you will start building your vocabulary by learning to count from zero to nine.

Colors, Gender in Spanish, and More Counting Words

In this lesson, you will learn the Spanish words for a rainbow of colors and find out how to count all the way up to 199—all while learning fun facts about the culture of Latin America.

Talking About People

Family is all-important to many Spanish speaking cultures. In this lesson, you will find out how to say the names of all your student's relatives. Also, you will start putting your words into conversational phrases and sentences.

Words for Talking About "Who" and "When"

This lesson explores pronouns, an important building block of your Spanish vocabulary. In addition, you will learn how to talk about the months of the year and the days of the week.

Directional Words, Questions, and Prepositions

Super-charge your Spanish sentences with new power words! In this lesson, you will learn prepositions, words for directions, and three new words for asking questions.

Verbs, Verbs, Verbs!

If you think Spanish verbs are a big headache, you're in for a pleasant surprise. This lesson explores "easy" verb tenses and delves into the difference between the "to be" verbs, ser, and estar.

Off to School! Survival Phrases for the First Day

You will add to your repertoire of Spanish survival phrases in this lesson and discover a simple way to ask key questions when enrolling new students. You will also master an important new skill: telling time in Spanish.

Conversing in the Classroom

You’re back-to-school to learn the Spanish words for common classroom objects and activities. In this lesson, you will strengthen your communication skills with a host of new adjectives that will come in handy both in and out of the classroom.

Words for Talking About School Rules and Feelings

“How are you feeling today?” By the end of this lesson, you will be able to ask and answer that question in Spanish! You will also know how to explain classroom rules, regulations, and instructions to students en español.

Vocabulary for Teaching and Learning

Words for teaching, learning, and doing are at the top of the agenda for this lesson. In addition, you will look at vocabulary builders you can use to explain concepts in English, math, science, and history.

Visiting the Cafeteria, Playground, and Nurse's Office

If you need to assist a student in the cafeteria or on the playground, you will have lots of helpful words at your fingertips after this lesson. You will also learn key vocabulary words for talking about those medical emergencies that sometimes happen on campus.

Making the Parent-Teacher Conference a Success

Parent-teacher conferences go much more smoothly when you can share information directly with Spanish-speaking parents or guardians. In this lesson, you will learn lots of new words for describing your students' strengths, pointing out areas where they can improve, and praising their achievements.

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Instructors & Support

Tara Bradley Williams

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.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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When can I get started?

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling. 

Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.

How does it work?

Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.

 

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Instructor-Led: 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.

Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.

What if I need an extension?

Instructor-Led: 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.

Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.

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