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Los Angeles Valley College
If you're struggling 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'll 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. We'll skip the frills and focus on "survival Spanish" you can put to work immediately. We've tossed out long vocabulary lists and complex grammar rules and replaced them with games and stories to make learning easy, painless, and even fun. You'll learn new words in easy-to-digest bites, and each lesson will include Supplementary Material to help you keep expanding your vocabulary.
We'll start with the basics of Spanish pronunciation, and then we'll move right into simple words for everyday things, such as colors, numbers, and question words. Then you'll learn more of the basics of conversational phrases, family names, and directions. Next, we'll get into what it's like on the first day of school as we go over words related to enrolling new students, conversing in the classroom, talking about rules and behavior, and basic vocabulary for various academic subjects. We'll also cover Spanish words and phrases to use in the cafeteria, on the playground, and even in the nurses office! Finally, we'll delve into 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'll be well on the path to being a Spanish speaker and communicating more effectively with the Spanish-speakers all around you. ¡Vamos! (Let's go!)
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.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? 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.
Today we'll explore pronouns, an important building block of your Spanish vocabulary. In addition, you'll learn how to talk about the months of the year and the days of the week.
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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!
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