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. You will learn new words in easy-to-digest bites, and each lesson will include Supplementary Material to help you keep expanding your vocabulary.
You will start with the basics of Spanish pronunciation, and move right into simple words for everyday things. You will learn conversational phrases, family names, and directions. You will learn words related to enrolling new students, conversing in the classroom, talking about rules and behavior, and basic vocabulary for various academic subjects. Then you will learn 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 being a Spanish speaker and communication more effectively with the Spanish-speakers all around you.
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.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- 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 material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
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.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
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.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
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.