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Spanish 101

The Spanish 101 course is designed to introduce you with the basics skills of Spanish language.

We will cover: listening, speaking, structure, reading, and writing in Spanish.

The course will emphasize practice of grammar and communication skills in real-life situations. This course will rely on active participation both lectures and assignments/quizzes to put into action what you have learned.

GOAL:

At the end of this course students should demonstrate at least a basic knowledge on the following skills:

• Expressions involving needs, basic courtesies, feelings, emotions, and opinions on topics related to daily activities and basic aspects of the Spanish-speaking cultures.

• The present and past basic tenses.

• Understand and respond to short commands and questions referring to basic information in Spanish.

• Read and understand instructions, menus, maps, directions, messages, ads, and descriptions.

• Write short paragraphs.

Students will learn and use morphological and grammatical structures including: present indicative and progressive, reflexive verbs, preterit, etc.

Students will learn basics aspects of the culture, traditions and heritage of the Spanish speaking countries in Latin America and Spain.

Lectures
  1. Class 1

    Spanish Alphabet

    • Class 2

      Vocabulary: Greetings, farewells, numbers, days, months, seasons.

      Grammar: Gender and articles.

    • Class 3

      Grammar: Nouns, Subject pronouns

      Culture: Spanish in the World

    • Class 4

      Reading Comprehension 1 and 2

      Vocabulary.

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    Prerequisites

    No previous knowledge of Spanish is required, but some will obviously help.

    Syllabus

    Week 1

    Articles, Nouns, Subject pronouns

    Quiz 1

    Week 2

    Adjectives: Gender and number, Verbs Ser and Estar

    Quiz 2

    Week 3

    Present tense of regular verbs, Interrogative and exclamatory words

    LIVE LESSON 1 (TBA)

    Quiz 3

    Week 4

    Present tense of irregular verbs, Verbs with spelling changes in present tense, Dar, Haber, Hacer, Tener in expressions with special meaning, Possessive and demonstrative adjectives and pronouns

    LIVE LESSON 2 (TBA)

    Quiz 4

    Week 5

    Present tense of stem-changing verbs ending in -ar, -er.

    LIVE LESSON 3 (TBA)

    Quiz 5

    Week 6

    Present tense of stem-changing verbs ending in -ir, -uir, Pronouns as objects of prepositions, Direct object pronouns

    MID-TERM QUIZ

    WINTER BREAK.

    Week 7

    The preterite tense of regular verbs, Verbs with spelling changes in the preterite, Possessive adjectives and pronouns

    Quiz 7

    Week 8

    Stem-changing verbs in the preterite, The preterite of irregular verbs, Verbs with a special meaning in the preterite, Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns

    LIVE LESSON 4 (TBA)

    Quiz 8

    Week 9

    The imperfect tense, Summary and contrast of the preterite and imperfect, Comparatives and superlatives

    LIVE LESSON 5 (TBA)

    Quiz 9

    Week 10

    Reflexive verbs and constructions, Indirect object pronouns, Means of transportation, Shopping, Travelling

    LIVE LESSON 6 (TBA)

    Quiz 10

    Week 11

    Grammar: The present progressive tense, Double object pronouns

    LIVE LESSON 7 (TBA)

    Quiz 11

    Week 12

    Final review

    FINAL LIVE LESSON (8, TBA)

    FINAL QUIZ (12)

    MATERIALS:

    Power Point/Preezi presentations, PDFs, Texts, YouTube Videos, .mp3 audio files.

    Additional information

    Let me know if you have any suggestions or some specific topic(s) you would like me to add to the above syllabus. I am open to comments, critics, questions and suggestions.

    Please note that this class started NOVEMBER 12th 2012 and I will be uploading the class content three times a week: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays OR Fridays.

    Live lessons are meant for you to practice your SPEAKING skills and to discuss how do you feel with the class so far. They will take place either Saturday or Sunday mornings (U.S. time) usually (some rare occasion afternoons) via Skype or probably some live streaming website/software. I will let you know.

    When a live session is taking place, I will announce in a post ahead of time the exact date and time in which it will take place.

    Thank you for reading and for your interest. Looking forward to see you at my Spanish lessons.

    Also, please check back soon the University of Reddit for my other new course offerings.

    Teacher qualifications

    I am a native Spanish speaker who has been teaching the language to both non-Spanish and Spanish speakers for years. I've teached to people all around the World, but specially in the US and Canada. I pretty much know everything about the basic areas of the language: structure, speaking, reading and writing and throughout the years have learned how to transmit this knowledge to my students.

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