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Verbs DEMYSTIFIED & Other Important Beginner Topics!


This course addresses major topics in Spanish for beginners learners who need to refresh conversation basics such as gender, verb conjugation, questions such as ser, estar, tener, hacer, and ir. The course reviews the basics but quickly addresses topics of application in daily conversations.

Emphasis of the course is the verb and how it works in basic sentences structures. Students will learn when to use the infinitive, and not to over-conjugate in order to create sentences with more depth and variety.

Sitational focus:

  • Expressing where one is going and purpose
  • Expressing future events with ir a infinitive
  • Recognizing when to use the infinitive vs. gerund
  • Telling time and talking about when an event will take place
  • Meeting others and making introductions
  • Describing self and body
  • Family situations and meeting people
  • Learning to ask where something is and how to get there

Verb Conjugation Overview and Review

What is verb conjugation?
45 minutes

Students will learn the basics of present tense verb conjugation. The goal of this lesson is to introduce students to these major concepts. These ideas will be continually reinforced throughout he semester.

  • subject pronouns
  • regular -ar, -er, and -ir verb endings
  • the terms person and number
  • 1st, 2nd, and third persons singular and plural
Regular -AR Verbs and Practice
45 minutes

Students will learn to conjugate -ar verbs.

They will be able to:

  • Identify the subject for each verb conjugation
  • Conjugate regular verbs in the present tense
  • Identify an infinitive

Conjugation: Subject Pronouns and -Ar Verbs
17 questions

Students will be assessed on

  • What conjugation is
  • Present tense -ar/-er/-ir endings
  • -ar verb vocabulary and meanings
  • How to form -ar verb conjugations (application)
Regular -Er and -Ir Verb Lesson and Practice I
45 minutes

In this lesson students will concentrate on learning the meanings of regular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs. They will be conjugated according to the subject.

Vocabulary: abrir--to open, aprender--to learn, asistir a--to attend (to be present at), beber--to drink, comer--to eat, comprender--to understand, creer--to believe, escribir--to write, leer--to read, recibir--to receive, vender--to sell

-er verb endings: -o, -es, -e, -emos, -éis, -en

-ir verb endings: -o, -es, -e, -imos, -ís, -en

Regular -Er, -Ir Verbs and Practice
Quiz: Verb Conjugation 2
11 questions

This quiz assesses basic understanding about verb conjugation. Students should study:

  • -ar, -er, -ir verb endings and their corresponding subject pronouns
  • 33 verbs and their meanings
  • how to conjugate for each subject within the context of a sentence

Beginner Review Quick Lessons

¿A Dónde Vamos?
45 minutes

Students will learn:

  1. All conjugations of the verb ir
  2. Contractions al and del
  3. Places around town
¿Cómo Se Llega? ¿Cómo Vamos?
45 minutes
Ser and Estar: Let’s Fix it Once and For All!
30 minutes

Students will learn:

  • Typical questions used with the verbs ser and estar.
  • How to ask and answer questions with estar and ser.

Idiomatic Expressions and Uses of Tener
25 minutes

This lesson presents 10 different uses of tener beyond simple possession. Idiomatic expressions which do not have perfect translations are the focus of this blog-style lesson. At the end of the lesson you will be encouraged to practice pronunciation and review meaning of each idiomatic expression.

Students will learn to express:

  • obligations
  • sensations: hunger, thirst, heat, and cold
  • shame/embarrassment
  • fear
  • desires/goals
  • successes
  • age

The Infinitive

En la Playa y Alrededor de la Bahía
50 minutes

This lesson emphasizes using verbs in natural speech. The lesson contains a review summary about regular verb conjugation.

Students will learn:

  • Full conjugation of the verb hacer
  • New words and phrases for making more dynamic and fluid sentences

Students will practice

  • Listening to verbs and vocabulary in context
  • Speaking and using new phrases in sentences
  • Writing and listening comprehension
  • Using context clues to put paragraphs together
Interactive Lesson: Un Día Precioso
Words of Frequency
45 minutes

Using Ser and Tener to Describe Yourself and Others

¿Cómo es la persona?
45 minutes

Students will learn a several expressions related to ser and they will learn to ask people what they are like and what they look like.

They will learn the complete present tense (indicative) conjugations of ser.

Students will review the applications of ser and estar.

Students will be able to express their age with tener.

Talking about Physical Characteristics with Ser
45 Minutes
Introduction: El Cuerpo and Tener
45 Minutes

Students will learn parts of the body, and how to describe the body with tener.

  • This lesson includes:
  • Quizlet practices and Speak the Word activities.
Describing Personality

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Enrolled: 5 students
Lectures: 16
Level: Beginner