Beginner Spanish 1.1

Welcome to Spanish Class!

This course is designed for English speakers who truly want to learn to understand and speak Spanish! The Language Loft curriculum was created over several years of teaching expats and travelers how to get around as they began to navigate everyday life in a Spanish. This course is the product of many years of research and work with adults and teens who had to start communicating quickly. Whether you’re a total beginner or you’ve been studying with one of the mega apps, this course will get you speaking and understanding on an all new level!

What you’ll need for this course:

  • Readiness to learn
  • A Spanish-English Dictionary, preferably downloaded on your computer or device
  • Spanish speech to text dictation software enabled on your device (optional but highly recommended)
  • Google Chrome (browser)
  • Your computer microphone or external microphone enabled in Google (use secure https:// and allow for mic access in Google settings).
  • The Spanish ISO keyboard enabled on your device
  • Note-taking materials, your preferred way: pen & notebook, note-taking software., etc.
  • A way to record your voice for assignments and upload them to the system. (You can use a phone, your computer (Audacity and Garage Band are easy ways to do this)
  • Your computer microphone or external microphone enabled in Google (use secure https:// and allow for mic access in Google settings)

Pronunciation Basics and Dipthongs

1
Spanish Vowels Five Letters=Five Vowel Sounds!
25 minutes
  • Learn the five vowel sounds and drastically improve your Spanish pronunciation!
  • Practice and check your vowel pronunciation
  • Try your first set of Spanish words!
2
Consonant Pronunciation
45 minutes

Students will learn to pronounce different consonants in Spanish. They will understand the various pronunciation rules of some consonants, as well as compare the letters between English and Spanish.

3
Quick Check: Pronunciation Quiz
14 questions

Review your vowel and consonant sounds while you take this quiz!

4
Vowel Combinations: What´s a Dipthong?
45 mins

You will learn how to pronounce vowel combinations called dipthongs, recognize and pronounce the numbers 1-20.

5
Final Pronunciation Quiz
18 questions

Numbers and Number Sentences

1
Los Números
45 mins
  • You will learn numbers from 0-1,000,000
  • You will be able to recognize and pronounce irregular numbers
  • You will learn to explain numbers and create number sentences
  • You will improve your pronunciation of dipthongs


2
Let´s Practice Listening to Numbers
25 minutes
3
Numbers Practice II: Explaining Numbers and Number Sentences
45 mins

Students will practice writing and speaking numbers and number sentences.

4
Review Your Numbers Quiz
6 questions

Students will be assessed on numbers, number sentences and number sequences.

Greetings and Saying Goodbye

1
Los Saludos: Just Saying Hello!
45 mins

In this lesson you will learn a variety of ways to greet someone in Spanish. The lesson includes important information about formal and informal greetings, as well as the appropriate times of day in which to use each greeting. Several fun greetings are included to be used with your peers. You will gain practice speaking as well, so as you listen to audio, it is a great idea to replicate what you hear because your speech will be tested at the end of the lesson.

2
Responding to Typical Greetings
25 minutes

Students will learn various responses for expressing how they are doing and their state of being. They will be able to respond correctly to different types of greetings using the first person singular form. They will learn about the concept of gender in language and how it is reflected with some mood adjectives.

3
Las Despedidas: Saying Goodbye!
25 minutes

In this lesson you will learn a variety of ways to say goodbye. These phrases of departure vary depending on the situation.

4
Greetings and Responses
18 questions

This quiz deals with typical greetings, formal and informal greetings and responses, as well as vocabulary and customs with greetings.

5
Graded Assignment: Record a Formal Greeting

Just Talking about the Weather

1
¿Qué tiempo hace?
25 minutes

You will learn weather expressions, and how to talk about sensations.

  • Weather expressions with hacer.
  • Weather expressions with estar
  • Expressing sensations with tener
  • Combing sentences with cuando
2
Weather Report Project: Record a Video
3
Practice Talking about the Weather
6 questions

Students will be assessed on weather words and phrases.

4
Common Interrogative Question Words and Phrases
45 minutes

Students will learn question words and most common question phrases. They will learn to differentiate between question words and begin using them.

5
Question Words and Phrases
1 question

Students will match answers with appropriate questions.

Las Personas de la Comunidad

1
Adjectives, Nouns, and Articles: The Gender Concept in Spanish
2
Making Nouns Plural
45 minutes
  • Students will learn that nouns and adjectives must correspond in number, and in gender.
  • Students will learn to use the correct articles.
  • They will learn how to change adjectives and nouns, make them plural and use the correct articles.
  • Students will learn to identify adjectives marked for gender, and those which are NOT marked for gender.
3
Rule Breakers and Plural Cases of Mixed Gender
45

Students will learn several special noun endings and learn how to identify the gender of these special nouns.

Students will learn how to talk about groups of mixed gender

Students will summarize the rules of gender and number

Students will answer questions and build sentences with singular and plural subjects.

Students will learn to make 3rd person verb forms plural.


4
Nouns and Articles Check!
23 questions
5
Describe a Friend or Family Member

En el Restaurante

1
Al Pedir Comida
45 minutes

In this lesson you will learn important vocabulary for ordering in a restaurant. You´ll begin building sentences for obtaining goods and services and practice listening and speaking.

2
Restaurant Conversation and Listening Practice
45 minutes

Students will practice:

  • Restaurant vocabulary for ordering food
  • Sentence building
  • Listening to native conversations
  • Identifying the missing words
3
En el Restaurante y el Café
45

Students will spend the day practicing for their quiz. The lesson contains 45 minutes of practice for students. Students must take notes and complete the final Essay section for scoring. Students must screen shot and upload their best progress percentages to the Assignment Section.

4
Upload Screenshots Showing Progress for Lessons Restaurant Lessons
5
Quiz: En el Restaurante I
9 questions

This quiz tests Restaurant Vocabulary for placing orders, including food and drink featured on the menu from Lecture 2.

¿Dónde se pone?

1
¿Me Puede Traer . . .?
45

Students will identify parts of a table setting, learn directional words, and be able to request and understand additional requests in a restaurant and service setting.

2
¿Dónde Se Pone?
45 minutes

Students will learn how to describe where certain items are placed. They will continue to learn vocabulary for kitchen items, and learn impersonal constructions with se. Basic vocabulary for describing orientation and location is introduced. The lesson culminates with a speaking practice that requires mastery of these concepts.

3
Assignment Upload: ¿Me Puede Traer?/¿Dónde se pone?
4
La Mesa y Los Cubiertos
12 questions

Students can prepare for this quiz by studying:

  • the impersonal se and phrases with se (from this section)
  • types of plates and glassware
  • orientation words: a la izquierda, a la derecha, arriba de, debajo de, entre, a lado de
  • Ways to request something more in a restaurant and reinforce vocabulary set I for ordering

¡La Cuenta Por Favor!

1
La Cuenta, Por Favor
45 mins
  • Students will learn and practice vocabulary and phrases for talking about bills in the restaurant setting.
  • Students will learn to politely express a mistake with a bill
  • Students will learn to make negative statements
2
Hay una equivocación con la cuenta
25 minutes

Students will

  • Review numbers (again!)
  • Learn to explain bills
  • Talk about mistakes with numbers and billing
  • Learn to say ´excuse me´ in Spanish


3
Speaking and Listening Practice: La Cuenta Por Favor
45

Students will

  • Review numbers (again!)
  • Learn to explain bills
  • Talk about mistakes with numbers and billing
  • Learn to say ´excuse me´ in Spanish


4
Quiz: La Cuenta Por Favor
9 questions

Al Negociar en el Mercado

1
Vocabulary Presentation Negotiating in the Market
2
Practice I Negotiating in the Market
45
3
Negotiating in the Market Second Practice
45 minutes
4
Quiz: Negotiating in the market
10 questions

Spanish Word Basics and Language Listening Practice

1
Special Nouns
45
2
Syllabification
45 minutes

Students will learn about Spanish syllables, fricatives, and reinforce dipthong structures. In this lesson they will practice writing what they hear and learn important time vocabulary including

  • days of the week
  • months of the year
  • relative time vocabulary words and phrases
3
The Use of Definite Articles in Spanish
45 minutes
4
Omission of Definite Articles in Spanish
45
5
Practice–Definite Articles, Omission of Articles, and Special Nouns

Early Cultural Influences on the Spanish Language

1
Cultural Influences of the Spanish Language
45 minutes

Students will learn about several cultural influences and historical factors that influenced the emergence of modern day Spanish.



2
Mini-Project: Early Influences on the Spanish Language

Introducing Yourself to Others--Descriptors with Ser

1
Introducing Yourself and Others
45 minutes

In this lesson students will learn to express where they are from, physical and personality characteristics, likes and dislikes.

They will learn several questions for asking others about themselves in an interview-like setting.

They will also learn to describe and introduce a friend or an acquaintance with the verbs tener, ser, and vivir.

2
Using Connected Speech
3
Final Exam: Speaking–Due January 23rd
4
Ser and Estar: Let’s Fix it Once and For All!
30 minutes
5
Introducing Yourself and Others
19 questions

Final Review and End of Semester Exam

1
First Semester Vocabulary Review
45 minutes
2
Q2 Review
45
3
Final Exam Review: Grammatical
4
Final Exam Review: Listening and Learning in Context
5
Vocabulary and Conversation Test
33 questions

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Enrolled: 8 students
Duration: 1 semester
Lectures: 38
Level: Beginner