Spanish: Beginner

COURSE

Course description

This course is for those who have completed Spanish: Introductory, or have a basic knowledge of the language and wish to improve their written and speaking skills. This course gives you the opportunity to participate in class and strengthen your oral skills in a friendly atmosphere. Essential grammar points will also be covered.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Use the direct and indirect object pronouns when needed
  • To use the verb gustar according to the correct grammar structure
  • Use idiomatic expressions related to the weather
  • Acquire vocabulary to understand and translate texts about the Spanish Culture
  • Appropriately use expressions with the verb ‘hacer’
  • Learn the numbers 100 and up
  • Converse using more advanced grammar such as the use of the Indirect and Direct object pronouns together
  • Learn a new tense: the Preterite
  • Identify the difference between saber and conocer (to know)
  • To recognize when to use por vs. para

We encourage students to participate in our language courses more than one time in order to truly learn the material taught over 10 lessons. It also gives you additional exposure to varying activities within each topic.

Textbook:

Complete Spanish Step-by-Step, by Barbara Bregstein with McGraw-Hill (mandatory).

Online Learning

Our online hybrid language courses make language learning flexible and convenient. The use of both synchronous and asynchronous delivery styles allows for both real-time virtual classroom conversation practice (synchronous delivery) and self-paced study (asynchronous delivery). The synchronous delivery style will occur during the scheduled class dates and time, using Zoom for videoconferencing, chat and screen sharing for class instruction and pair/group work. The asynchronous delivery style uses Brightspace, an online environment where learners can access class materials and resources for self-paced study throughout the week. Educational activities can include exercises, readings, forums, audio/video files, quizzes, etc.

Dates

World Language courses are offered three times per year:

  • September (registration opens in June)
  • January (registration opens in November)
  • April (registration opens in November)

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

The online section of this course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).