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Introduction to Spanish
Introductory Spanish classes are open to all current LCS members. Membership must be active to enroll and must remain active for the duration of each class. Classes are designed for individuals without any Spanish language background. The instructor will introduce learners to Spanish pronunciation, some vocabulary and social protocols. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 12 students with a minimum of four students.
For several years, LCS has offered Spanish language courses based on the Warren Hardy method. This program is specifically designed for the adult foreign language learner. Warren Hardy offers 4 levels of increasing difficulty. LCS divides each each level into 2 parts.
In 2020, LCS will update its Spanish language curriculum by beginning a transition to a new program known asSpanish in Action (Español en Acción). Maestra Alicia Ordóñez is the developer of this course for LCS. She has 40 years of experience in teaching Spanish as a Second Language. She was a teacher and head of the department of Spanish as a second language at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG). She has been office administrator, and Spanish Department Head of International Language Center, San Antonio, TX. She has taught Spanish to executives of Mitsubishi and other Japanese companies. She is the creator of the courses and materials that the UAG uses in its Spanish classes.
The plan is to continue to offer six terms of seven weeks each during the calendar year. Courses at four levels of difficulty will be available. Each course will have two parts to keep the course content manageable.
The transition to the new curriculum will begin in the first session of 2020 with the substitution of Spanish in Action Level 1-A for the old Warren Hardy Level 1-A course. The other offerings for Session One will be Warren Hardy Level 1-B thru Level 4-B. This will allow students who have previously enrolled in Warren Hardy classes to continue their progress. Each session, a new Spanish in Action course will be introduced until the transition is complete.
Seven Week Spanish Course
The Wilkes Education Center (WEC)
Galeana 18, Ajijic
Monday to Saturday
Class times vary throughout the day
Phone: (376) 766-1140
Spanish in Action / Course Syllabus
During the course, four language skills will be worked on: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, oral expression, and written expression. Grammar structures and vocabularies are taught in a practical and communicative way, as well as authentic and fun.
The final objective of this course is: the student will be able to express himself in the following situations with the present and future tenses.
* Communicate basic needs: food, shopping, space.
* Talk about your mood and those of others.
* Give and ask for the time.
* Express obligation.
* Describe everyday objects, people and routines.
* Handle things properly and with confidence in a restaurant or in the city.
* Personal subject pronouns.
* Verb "ser" in the present tense.
* Interrogative words.
* Verb "estar" in the present.
* Present tense of the regular verbs
* Contrast of the verbs "ser and estar".
* Particle “hay” (There is, there are).
* Verb "tener" in the present tense.
* Verbs "poder" and "querer" in the present tense.
* Possessive and demonstrative adjectives.
* Useful phrases.
* Characteristics and qualities.
* The family and the house.
* Numbers, date and time.
* Fruits and vegetables.
* Speaking of the family.
* Discuss your house
* How much does it cost?
* In the market.
Required: Workbook 1
Warren Hardy Level / Course Syllabus
Level 1-B - Power Verbs
During this course students are introduced to social protocols and learn how to:
* Use the six Power Verbs: I need to, I want to, I am going to, I like to, I can, and I have to.
* Combine the 100 most commonly used verbs with the Power Verbs.
* Build a basic vocabulary of 500 words.
* Create simple sentences in Spanish.
Required: Workbook 1
Recommended: Verb cards, game cards>
Suggested: CDs and key cards (pocket reference guide)
Levels 2A and 2B - Preterite and Object Pronouns
This course introduces students to:
* The simple past tense (preterite tense)...I ate, I drank, I lived
* Use the direct and indirect object pronouns... for/to me, him, her, us, them
* Word order
* Form sentences in the past tense
Required: Workbook 2
Recommended: Verb cards, game cards
Levels 3A and 3B - Seven Indicative Tenses
In Level 3, students will learn how to integrate seven tenses. This will provide the tools to express thoughts and allow students to feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish.
Students will study the Present, Imperfect, Future, Conditional, Present Progressive, and Present Perfect tenses.
Required: Workbook 3
Recommended: Game cards
Level 4A and 4B - Present and Past Subjunctive
The present and past subjunctive are the last tenses in Spanish grammar to learn. During this final course students will learn:
* When to use present and past subjunctive.
* How to express oneself in a respectful and diplomatic manner.
* Practice integrating the nine Spanish tenses
Required: Workbook 4
Recommended: Game cards