This course is designed to introduce students to the Spanish language and is intended for enrichment. Students interested in obtaining high school credit should consider our Spanish for Beginners course.
The class will take a task-based approach, with a different hands-on topic each week. Sample topics include pets, games, family, favorite books, etc. Focus will be on language that is used in everyday situations, as well as learning to make meaning out of what is read or heard. We will regularly use fun, simple, authentic resources from the Spanish-speaking world, such as videos, songs, and stories.
During live class sessions, students will be expected to be on camera and actively participate in the class. Please note that some weeks’ tasks will require students to bring certain materials to class (simple cooking ingredients, for instance). We will always provide advance notice regarding what they will need to bring. Students will be given enrichment activities to complete outside of class, and will complete a weekly speaking assignment.
Who should enroll?
This course is intended for students in grades 5-8 who have little or no previous experience with Spanish. Parents of prospective students can contact the teacher with questions about class placement.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Microphone and webcam (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
It is our belief that students learn best when they are comfortable and engaged in the work that they are doing. We also believe that languages are learned through large amounts of exposure to engaging, comprehensible input. Therefore, our focus is not on small details, but rather on the big picture. This course is about enrichment, not grades. Parents concerned about receiving a grade should consider enrolling their student in Spanish for Beginners, and are welcome to contact the Nances through email to discuss that possibility.
Barring unusual circumstances, we grade assignments within 48 hours and reply to student and parent messages within 24 hours.