Spanish 1

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From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades:  8th–12th

Class:  Wed 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET

Dates:  Aug 21–May 3

Price:  $549

Instructor:  David Nance

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Course Description

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This course provides a solid introduction to Spanish language and culture. Students will focus first on talking about themselves (their characteristics, their interests, their activities, etc.), and will then expand that to talk about other people. They will learn and practice basic vocabulary and grammar, with an emphasis on understanding and being understood.

The course is built around the ACTFL World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, which have the following standards at their base:

  • Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes.
  • Interact with cultural competence and understanding.
  • Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations.
  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence.
  • Communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

Language learning is a long and slow process, and this course is just the beginning of that process. However, students who put in the required effort will see sustained progress throughout the year.

Course Structure

Instructional materials and graded assignments will be built into the online course. Weekly live class sessions will give students the opportunity to practice speaking, ask questions about what they have been studying, and explore various aspects of the language and its associated cultures.

Throughout each semester, there will be graded assignments and projects, and each semester will end with a semester exam.

Who should enroll?

This is an introductory course intended for students with little or no previous experience with Spanish. Students with previous Spanish experience may want to consider Spanish 2 and/or our embedded Spanish course.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Headset and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures and other class materials

Evaluation and Feedback

Many of the course assignments are auto-graded by the computer. Other assignments will typically be graded within 48 hours of the submission date.


Prior to the beginning of the course, Sr. Nance can be reached at [email protected]. After the course begins, students and parents are encouraged to use the Inbox in Canvas for all communication. Sr. Nance always tries to reply to messages within 24 hours.

Required Texts


There are no texts required for this course, but parents wishing to buy a supplementary text can contact Sr. Nance for recommendations.

1 review for Spanish 1

  1. Kristen L (verified owner)

    Both my middle schoolers took this class in 2020/21 and they’ve learned so much and not just Spanish! I’ve been really pleased with the way they’ve learned about making presentations, working with classmates, and learned Spanish along the way. I highly recommend this class and my kids are looking forward to continuing class with the Nances next year.

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Instructor Bio

David and Rachel Nance

David and Rachel Nance have been teaching Aim Spanish classes together for the last several years, in addition to working together to raise and homeschool their five children.  Both have deep roots with the Spanish language and with education.  In addition to living in Spain with their family in 2019-2020, they each previously lived in South America (David in Uruguay and Rachel in Bolivia) and have traveled extensively through Latin America and Europe.

David has a BA in Spanish Teaching from Brigham Young University, an MSE in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University, and a Master’s in School Management from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Spain.  He has taught online Spanish classes since 2007, spent four years as the foreign language curriculum specialist at the Arkansas Department of Education, and worked for one year as an English language teaching assistant at a vocational school in Spain.

Rachel has a BS in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.  She taught elementary school for four years before having children of her own. In addition to being fluent in Spanish, Rachel studied ASL for four semesters while she was in college.  When a Deaf couple started coming to her church four years ago, she finally got to put her learning into practice and became one of the interpreters for the couple. Rachel has taught Spanish and ASL classes in her home in addition to teaching for Aim Academy.

The Nances love spending time with their family.  They love to travel, learn languages, spend time outdoors, read, and play tabletop games.

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