Spanish for Beginners (Spanish 1)

(1 customer review)

From: $73.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 8th–12th

Live Class: Thurs 5:45–6:45 p.m. ET

Dates: August 27th–April 30th

Price: $499

Instructor: David Nance

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Course Description

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This course is designed to introduce students to the Spanish language and can be considered Spanish 1 for high school credit. The goal of the course is to give students a strong foundation for future, more in-depth Spanish courses. The 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. The class will regularly use fun, simple authentic resources from the Spanish-speaking world, such as videos, songs, and stories.

Course Structure

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. The 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. The class 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). Advanced notice will always be given for what they will be asked to bring. Outside of class, they will complete weekly projects and/or tasks related to the week’s topic. They will also complete a weekly speaking assignment.

Students are expected to spend time doing things in Spanish at least five days each week, and they report their efforts on a weekly timesheet. The weekly timesheet, weekly projects, and weekly speaking assignments will make up the bulk of their grade for the class.

Who should apply?

This course is intended for students in grades 6-12 who have little or no previous experience with Spanish. Parents of prospective students can contact the teacher with questions about class placement.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • headset and microphone (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. Students who complete their work in a timely manner and make a habit of participating in our weekly Live Class sessions can expect to do well in the class. Feedback on specific assignments tends to be supportive feedback rather than corrective feedback, but we do comment on common or easily avoidable mistakes. Students who are looking for more corrective feedback (particularly concerning the mechanics of the language) should consider supplementing this course with our self-paced Spanish grammar course.

Communication

Parents are welcome to contact the Nances with questions regarding which class to enroll their student in.

Required Texts

None, but parents wishing to buy a companion text can contact David Nance for recommendations.

1 review for Spanish for Beginners (Spanish 1)

  1. Kristen Lauria (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.

Email: davidrnance@gmail.com

nance.rachel@gmail.com

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