A deepening of the student’s grasp of Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and general Hispanic culture that builds on one year of immersion-style Spanish conversation practice and grammar/vocabulary study.
As we seek mastery of Spanish this year, each class will include a mixture of speaking, listening, reading and writing on the part of both the instructor and student. Students are encouraged to speak Spanish as much as possible in the classroom. The instructor will speak in Spanish for the majority of the course, but will speak English for explaining difficult grammar or answering student questions. Striving for immersion will improve skills rapidly and is attainable to the motivated learner of any level, especially closer to the end of the year of Spanish study.
There will be times when a student might not understand every word spoken, but we will strive to improve our listening skills and identify with travelers and immigrants who face the humility of language learning daily. Humility, patience, perseverance, and courage will serve you well in your language learning adventure!
Schedule: The course meets 2 times per week for 60-75 minutes, affording adequate instructional time as well as time for more advanced conversational and writing practice and listening exercises.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
For each skill instructors have determined whether it is a prerequisite skill or a skill to be developed throughout the course. For lower school, instructors indicate where parent support is expected.
- With Parent Support: Skills that most lower school students will need help with.
- Developing: Skills that the instructor will help develop and emphasize throughout the year.
- Mastered: Prerequisite skills that the instructor is expecting students to possess.
• Be able to manage Canvas assignments and submissions (view assignments, check for teacher messages, submit homework as pdf file, submit revisions if necessary, set Canvas notifications for the class, view class notifications when posted, etc.).
• Be able to set notifications settings to alert the student of class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
• Be able to review notifications ongoing throughout the year; notifications which include: class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
• Be able to respectfully and wisely engage with other students and the instructor on Canvas discussion boards.
• Be able to respectfully, wisely and formally engage with instructor through private Canvas messaging.
• Be responsible for reviewing teacher feedback, suggestions and comments about student work and employing that feedback as necessary.
• Be able to hand-write answers in complete sentences.
• Be able to write sentences with basic sentence syntax (i.e. capitalization of first word in a sentence, punctuation at the end of each sentence, space between sentences, capitalization of proper nouns, each sentence having a subject and predicate, etc.).
• Be able to self-edit written submissions for grammar and spelling mistakes.
• Be able to read material independently and identify the information which might be relevant to course discussions and objectives (even if the student doesn’t fully understand all of what’s being read).
• Be able to read material independently and identify questions which require clarification or further explanation from the instructor.
• Be able to type short answers in complete sentences.
• Follow along with instructor-led note-taking and record notes during class.
• Follow along with instructor-led workbook completion and record answers during class.
• Be prepared to thoughtfully answer questions when called on in a group setting, during class.
• Be prepared to volunteer thoughtful comments, answers and ideas in a group setting, during class.
• Be prepared to generate thoughtful questions to enhance the class discussion, to identify areas needing clarification, and to make valuable connections with other course content.
• Follow class discussions and seminar conversations to record notes without the instructor identifying specifics.
• Be responsible to study at home for quizzes, tests and other assessments.
• Understand the difference between assignments given by an instructor and the necessary and independently initiated need for private study of material.
• Be able to schedule and manage multiple projects from multiple instructors and courses.
• Be able to schedule time outside of class to complete independent review of materials.
• Be able to determine the best places and ways to study at home (i.e. quiet, undistracted, utilizing various methods of review (auditory, written, visual, practice tests, flashcards, etc.).
- Textbook:Realidades 2 (2014 Version, Blue cover with girl holding a camera on front)
ISBN-10: 0133199665, ISBN-13: 978-0133199666
- Realidades 2 Leveled Vocabulary and Grammar Workbook (also 2014 version, plain blue front with stripes on side. Please check ISBN numbers carefully as there are two similar versions, ISBN-13: 978-0133225723, ISBN-10: 0133225720
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Caridad Legere was born and raised in Guatemala City. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Caridad worked in different industries in her native country. In 2005 she married and moved to Arizona, and in 2014 joined West Valley Christian School staff as their Spanish Teacher. Her passion for Classical education began when she and her husband started homeschooling their daughter, looking for a higher education that would allow their daughter to search for the truth, goodness, and beauty, through a Christian Worldview. During the past ten years, they have used several of the Classical Academic Press materials and her daughter is now a student of Latin at Scholé Academy. Caridad genuinely enjoys sharing her culture with her students and introducing them to the Spanish language, which is so rich and vital since we live in a time where there are so many opportunities to use it every day.
Caridad, her husband, and her daughter live in Glendale, Arizona. They share their home with a dog, five cats, and more than fifteen fish. There is never a boring moment at their house. When she is not teaching her daughter, or teaching Spanish, she can be found driving her daughter to choir, theater, AHG, or hiking on one of the many trails Arizona has to explore all year round. Also, they enjoy camping, visiting interesting places in Arizona, traveling to Guatemala to visit family, and reading books aloud.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Webcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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