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Spanish 4

This year will culminate four years of learning. A deepening of the student’s grasp of Spanish reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, grammar, and general Hispanic culture that builds on one year of immersion-style Spanish study. Spanish 4will have a big component on oral expression with oral presentations and recitations in Spanish.

As we seek fluency 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 concepts. 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!

Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.

  • Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Spanish Grammar Premium 4th Edition by Gilda Nissenberg 

    • ISBN-13: 978-1260463156
  • _Cameron Townsend: Buenas nuevas en todas las lenguas _Héroes cristianos de ayer y de hoy by Janet & Geoff Benge
    • ISBN: 978-1576583081
  • El Camino del Café (Spanish Edition) Paperback – May 9, 2019 by Adriana Ramírez

    • ISBN-13: 978-1775396918
  • El León, la Bruja y el Ropero By C.S. Lewis

    • ISBN-13: 978-0060086619
  • _Los Sobrevivientes _(Spanish Edition) Paperback – April 30, 2019 by Brya Kandel (Author)
    • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1096375876
  • Vocabulary flashcard materials

    • Blank flashcards (3×5) of your choice (Start with 100)
    • Rubber band or box (or hole punch and large metal ring) to hold cards together
  • Other material

    • Notebook, pens, pencils, and highlighters (to take extra notes or write some of the textbook exercises done in class)

Optional if you don’t own one

  • Dictionary Spanish-English / English-Spanish (I don’t have a preference, but I can recommend Merriam-Webster; Multilingual edition (November 1, 2021))

    • ISBN-10: 0877792984
    • ISBN-13: 978-0877792987

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 aloud 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 CAP 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 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.

Red checkmarkComputer: 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.

Red checkmarkHigh-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.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: 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

Red checkmarkZoom: 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. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.


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