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Beginner Level

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, German, Arabic, Hebrew

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Module 1: Talking About Family and Friends

The first module introduces Spanish grammar and pronunciation and you will begin to build your Spanish vocabulary. By the end of the module, you’ll be able to talk about yourself and your family and will be able to count to 10 in Spanish. We’ll also discuss and practice the “ar” verbs and the useful verb tener. By the end of the module you will have started laying the foundations of your vocabulary.

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15 videos (Total 24 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
15 videos
Module Introduction1m
Introduction to Vocabulario1m
Introduction to Gramática1m
Pronunciation Tips2m
Subject Pronouns2m
Gender and Number Agreement3m
Linking Nouns with Other Expressions1m
The Verb Tener1m
Verbs that End with -AR1m
Numbers 1-1048s
Perspectivas Introduction: La Familia48s
Perspectivas: La Familia2m
Perspectivas Summary: La Familia1m
Module Summary1m
4 readings
How to be Successful in this Course5m
Family and Friends Vocabulary List15m
Module 1 Vocabulary Activity30m
Typing Spanish Accents and Punctuation10m
6 practice exercises
Module 1 Vocabulario Review A30m
Module 1 Vocabulario Review B30m
Module 1 Writing Practice15m
Module 1 Gramática Review20m
Perspectivas Comprehension Check15m
Module 1 Review45m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Module 2: Talking About the Body

In module 2, you’ll continue to build your Spanish vocabulary and will be able to talk about the body and physical sensations using the verb estar. Building on the vocabulary you learned in the first module, you will also able to count to 100. Throughout the module, we’ll practice conjugating the “ar,” “er” and “ir” verbs in the present tense.

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11 videos (Total 15 min), 2 readings, 6 quizzes
11 videos
Introduction to Vocabulario1m
Introduction to Gramática56s
The Verb Estar1m
Expressions for Physical Sensations56s
-AR, -ER, -IR Regular Verbs2m
Numbers: 1-1003m
Perspectivas Introduction: El Cuerpo Enfermo36s
Perspectivas: El Cuerpo Enfermo1m
Perspectivas Summary: El Cuerpo Enfermo1m
Module Summary1m
2 readings
The Body Vocabulary List15m
Module 2 Vocabulary Activity30m
6 practice exercises
Module 2 Vocabulario Review A35m
Module 2 Vocabulario Review B35m
Module 2 Gramática Review20m
Module 2 Writing Practice15m
Perspectivas Comprehension Quiz20m
Module 2 Review45m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Module 3: Talking About Places and Weather

In this module you’ll continue to build your Spanish vocabulary as we discuss the topics of places and weather. We’ll continue to practice the “ar,” “er” and “ir” verbs, and we’ll introduce some irregular verbs. By the end of the module, you’ll also be able to make comparisons using possessive adjectives. You’ll engage with a native of Mexico and explore her native city.

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14 videos (Total 19 min), 2 readings, 6 quizzes
14 videos
Introduction to Vocabulario1m
Introduction to Gramática57s
Ser vs. Estar2m
The Verb Hay1m
–AR, -ER, -IR Stem-changing Verbs3m
Talking About the Weather1m
Expressing Obligations59s
Possessive Adjectives1m
Making Comparisons of Inequality1m
Perspectivas Introduction: La Plaza Central41s
Perspectivas: La Plaza Central1m
Perspectivas Summary: La Plaza Central59s
Module Summary50s
2 readings
Places and Weather Vocabulary List10m
Module 3 Vocabulary Activity30m
6 practice exercises
Module 3 Vocabulario Review A35m
Module 3 Vocabulario Review B35m
Module 3 Gramática Review20m
Module 3 Writing Practice15m
Perspectivas Comprehension Quiz12m
Module 3 Review45m
3 hours to complete

Course Peer Review Activity

In the final assignment for this course, you will write a brief introduction about yourself in Spanish (approximately 100-200 words) to tell your peers a little about yourself. You will then record and upload a video of you reading this introduction to the class. Click on the Peer Review activity link below to learn more about this assignment.

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1 video (Total 1 min), 1 quiz
1 video
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Top reviews from Spanish Vocabulary: Meeting People

By MPNov 10th 2018

Although it took me a while to warm to the idea of doing peer review exercises, and having to video record and upload work, actually I think this is an important part of the course and really useful.

By SDMar 8th 2018

This course is perfect for people looking to learn a new language. A lot depends on your enthusiasm to learn but the clarity offered in this course regarding the basics of Spanish is unparalleled.

Instructor

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Dr. Robert Blake

Professor & Director
UC Consortium for Lanuage Learning & Teaching (UCCLLT)

About University of California, Davis

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About the Learn Spanish: Basic Spanish Vocabulary Specialization

¿Habla usted español? Spanish is the second most spoken language on earth, second only to Mandarin, and growing in use every day. This specialization is designed for the beginner who may have no experience with learning a second language but who wants to be able to read, write and speak Spanish for personal, travel or business use, or who just wants to learn a second language and build cultural awareness. The topical approach of each course allows learners to develop sets of vocabularies that will form the foundation for a broad understanding of the language. Learners will start with the basics, including common expressions, pronunciation and grammar, and work toward building a functional vocabulary of the 1500 most commonly used Spanish words. The specialization includes 4 courses that progressively build on the skills learned previously, and culminates in a project that allows learners to apply their knowledge and language skills....
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