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Spanish Beginner III

Course Description: In Beginner III, students will improve their ability to express themselves in the present tense and will continue to develop their Spanish abilities in understanding, speaking, reading and writing. It is recommended for those who have successfully completed Spanish Beginner II, or who have studied Spanish previously and have a good understanding of noun-adjective agreement, "ser" vs. "estar", the use of "gustar" and regular verb conjugation.

This course will build on possessive adjectives (my, your, our, etc.) by introducing possessive pronouns (mine, yours, ours, etc.) and demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, those) that will add variation to the ability to speak in present tense. Students will learn the conjugation of essential stem-changing irregular verbs, how to use verbs in the present tense to express actions in the future, and will be introduced to third person direct object pronouns (him, her, them).

Using both group exercises and conversational practice, this course will continue to build upon and improve basic speaking and comprehension skills, and will help students converse about their habits, future plans, daily schedule, and family members.

Prerequisite: Spanish Beginner II or equivalent

Duration: Intensive series - 5 weeks (2 classes/week) or Regular series - 10 weeks (1 class/week)

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Course Outline:

Core Grammar Topics:

  1. Stem changing verbs (e > ie)
  2. Stem changing verbs (o > ue)
  3. Stem changing verbs (e > i)
  4. Demonstratives “este, ese, aquél, etc.”
  5. Common irregular verbs “hacer, poner, salir, oir, venir, saber
  6. Possessive pronouns “mio, tuyo, suyo, nuestro, etc.”
  7. Direct object pronouns - only third person "lo, la, los, las"
  8. Personal “a
  9. The verb “Ir
  10. Future with “Ir

Required Textbook: Bregstein, Barbara; Easy Spanish Step by Step; McGraw Hill ed. 2005

Reference Book: Maqueo, Ana María; Español para Extranjeros 1; Limusa 2da. edición, 2013