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Spanish Beginner III

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

Students will focus on learning to conjugate irregular stem-changing verbs in the present tense and practice using those verbs in conversation. Other grammar topics introduced include demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, those), speaking about future events and plans using “ir a” (going to), and an introduction to direct object pronouns in the third person (I buy it, We see them, He hugs her).

Students will enjoy practicing the structures studied with dynamic, conversational activities discussing topics such as their habits, future plans, daily schedule, and family routines. After having taken Beginner III, students should be able to respond to questions like:

¿Quién viene a la fiesta?
¿Puedes levantar la mesa?
¿Puedo mover su silla?
¿Qué vas a hacer este fin de semana?
¿Va a preparar ella la cena?
¿En esta escuela estudia Luis?
¿Dónde lo tienen?

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, aquel, etc.”
  5. Common irregular verbs “hacer, poner, salir, oir, venir, saber
  6. Direct object pronoun as a thing "lo, la, los, las"
  7. Direct object pronoun as a person "lo, la, los, las" and "personal a"
  8. The verb “Ir" and expressing 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