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Spanish Beginner IV

Course Description: Students in Beginner IV will continue to develop their Spanish abilities in the present tense. It is recommended for those who have successfully completed Spanish Beginner III, or who have studied Spanish previously and have a basic understanding of regular and irregular verb conjugation in the present tense and a foundational vocabulary including numbers, emotions, descriptions, family, weather, clothing, and hobbies.

This course will expand on the use of third person direct object pronouns that were introduced in Beginner III and will introduce first and second person direct object pronouns. Students will also learn new irregular verbs, basic reflexive verbs to express daily routines, contrasting usage of verbs expressing “to know”, and the differences between “por” and “para”, two words that are commonly misused in Spanish.

Students in Beginner IV will also start to explore the usage and conjugation of verbs in the present progressive tense (I am running, you are swimming, etc.), henceforth expanding their knowledge of Spanish language structures.

Prerequisite: Spanish Beginner III 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. Common irregular verbs “conocer, obedecer, traducir, conducir
  2. Saber” vs. “conocer”; “Llevar” vs. “traer
  3. Direct object pronouns "me, te, nos, lo, la, los, las"
  4. Common prepositions of time "antes de, despues de, durante, hasta, desde, etc."
  5. Reflexive pronouns and verbs of daily routine
  6. Present progresive “estar” + gerund
  7. Present progresive with direct object pronouns
  8. Uses of “por” and “para

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