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Spanish Beginner V

Course Description: This course is the culmination of the Tierra Beginner course series. After completing it, students will be equipped with a complete and solid understanding of all the main structures of the Spanish language to be used when speaking in the present tense. Beginner V provides students with the opportunity to consolidate knowledge gained in previous levels and bolster confidence in speaking.

This course is recommended for those who have successfully completed Spanish Beginner IV, or who have previously studied Spanish and have a good understanding of how to conjugate regular and common irregular verbs in the present tense, how to use possessive and direct object pronouns properly, and how to use the present progressive tense.

In this level, students will deepen their understanding of the nuances of Spanish structure, learning new material such as negative expressions and superlatives as well as common verbs expressing communication and giving (ask, answer, respond, gift, buy, offer, etc.) and special verbs that operate similarly to "gustar".  Students will also be introduced to the use of indirect object pronouns and how they are used in conjuction with direct object pronouns, concepts that will be expanded on in the Intermediate I course.

Prerequisite: Spanish Beginner IV 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. Comparative forms and superlatives
  2. Negation - negative words
  3. Prepositions
  4. Indirect object pronouns "me, te, le, nos, les"
  5. Common verbs of giving “dar, prestar, ofrecer, entregar, regalar, comprar, etc.”
  6. Common verbs of communication “hablar, decir, preguntar, contestar, responder, contar, etc.”
  7. Double object pronouns (Indirect + Direct)
  8. Common verbs like “gustar”

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