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Spanish Beginner V

Course Description: This course is the culmination of the Tierra Beginner course series. Once you have completed it, you will be equipped with a complete and solid understanding of all the main structures of the Spanish language to be used with the present tense. 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 the topics covered in the prerequisite course.

In this level, you will deepen your understanding of the nuances of Spanish structure, learning more idiomatic expressions along with structures such as the present progressive, negative expressions, and stem-changing verbs in the present tense. This level provides the opportunity consolidate knowledge gained in previous levels and bolster confidence in speaking.

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:

Grammar Topics Studied:
1) The present progressive
2) Common helping verbs (pensar, querer, poder, necesitar, saber, preferir)
3) Saber vs. conocer (two verbs for “to know”)
4) Idiomatic expressions with tener
5) Special verbs to express obligation (Tener que, deber, hay que)
6) The relative pronoun “que”
7) More idiomatic expressions with hace and hay
8) Negative and indefinete expressions (nunca, nadie, tampoco, ninguno, alguno, etc.
9) Irregular verbs - Stem-changing, two vowels (cerrar-cierro, dormir-duermo, empezar-empiezo ...)

Key Vocabulary:
1) Emotions and conditions
2) The weather
3) Fruits and vegetables

Course Textbooks:

1. Bregstein, Barbara; Easy Spanish Step by Step; McGraw Hill ed. 2005
2. Maqueo, Ana María; Español para Extranjeros 1; Limusa 2da. edición, 2013