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What will students learn in your beginners Spanish course?

We asked several Spanish online tutors about the concepts and skills beginners will grasp in their lessons.

Kieran Ball

In the 3 Minute Spanish course, you’ll learn a base vocabulary of extremely useful words and phrases that you can use as soon as you arrive in any Spanish-speaking country. You’ll learn to put these words and phrases together to form your own sentences, and I’ll give you plenty of learning techniques to show you how to make sure you remember all this new knowledge. You’ll learn how to describe things, how to give your opinion, how to be polite, how to pronounce Spanish words and much more. You’ll also look at grammatical features of the language in a very easy-to-understand way – you’ll learn what nouns and adjectives are, and how to make them plural. You’ll be speaking Spanish and forming your own sentences before the end of the very first lesson!

Jennifer Corralizza

In this Spanish course, students will immerse themselves in a comprehensive learning journey that covers a range of core concepts and skills. Some key areas of focus include:

1. Vocabulary Acquisition: Students will learn and internalize the top 100 most frequently used words in Spanish, forming a solid foundation for effective communication.

2. Listening Comprehension:Through engaging activities, including music-based exercises, students will enhance their ability to understand spoken Spanish and develop their ear for the language.

3. Phrases and Sentence Construction:Building on the vocabulary foundation, students will learn essential phrases and practice constructing basic sentences, enabling them to initiate simple conversations.

4. Real-life Communication: Students will practice using the language in authentic scenarios, allowing them to communicate effectively in real-life situations beyond the classroom.

5. Cultural Connection:Beyond linguistic aspects, students will also gain insight into Spanish-speaking cultures, helping them appreciate the context in which the language is used.

6. Confidence-building:The course is structured to gradually build learners’ confidence through incremental competency, ensuring a comfortable and effective learning experience.

By the end of the course, students will have developed practical language skills that empower them to engage in conversations, comprehend basic content, and lay the groundwork for further language proficiency.

Octavio Olenik Giaccaglia

I’d like to talk about what I call “the two realms”. The first one is the linguistic one, while the second one is the extra-linguistic one. The linguistic one is composed of everything strictly language related (i.e. syntax, grammar, morphology, pronunciation, etc) and it helps the student build skills such as audio-comprehension, written comprehension, sentence structuring, word formation through derivation processes and, of course, how to use all these elements when speaking the language.

Now, the second realm is related to Hispanic cultural literacy. As soon as possible, I like to introduce more complex topics by using level adequate news, videos and conversations. In order to properly learn a language, one needs to be surrounded of as much information and context as possible and, plus, to be able to see and judge a different culture from the new glasses you wear when speaking a foreign language makes everything more engaging and formative.