Learn the essential Spanish for teachers so you can communicate effectively with your Spanish-speaking students and parents.
If you struggle to communicate with your Spanish-speaking students and their families, and you don't know your cabeza from your codo (that's your head from your elbow), don't worry—help is here!
Whether you took a Spanish class 20 years ago and just want to brush up a bit, or you have never taken a Spanish class, you will learn the essential Spanish for teachers and bridge the communication gap with your Spanish-speaking students and parents. Rest assured that this won't be anything like your typical high school Spanish course. You will learn new words in easy-to-digest bites, and each lesson will include Supplementary Material to help you keep expanding your vocabulary.
This course starts with the basics of Spanish pronunciation, and then moves right into simple words for everyday things, such as colors, numbers, and question words. Then you will learn more of the basics of conversational phrases, family names, and directions. You will understand what it's like on the first day of school and words relating to enrolling new students, conversing in the classroom, talking about rules and behavior, and basic vocabulary for various academic subjects.
Finally, you will discover some survival phrases for the parent-teacher conference as you learn to describe how a child is doing, talk about academic or behavior problems, and discuss grades and homework. By the end of this course, you will be well on the path to becoming a Spanish speaker and communicating more effectively with the Spanish-speakers all around you.
Note: To receive 25 hours of instruction in the State of Oregon, please ensure your school is eligible to issue professional development units, and that the course is approved by your professional learning coordinator.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
1 Speaking, Spelling, and Counting in Spanish
In this lesson, you will discover that mastering the Spanish alphabet is as easy as A-B-C! You will also learn simple tricks for pronouncing Spanish words, and you will start building your vocabulary by learning to count from zero to nine.
2 Colors, Gender in Spanish, and More Counting Words
In this lesson, you will learn the Spanish words for a rainbow of colors and find out how to count all the way up to 199—all while learning fun facts about the culture of Latin America.
3 Talking About People
Family is all-important to many Spanish speaking cultures. In this lesson, you will find out how to say the names of all your student's relatives. Also, you will start putting your words into conversational phrases and sentences.
4 Words for Talking About "Who" and "When"
This lesson explores pronouns, an important building block of your Spanish vocabulary. In addition, you will learn how to talk about the months of the year and the days of the week.
5 Directional Words, Questions, and Prepositions
Super-charge your Spanish sentences with new power words! In this lesson, you will learn prepositions, words for directions, and three new words for asking questions.
6 Verbs, Verbs, Verbs!
If you think Spanish verbs are a big headache, you're in for a pleasant surprise. This lesson explores "easy" verb tenses and delves into the difference between the "to be" verbs, ser, and estar.
7 Off to School! Survival Phrases for the First Day
You will add to your repertoire of Spanish survival phrases in this lesson and discover a simple way to ask key questions when enrolling new students. You will also master an important new skill: telling time in Spanish.
8 Conversing in the Classroom
You’re back-to-school to learn the Spanish words for common classroom objects and activities. In this lesson, you will strengthen your communication skills with a host of new adjectives that will come in handy both in and out of the classroom.
9 Words for Talking About School Rules and Feelings
“How are you feeling today?” By the end of this lesson, you will be able to ask and answer that question in Spanish! You will also know how to explain classroom rules, regulations, and instructions to students en español.
10 Vocabulary for Teaching and Learning
Words for teaching, learning, and doing are at the top of the agenda for this lesson. In addition, you will look at vocabulary builders you can use to explain concepts in English, math, science, and history.
11 Visiting the Cafeteria, Playground, and Nurse's Office
If you need to assist a student in the cafeteria or on the playground, you will have lots of helpful words at your fingertips after this lesson. You will also learn key vocabulary words for talking about those medical emergencies that sometimes happen on campus.
12 Making the Parent-Teacher Conference a Success
Parent-teacher conferences go much more smoothly when you can share information directly with Spanish-speaking parents or guardians. In this lesson, you will learn lots of new words for describing your students' strengths, pointing out areas where they can improve, and praising their achievements