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Beginning Conversational Spanish (PD-BCS01)


Course Description

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and the number of Spanish speakers is growing every day. If you are trying to learn Spanish, this course will give you the opportunity to learn basic conversational Spanish. The goal of our program is to teach basic Spanish vocabulary, grammar, literacy, and conversation skills to students with little or no knowledge of the Spanish language.


Beginning Conversational Spanish Module 1
Elements of a Sentence

Module one will look at the basic phrases, letters, and numbers that you need to know in order to begin your basic conversations in Spanish. Additionally, we will explore new Spanish vocabulary for simple parts of speech. Also included in module one is basic pronunciation of the Spanish language.

Introduction, Greetings, the Alphabet and Numbers
Nouns, Articles, and Adjectives
Ser and Estar (Two verbs for "To be") and Present Tense
Hay (There is/ There are), Interrogative Words
Days of the Week, Months, Seasons, Dates and Time
Beginning Conversational Spanish Module 2
Elements of a Sentence Part 2

Moving in to module two, we will explore how to adjectives and irregular verbs, teaching you how to begin structuring your sentences. Also including in module two are how to use expressions.

Possessive and Demonstrative Adjectives
Irregular Verbs in the Present Tense
The Personal "a", Contractions "al" and "del"
Expressing Likes and Dislikes with "Gustar"
Negative Expressions
Beginning Conversational Spanish Module 3
Objects, Reflexive Verbs, and the Present Subjunctive

The Spanish language includes new uses of reflexive verbs and pronouns. Module three will identify how to use objects, reflexive verbs and impersonal expressions appropriately.

Direct Object Pronouns and Verbs like "Gustar"
"Que" as a Relative Pronoun
Indirect and Double Object Pronouns
New Uses of Reflexive Verbs
"Se" and Impersonal Expressions
Beginning Conversational Spanish Module 4
Present Tense, Imperfect Tense, and Double Object Pronouns

In module four students will look at how to communicate using past tense. We will also explore imperfect tense in module four. Also in module four is the identification of verbs with special meaning.

Introduction to the Preterit Tense (Past)
Irregular Verbs in the Preterit
Verbs with Special Meaning in the Preterit
Introduction to the Imperfect Tense
Preterit and Imperfect Compared


1 month




There are no specific prerequisites for this class. It is designed for anyone desiring to enhance their skills or learn the topics covered in the class.





This class is an independent-study course.  Students will have all the resources needed to successfully complete the course within the online material.  A student helpdesk is available for technical support during the course enrollment.


Internet Access

Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)
1 GB RAM minimum recommended
Operating Systems
Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
Web Browsers
Google Chrome is highly recommended
Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
Cookies MUST be enabled
Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded onto your computer.)
Adobe PDF Reader
Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
Adobe Flash Player (Required for many of our career courses and ALL of our IT courses.)
Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don't have PowerPoint)

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