Classes

You are most welcome in our Spanish Club, also known as Club Español! Members at all levels take part in our club. Some members are just beginning to learn a little Spanish. Other members are at the intermediate and advanced levels. We offer classes, conversation groups, fiestas, programs on culture, and movies. Our on-line newsletter will keep you informed about happenings in the club.  We hope you find something here to interest, educate, and excite you.  We’re proud to be able to offer so many options. Please take note of all the information included in this website.  

     


 

  2018 – 2019 Fall Semester Class Chart

Textbook & Book Sections

Level

Facilitator

Day

Room

 Time

Start

Robo en la Noche Beginner 2 – Intermed. Eleine Greene Mon. Chicory 9-11 am Oct. 22  
Basic Span.Conversation, Part 4 Advanced Joyce Lusty Mon. Ocotillo 9-11 am Oct. 22  
Spanish Is Fun,
 Book 1, 5th Ed. Units 1 & 2
Beginning Level 1 MaryAnn Jasken Mon. Mesquite 9-11 am Oct. 22  
             
Spanish Is Fun,
 Book 2, 2015 Edition  Level 2
Intermediate Level 2 Jim Khami Tues. Chicory 9-11 am Oct. 23
Spanish Is Fun,
 Book 1, 5th Ed. Units 3&4
Beginning Level 2 Brenda Melcher Tues Mesquite  9-11 am Oct. 23
             
Spanish Is Fun, Book 1, 
 5th Edition, Units 3 & 4
Beginning Level 2 Brenda Melcher Wed. Chicory  9-11 am Oct. 24
Spanish Is Fun, Book 1, 
 5th Edition, Units 1 & 2
Beginning Level 1 MaryAnn Jasken Wed Mesquite 9-11 am Oct. 24
             
Spanish Conversation: No Text Informal Conversation, Adv. Gloria Mamola Thurs. Chicory 9-11 am Ongoing
Structured Spanish Conversation Structured Conversation – Advanced Keka Wessman Thurs. Mesquite 9-11 am Oct. 25
             
Beginning Conversation All Levels Bill Price Fri. Chicory 9-11 am Oct. 26
Spanish Is Fun, Bk. 1,
 5th Edition, Chapters 1 – 4
Beginning Level 1 Rosemary Bossert Fri. Mesquite 9-11 am Jan. 11 


Classes are held at Beardsley Rec Center.  

        

  2018 – 2019 Fall & Winter Class Schedule Description

 

Monday Classes

 

Class: Beginning Reading for Discussion and Vocabulary
Facilitator: Eleine Greene (541-954-3322; ecgreenerainbow@yahoo.com)

Text: Robo en la Noche

Recommended for: Members who have completed Brenda’s class, Maralee’s class, or the beginning two units of Spanish is Fun Bk 2 with Jim. The class would be considered high beginner/low intermediate.

Class Description: Robo en la Noche is a beginning reader for students at the intermediate to advanced beginning level. It is written in the present tense, but there is a past tense option. The story is interesting and easy to follow. It’s very easy reading, so it’s the perfect way to improve your vocabulary and practice using the Spanish that you’ve been learning. The class will consist of reading and discussions in very simple Spanish. We work in small groups to make it informal and relaxing. Grammar will only be presented when it’s needed to explain the text.

 

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Class: Beginning Spanish – Level 1
Facilitator: Mary Ann Jasken (701-866-9460; majasken@hotmail.com)

Text: Spanish is Fun, Book 1- 5th Edition.
           ** Also need a Spanish-English Dictionary and a 3-ring binder with 4 dividers.

Recommended for: People who are new to Spanish and who want to learn some basic conversation and acquire an elementary understanding of how to use the language.

Class Description: This class is for those who have never studied Spanish before. We’ll learn Spanish pronunciation, practice simple conversations to introduce and describe ourselves and others and learn to ask and answer simple questions. We will study Chapter 1-8 of our textbook to accomplish the above. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn in six months and how much laughter is involved in learning a language. Chapters 1-4 will be covered Oct-Dec. Chapters 5-8 will be covered Jan-March.

** Books are available at cost through the club. Please be certain that if you order independently, you buy Edition 5.

 

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Class: Advanced Level Spanish – Year 4 of a 4 year program

Facilitator: Joyce Lusty (623-748-3628; joycelusty@hotmail.com)

Text: Basic Spanish Conversation Book, plus grammar from accompanying Grammar text and handouts.
            NOTE: The text is currently out of print, but copies will be available at minimal costthrough Club Español.

Recommended for: students who have been exposed to most of the verb tenses (except for subjunctive) and understand enough to know how to look up the correct verb form to use. Students should have a basic Spanish vocabulary.

Class Description: Application and review of grammar will be practiced using the Basic Spanish Conversation Book, starting with Unit 18 in October 2018. This interactive book has conversations with written and oral exercises based on daily life, travel, managing household tasks, going to the doctor/dentist/emergency room, car issues (accidents & tickets), etc.

The class consists of oral exercises and conversation, plus written homework exercises. All verb tenses, including Present, Future, Preterit, Imperfective and Perfective are reviewed and used. However, much of this year’s grammar may be referred to as “making sense of the Subjunctive.” Short stories will be sprinkled in for a fun. Low stress class. Participation encouraged.

 

Tuesday Classes

 

Class: Beginning Spanish – Bk 1 Level 2

Facilitator: Brenda Melcher (309-826-6718; melcherbrenda1@gmail.com)

Text: Spanish is Fun Bk. 1 – 5th Edition
           ** Chapter 9-16.
Also need a Spanish-English Dictionary and a 3-ring binder with 4 dividers.

Recommended for: Members who took Catherine’s, MaryAnn’s, Rosemary’s or Brenda’s class last year or for those who have previously studied Spanish and want to review regular present tense verbs, ser and estar, descriptive words, weather, and telling time.

Class Description: This is the 2nd part of Spanish is Fun, Book 1. There will be a review of pronunciation and we’ll continue with Chapter 9. The assumption is that you’re comfortable with Chapters 1-8 of the book. We’ll increase our ability to speak about people, places, and things in the present and ask questions about them. Our lessons will focus on speaking, reading, and listening to the Spanish language.

** Books are available at cost through the club. Please be certain that if you order independently, you buy Edition 5.

 

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Class: Intermediate Spanish, Part 2 of 3 parts 

Instructor: Jim Khami

Text: Spanish is Fun Bk 2 – 3rd Edition
Recommended for: Students who wish to build on their foundational knowledge of vocabulary and grammar from Spanish is Fun Bk 1.

Class Description: The textbook is Spanish Is Fun, Book 2, Third Edition. This year’s class will begin with learning the preterite and imperfect tenses and how to distinguish between them. We’ll also cover the future, present and past perfect tenses, with emphasis on reading, listening, and conversing. The goal of the class is to acquire the ability to think and express yourself in Spanish. All the tenses will eventually be covered by the end of the third year, as well as other grammatical concepts such as direct and indirect objects, demonstrative adjectives, prepositions, comparisons, numbers and dates. There will be ample opportunity to interact in a fun and stress-free environment with the instructor and other students in the class.

 

Wednesday Classes

 

Class: Beginning Spanish – Book 1 Level 1
Facilitator: Mary Ann Jasken (701-866-9460; majasken@hotmail.com)

Text: Spanish is Fun, Book 1- 5th Edition
           **
. Also need a Spanish-English Dictionary and a 3-ring binder with 4 dividers.

Recommended for: People who are new to Spanish and who want to learn some basic conversation and acquire an elementary understanding of how to use the language.

Class Description: This class is for those who have never studied Spanish before. We’ll learn Spanish pronunciation, practice simple conversations to introduce and describe ourselves and others and learn to ask and answer simple questions. We will study Chapter 1-8 of our textbook to accomplish the above. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn in six months and how much laughter is involved in learning a language. Chapters 1-4 will be covered Oct-Dec.; Chapters 5-8 will be covered Jan-March.

** Books are available at cost through the club. Please be certain that if you order independently, you buy Edition 5.

 

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Class: Beginning Spanish – Book 1 Level 2
Facilitator: Brenda Melcher (309-826-6718; melcherbrenda1@gmail.com)

Text: Spanish is Fun Bk. 1 – 5th Edition
            ** Chapter 9-16
. Also need a Spanish-English Dictionary and a 3-ring binder with 4 dividers

Recommended for: Members who took Catherine’s, MaryAnn’s, Rosemary’s or Brenda’s class last year or for those who have previously studied Spanish and want to review regular present tense verbs, ser and estar, descriptive words, weather, and telling time.

Class Description: This is the 2nd part of Spanish is Fun, Book 1. There will be a review of pronunciation and we’ll continue with Chapter 9. The assumption is that you’re comfortable with Chapters 1-8 of the book. We’ll increase our ability to speak about people, places, and things in the present and ask questions about them. Our lessons will focus on speaking, reading, and listening to the Spanish language.

** Books are available at cost through the club. Please be certain that if you order independently, you buy Edition 5.

 

Thursday Classes

 

Class: Spanish Conversation
Moderator: Gloria Mamola (Gloriamamola@AOL.com)

Materials: Whatever a member wishes to share.

Recommended for: Those who have a good background in Spanish and wish to improve their conversational abilities, have a desire to learn new vocabulary and idioms and a willingness to accept or offer suggestions/corrections to or from others in the group.

Class Description: Not really a class, these informal sessions are more like free-flowing conversations. Interesting topics are discussed: books being read, news articles, TV programs and in general, issues of everyday life. Religious and political topics are avoided. Whoever can come contributes something to the discussions.

 

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Class: Structured Spanish Conversation
Facilitator: Keka Wessman (KCL3@THEWESSMANS.COM)

Materials: a) Notes in Spanish podcasts and scripts
                       b) Articles about culture of Spanish speaking countries

Recommended for: People who want to have fun practicing the Spanish language. Students will use assigned reading and or audio material to be discussed during the class. The class is designed to increase vocabulary and fluency in speaking the language.

Class Description: The focus of this class is conversation. Students will prepare in advance by listening to and reviewing the weekly assignments. The podcast is used as a tool to start classroom conversation and questions about the language. The podcasts and scripts are available through the Spanish Club, but students need to be able to access them on their own electronic devices. In addition to the Podcast each week, students will choose a topic of interest for the following class and a few volunteers will prepare presentations. These presentations will generate questions and discussions in class.

 

Friday Classes

 

Class: Beginning Spanish Conversation 

Facilitator: Bill Price

Materials: Student-generated discussion topics.

Recommended for: High-beginning level students and intermediate level students who want to begin to use their Spanish language skills.

Class Description: Conversations on student generated topics keep this class interesting. Students can “drop in” for a day or attend regularly. No homework or preparation is required. Good for students who want to practice speaking about the present or past. Stop in to see what the class is about.

 

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New Beginning Class Begins January 11th

 

Class: Beginning Spanish Level 1 – Begins January 11th
Facilitator: Rosemary Bossert (708-710-7927; rcbossert@att.net)


Text: Spanish is Fun, Book 1

Recommended for: Those who are new to Spanish and would like to learn some basic vocabulary and pronunciation

Class Description: The class is an introduction to Spanish. The goal is to learn the Spanish alphabet, Spanish pronunciation, and basic vocabulary and grammar, with an emphasis on how to express oneself in the present tense. The class will emphasize the skills of listening and speaking. If you took this class last year and were comfortable with the material, you can register for Beginning Spanish Level 1 with MaryAnn on Monday or Wednesday. That class will review what was covered last year with Rosemary and continue with Chapter 5-8 in the book.

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