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.

Sometimes students are not sure which classes or conversation groups to take so check out the Class Placement Guide to determine which classes are recommended for you!   Classes and conversation groups are free to club members.

2019 – 2020 Fall & Winter Class Chart

 

Textbook & Book SectionsLevelFacilitatorDayRoom TimeStart
Sp. Is Fun Bk 1
Lessons 1-8
Beg. Level 1MaryAnn JaskenMon.Chicory9-11 amOct. 21  
Sp. Is Fun, Bk 1,
Lessons 9-16
Beg. Level 2Brenda MelcherMon.Mesquite9-11 amOct. 21  
Sp. Is Fun, Bk 1 &
Basic Sp. Conv.
Beg. Level 3Joyce LustyMon.Ocotillo9-11 amOct. 21  
Reading for
Vocab & Fluency
Beg. Levels 2 & 3Eleine GreeneTues.Chicory9-11 amOct. 22
Destinos
Audio-Visual
Int. & Adv.Lola CrillyTues.Porcelain
Room
11:15 - 1:00Oct. 22
Sp. Is Fun, Book 2,
Part 3 of 3
Adv.Jim KhamiTuesMesquite 9-11 amOct. 22
Sp. Is Fun, Bk. 1 Beg. Level 1MaryAnn JaskenWedChicory9-11 amOct. 23
Sp. Is Fun, Bk 1 Beg. Level 2Brenda MelcherWed.Mesquite 9-11 amOct. 23
In-Home Reading
Group
Int. & Adv.Dora GruberWed.In-Home2-4Oct. 23
Guided ConversationHi-Int. & Adv.Keka WessmanThurs.Mesquite9-11 amOct. 24
Social Conversation Adv.Gloria MamolaThurs.Chicory9-11 amOct. 24
Sp. Is Fun, Bk. 1 Beg. Level 1Rosemary BossertFri.Mesquite9-11 amJan. 10 
ConversationBeg. & Int.Bill PriceFri.Chicory9-11 amOct. 25
In-Home Reading
Group
Int. & Adv.Lola CrillyFri.In-Home2-4Oct 25

Classes are held at Beardsley Rec Center.

2019 – 2020 Fall & Winter Class Schedule Description

Monday Classes

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: 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 MaryAnn’s or Rosemary’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: Beginning Spanish – Bk 1 Level 3 Facilitator: Joyce Lusty

Text: Spanish Is Fun, Bk 1 – 5th Edition, **Lessons 17 to the end of the text Recommended for: students who have finished Parts 1 and 2 of Spanish Is Fun, Bk 1.

Class Description: Other than developing a more extensive vocabulary and improved fluency of expression, topics include introduction to irregular present tense verbs (such as ir and decir), stem changing verbs, plus past tense verbs used in conversational interactive situations. Other topics include expanded use of prepositions, numbers, demonstrative adjectives. We will group conversational work with advanced speakers who will facilitating groups of 3-4 students. Venga a disfrutarse, expresarse, y conversar.

Tuesday Classes

 

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

Text: Peter Va a Columbia

Recommended for: Members who have completed Brenda’s class, all of Bk 1, or the beginning units of Spanish is Fun Bk 2 with Jim. The class would be considered High Beginner/Low Intermediate.

Class Description: In Peter Va a Columbia, 12-year-old Peter is from Des Moines Iowa. A video-game enthusiast and avid reader, Peter learns about Colombia from his Spanish teacher and decides to visit. But once there surprises meet him at every turn! This book is a fun introduction to Colombia. This is a Level 1 reading and comprehension group.

**Books are available at cost through the Spanish Club̊.

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Class: Intermediate Spanish, Part 3 of 3 parts Instructor: Jim Khami

Text: Spanish is Fun Bk 2 – 3rd Edition

Recommended for: Students who have completed Spanish is Fun, Book 1 and who want to continue to develop their ability to understand and speak the language correctly. Students who concurrently take one of the conversational classes on other days will find this class to be a good reinforcement of grammar. Completion of the Intermediate Class Parts 1 and 2 is recommended but not required.

Class Description: The class will follow the textbook and learn additional grammar beginning with Chapter 12 through the end. Your facilitator will introduce other learning exercises along the way to increase your comprehension and speaking ability. Emphasis will be on understanding and expressing yourself naturally rather than on strict translation. All grammar and tenses will be reviewed and explained with ample opportunity to practice reading and speaking in order to acquire the ability to express yourself confidently in Spanish.

**Books are available at class through the Spanish Club.

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**, Spanish-English Dictionary, 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.

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

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Class: In-Home Reading Group
Facilitator: Dorita Gruber
Recommended for: Members who have studied past and future tenses. Intermediate Level Reading

Text: Rebeldas de Tejas. Thousands of illegal U.S. citizens are pouring into the Mexican territory of Texas. When Mexican dictator Santa Anna discovers they have seized the Álamo, he is determined to kill or drive all of them out of Texas. Through the eyes of historical figures, experience las posadas, tejano culture and three battles that changed Mexico forever. This is a Level 2 reading and comprehension group.

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) 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 studentswho want to practice speaking about the present or past. Stop in to see what the class is about.

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Class: Beginning Spanish Level 1 – Begins in January
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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Class: In-Home Reading Group Facilitator: Lola Crilly
Text: Rival

Recommended for: The level is Hi-Intermediate/Advanced.

Class Description: The book “Rival” Description: Explore the epic Battle of las Navas de Tolosa, a crucial turning point in the Spanish Reconquista, through the eyes of Knight Templar Pedro Vega Garcia and his 16-year old niece Clare. This is a Level 3 reading and comprehension group.