Outline for Reproducible Group Training Kit

Basic Library group course may be completed in 16 hours
(1 hour per lesson, two hours once or twice a week for 8 weeks)
 For a more in-depth training, allow 24 hours (1.5 hours per lesson)


UNIT ONE:   “Your name, please.”

Lesson 1:  Saying & Understanding
How to say library words in Spanish, using a pronunciation guide written especially for English speakers.

Lesson 2:  Things
The names of basic library things plus social expressions, so you can greet a patron and politely ask for a library card or material.

UNIT TWO:   “Do you have a pen or a pencil?”

Lesson 3:  More About Library Things
How to describe basic library things, so you can talk about books in Spanish, videos for children, or computer classes for adults.

Lesson 4:  Do you have...?
How to ask a patron if he or she has or does not have a library card, book, fine, etc.

UNIT THREE:   “Where is it?  It's over there!”

Lesson 5:  Where is / are...?
How to answer where library things are, by saying here, over there, or follow me, please.

Lesson 6:  Places around the Library
Names for library places, such as circulation desk, computer area, and bathroom, and how to tell a patron where library things are located.

UNIT FOUR: “My friend needs a pen or a pencil.”

Lesson 7:  I need...
How to ask a patron what he or she needs.

Lesson 8:  My child needs...
How to help patrons who are looking for something for a family member, or ask children where their parents are.

UNIT FIVE: “I'm a student.  I speak a little Spanish.”

Lesson 9:  I am...
How to meet people, give your name, profession, and location, and how to ask someone how he or she is feeling.

Lesson 10:  Do you want help?
How to ask what a patron wants, as well as strategies for what to do when a patron speaks too quickly, you can't remember a word, or you don’t understand what the patron is trying to say.

UNIT SIX:  “Do you want to speak Spanish?”

Lesson 11:  Library Actions
How to make polite requests for common library actions, such as Please sign-up here, Please don't eat in the library, or It's not permitted to run, without having to conjugate new verbs.

Lesson 12:  I want to read
How to use the verbs want, need, have to, can, and going to with common library actions, so you can build sentences such as Do you want to reserve the computer? or You need a card to check out materials.

UNIT SEVEN:  “The meeting is May 20th at 7:00 p.m.”

Lesson 13:  How Much
Numbers 1-101 and how to tell patrons about fines.

Lesson 14:  When?
How to express the time, day, and date, and how to give a due date.

UNIT EIGHT:   “How may I help you?”

Lesson 15:  Getting Information
How to ask a patron for name, address, age, and telephone or other numbers, plus how to talk about the name or number of a book.

Lesson 16:  Moving Forward
How to use a common Spanish ending (-ADO /-IDO) to talk about the state of an object (overdue, on hold) and to talk about the past: Have you returned the video? Tips on learning new vocabulary and integrating it into what you already know.


Includes information on the “Buddy-Buddy you” (tú), the endings for “we” verbs, and hints on how to understand topics such as para vs. por.  Pull-out reference sheets, phrase sheets, and flashcards reinforce learning and help you take your Spanish out into the world.

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