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"Spanish that Works for You"
Basic Course Outline

NOTE:  Vocabulary pages may be added at the end of each lesson
 to customize the content to fit the needs of your group.
Older versions of the course available as reproducible course kits for
library, school, city court, and community follow a similar outline.

UNIT ONE:   “Your name, please.”

Lesson 1:  Saying & Understanding
How to say basic words in Spanish, using a pronunciation guide written especially for English speakers. Practice saying Spanish names with correct pronunciation.

Lesson 2:  Basic Things
The names of basic things plus social expressions, so you can greet someone and politely ask for his or her name, number, card, book, etc.

Supplement with additional things words from your specialty area to customize the dialogues to your own situation. Examples include CD, magazine (library module), homework, gum (school module), case, citation (court module), and water, bread (community module).

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

Lesson 3:  More About Things
How to talk about more than one thing, and how to describe something with another noun, such as books in Spanish, class for children, work address, and home telephone number. 

Apply the same basic concepts to your specialty vocabulary, for example: library card, videos for children (library module), English homework, music class (school module), docket number, Social Security number (court module), and fish taco with cheese and salsa (community module).

Lesson 4:  Do you have...?
How to ask someone if he or she has or does not have something, starting with the basic things and expanding to your specialty vocabulary.  

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

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

Lesson 6:  Places
Names for basic places, such as entrance, exit, office, and bathroom.  

Supplement with additional places words from your specialty area, such as circulation desk, computer area (library module), cafeteria, gymnasium (school module), courtroom, payment box (court module), and restaurant, hotel (community module).

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

Lesson 7:  I need...
How to ask someone what he or she needs or wants.

Lesson 8:  My child needs...
Basic family words, and how to ask for something for a family member. 

Supplement with additional people words from your specialty area, such as patron, librarian, volunteer (library module), teacher, counselor, secretary (school module), judge, lawyer, interpreter (court module), and waiter, doctor, employee (community module).

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

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

Lesson 11:  Actions
How to make polite requests for common actions, such as Please write your name, Please don't eat here, or It's not permitted to talk, without having to conjugate new verbs.

Supplement with actions words from your specialty area, such as to check out, to renew (library module), to study, to play (school module), to dispute, to turn in (court module), and to visit, to purchase (community module).

Lesson 12:  I want to speak
How to use the verbs want, need, have to, can, and going to with actions words, so you can build sentences such as Do you want to use the telephone? and I need to return tomorrow.

The additional actions words from your specialty area allow you to produce sentences such as Do you want to reserve the computer? / You need a card to check out materials (library module); You need to study for the test / Do you want to take an art class? (school module); You need to pay the fine / Do you want to dispute the citation? (court course); I'm going to pay the bill / Can you please bring me a mango juice? (community course).

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

Lesson 13:  How Much
Numbers 1-101 and how to talk about how much someone owes, or what someone should do.  

Lesson 14:  When?
How to express the time, day, and date, and how to give a due date. How to talk about the date today, versus the day of an event (meeting, class, hearing, test, etc.)

UNIT EIGHT:   “How may I help you?”

Lesson 15:  Getting Information
How to ask someone for name, address, age, and telephone or other numbers.

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

NOTE: The library specialty module includes additional words for checked-out, overdue, renewed, reserved, on hold, and requested. 


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. Mix and match your specialty flashcards with the basic set (some words may overlap), so you learn the words that are most important to you. The "sentence builders" help you to see how everything fits together.

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