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LIVE Spanish Classes
If you are taking our FREE online Spanish 1, 2, or 3 courses, we offer live Spanish practice classes online. Students get to participate in dialogues and in other activities to practice speaking and listening. These are optional, additional practice classes which complement the free online courses. These classes are not intended to teach the material, but to enable students to practice speaking using the material learned from the online course. Not all of the material from the online courses will be covered in the live classes.
These classes cost $99 per student for the school year (26 sessions). Discounts are available for families registering multiple students. You’ll choose from available class times, which are listed in the details below.
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Your Spanish Live Class Teacher
Liz Fernandez is a longtime friend of the Giles family. Lee Giles and Liz went to college together and Liz was the maid of honor at our wedding. Liz is a native Spanish speaker with a degree in Spanish, and has taught Spanish at different levels in various school settings. She has taught in both public and private schools and tutors middle and high school students in various subjects. She is originally from New York City and her family heritage is from the Dominican Republic. She also lived abroad in Salamanca, Spain. Liz is a very entertaining teacher with a highly encouraging and motivating style.
What is it?
We will have live online weekly practice sessions for students taking Spanish 1, Spanish 2, or Spanish 3 on Easy Peasy. Students beginning Spanish 1 in September don’t need any prior Spanish to begin this course. Students beginning with Spanish 2 should have completed the equivalent of EP’s Spanish 1 course. The classes will be led by native Spanish speaker Liz Fernandez (see above). The classes will be recorded in case you miss one, but the point is to be there live and participate!
This weekly online class is not a course and is not intended to teach the course material. The students will learn through the course on EP’s high school site. This is an optional addition to that online course, as speaking and interaction is a valuable part of language learning. Not all of the material from the online courses will be covered in the live classes.
We will be not be issuing grades or certificates.
Who is it for?
These are intended as 8th – 11th grade courses. The age range is 11 – 17.
When will classes be?
Spanish Live classes will start in September and go through May. Class will meet most weeks throughout the school year. Each class will be an hour long. The times below are all in Eastern Standard Time. These days and times are for the 2020-2021 school year. A calendar will be posted here when it is ready.
- Spanish 1 will have three classes to choose from:
- Tuesday 2:00 PM
- Tuesday 7:30 PM
- Thursday 2:00 PM
- Spanish 2 has two classes to choose from:
- Monday 3:30 PM
- Thursday 7:30 PM
- Spanish 3 has just one class (same time as the current Spanish 2 class):
- Monday 2:00 PM
How will it work?
Students will need to have completed at least the first TEN days of their course before the first live class. Each week you’ll need to have progressed five days in the curriculum to be prepared for the next live class. There will be breaks to help you catch up and stay on track if necessary. You only need to be past that day number. It doesn’t matter if you are ahead.
Students will be expected to be familiar with the vocabulary and grammar introduced in the online lessons. They will get a quick overview of what was taught that week, but the main point is for them to talk and interact. They will answer questions on the microphone. They will be able to get into groups to do dialogues with others.
What do I need?
You don’t even need a computer to join in. The classes are taught on Zoom. You’ll need to download the free app onto your phone, tablet, or computer, or even as a browser extension. (Here’s the Kindle version.) The app will enable you to participate in the class instead of just watching it.
We probably won’t be using video in the class, but you’ll need a microphone. Computers, tablets, and phones come with a built-in microphone, but you’ll want to make sure yours works.
You’ll also need earbuds or earphones so that when you come on the microphone we won’t hear an echo.
The cost will be $99 per student for the full nine-month course. There are discounts if you are registering more than one student from the same family. You can see those prices when you click on registration.
If you withdraw, you will be refunded $10 for any month not yet started.