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Foundations in Spanish

A first semester Spanish course for middle school students, focusing on vocabulary acquisition and culture utilizing current events, music videos, musical theater, geography, and history.
Brigid Pérez, Dyslexia & Dyscalculia Specialist
287 total reviews for this teacher
14 reviews for this class
Completed by 88 learners
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$16 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 16 weeks
50 minutes per class
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I have been speaking Spanish since I was quite young. My mother felt it was very beneficial for me to learn a second language, and started teaching me, as she herself endeavored to master the language. She took me to whatever cultural venues she could find, The Spanish Repertorio, flamenco dances or guitar ensembles at cultural centers, usw.  When I was 11, she sent me to visit friends and spend the summer in Costa Rica. I even had the opportunity to go to school there for a time. It was an unforgettable experience that set me on a new trajectory.

Later, I studied Spanish in high school, and majored in Spanish (and Economics) in college. I spent part of my first year in Ecuador, where I was once again immersed in the language.  I also had the opportunity to study the history at the university and explore the culture living with a host family. 

My studies and travels have since led me to return numerous times to Costa Rica, branch out to include Nicaragua, live and travel in Spain, and take a number of trips to Mexico, where I lived amongst locals.. I have also had the opportunity to host visitors from overseas, including Spain, Colombia, and Mexico, thus continuing the tradition of cultural exchange.

Over the years, I have developed near native fluency in the Spanish language. I use it on a daily basis, speak it at home, and have taught it now to students of all ages, including preschoolers and college professors. 

As a native English speaker, (and a grammarian at heart) I have the added bonus of possessing a deep understanding of the aspects of language that English speakers struggle with, and can tailor my lessons accordingly. 

I love languages, and I love seeing students have those aha moments, when things suddenly connect and make sense. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world and it can build so many bridges for young people. I can help them build a solid foundation for that bridge.
This is a robust academic Spanish course that has weekly assignments posted in the accompanying Google Classroom. These cover a great variety of information, and include maps/ geography of the Spanish speaking world, travel videos, cultural information videos, cooking videos, history of the Spanish speaking world (articles and videos), conversation exercises, television show recommendations, Quizlet study sets, hands-on assignments, and written assignments. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students present a final project which is a culmination of their developing speaking abilities. They will speak solely in the target language (Spanish) and introduce themselves to their classmates, giving basic personal information and also talk about something of interest to them (hobbies, talents, etc...) Formats vary, but many students choose to use a powerpoint to accompany their oral presentation. 
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Students need daily practice when learning a foreign language. This course will incorporate the use of various technologies and media resources. Many younger students will need help in maneuvering these various websites - at least in the initial stages...to get started. Parents are still the primary teacher, and there is the expectation that they will be actively involved in the learning process.


Brigid Pérez, Dyslexia & Dyscalculia SpecialistOrton Gillingham Trained Instructor Specializing in Dyslexia and Dyscalculia
287 total reviews
500 completed classes

About Me

I have been teaching and tutoring students for over 20 years, as a middle school and high school teacher, a college adjunct, and children's museum educator. 

I am a homeschool mom to three, with one already graduated. My oldest, began her... 
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