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Conversational Spanish Courses Using Sight First™ Methodology

Landscape and Construction Courses Using Sight First™ Methodology

Conversational Spanish Courses Using Sight First™ Methodology

We utilize a new approach to language learning for adults, which we call Sight First.™  After early adulthood, our learning shifts from an auditory dimension to visual.  We teach you the four basic language skills in each lesson.  We start with the skill of reading, progress to writing, then listening and finally speaking.  Thus the same material is properly balanced in the four different skill areas necessary to gain mastery of the language.

The Skill of Reading

A conversation-based vocabulary of individual words and pre-cast phrases derived from practical everyday situations of work, travel and common communication terminology is presented at the beginning of each lesson.  

Various written exercises including graded readings develop the skill of reading, which includes learning the words and idiomatic expressions of converstional Spanish. 

The Skill of Writing

The mechanics of sentence construction are presented from the first lessons.  A tongue-tied student results from deficiency in the skill of sentence construction.  Vocabulary and language items are presented with exercises on sentence construction.

The Skill of Listening

The listening skill is practiced by viewing the episodes of the acclaimed Destinos Television Series.   These are half-hour video episodes to which each Practical Spanish lesson is matched.  They are viewed either in class or outside class via broadband at the Annenberg web site.  The student compares the written form of the language to how it sounds when spoken in conversation by native speakers of Spanish.  Various exercises then test the students' comprehension of the videos.

The Skill of Speaking

For most adult students this is the most difficult skill.  Each lesson concludes with section called De improviso... . These are role-playing situations between student and teacher based on the testing scheme of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). 

In these structured role plays drawn from situations in the video, all the vocabulary and language material practiced throughout the lesson comes together.  Situations include talking on the telephone, ordering meals, taking a cab, buying a ticket on the train, getting a hotel room and various problems that arise in travel and life in general.

The texts used are Practical Spanish Book One by John St. Clair for the beginning series of courses, (Spanish 1 - 7); Practical Spanish Book Two by John St. Clair for the intermediate series (Spanish 21-26) and Temas y lemas by John St. Clair for the advanced series (Spanish 31 - 36)

Landscaping and Associated Trades Course Using Sight First™ Methodology

This course of two eight week sessions of 16 hours each is for owners and supervisors of landscape, construction, construction clean up, janitorial services and property management concerns. 

The lessons cover the same ground as the regular conversation classes described above except for the inclusion of vocabulary, phrases and situations common to these professions.  Workplace vocabulary includes, and actual terminology used in these professions.  The situations are common workplace problems.

VocabularyTopics include Spanish for employment,  employer-employee relations, assignment of work, work place rules, cleaning, excavation, layout, sprinkler systems, maintenance, concrete, framing, electrical and plumbing.

The text used is De Veras: Spanish for Landscape and Construction  by John St. Clair

IN PERSON Classes are held at SFLI location in the Scottsdale Airpark.

REMOTE  Classes are held via FaceTime or Skype at your location of choice.

Spanish 1.

Spanish pronunciation, basic vocabulary and grammar necessary to converse, read and understand Spanish. Numbers,sentence and question construction.  Present tense of regular verbs. Vocabulary and Phrasic Modules. Verbs: ser, estar, tener and many others needed for basic communication.   Destinos episodes 1-4 are used.  Text: Practical Spanish Book One.

Spanish 2.

Continued study of nouns, adjectives and irregular present tense verbs.  Destinos episodes 5-8.

Spanish 3.

Completes the study of the present tense verbs.   Destinos episodes 9-11.

Spanish 4.

Introduction to the preterite tense and direct and indirect object pronouns. Destinos episodes 12-15

Spanish 5.

Completes study of the preterite tense in irregular verbs and the use of direct and indirect object pronouns in the same sentence.   Introduction to the imperfect tense. Destinos episodes 16-19.

Spanish 6.

Continued study of the imperfect tense in Spanish.  Destinos episodes 20-23

Spanish 7.

Concludes study of use of imperfect and preterite tenses together.   Complete review.  Destinos episodes 24-26.

Spanish 8.

Study of future tense, imperatives and introduction to the subjunctive.  Partial review.   Destinos episodes 27-30. Text: Practical Spanish Book Two.

Spanish 9.

Continued study of the subjunctive, command forms, relative pronouns and review of present perfect tense.  Destinos episodes 31-34.

Spanish 10.

Continued study of the subjunctive mood, irregular verbs and past subjunctive.  Destinos videos 35-38.

Spanish 11-13 Advanced topics in Spanish

Completes the initial study of the Spanish language.  Destinos videos 39-52

Spanish 14-20 Intermediate Spanish Review

For students having finished the equivalent of one year of college Spanish or having completed at least through Spanish 4 at SFLI.  Provides a review of initial grammatical forms and structure and develops oral fluency in structures learned to that point prior to more advanced study of the language.

Spanish 21-30 Advanced Spanish Review

For students having completed two years of college Spanish or having completed Spanish 13 at SFLI.  Develops advanced fluency in speaking Spanish together with a complete review of the language.

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