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Essential Spanish Immersion
Available Classes
    Section Location Begin Date End Date Instructor Price Seats Available/Total Seats
235646 Face-to-Face Online Instruction 09/14/2020 05/25/2021 M. Castillo $180.00 0/20
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Serious and dedicated students that would like to learn the basics of communicative Spanish in one year.
Do you really want to learn Spanish? Then, take this year-long, immersive course designed to help you to develop proficiencies in speaking, listening, reading and writing Spanish. After you complete the course, you will be able to demonstrate competency with vocabulary, conversation, and writing. You will be able to read simple narratives required for communication and survival. This seated class also has an online component as a supplement. To assess and reinforce your understanding of Spanish, homework and exams will be required. A Wake Tech Essential Spanish Certificate noting CEUs (Continuing Education Units) and hours completed will be awarded for those that complete and pass the course.
Course Objectives
  1. learn the Spanish language and understand Spanish culture
  2. learn to write in Spanish
  3. learn to read Spanish
  4. understand and be able to use practical Spanish
Outline of Instruction
  1. Nouns and articles
    Numbers 0-30
    Present tense of ser
    Telling time
    Greetings and leave-takings
    Identifying yourself and others
    Expressions of courtesy
    Greetings and Kissing in Hispanic countries
  2. Present tense of -ar verbs
    Forming questions in Spanish
    Present tense of estar
    Numbers 31 and higher
    Fields of study and academic Life
    Days of the Week
    Class Schedules
    Choosing a career
  3. Descriptive adjectives
    Possessive adjectives
    Present tense of -er and -ir verbs
    Present tense of tener and venir
    The family
    Identifying people
    Professions and Occupations
    What's your name?
  4. Present tense of ir
    Stem-changing verbs: e >ie, o>ue
    Stem-changing verbs: e > i
    Verbs with irregular yo forms
    Places in the city
    Real Madrid and Barca, the rivalry.
  5. Estar with conditions and emotions
    The present progressive
    Ser and estar
    Direct object nouns and pronouns
    Travel and vacation
    Months of the year
    Seasons and weather
    Ordinal numbers
    Iguazu Falls
  6. Saber and conocer
    Indirect object pronouns
    Preterite tense of regular verbs
    Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
    Clothing and shopping
    Negotiating a price and buying
    More adjectives
    Outdoor Markets
  7. Reflexive verbs
    Indefinite and negative words
    Preterite of ser and ir
    Verbs like gustar
    Daily routine
    Personal hygiene
    Time expressions
    La siesta
  8. Preterite of stem-changing verbs
    Double object pronouns
    Food descriptions
    Fruits and Vegatables
  9. Irregular preterites
    Verbs that change meaning in the preterite
    ¿Qué? and ¿Cuál? (What and Which)
    Pronouns after prepositions
    Parties and celebrations
    Personal relationships
    Stages of life
    Semana Santa (Easter)-holiday and tradition
  10. The imperfect tense
    The preterite and the imperfect
    Constructions with se
    Health and medical terms
    Parts of the body
    Symptoms and medical conditions
    Health professions
    Health Services
  11. Familiar commands
    Por and para
    Reciprocal reflexives
    Stressed possessive adjectives and pronouns
    Home electronics
    Computers and the Internet
    The car and its accessories
    Social Networks, Texting
  12. Relative pronouns
    Formal (usted/ustedes) commands
    The present subjunctive
    Subjunctive with verbs of will and influence
    Household chores
    Table settings
    Central patio
  13. The subjunctive with verbs of emotion
    The subjunctive with doubt, disbelief, and denial
    The subjunctive with conjunctions
    The environment
    Recycling and conservation
    The Andes Move!
  14. The subjunctive in adjective clauses
    Nosotros/as commands
    Past participles used as adjectives
    City life
    Daily chores
    Money and banking
    At a post office
    Traveling by metro
  15. Present Perfect
    Past Perfect
    Present Perfect Subjunctive
    Health and well-being
    Exercise and physical activity
    Natural Spas
  16. Future
    Future Perfect
    Past Subjunctive
    Professions and occupations
    The workplace
    Job interviews
    Employment benefits
  17. Conditional
    Conditional Perfect
    Past Perfect Subjunctive
    The arts
    Caracas Contemporary Museum of Art
  18. Si clauses
    Summary of the uses of the subjunctive
    Current events and politics
    The media
    Natural disasters
    Social protests
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Vistas 5th edition and supersite access, ISBN: 978-1-62680-681-8
Loose-leaf edition available at
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Facilities must have internet access
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Final exam grade of 70% or higher
  4. Completion of Homework
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Serious and dedicated students that would like to learn the basics of communicative Spanish in one year.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
  • Spanish for Beginners - FLI-3717N3
  • Essential Spanish 1 - FLI-3717AU2
  • Essential Spanish 2 - FLI-3717AT2
  • Essential Spanish 3 - FLI-3717AX2
  • Essential Spanish 4 - FLI-3717AW2
  • Essential Spanish 5 - FLI-3717AV2
Course Contact Information
Susan Shostak