Spanish 1 Immersion
Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: 9-12th (see placement details below)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Section 1: M/Th 11:00 a.m. ET with Señora Fencer
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- students who are new to Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
- students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
An entry-level introduction to Spanish celebrating the immersion pedagogy whilst firmly rooted in grammar. Course will be conducted with an approximate 75/25 Spanish/English ratio. Students will learn to speak, read, write, and understand spoken and written Spanish via a variety of Spanish texts (including the Bible) with a focus on immersion and fluency.
Previous Spanish experience not required or expected. Those with some previous exposure to Spanish and/or Latin or other Romance languages are welcome, though this is a beginner’s course. See placement tab.
Please inquire if a higher level of Spanish is needed. Private or group tutoring may be available.
Schedule: The course meets 2 times per week for 60-75 minutes, affording adequate instructional time as well as time for more advanced conversational and writing practice and listening exercises.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
*Textbook TBA: One main immersion-style grammar textbook, plus one or more Spanish readers
*Spanish-English Bible : will be a required text, but the instructor has not yet picked specific version.
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Cecilia Fencer, also known as Cecy or Señora Fencer, is originally from Bolivia South America. She came to the United States sixteen years ago, after marrying her missionary husband Brian. They live in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia and together homeschool their four children while running a furniture business. Cecy’s love for he Spanish language and culture made her become a Spanish teacher. She has been teaching Spanish to different grades for the last thirteen years in a homeschool community, and also offering private tutoring services. She serves as a translator and interpreter in the County Public School where she lives. One of her favorite things is to see how communication barriers can be removed just by a better understanding of a language. She enjoys watching her children grow, teaching Spanish, gardening and being a bridge to understanding. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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