Our Amig@s por siempre Program

Spanish courses

Our Amig@s por siempre program will cover 24 modules, from Beginning to Advanced Spanish. As of Spring 2020, the program offers 16 modules for Beginning Spanish Terms I and II, and Intermediate Spanish Terms I and II. All 24 modules will be completed by Spring 2021.

The sequence of modules helps students transition from one term to the other in a seamless progression.  Each Module of Amig@s por siempre contains 3 sections: “Palabras”, “Estructura” and “¡Vida!”.

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We have purposely avoided calling this section vocabulary, though it deals with words.

In every traditional textbook, the vocabulary section includes a list of words to be memorized, “learned” that students are responsible for memorizing. In Amig@s por siempre, words are not to be memorized but used, applied and played with.

As students work with Palabras, they are in familiar territory. According to language experts, Spanish and English share 60% of their vocabulary, with minor spelling variations in many cases. When the vocabulary is related to the sciences, the commonality rises to 90%!

Each Palabras section includes from 10 to 13 tables or lists of words, totaling around 400 per module. Their relevance and reason for selection is related to their use in our ¡Vida! section.

Students are asked to simultaneously read and listen to the words as they are pronounced by modeling voices, paying attention to their pronunciation and their meaning in English. Students are later asked to record after the modeling.  The drill of recording their voices as they pronounce hundreds of relevant Spanish words, will also foment students’ oral production in a non-threatening context.

Formative assessment related to words will go from basic identifications in beginning Módulos, to more complex applications in future courses.

Individual, paired, group and full class activities and discussions enable further practice. Students are asked to participate in engaging exercises of identification, matching, definitions and more. Activities are visually engaging and communicative.

In conclusion, the Palabras section of this class is the student’s sandbox for playing with Spanish words and preparing for extended grammar practice in Estructura, and an amazing linguistic and cultural immersion in ¡Vida!

The Amig@s por siempre program supports a rich, visual and engaging approach to teaching grammar and learning.

The first activity of this section sets the stage for the learning objectives in this module. Students are asked to complete an introductory activity that uses visuals with no previous knowledge of the topic.

The subsection Observa que…. is a general introduction to the grammatical topic presented

Ten en cuenta… offers a more detailed presentation that helps introduce nuances around the main structural topic. There are many examples of translations and practical communicative applications of the topics at hand.

Each Quick quiz starts with a series of comprehension-checks, to ensure that students were able to follow the presentation. Terminology related to the topic is reviewed, and ample practice follows.

The Amig@s por siempre ¡Vida! section is dedicated to each and every Spanish-speaking country, including the United States.

Naming this section ¡Vida! (vs. cultura) reflects our intention to introduce students to the many aspects of life in our countries.

  • Así es… is a visual introduction to the country in focus. Data related to population, political geography, flag, currency… among others. A simple True/False activity ensures critical thinking and comprehension.

  • Todo sobre… takes a glance at the history, geography, life and other relevant aspects of life in the target country, from past to present.

  • Hecho en… highlights the creation, the arts and crafts and others that are at the base of the ingenuity of the people of the target country.

  • Nuestra lengua is a visual reflection on how our language works and how it can be used in practical-communicative situations, following the premise that visual comprehension precedes oral production.

  • The Así somos… readings introduce students to the character and characteristics of the people of each target country.

  • The Para comunicarnos section focuses on functional uses of Spanish.

  • Si viajas a… is a virtual invitation to explore the most beautiful areas of the target countries. Si viajas a… represents an opportunity to familiarize students with the geography, the history, artistic manifestations, among others, of our beautiful Spanish-speaking countries.

  • Aprender enseñando is a section inviting students to share what they have acquired working with their preferred section of each módulo. The activity should be submitted via Discussions in Canvas or presented in class, after students have transformed their presentation in a short but meaningful vlog.

  • La rica cultura… highlights the different cultural values of the target country: Art, food, music…

  • … en nuestra música is an opportunity to learn and enjoy the musical highlights of target countries.

  • … ejemplares is dedicated to highlight the contributions of some exemplary people, both men and women, from the target country, in areas such as the arts, sciences, humanitarian work…

Our Amig@s por siempre Program

Spanish courses

Our Amig@s por siempre program will cover 24 modules, from Beginning to Advanced Spanish. As of Spring 2020, the program offers 16 modules for Beginning Spanish Terms I and II, and Intermediate Spanish Terms I and II. All 24 modules will be completed by Spring 2021.

The sequence of modules helps students transition from one term to the other in a seamless progression.  Each Module of Amig@s por siempre contains 3 sections: “Palabras”, “Estructura” and “¡Vida!”.

View courses

We have purposely avoided calling this section vocabulary, though it deals with words.

In every traditional textbook, the vocabulary section includes a list of words to be memorized, “learned” that students are responsible to remembering. In Amig@s por siempre, words are not to be memorized but used, applied, and played with.

As students work with Palabras, they are in familiar territory. According to language experts, Spanish and English share 60% of their vocabulary, with minor spelling variations in many cases. When the vocabulary is related to the sciences, the commonality rises to 90%!

Each Palabras section includes from 10 to 13 tables or lists of words, totaling around 400 per module. Their relevance and reason for selection is related to their use in our ¡Vida! section.

Students are asked to simultaneously read and listen to the words as they are pronounced by modeling voices, paying attention to their pronunciation and their meaning in English. Students are later asked to record after the modeling.  The drill of recording their voices as they pronounce hundreds of relevant Spanish words, will also foment students’ oral production in a non-threatening context.

Formative assessment related to words will go from basic identifications in beginning Módulos, to more complex applications in future courses.

Individual, paired, group, and full class activities and discussions enable further practice. Students are asked to participate in engaging exercises of identification, matching, definitions and more. Activities are visually engaging and communicative.

In conclusion, the Palabras section of this class is the student’s sandbox for playing with Spanish words and preparing for extended grammar practice in Estructura, and an amazing linguistic and cultural immersion in ¡Vida!

The Amig@s por siempre program supports a rich, visual and engaging approach to teaching grammar and learning.

The first activity of this section sets the stage for the learning objectives in this module. Students are asked to complete an introductory activity that uses visuals with no previous knowledge of the topic.

The subsection Observa que…. is a general introduction to the grammatical topic presented

Ten en cuenta… offers a more detailed presentation that helps introduce nuances around the main structural topic. There are many examples of translations and practical communicative applications of the topics at hand.

Each Quick quiz starts with a series of comprehension-checks, to ensure that students were able to follow the presentation. Terminology related to the topic is reviewed, and ample practice follows.

The Amig@s por siempre ¡Vida! section is dedicated to each and every Spanish-speaking country, including the United States.

Naming this section ¡Vida! (vs. cultura) reflects our intention to introduce students to the many aspects of life in our countries.

  • Así es… is a visual introduction to the country in focus. Data related to population, political geography, flag, currency… among others. A simple True/False activity ensures critical thinking and comprehension.

  • Todo sobre… takes a glance at the history, geography, life and other relevant aspects of life in the target country, from past to present.

  • Hecho en… highlights the creation, the arts and crafts and others that are at the base of the ingenuity of the people of the target country.

  • Nuestra lengua is a visual reflection on how our language works and how it can be used in practical-communicative situations, following the premise that visual comprehension precedes oral production.

  • The Así somos… readings introduce students to the character and characteristics of the people of each target country.

  • The Para comunicarnos section focuses on functional uses of Spanish.

  • Si viajas a… is a virtual invitation to explore the most beautiful areas of the target countries. Si viajas a… represents an opportunity to familiarize students with the geography, the history, artistic manifestations, among others, of our beautiful Spanish-speaking countries.

  • Aprender enseñando is a section inviting students to share what they have acquired working with their preferred section of each módulo. The activity should be submitted via Discussions in Canvas or presented in class, after students have transformed their presentation in a short but meaningful vlog.

  • La rica cultura… highlights the different cultural values of the target country: Art, food, music…

  • …En nuestra música is an opportunity to learn and enjoy the musical highlights of target countries.

  • … ejemplares is dedicated to highlighting the contributions of some exemplary people, both men and women, from the target country, in areas such as the arts, sciences, humanitarian work…