This is the welcome section of my website with information about our meetings for our Spanish Conversation/Learning, there is a couple of sub-pages here, including one where you will have a chance to vote for each conversation lesson
WE WILL MEET ON YOUR PREFERRED MESSENGER OR VIRTUAL MEETING CLIENT (ZOOM, SKYPE, Others)
BIENVENIDO AL CLUB DE ESPANOL – WELCOME TO YOUR SPANISH CLUB
My name is Francisco. Welcome to learning and/or practicing Spanish and Hispanic culture. It will be my pleasure to share these activities with you. I will begin by telling you that I am a long time conversation tutor for different kind of learners always open to every body’s ideas and needs
In this document, I am sharing with you:
A) Main kind of activities we are planning to do with you in our casual, informal but hopefully very productive meetings at your workplace
B) Goals for our lessons/club
C) My teaching approach
D) How to choose a level to practice
You will get most audio visual material online, here is the one for a couple of meetings, just click here: FIRST LESSONS (material)
I always will listen to your interests and proposal and adapt activities to those, so… HASTA PRONTO!
You will learn Spanish for Business, Logistics, Safety, etc. Besides Social and general Spanish
Here is a video on safety you will soon be able to listen and understand and you will share its ideas with partner in ADO Mexico or other Spanish speaking countries
Here is a bit of practice for our general goals:
HERE THE SOCIAL VARIETY, FOR FUN:
… Bien, aqui esta ‘toda’ la informacion de nuestro club de espanol:
A) ACTIVITIES FOR OUR LESSONS – The following is a basic list of some activities to do together:
Travel Phrases for the General Learner (Conversations)
This is a really popular course because most students are interested in or even planning to travel to a Spanish speaking country and many others have already traveled and are willing to share their trip. In this kind of lessons, participants I will listen to a set of phrases then practice as a group, then practice in pairs or small groups situations.
Phrases for situations like: arriving at an airport, checking into a hotel, taking a taxi, ordering food in a restaurant, ordering a drink, etc. many other regular exchanges with people and of course social Spanish like: introducing ourselves, talking about ourselves and others, hobbies, interests. Since these needed for basic communication in the language. We will also call these ‘Conversations’
There will be access to the dialogues on Google Drive, for preparation if you can, for further practice and reference for the participants. Remember to vote on polls for what conversation do first in our meetings
One way to get people to speak Spanish is by showing the practical use it has in real life conversation,with real or realistic video or audio, then listen and repeat a few times until you acquire at least part of those exchanges, which in turn starts building up your knowledge, use and acceptance of the language. There are several courses with this format, I have chosen one that included 30 conversations and the first 2 in each levels are scheduled to be practiced in our first meeting, beginners and advanced will other also some similar format of material.
NOTE: Each conversation in Basic and Intermediate is practiced in 5 one or two minute exercises and one extra note. So for the first 2 lists, make sure you go over 6 recorded tracks if possible. The Advanced conversations are a series of vocabulary words and phrases or questions, as always, listening a repeating is the best practice or preparation.Beginners also have a more simple format, which should include reading the material before listening and repeating
For the Audio-Visual material, we are using Google Drive just click: Lesson 1
General Culture Video Club(s)
This can take many forms, music videos, cultural videos, even soap videos… why not ? We will decide together and in the meantime here are two proposed activities:
Spanish speaking countries Video Clips:
This, as all other activities, would include access to online archives.In this case, video clip files on Google Drive and/or another cloud. The content in each of clip lets you learn one cultural aspect of each Spanish speaking country.
The general format of this lessons would be conversation with listening ( possibly a bit of reading cultural flashcards) Typically, students are very willing to share their personal experiences if they know that country or someone who knows it or they would like to visit it. For preparation students can take a look at the archive but no need of real preparation required since they vote in meeting of this kind which one(s) to visit/watch in our meeting (there should be a chance to get to see at least 2 countries for 1 hour meeting with all conversation activities
This is a sample of the archive for the different activities for the Culture Clips:
In this kind of lesson I have students take a look at the highlights all well-known Spanish begin movies and then they have a chance to learn some common phrases of native speakers and speak about their opinions, questions, thoughts if they have seen this movie before or even about the director or actors or any other related information I help them come up with
For preparation material they can have access the name of the movie, and online video clips, and links to the trailer or website and files in the cloud.
Songs Video Clips:
For instance the one in this link : Canciones
CELIA CRUZ – LA REINA DE LA SALSA
MORE KINDS OF ACTIVITIES:
“Application of the Day”
We will begin with the one I have heard alot form many of my students, and it seems to help many people: Duolingo.
Here is the link: https://schools.duolingo.com/classroom/1396796
But of course, you can just download the app.
After this any one will be able to present one the following month, just organize it with me, gracias.
Bingo (Loteria), Trivia Races, Scrabble, Monopoly style games (and yes All in Spanish)
This is another big favorite for Spanish learners, with material I have collected for several years. It usually has the main intention to encourage learners to use whatever they have learned before in a very meaningful short, non threatening but productive activity while they can rely on the props as the game itself
B) MAIN GOALS IN OUR SPANISH CONVERSATION CLUB AT AOD
The main objective of these meetings will be for me to help you speak the language, at whatever level you may already have, and for those who have no previous knowledge or practice, my goal will be to help you use any small things and principles you may learn in a practical way with me, from very very basics.
Since all levels will be together at the beginning of these classes, the four different levels of proficiency, everyone should start easy and patiently during our first activities. There will soon after be activities designed for more specific groups of participants with more similar knowledge or skill.
Once again, there is no need/rush to achieve higher levels in the next few sessions but try to apply whatever you may acquired before or at our brief meetings and from the reference material that will be available before and after each conversation club session. You will receive links to it by some means. Or it might be accessed on a special page in my own website, protected with a password and only accessible to you and your team.
Muy bien! Again, thanks for attending these casual, fun, productive and motivating meetings intended to get you to be comfortable and confident with this interesting personal and professional tool which is Spoken Spanish as a second language, NO MATTER WHAT LEVEL YOU ARE AT…
C) FRANCISCO’S CONVERSATION TEACHING APPROACH : Confidence and Fluency
Two element that are as important as grammar, vocabulary, and extensive practice are: Self-confidence and Fluency.
The good news is confidence and fluency can also be learned, practiced, and therefore increased, just like the other language skills.
I make them a mission in my courses. So, I will have those 2 skills as a main goal from your very first class and start working on it as soon as possible with them in our lessons.
BEGINNERS, first get stronger, at the basic elements of language learning, in the form of: strong pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar while also receiving foundations of strategies to communicate from the very basic levels, phrases and interactions with a native speakers
BASICS Reinforcement is a very important factor from this level on… so that get even stronger. Of course they receive foundations of more strategies to communicate from the very basic levels, phrases and interactions with a native
INTERMEDIATE students get specific feedback on fluency and confidence soon after starting the course, that addresses the specific areas of improvement in these two very important areas.
ADVANCED At the advanced levels get this kind of feedback/practice very early on and it can be done on a regular basis
After the student and teacher have established a good rapport in a course, usually a few lessons. This is because in the first sessions the teacher will assess and explore the level of knowledge and skills of the student, at the same time, confidence itself will be established between the student and teacher; which means confidence in the language and your skills are being improved all along.
D) WHEN PRACTICING ON YOUR OWN – HOW TO CHOOSE WHAT MATERIAL/LEVEL I SHOULD LOOK AT (RULE OF THUMB)
As a very general rule, you can use the following guidelines to start using the material shared in preparation for our Club meetings and also when choosing activities in the corresponding groups within our meetings.
Possessing this knowledge and skill does give an impression of having that level of the language but for Practice/Learning purposes we will give these profiles the following names:
BEGINNER: If only know very few and basics things like a few phrases or words you would be considered a real Beginner (But If you took at least one course and think you did not learn anything, most likely you should try Basics, because passive knowledge is what you need to start activating things in a shorter period of time).
BASIC: If you maybe took one or a couple of high school courses or of any other kind, but “never” were able to speak. You can be Basic. This student knows some of the general basic phrases and a handful of verbs like, ser, estar, tener, etc. although they cannot use them or only ‘think’ they cannot…
INTERMEDIATE: An Intermediate general speaker know most basics mentioned above and they will be comfortable using present tense and could recognize past tense but not feel comfortable using it. They may also know some other basic tenses or construction
ADVANCED: An advanced speaker for the purpose of this club (and I am sure it reflects real life conversation) can also use present tense extensively and is comfortable using past tenses and maybe other less frequent tenses or constructions.If in doubt feel free to contact me
A REFERENCE BOOK:
The following text book is the one I recommend for everyone but especially if you want more detailed information on the basics of the language as a whole, which in return helps you with our practical activities in our meetings
It is very useful from real beginners to pre-intermediate so it could be a good review if you are an intermediate and then we all would have the same reference book
It is really inexpensive and you can also find it in larger bookstores if you have one near you.
FINALLY, A FEW MORE PRACTICES :
HERE IS ANOTHER SAMPLE OF A FORMAL INTRODUCTION (This one is not a priority yet)(business introduction)
The following one is A STRANGE COMBINATION OF THE PREVIOUS ONES: VIDEO LOCO
Mas presentaciones personales casuales y otros saludos con Carlitos (Arg.) Long Version:
Ok, It is great to share this with you, I look forward to helping you. As always I will listen to your interests and proposal and adapt activities to them So…
HASTA PRONTO AOD !