Mini-Courses

We offer hour-long mini-courses during lunch break and at 3:30 p.m. These courses are opportunities to review, expand, and go deeper into different aspects of grammar, culture and language. These classes offer .5 quarter units each.

 
Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
          (Available at lunchtime for students registered in levels Low Beginning through Intermediate III)

 

.5 units

In this practical conversation class, you'll learn new vocabulary for travel and everyday situations in real-life scenarios as you converse with partners, small groups, and the entire class.

.5 units

Learn new vocabulary and put it to use for everyday scenarios. Share, tell, and get acquainted through interviews and discuss topics of interest. Different from the small group conversations offered in the SPA 156 course, this is a class of 20 to 25 students at the high beginning and low intermediate levels. This course is designed to assist students interested in expanding their Spanish conversational skills. Students will also acquire an appreciation for cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Let's talk!

.5 units

Presenter: Linda Ward

Jump-start your Spanish and bypass the traditional approach to language fluency and have fun in this interactive course through humor and storytelling.  

.5 units

This small group conversation course introduces students to communication strategies used while building their oral proficiency skills. The course will include practice with structures and vocabulary presented in grammar courses. Students will develop the ability to understand and implement conversational Spanish through the use of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.

Level: SPA 156CC, CD, CE - Intermediate Levels   

.5 units

Learn pronunciation skills that will help you be better understood and increase your ability to listen and understand. Practice the rhythm and feeling of the language to more authentically sound like a native Spanish speaker. Topics include mouth and tongue position, forming perfect vowel sounds, consonant changes and syllables, stress placement, intonation, importance of syllables to pronunciation, and transitioning of words. Practice time will be incorporated. New topics will be presented throughout the course. English will be used during this course.

Level: Low Beginning - Intermediate
        

.5 units

Students will review the present tense, stem changing and irregular verbs, and the present progressive tense.  

 

Monday-Friday 12:10 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

            (Available at lunchtime for students registered in levels High Intermediate through High Superior)


ISSI: Simultaneous Bilingual Translation Techniques

.5 units

In this course, students will learn to recognize and solve key translation and miscommunication problems. Slang, jargon, noun strings, false cognates, and Spanish idioms will be discussed in order to assist students with a better understanding of the art of simultaneous translation techniques. Recommended for advanced and superior level students.

Students will compare and contrast the uses and conjugations of the preterite and imperfect tenses and the present subjunctive mood.

This small group conversation course introduces students to communication strategies used while building their oral proficiency skills. The course will include practice with structures and vocabulary presented in grammar courses. Students will develop the ability to understand and implement conversational Spanish through the use of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.

Levels:

SPA 156D, DA, DB - High Intermediate Levels
SPA 156E - Low Advanced
SPA 156EE - Advanced
SPA 156F - High Advanced
SPA 156FF - Low Superior
SPA 156G - Superior
SPA 156GG, GH - High Superior

 .5 units

Learn pronunciation skills that will help you be better understood and increase your ability to listen and understand. Practice the rhythm and feeling of the language to more authentically sound like a native Spanish speaker. Topics include mouth and tongue position, forming perfect vowel sounds, consonant changes and syllables, stress placement, intonation, importance of syllables to pronunciation, and transitioning of words. Practice time will be incorporated. New topics will be presented throughout the course. English will be used during this course.

Level: High Intermediate - High Superior

.5 units

Volver is an award-winning film directed by Pedro Almodovar that focuses on the theme of a return to the past. The film tells the story of sisters returning to their home in a small pueblo in Spain. The course will include discussions of family, traditions and relationships. High Intermediate through superior level students will learn new vocabulary and improve Spanish language skills and cultural understanding through viewing the film and class discussion of topics.

 

Monday-Thursday 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

 

.5 units

Learn new vocabulary and put it to use in real-life scenarios. Share, tell, and get acquainted through interviews and discuss topics of interest. Converse with partners, small groups, and the entire class. This course is designed to assist students in continuing to acquire and expand on practical conversational skills in Spanish. Students will also acquire an appreciation for cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. This is a different course than the small group conversation offered in the SPA 156 courses. It is designed for students at the intermediate and high intermediate levels. Let's talk!  

.5 units

Explore a multitude of Spanish language and culture websites while building your language level with interactive computer-assisted language learning. Discover the latest grammar websites and phone apps you can use to explore Spanish-speaking countries and cultures.

.5 units

Tired of sounding like a real gringo? Learn the handy transition words and phrases that will help you sound more like a native speaker! Presented in Spanish with limited English.

.5 units

This course is a continuation of SPA 183A, Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish. This course is for the student who has knowledge of spoken Spanish at the intermediate level and is continuing to work on language skills to sound more like a native speaker. Transition words, traditional phrases, space fillers, clarification words and expressions will be reviewed and developed and new vocabulary and structures will be introduced to help students towards that end. The course is recommended for students who have had at least one year of college-level Spanish.

 

This course will focus on the present tense and oral communication skills using "ser" and

"estar" for beginners, "ir a" "querer" "tener" and "tener que".  Presented in English and Spanish.

.5 units

This grammar series will focus on trouble areas of the Spanish language. Students will compare and contrast: Ser and Estar, Por and Para, Preterit and Imperfect, Pronouns, Bothersome Tidbits. A multitude of handouts will be provided.

.5 units

This mini-course focuses on Spanish and English subjunctive usage and structures that replace the subjunctive in informal speech. Areas to be covered include: subjunctive versus indicative tenses, nominal clauses, temporal and conditional clauses, relative clauses and independent clauses. Required text: Practice Makes Perfect: The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close by Dr. Eric Vogt, McGraw Hill ©2008, ISBN 978-0-07-149225-6.

.5 units

This mini-course focuses on the Spanish and English subjunctive mood usage, misuse of the subjunctive, and structures that mandate the subjunctive mood in Spanish at the advanced and high advanced levels. Presented in Spanish with limited English. Required text: Practice Makes Perfect: The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close, by Dr. Eric Vogt, McGraw Hill ©2008, ISBN 978-0-07-149225-6.

.5 units

This course incorporates Latin and international music and dance movements with an intense cardiovascular and muscular workout. Move to the rhythms of Latin music while improving your Spanish listening skills and vocabulary through this energizing course. Presented in both English and Spanish.

 

 
Evening Courses

SPA 191BM Special Topics: ISSI: Exploring the Painting, "Las Meninas," Velazquez's Masterpiece.

.25 units

In 1656, Diego de Velázquez finished a royal portrait that came to be known as "Las Meninas." Considered one of Western arts' greatest "meta-paintings" (a painting about painting), the canvas has been imitated, parodied, adapted for theater, praised in poetry, and interpreted and re-interpreted dozens of times. This course will explore Velázquez's master work in its aesthetic, social, and political contexts and will consider its role in defining the museum that houses it, the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. This course is conducted in English. 

The Difficult Trip Interactive Conversation Course, SPA 199A, D, H:, Created by Henry Wilds
 Three general levels available - Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced. You must register to attend this course.
 .25 units

Take a trip to colonial Mexico without leaving Lake Tahoe! Travel through our plaza experiencing realistic travel-oriented situations while conversing with native Spanish speakers. Visit the bank, market, bus station, go through U. S. Customs, a restaurant, and much more. You'll soon be ready to travel anywhere your Spanish takes you! All levels are welcome - highly recommended for Low Beginning through Low Advanced.