Intermediate Conversational Spanish for Social Work

Instructor: Silvestre Wallace | Wednesdays 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM | October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17 | $350 | Course Code: SWICSSW

The intermediate level Spanish course for social workers is a survey course in Spanish for human services providers. Students will cover five basic strands: conversation, vocabulary, basic grammar, linguistics and cultural awareness. Students will fine tune their skills in all four modalities (listening, speaking, reading and writing). A variety of methods will be employed to make the class interesting. Students will also get an opportunity to review material covered in the past. The main objective is to create the conditions where students are unafraid to interact in the language. The focus will not be on producing perfect, grammatically correct utterances, but rather on communicating effectively in a manner that is understood, even when one does not remember all of the grammar. Students will learn to listen (or read) and pick out those key terms or words which give the main ideas that are being conveyed (even when they don't understand everything that is said). 80% of the class will be conducted in Spanish, with occasional intervention in English for purposes of clarification. Students will be given homework assignments each session; they will work individually, in large and small groups. 75% of the vocabulary will be directly relevant to the human services context.

Course Highlights:

  • Students will learn to listen (or read) and pick out those key terms or words which give the main ideas that are being conveyed.
  • 80% of the class will be conducted in Spanish, with occasional intervention in English for purposes of clarification.
  • Students will be given homework assignments each session; they will work individually, in large and small groups.
  • 75% of the vocabulary will be directly relevant to the human services context.

About the Instructor:

Professor Wallace has been an educator for over thirty years. He has taught multiple subjects in several domains, including academic, technical, physical education, music and the arts. He has taught all grade levels and age groups, ranging from infant and pre-school to adults and senior citizens. Professor Wallace holds a Bachelors degree in Linguistics and Romance Languages, a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and a Masters degree in Educational Administration.

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