From Dwane Thomas: “Years ago, I noticed the Hispanic students in my classes grasped Latin more rapidly than students who had never learned Spanish. Intrigued, I began teaching myself Spanish. In the process I discovered two things. First, I discovered Spanish was heavily dependent upon Latin. Second, I discovered that I really liked Spanish! Join me as we jump into this very popular language. During this class we will be focusing on Spanish grammar, the connections between Spanish and Latin, and reading.”
I’m going to try to keep things as simple as possible.
The goal of this class is to get you to an intermediate/lower advanced reading level in Spanish. By the end of the first year, I would like you to have the ability to read the New Testament in Spanish.
Homework is going to essentially be the same thing every week.
First, read the chapter we are studying. For example—if we are in chapter 3, read chapter 3. For the first week, there is no reading homework. We will start reading week two.
Second, listen to the New Testament in Spanish. This will give you a pronunciation reference. Throughout the year, I will recommend other places to go for pronunciation, but start here. This is your homework during the first week. Bookmark this page and begin listening to the New Testament in Spanish. A half-hour a day, or so, is fine. Listen while you empty the dishwasher, clean your room, or some other chore that doesn’t require much thought.
Third, take the tests, available as downloadable PDFs linked to the course videos. Parents or students will have to grade those tests personally.
Of course, there are many other things you can do. I have been studying languages most of my life and have discovered lots language learning tips. I will share these tips with you in class.
But, you need to remember this. Most learners, and many teachers way underemphasize the tremendous power of reading. If you don’t do anything else, read. Read the book. Read the chapters each week. And, then read them again. And again.
As the Romans used to say, repetition is the mother of memory. Read. Read. Read.
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