About Our Programs

When children learn a second language at an early age, they are acquiring it just as they did their first language.  Through their everyday experiences and by listening to the language continually, they learn to equate words with objects and later with actions.  From the people they listen to the most, they learn the mannerisms and intonations that go with the language.  This is why SPANISH FUN!! programs were designed with two principles in mind.  First, the students will be spoken to entirely in Spanish after the first few sessions, in order to immerse them in the language just as they were with their first language.  Second, the instructors will be native speakers so the students are better able to learn the correct pronunciation, mannerisms and intonations and therefore give them a greater chance at being fluent in Spanish in the future. 
Younger Children's Programs

The children will be immersed in Spanish through games, songs and finger plays typical of the instructor’s native country, videos in Spanish, art projects to reinforce what has been learned and to take home as a memento, as well as various other activities.

To sign up, send us your information or contact Suzette Laporte-Ayo. Groups are formed depending on interest and availability. 

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HS1

FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS:

 

Students will be introduced to the Spanish grammar in the first course combined with conversation with the instructor and classmates, video clips and music. Cultural aspects will also be discussed. Students are also given internet work which helps complete required hours for a credit. About 4-5 hours of homework are given every week and vocabulary and/or grammar quizzes are given in class almost every week.   To enhance their experience with the language they will be required to choose from a few projects like reading children’s books, watching movies in Spanish, taking a latin dance lesson, making a scrapbook, writing a comic strip and many more.  The students will also have the option to participate in my Spanish club where they can go to practice skills they have learned with no pressure and no grades.  Some of the topics covered this year are noun and adjective gender, number and agreement, present tense conjugation of regular and irregular verbs, commands, questions, reflexive verbs, and others.  Please call if you need a more complete list.  One year of this course equals 1 full credit. 

Older Children's Programs

Immersion in these programs occurs through conversation with the instructor and classmates, games, art, videos and books.  As the children progress they will be able to write their own short stories or correspond with a child in a Spanish speaking country or with other students learning Spanish in a different class, among other things.

Parent participation is strongly encouraged, though not required.  You will learn the material along with your child and then be able to practice at home.  You will be given optional fun projects to do with your child at home in order to get him thinking in Spanish as much as possible.  In this program your child will enjoy one hour full of interesting and fun activities which will enrich her forever.

To sign up, send us your information or contact Suzette Laporte-Ayo. Groups are formed depending on interest and availability. 

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HS2

FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS:

Students will continue to study Spanish grammar and will do many more conversation exercises. Cultural aspects will be further discussed. To further enhance their experience with the language they will be required to continue to choose from a few projects like reading children’s books, watching movies in Spanish, taking a latin dance lesson, making a scrapbook, writing a comic strip and many more. Students will get about 4-5 hrs of homework each week. The students will also have the option to participate in my Spanish club where they can go to practice skills they have learned with no pressure and no grades.  My goal is that by the end of this course, students will have reviewed present tense and also learned imperfect, preterite, future, conditional and perfect tenses.  Other topics that will be covered are direct and indirect object pronouns, possessive pronouns, negatives and others, as well as, review reflexive verbs, commands, questions, comparisons and others.  Please call me if you have further questions.  Two semesters of this course equals 1 full credit.  Prerequisite  : Spanish I for high school with me.  If you took it elsewhere I must talk to you first to make sure this is the class where you need to be. 

NOTE: Students who get an A or B in this class should be capable of testing out of at least the first level of College level Spanish.  After a student is done with Spanish 2 there will be other possible options for further Spanish courses like Spanish 3 and 4 and AP Spanish.

Adult Programs

The main focus of these programs is to give and/or improve conversational skills, however, grammar is also introduced and for the more advanced groups it is thoroughly studied.  Programs may also be geared toward a specific profession.

To sign up, send us your information or contact Suzette Laporte-Ayo. Groups are formed depending on interest and availability. 

HS3

FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS:

Students in this class will be reviewing all the verb tenses learned so far, seeing them more in depth and using them to discuss different poems, short stories and excerpts from longer works by well-known Hispanic authors which will be read in class, parts of movies and videos.  They will also learn about the subjunctive mood and will learn how to use it while discussing topics of interest. Other grammar topics not seen yet will be covered this year.  There is a lot more all-Spanish speaking in this class and it is focused a little more on literature and art, as well as, opinions, hopes and desires (all 3 use the subjuntive).  Spanish 3 students will also be required to choose a few projects like reading children’s books, watching movies in Spanish, taking a latin dance lesson, making a scrapbook, writing a comic strip and many more. Students will get about 4-5 hrs of homework each week. The students will also have the option to participate in my Spanish club where they can go to practice skills they have learned with no pressure and no grades. If there is enough interest, Spanish 3 students will be club officers and help with some of the basic club dealings,as well as, come up with ideas of things to do with the club. Two semesters of this course equals 1 full credit. Prerequisite  : Spanish II for high school with me.  If you took it elsewhere I must talk to you first to make sure this is the class where you need to be. 

NOTE: Several students who have received an A or B in this Spanish class and then have gone on to college Spanish soon after have traditionally been able to test out of the first two courses of college level Spanish. These students have entered the third course and, if completed successfully, have also earned credit for the first two courses they skipped.  I encourage you to find out with the colleges you are looking at to see if they have level testing for Spanish and whether the student can receive credit for the skipped classes. 

Online HS1

FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS:

Are you having trouble fitting in your language class into your schedule?  Do you only have time to do your language class at odd hours?  Or you simply do not want to be running around from one coop to another?  Then this class could be for you.  This is a high school level Spanish 1 class.  Students will be introduced to Spanish grammar combined with conversation, video clips, and music. Cultural aspects will also be discussed. Course work includes video instruction, online games and exercises, vocabulary and grammar quizzes. To achieve conversation practice, students will have regular one hour online discussions with coursemates and instructor.  Students must attend at least 10 of these each semester and can choose from a few days and times.  Students will need a webcam to be able to partcipate.  This will be a two semester course with 16 weeks per semester.  To enhance their experience with the language, students will be required to choose from a few projects like reading children's books, watching movies in Spanish, taking a Latin dance lesson, making a comic strip, and many more. The students will also have the option of joining my Spanish club, which is not online, where they can practice learned skills without pressure/grades. By the end of this course students will have learned noun and adjective gender, number and agreement, present tense conjugation of regular and irregular verbs, commands, directions, questions, negatives, vocabulary for colors, numbers, classroom objects, family members, household items and more. Students will have about 4-5 hours of homework per week. Two semesters of this course equals 1 full credit. Prerequisite: Students must have good knowledge of English grammar.

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Online HS2

FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS:

This course is a continuation of Spanish 1 online.  If you took high school Spanish 1 with someone other than me, please talk to me first before signing up for this class to determine if this is the best option for your student.  Spanish grammar will be continued and cultural aspects will be further discussed.  Course work includes video instruction, online games and exercises, vocabulary and grammar quizzes. To achieve conversation practice, students will have regular one hour online discussions with coursemates and instructor.  Students must attend at least 10 of these each semester and can choose from a few times on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.  Students will need a webcam to be able to partcipate.  This will be a two semester course with 16 weeks per semester.  To enhance their experience with the language, students will be required to choose from a few projects like reading children's books, watching movies in Spanish, taking a Latin dance lesson, making a comic strip, and many more. The students will also have the option of joining my Spanish club, which is not online, where they can practice learned skills without pressure/grades. By the end of this course, students will have learned past, future and conditional tenses of regular and irregular verbs, idiomatic expresions with hacer and tener, direct and indirect object pronouns, impersonal se, intro to subjunctive plus other grammar and a lot more vocabulary. For a comprehensive list please call me. Students will have about 4-5 hours of homework per week. Two semesters of this course equals 1 full credit.  Prerequisite: Spanish I for high school with me.  If you took it elsewhere I must talk to you first to make sure this is the class where you need to be. 

NOTE: Students who get an A or B in this class should be capable of testing out of at least the first level of College level Spanish.  After a student is done with Spanish 2 there will be other possible options for further Spanish courses like Spanish 3 and 4 and AP Spanish.

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION INFO

K - 4th

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The children will be immersed in Spanish through online games and songs typical of Hispanic countries, art projects to do at home, books, videos and videos of instructor

saying the vocabulary, instructions for the projects and other information, as well as other fun activities. Themes are new each semester, so a child can repeat this class without repeating the themes. You will also get activity suggestions which you can do throughout the week if you want
to incorporate Spanish into your curriculum. You don’t speak Spanish but still want to incorporate it? Talk to me; I have solutions for this as well.

 

New material will be posted weekly and the children will be able to do it when you have time in

your schedule for it. There are no deadlines but ideally the material should be finished by the next week when the new material is posted. To incentivize the children there is a point system. Some of the activities posted will have points associated with them and if the student does them
and posts pictures to the course of the finished product, they will get points. Around the middle
of the semester and at the end, the students will be able to trade their points for prizes like gift cards.


GOALS/OBJECTIVES: Students will learn colors, weather, shapes, numbers, how to answer what
their name is and how they are in Spanish, they will learn to respond to commands in Spanish and give commands in Spanish. In addition to this, students will learn vocabulary that has to do with the semester’s theme. They will get around 10 new words about every 2 weeks plus a handout with more words in case you want to advance them more at home. They will also learn how to answer modeled sentences relating to the theme and vary the answers according to their preferences.


REQUIRED MATERIALS: A 3-ring binder to put anything that is printed out from the course or any
project done for the class. These are projects and handouts that they can keep in the binder year after year. Your student may want to refer back to it from time to time during other semesters.


EXPECTATIONS/HOMEWORK: It takes about one hour to get through the main material for the week
plus about 30 minutes to do the reviewing to prepare for the following week. There will always be additional activities you can use if desired. The more Spanish work a student does at home the more they will advance. Ideally you would review Spanish every day for a few minutes.

Online HS3

FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS:

Students in this class will be reviewing all the verb tenses learned so far, seeing them more in depth and using them to discuss different poems, short stories and excerpts from longer works by well-known Hispanic authors which will be read in class, parts of movies and videos.  They will also learn about the subjunctive mood and will learn how to use it while discussing topics of interest. Other grammar topics not seen yet will be covered this year.  There is a lot more all-Spanish speaking in this class and it is focused a little more on literature and art, as well as, opinions, hopes and desires (all 3 use the subjuntive).  Spanish 3 students will also be required to choose a few projects like reading children’s books, watching movies in Spanish, taking a latin dance lesson, making a scrapbook, writing a comic strip and many more. Students will get about 4-5 hrs of homework each week. The students will also have the option to participate in my Spanish club where they can go to practice skills they have learned with no pressure and no grades. If there is enough interest, Spanish 3 students will be club officers and help with some of the basic club dealings,as well as, come up with ideas of things to do with the club. Two semesters of this course equals 1 full credit. Prerequisite: Spanish II for high school with me.  If you took it elsewhere I must talk to you first to make sure this is the class where you need to be. 

NOTE: Several students who have received an A or B in this Spanish class and then have gone on to college Spanish soon after have traditionally been able to test out of the first two courses of college level Spanish. These students have entered the third course and, if completed successfully, have also earned credit for the first two courses they skipped.  I encourage you to find out with the colleges you are looking at to see if they have level testing for Spanish and whether the student can receive credit for the skipped classes. 

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION INFO

4th - 8th

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Immersion in older children’s programs occurs through online games, music in Spanish, video clips in Spanish, as well as, other fun activities. There will also be videos of the instructor pronouncing the vocabulary, teaching the grammar and other information. New material will be posted weekly and students can work at their own time but must complete the material by the next week when the new material is posted. Students will learn to use the new vocabulary in modeled sentences which they will then learn to modify so they can answer different things. They will also learn basic conversation questions and answers so they can start conversing with their classmates in Spanish right away. In order to practice their conversation we will have a once a month one-hour online conference (for a total of 4) at a time convenient to all class participants (time and dates are determined at the beginning of the semester once I get participants’ available times). Spanish grammar is introduced in this class and continued throughout the year. The amount done depends on the dynamics of the group. Vocabulary themes are new each semester.

GOALS/OBJECTIVES: Students will learn to ask and respond to basic conversational phrases. They will learn colors, numbers, correct pronunciation, days of the week, and months. In addition to this, students will learn vocabulary that has to do with the semester’s theme. They will get around 10 new words about every 2 weeks plus a handout with more words in case they want to advance more at home. They will also learn how to answer modeled sentences and vary the answers according to their preferences. They will learn pronouns and start with verb conjugations.


PREREQUISITES: None


REQUIRED MATERIALS: A 3 ring binder to put anything that is printed out from the course or any project done for the class. The students will be asked to take notes during most lessons so they must also have a notebook that is just for Spanish or paper in their 3 ring binder in a section just for Spanish. PLEASE keep everything especially if your student will continue with Spanish. We build on these notes so they are important.


EXPECTATIONS/HOMEWORK: The more Spanish work a student does at home the more they will advance. It will take about one hour to get through the main material for the week plus about 30 minutes to do the reviewing to prepare for the following week. There will always be additional activities you can use if desired. Ideally they would review Spanish every day for a few minutes.