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COMMUNITY SPANISH CLASSES FOR ADULTS

HABLAS ESPAÑOL? NOW YOU CAN!

Do you want to better understand Latin-American culture? Do you wish you could communicate more confidently with your Spanish speaking neighbors? Do you need to brush up on your español for your upcoming trip abroad? Aberg Center's Spanish classes are the perfect way to improve your Spanish in a fun and supportive environment. Classes are taught by first-rate instructors; each of whom is an experienced university Spanish professor. Best of all, proceeds from our Spanish classes go to fund Aberg Center's tuition free programs. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in classes.


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Class Times: Monday evenings, 6:00-7:20 p.m. / 7:30-8:50 p.m.

  • Location: St. Matthew's Cathedral (5100 Ross Ave. Dallas, TX)

  • Semesters: The year is divided into three Sessions.

  • Weeks: Each session is 12 weeks long.

  • Cost: Students pay $200 per session and are responsible for purchasing their own textbook

  • Proceeds go to support Aberg Center for Literacy tuition-free programs!

HOW TO REGISTER

  • By Internet: Click here to enroll in summer session

  • By Phone: Call 214.826.6501 ext. 105

  • Next Registration Period: August 15 - September 4

SESSION DATES

Summer 2019:  April 29 - July 22
Fall 2019: September 9 - December 2


LEVELS & TEXTBOOKS

Below is a list of the Spanish Classes offered for our Summer Semester.

Beginning Spanish II (Mondays @ 7:30 p.m.) 
Have you already had some Spanish but eager to learn more? This is the perfect class for those beginners who know their basics.
We will begin with a review of the material covered in Beginning I, including basic greetings, asking and answering basic questions, present tense verbs, and vocabulary pertaining to family, home and clothing.  Following the review, the course will focus on stem-changing and reflexive verbs, vocabulary pertaining to weather, fun & games, transportation and household items.  The exact material covered will be based on the needs of the students in the course.  This is a fun and dynamic class with a relaxed atmosphere and lots of student interaction.  We welcome those continuing from Beginning I as well as new members who have had some previous exposure to Spanish.
Textbook: Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Spanish

Beginning Spanish III (Mondays @ 6:00 p.m.) 
Do you want to continue learning Spanish? In this course, you will learn to express yourself in more advanced ways and will begin having simple conversations. 
New vocabulary words will help you express yourself more effectively. We will cover chapters 24 through 36 in the Basic Spanish book and get our toes wet with the Easy Spanish Reader.
Textbook: Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Spanish

Intermediate II (Mondays @ 6:00 p.m.)
Moving Through Time!
We invite you to continue building your language skills and oral proficiency through more practice of the past tenses and beyond. Throughout the semester, we will continue reviewing the preterite and imperfect from Intermediate I, while at the same time incorporating new verb forms, including the conditional and the simple future tense. While expanding your knowledge of grammar, this course will help you develop better communication skills, with an emphasis on listening and speaking and some practice with reading and writing.
Textbook: Practice Makes Perfect: Intermediate Spanish Grammar

Intermediate III (Mondays @ 7:30 p.m.)

We invite you to continue building your language skills and oral proficiency this summer! This course will begin with a review of the material covered in Intermediate I & II, including present tense, preterite, imperfect, conditional, and future. Then the bulk of the course will be spent on an introduction to the present subjunctive and commands. These verb forms are useful for expressing your wishes, doubts, and emotions, and are an integral part of everyday conversation in Spanish. We will continue our emphasis on listening and speaking, with some practice with reading and writing.

Textbook: Practice Makes Perfect: Intermediate Spanish Grammar

Advanced Grammar & Conversation (Mondays @ 7:30 p.m.) 
This course will help you to master complex grammatical structures with a focus on usage in everyday interactions! 
Advanced Grammar & Conversation is an important stepping stone to prepare for Advanced Contemporary Literature & Conversation. You will learn to express yourself in Spanish at an advanced level. The course will begin with a review of the present subjunctive in noun clauses (covered in Intermediate III), followed by an introduction to subjunctive mood used in adjective and adverb clauses. We will also cover hypothetical sentences (conditionals), past perfect, and other advanced structures. We will draw on your previous knowledge of Spanish and work to develop the use of new grammatical structures in relevant everyday contexts to help further improve your conversation skills!
Textbook: None

Advanced Contemporary Literature & Conversation (Mondays @ 6:00 p.m.) 
Are you an advanced Spanish speaker who is ready to discuss stories, short films, and poems by contemporary Latin American authors? If so, then you will love this class! 
Have fun putting your Spanish grammar and vocabulary to use while exploring Latin American literature, current events, and culture. Expand your proficiency and increase your confidence with the Spanish language through guided discussions focusing on comprehension, communication, and pronunciation. Augment your learning with exposure to short films, articles, poems, and stories to broaden your knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world. Topics will be varied, highlighting different Latin American countries. Participants will need to have advanced Spanish skills to best participate. ¡A charlar y conversar!
Textbook: Bordering Fires/Voces Sin Fronteras

Students may purchase new or used copies of the book. As there is not a bilingual copy of the book, students will need to purchase both the English and Spanish version. For an additional challenge, however, students can purchase only the Spanish edition.

New English edition Used English edition
New Spanish edition Used Spanish edition


REFUND POLICY

  • Aberg Center reserves the right to cancel classes with fewer than eight students enrolled.

  • Aberg Center will only issue a refund if there are not enough students to make a class.

  • If an enrolled student drops the class, the student may request that the remaining portion of the payment be considered a donation.


SPANISH TEACHERS

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS

JOY SAUNDERS
Hi. My name is Joy Saunders. I have many years of experience teaching Spanish, and I am really looking forward to teaching again at Aberg Center this session. Teaching has been a passion of mine as far back as I can remember, starting when I was a child and tutored my classmates, friends and siblings. My background in Spanish includes a Masters degree in Spanish Literature, a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics (Second Language Acquisition), and a love of the Spanish language and cultures. I have taught at several local universities including UTA, TCU and the University of Dallas. I am currently teaching at SMU. My goal for this course is to challenge my students intellectually while providing a fun and supportive environment for learning some basic Spanish skills. ¡Hasta pronto!

JUAN-MANUEL SOTO
¿Qué tal? Soy Juan-Manuel Soto. A native of Mexico City, I came to the U.S. as an international student. My background is in Communication and Spanish language and literature. My academic work began in Mexico, but it took me to Chicago, Boston, and Barcelona, Spain. I have worked at El Centro College for over 10 years, and I began teaching at the Aberg Center last year. My experience as a learner of English as a second language influenced my own approach to teaching Spanish: I learned better and more when I made connections and found practical uses of what I was learning. So, in addition to the fun and high level of engagement that should happen in each class, I motivate my students to make connections with the language, among themselves, and with the local and global Spanish-speaking communities. ¡Nos vemos!

NATASHA MOUSHEGIAN
¡Hola! My name is Natasha Moushegian. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, I grew up speaking Spanish thanks to my Mexican-born mother who was (and still is) my best teacher! Despite speaking only English at school and with friends, growing up with a strict "solo español" policy with mamá (who is also Spanish professor) ensured that being monolingual was never an option for me -- and I am thankful for it now! My language studies began with completing a B.A. in Spanish, with a focus in Translation and Interpretation, at the University of Arizona. After gaining some experience teaching both Spanish and English as a second language here in Dallas, I decided to go for my M.A. in Linguistics and TESOL at UTA. I currently teach ESOL classes at El Centro College, and I am excited for the opportunity to teach both Spanish and English classes to some eager and motivated students at the Aberg Center! In all of my language classes, I aim to prepare students to be lifelong learners, who will ultimately use their language skills to communicate and experience new cultures out in the real world! ¡Nos vemos en clase!