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Why take this course?

The United States has the 2nd largest Spanish-speaking population in the world and 80% of the agricultural workforce in the U.S. speak Spanish!

Learning Spanish with Katie will help you: 

 

  • Build rapport and positive relationships with others

  • Enhance communication within teams and the dairy industry

  • Have fun while building your language skills!

About Your Instructor, Katie

  • Lifelong dairy farmer

  • Bachelors in Secondary Education, Spanish

  • Spanish teacher in Middle and High School for 4+ years

  • Developed curriculum and instructed online course for the dairy industry for two years

  • ESL- English as a Second Language certified (it helps to know where a non-native English speaker comes from)

  • Study abroad experience in Panama

  • 2008 Employer of the Year (Dotterer Dairy) from The PA Department of Education Migrant Education Program

Third grade was when I started learning the Spanish language. Eight-year-old me thought, “How cool is it to speak another language?” I couldn’t wait to officially take Spanish classes in high school (Santa Claus helped me out in the interim with resources). However, my excitement plummeted when, enrolled in the class, the instruction I received was awful and I couldn’t learn very well from my instructor’s teaching methods.

Fast forward 5 years when my family dairy farm started to include Spanish speakers on our farm team. My love of the language and culture quickly resurfaced as I noticed the communication gap and dove into learning on-farm vocabulary. I quickly gained respect and built rapport with my teammates and ended up on their children’s emergency school cards. I loved learning the language and everything it encompasses so much, I went back to school and earned a degree in teaching the language. I created this course to share with you what I have learned working with Spanish speakers every day on my dairy farm and how fun learning Spanish really can be!

I was once in your shoes, learning Spanish as my second language. And through my terrible high school experience, I have learned how to teach the language like I would have wanted to be taught. I teach it so you actually LEARN.

01

How is this course run?

  • 100% online with live but recorded classes so you can tune in when convenient for you

  • 8 weeks (16 total classes)

  • Two, one-hour live classes per week

  • Classes are interactive with in-class work and participation

  • Homework is assigned for reinforcement of the material

  • The course starts with the basics then builds to include specific dairy vocabulary

           o  Example: There are two white buckets by the door: Hay                                  dos cubetas blancas cerca de la puerta.

  • Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course after final assessment is submitted

02

Learning Objectives

By the end of this 8-week course, students will be confidently able to:

 

  • Form simple sentences/phrases in the present tense both verbally and in written form

  • Conjugate verbs in the present tense and present progressive

  • Audibly comprehend vocabulary, sentences and phrases

  • Understand cultural differences/characteristics

  • Have an extensive vocabulary library

  • Earn respect from the Latinx/Hispanx population

03

What Exactly Will I Learn?

  • The basics: alphabet, numbers, colors, articles, subject pronouns,                     verbs, months, days, weather, greetings, conjugation, prepositions, etc.

 

  • The specifics: new vocabulary list every week tailored specifically to                 the dairy industry 

           o  You also get access to pre-made digital flashcards!

 

  •   Cultural lessons infused throughout the course

04

What resources will be provided to help me?

  • Pre-made digital flashcards of all the vocabulary

  • Online supportive games that I have created through teaching at school

  • Fun songs and videos to help enhance your learning (I may dance too)

  • Office Hours: Schedule one-on-one time with me or communicate                 questions via email

  • We also practice during class with practical examples to help you                 communicate faster

Prerequisite

None!

Credit

None. This is a non-credit course

"After taking your class I have gained more confidence in my ability to speak and even received feedback from my team about how much more Spanish I’m speaking to them. I have learned new words as well but the biggest thing for me was confidence."

                                    – Lindsay S.

"I had such a great time taking your classes. I am sad it is over, but am happy with the new language skills I have acquired!"  - Emilee A.

Course Dates

Fall:
October 6, 2020 - December 1 st 2020 (no class on Thanksgiving Day)

 

Live Class Time: 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. EST

Winter:
January 12, 2021- March 4, 2021


Live Class Time: 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. EST

Can't make it live? That's OK, every class is recorded and posted on the site for you to view on YOUR time

"This class has been a HUGE help for me. I went from playing charades to being able to say what I needed. I loved your energy and enthusiasm for Spanish and it makes me super excited and motivated to learn. Thank you for making Spanish fun for me again." - Alyson O. 

"Your class is awesome. I really loved it! I can't say enough good things. I want to take more classes! The recordings were really good too!."

                          - Megan W., DVM

Are you ready yet?

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