HSLDA Online Academy | Spanish 1
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Spanish 1

Master Teacher:  Kate Blevins

Kate Blevins

Master Teacher

Kate Blevins

BA, Shepherd University

Kate Blevins graduated from Shepherd University with a BA in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. Additionally, she earned graduate credits in special education, foreign language instruction and gifted education.

She has over 16 years of diverse teaching experience in private and public education. By using songs, rhymes, and movement, she has taught Spanish to students from first grade through high school. She serves as a tutor for a local homeschool co-op. Kate believes that all students can learn a foreign language, and it is her passion to encourage students to utilize these gifts for God's kingdom.

Her Spanish fluency is especially valuable on mission trips abroad. She enjoys translating for team members and connecting with the locals. When called upon, she interprets sermons for speakers during church services. Her travels have taken her to places such as Uruguay, Mexico, Spain, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica.

Kate resides in Virginia, where she homeschools her four children. She enjoys a creamy cup of coffee and date night adventures with her husband.

She has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

Classroom Teacher:  Daouda Traore

Daouda TraoreClassroom Teacher

Daouda Traore

Daouda Traore (pronounced /dow-dah trah-o-ray) has spent the last 12 years working as a language teacher, interpreter, and translator in Spanish, English, and French. His academic and professional training, along with his exposure to different cultures and various groups on the African and American continents, has equipped him with skills that he enjoys using for the benefits of his students.

Daouda is very passionate about languages and language skill acquisition. He is specifically passionate about his students being able, not only to speak, write, and read a new language with ease, but also to sound and articulate like a native speaker of the target language. He believes firmly that the best way to learn a language is by immersion. Thus, in all his classes, his goal is to provide an experience as close to immersion as possible.

Between 2008 and 2010, while teaching languages in the Ivory Coast, Daouda worked with a group of high school students from South Africa, whose only language was English. Within 2 years, Daouda and his teaching team gave the students the necessary training and language skills to complete college classes in French. He has since served many students at the Victor Valley College in Victorville, CA, as a Spanish and French tutor.

Daouda is also an elder and an ordained pastor serving a multi-ethnic congregation in Southern California, where he lives with his wife Danielle and their two daughters Anna and Abigael.

He has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

Classroom Teacher:  Kate Blevins

Kate Blevins

Master Teacher

Kate Blevins

BA, Shepherd University

Kate Blevins graduated from Shepherd University with a BA in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. Additionally, she earned graduate credits in special education, foreign language instruction and gifted education.

She has over 16 years of diverse teaching experience in private and public education. By using songs, rhymes, and movement, she has taught Spanish to students from first grade through high school. She serves as a tutor for a local homeschool co-op. Kate believes that all students can learn a foreign language, and it is her passion to encourage students to utilize these gifts for God's kingdom.

Her Spanish fluency is especially valuable on mission trips abroad. She enjoys translating for team members and connecting with the locals. When called upon, she interprets sermons for speakers during church services. Her travels have taken her to places such as Uruguay, Mexico, Spain, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica.

Kate resides in Virginia, where she homeschools her four children. She enjoys a creamy cup of coffee and date night adventures with her husband.

She has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

Classroom Teacher:  Sara Lagos-Hall

Sara Lagos-HallClassroom Teacher

Sara Lagos-Hall

BS, Liberty University

Sara Lagos-Hall was born in Honduras, a small country in Central America. She moved to the United States when she was entering middle school. Spanish is her native language, and it was her primary mode of communication in Miami, where she lived for about 10 years among people from all over Latin America.

Mrs. Hall has a bachelor of science degree from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Professional Writing, as well as learning Latin. She has been a home educator for 18 years. Two of her children have already graduated college, and the younger two are still homeschooling for high school. She has taught Spanish in a variety of settings—church, private school, and homeschool co-op classes—and currently teaches classes for homeschoolers near her home in north Georgia.

Mrs. Hall looks forward to sharing her love for language with her students. Additionally, she desires to inspire her students to become bilingual because this can open the door to fulfilling the Great Commission: “to go to all the nations and make disciples, baptizing and teaching them.”

She has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade level and up.
Early Registration Tuition (ends 3/21): $425 $525 for HSLDA Members/$475 $575 for non-members. 

Description: Spanish 1 is a full-year course that gives students an introduction to the Spanish language, builds confidence in its use, and develops fluency and basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the Spanish language. Students will learn how to read Bible verses and listen to Christian worship songs in Spanish!
Watch a short introduction from Course Developer Eric Arthurton.

Spanish 1 — Live Online Class Session Schedule,
August 27, 2018 - April 29, 2019

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 1
Mondays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Sara Hall

Section 2
Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Kate Blevins

Section 3
Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Kate Blevins

Section 4
Mondays, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Daouda Traore

Section 5
TBA

TBA

Additional class times will be added as they become available for registration.  If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spanish 1

 

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  • What topics will I learn about in Spanish 1?

    Spanish 1 is a full-year course that gives students an introduction to the Spanish language, builds confidence in its use, and develops fluency and basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the Spanish language.

    Students will be able to communicate orally in common social situations, understand speech on topics dealing with present, past and future situations, understand questions and directions, fulfill basic writing needs, understand simple texts, create a personal portfolio (with language goals, vocabulary, and conversation preparations), be accustomed to speaking with native speakers of Spanish, and have a basic structure upon which to build further study and experience in the language.

    To this aim, Spanish 1 is an introduction to Spanish pronunciation, accentuation, grammar, and spelling. It emphasizes important patterns of verb formation, both regular and irregular, in the present, past, future, and conditional, imperative, and subjunctive moods. It gives a few verbal forms at once in order to allow students to see patterns and gain mastery and confidence. Students will be able to discuss needs and wants, activities, verses and biblical passages, family, everyday life, and provide their testimony in order to share the gospel in Spanish.

  • How much homework is in Spanish 1?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5-10 hours per week.

    During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • “Language Lesson” recordings with guides and online flashcards
    • Several short quizzes or homework exercises
    • Discussion forum posts
    • Bible memory verses in Spanish
    • Short worship songs in Spanish

    Throughout the year, students will also complete the following tasks:

    • 1 portfolio project per unit (8 total)
    • Unit test every four weeks
  • Am I ready to take Spanish 1?

    Students do not need previous Spanish or foreign language experience to be successful in Spanish 1. Students should be able to read and write at a 9th grade level.

    Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with the listed Spanish 1 class time?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Spanish 1?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What is the tuition for Spanish 1?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on yearlong high school courses!