Spanish 1

Master Teacher: Sara Hall
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (34 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade level and up.
Tuition: $519 for HSLDA Members / $599 for non-members.

Description: Spanish 1 is a full-year course that gives students an introduction to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Students will develop basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the Spanish language. Students will also learn how to read Bible verses and listen to Christian worship songs in Spanish, as well as use the language to worship Jesus Christ. This course prepares students for Spanish 2

Watch a short introduction from Course Developer Eric Arthurton.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates:  August 23, 2021 - May 6, 2022

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Closed Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Sara Hall

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

Mrs. Angela Stoltzfus

Section 3: Closed Wednesdays, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Silvia Petit

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

Mrs. Heidi Jones

Section 5: Closed Mondays, 12:00–1:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Sara Hall

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What topics will I learn about in Spanish 1?

    Spanish 1 is a full-year course in which students begin their study of basic Spanish language and Hispanic cultures.

    • Students build novice skills and confidence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the Spanish language. They also learn the basics of Spanish pronunciation, accentuation, grammar, and spelling.

    • The course emphasizes recognition of  patterns of verb formation in the present tense, the present progressive, and the immediate future.

    • Students will be able to discuss their basic needs and wants, activities, verses and biblical passages, family, and everyday life. Special focus is given to language used to worship Jesus Christ so students can provide their testimony in order to share the gospel in Spanish.

    • Students learn a variety of cultural aspects of Hispanic cultures. They also learn how to read Bible verses and listen to Christian worship songs in Spanish.

    • Instruction in the live courses is delivered in English and in Spanish.

    • This course prepares students for HSLDA Online Academy’s Spanish 2 course.
  • How much homework is in Spanish 1?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5–7 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
  • What books will I use in Spanish 1?

    The official booklist for Spanish 1 is now available. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • 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.

    Need help determining student placement in Spanish? HSLDA Online Academy's Spanish Placement Assessment assists families to determine where their students fit in the Academy Spanish program. The ultimate decision rests with parents. 

    Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • 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 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 the tuition for Spanish 1?

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

    HSLDA members save $80 on yearlong high school courses in addition to Early Registration discounts!