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Spanish 1

Master Teacher: Mrs. Heidi Jones
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade level and up.
Tuition: $629 for HSLDA Members / $699 for non-members

Description: Spanish 1 emphasizes verbal skills as a pedagogical method. Students begin speaking Spanish right away, which helps them remain engaged while studying the more technical aspects of language instruction. Live classes are delivered in both English and Spanish. Students learn to discuss their activities, basic needs and wants, and other everyday topics in Spanish. Special focus is given to language used to worship Jesus so students can share the gospel in Spanish. They also learn how to read Bible verses and listen to Christian worship songs in Spanish.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates:  August 19, 2024 - May 2, 2025

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Shannon Rosales

Section 2: Mondays, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Shannon Rosales

Section 3: Mondays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Heidi Jones

Section 4: Wednesdays, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Silvia Petit

Section 5: Tuesdays, 2:00–3:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Lora Greenwood

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 academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Students will learn

    • How to communicate orally in common social situations
    • How to understand Spanish pronunciation, accentuation, grammar, and spelling 
    • How to understand important patterns of verb formation, both regular and irregular, in the past, present, and future tenses 
    • How to understand the differences between conditional, imperative, and subjunctive moods in Spanish 
    • How to understand simple texts in Spanish 
    • How to fulfill basic writing needs in Spanish 
    • How to become accustomed to speaking with native Spanish speakers 
    • How to understand Hispanic culture 
  • 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 complete eight portfolio projects and a 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 Christianbook.com bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christianbook.com, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Prerequisites

    No previous Spanish or foreign language experience is necessary. Students should be able to read and write at the 9th grade level. We offer a Spanish Placement Assessment to help families determine where students fit in the Academy Spanish program. The ultimate decision rests with parents.

  • 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.