Spanish Salsa: A Flavorful Recipe for Adults Who Want to Learn Spanish for Fun


Beginning to Intermediate Spanish for Adults

Spoken by 400 million native speakers, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world (Mandarin Chinese is first). People who speak Spanish share a perspective of the world that is reflected in the words and word order they use to express their ideas and emotions.

The main objective of this course is for you to acquire a beginning level of communication in Spanish. That elementary level of language learning will allow you to understand a native speaker of Spanish in short conversations and to learn basic vocabulary to make yourself understood in everyday life.

This course is interactive. We will have an hour-long live classroom every week, during which you will converse with me, a native Spanish speaker, for an hour. In order to achieve success in learning Spanish, you will have to study independently for at least twenty minutes every day. Come prepared to embark on a language learning adventure that will emphasize communicative skills without neglecting the use of correct grammar and to explore the culture shared by Spanish speakers.

Our class will be conducted in Spanish most of the time. In the first class you will learn to ask basic questions for clarification purposes or to expand on new concepts. All instructions, exercises, and comments will be presented first in Spanish and later in English (although you should request additional information in English any time you want).


Myriam Borges Thompson

Class Details

Live Class: The live classes will be held on Wednesdays. The initial class will be on January 17 at 10 a.m. Subsequent classes will be scheduled after discussion with the students for a time that will accommodate as many as possible.

Duration: Spring semester, 15 weeks

Student Expectations:
In the class webpage, there will be a recording of new vocabulary words, phrases, and expressions. You should listen, repeat, and practice every day. Sometimes I will include a song or refrain for you to learn. After our third week, I will encourage you to listen to additional recordings of short stories, selections, and poems. You will have weekly assignments and will work with dialogues and class exercises.  

Student Support:
Teacher is available via email. Office hours will be held on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET.

Feedback will be provided on assignments, dialogues, and exercises.  


Students should be ready to have some Spanish fun.