Foreign languages

Note on fees:
The supply fee covers various online memberships for students, plus postage costs for me to mail books and materials to students.  I will refund the excess if my costs turn out lower than I expect.

High School Spanish I

Instructor: Elizabeth Tapley
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $45 ($15 refunded upon return of checked out materials)
Grade level: 9-12
Group Size: 5-10 students
Required materials: Language Hacking Spanish, Benny Lewis, ISBN 1473633214.  A new copy grants you access to associated online resources. 3-ring binder (with pockets), pencil/pen, notebook paper, internet access. Additional materials will be provided.
Course description: A lively, personal, academically serious course combining traditional approaches and online resources for a rich experience.  Starting with the first class, you'll understand and speak full sentences in Spanish.  We’ll spend most class time speaking Spanish, focusing on your interests and on topics of interest about the Spanish-speaking world.  At home, you’ll read stories, watch videos, study vocabulary with a digital flashcard program, practice grammar concepts online and otherwise, practice speaking about topics that interest you, and more.  You will learn fundamental concepts on which Spanish is built, and which so often confuse speakers of English.  In addition, you will learn study techniques which you can apply to any language.
Time commitment: Allow 4 hours for homework each week.  This will at times include online whole-class sessions or personal tutorial times TBD.

High School Spanish II

Instructor: Elizabeth Tapley
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $45 ($15 refunded upon return of checked out materials)
Grade level: 9-12
Group Size: 2-10 students
Required materials: Language Hacking Spanish, Benny Lewis, ISBN 1473633214.  A new copy grants you access to associated online resources. 3-ring binder (with pockets), pencil/pen, notebook paper, internet access. Additional materials will be provided.
Course description: Building on last year's foundation, you will read, write, and speak about increasingly complex things. Our focus will remain on the core concepts of Spanish—especially on the ways we use verbs, pronouns, and word order to express our ideas in Spanish. We will continue to spend most of our class time in Spanish. If you have studied Spanish elsewhere, please contact me before registering for this course.
Time commitment: Allow 4 hours for homework each week.  This will at times include online whole-class sessions or personal tutorial times TBD.

High School Spanish III

Instructor: Elizabeth Tapley
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $45 ($15 refunded upon return of checked out materials)
Grade level: 9-12
Group size: 2-10 students
Required materials: 3-ring binder (with pockets), pencil/pen, notebook paper. Internet access. Grammar workbook, exact title TBD. Additional materials will be provided.
Course description:
You will continue developing your Spanish as we deal with cultural topics, your own interests, and stories.  You will delve into more advanced topics of Spanish grammar and see how they help us talk about our world.  You will be required to communicate regularly with native Spanish speakers, online or in person.  As always, the emphasis will be on developing a living understanding of the language that will grow with you, wherever you go. If you have studied Spanish elsewhere, please contact me before registering for this course.
Time commitment: Allow 4 hours for homework each week. This will at times include online whole-class sessions or personal tutorial times TBD.

High School German I

Instructor: Elizabeth Tapley
Course fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply fee: $50 ($15 refunded upon return of checked out materials)
Grade level: 9-12
Class size: 4-10 students
Required materials: Language Hacking German, Benny Lewis, ISBN 147363315X.  A new copy grants you access to associated online resources.  3-ring binder (with pockets), pencil/pen, notebook paper, and internet access.  Additional materials will be provided.
Course description: A lively, personal, academically serious course combining traditional approaches and online resources for a rich experience.  Starting with the first class, you'll understand and speak full sentences in German.  From the first, we’ll spend most of class time speaking German, focusing on your interests and on the German-speaking world.  At home, you’ll read stories, watch videos, study vocabulary with a digital flashcard program, practice grammar concepts online and otherwise, practice speaking about topics that interest you (optionally with native speakers online), and more.  You will learn fundamental concepts on which German is built, and which so often confuse speakers of English.  In addition, you will learn study techniques which you can apply to any language.
Time commitment: Allow 4 hours for homework each week. This will at times include online whole-class sessions or personal tutorial times TBD.

High School German II

Instructor: Elizabeth Tapley
Course fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply fee: $50 ($15 refunded upon return of checked out materials)
Grade level: 9-12
Class size: 2-10 students
Required materials: Language Hacking German, Benny Lewis, ISBN 147363315X.  A new copy grants you access to associated online resources.  3-ring binder (with pockets), pencil/pen, notebook paper, and internet access.  Additional materials will be provided.
Course description: Building on last year's foundation, you will read, write, and speak about increasingly complex things. Our focus will remain on the core concepts of German. We will spend most of our class time speaking German—reading and discussing stories, talking about your interests and about topics of cultural relevance, and interacting in a variety of ways.  Ongoing (online) contact with native German speakers will be required. If you have studied German elsewhere, please contact me before registering for this course.
Time commitment: Allow 4 hours for homework each week. This will at times include online whole-class sessions or personal tutorial times TBD.
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