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Offered:

In-person classes, live-streamed Zoom sessions and video recordings

  • • Term 1 (Feb-Apr ) and Term 3 (Jul-Sep) each year, pending sufficient enrolment

  • • This course is offered as an in-person course at the EarthDiverse Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand, live-streamed via Zoom if you live elsewhere, and as video recordings of the live sessions if you cannot attend the regularly scheduled class.

Date & Time:

Begins Monday 19 February 2024

  • • Our 2024 Term 1 Spanish 101 course meets on Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm beginning on Monday 19 February (New Zealand time) and continues for eight consecutive weekly sessions. The last class of the Term is held on Monday 8 April 2024.

  • • If you live outside of New Zealand and wish to Zoom in to our live class sessions, check the nearest local Time Zone equivalent below:

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand. If your Time Zone doesn't suit our live-streamed class, you can also access our courses by watching the live-recorded sessions that are posted to the course webpage each week, usually within 1-2 days.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Sun 18 Feb 2024, 5:00-6:30pm

  • US Pacific: begins Sun 18 Feb 2024, 7:00-8:30pm

  • US Eastern: begins Sun 18 Feb 2024, 10:00-11:30pm

  • London, UK: begins Mon 19 Feb 2024, 3:00-4:30am

  • Paris, France: begins Mon 19 Feb 2024, 4:00-5:30am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Mon 19 Feb 2024, 8:30-10:00am

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Mon 19 Feb 2024, 10:00-11:30pm

  • Singapore: begins Mon 19 Feb 2024, 11:00am-12:30pm

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Mon 19 Feb 2024, 12:00-1:30pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Mon 19 Feb 2024, 2:00-3:30pm

Description:

Introductory Spanish 101, Part 1

  • • This is Part 1 of a four-part Introductory course taught over 4 successive school terms specifically designed for beginning Spanish learners. All of our language courses focus on acquiring reading and conversational skills, and learning about local culture. Our courses are designed for busy people: we do not expect you to study outside of class, nor do we assign homework (unless you’d like some!). Come and spend 12 class hours per Term (eight 1.5 hour weekly classes) learning Spanish and about Spanish & Latin American culture, and have some fun too!

  • • Our Introductory Spanish 101, Part 1 course is specifically designed for adults (and children over 10 yrs) who would like to start from scratch and have no previous experience speaking Spanish. It begins with learning the basics of spoken conversational Spanish, introductory grammar, vocabulary, proper pronunciation and reading practice.

  • • Subsequent Term courses continue with Introductory Spanish (i.e. our Introductory Spanish 102-104 and Intermediate Spanish 201-204 courses) and continue to include additional reading and comprehension practice, new grammar, vocabulary, and conversation, and will continue in the same time slot for the duration of the full course.

Course curriculum:

Week by week new material will be posted throughout the duration of the course. Video recordings and PDFs from each weekly session will be posted here 1-2 days after each class.

    1. EarthDiverse Course Information

    2. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    1. 20240219 T1.1 Spanish 101 PDF

    2. 20240219 T1.1 Spanish 101 video

Additional course info:

  • Videos and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboard notes are uploaded weekly after each live session
  • Begins Monday 19 February 2024
  • NZ time: Mondays 4:00-5:30pm

Meet our Instructor:

Spanish Instructor Laura Garcia de Mora

Laura was born in Madrid, Spain in the central part of the Iberian Peninsula. She has always been proud of her motherland and passionate about different cultures and languages. She studied Geography and History at University Complutense in Madrid. She has experience as the International Secretary at St Charles College, working at different companies from law firms, marketing, television and architecture. After studying Tourism at CENP Centro Español de Nuevas Profesiones, she worked at a hotel in Jersey, Channel Islands and as a travel agent in Madrid while volunteering at a local radio station. In 2005 she moved to New Zealand, and is now settled in Hamilton with her husband and two daughters. In 2006 she collaborated on the Community Radio programme Mundo Hispano and joined the Waikato Hispano Latino Cultural Trust, helping as a secretary and establishing the first Spanish playgroup in Hamilton in 2008. Since 2011, she has been working as a community Spanish interpreter and translator for the Hamilton Multicultural Trust and with English Language Partners. She has been working as a volunteer computer mentor at the Hamilton City Library and as a docent and visitor host at the Waikato Museum and at several cultural events at the Meteor. In 2010 she was employed by the Ministry of Education as bilingual teacher support at different schools from Primary to High school to assist new migrant students and their families get settled in New Zealand. During recent school holidays she has been a Coordinator for the Children's Holiday programmes at Shama Ethnic Women’s Trust. She has since been teaching Spanish in different after school programmes for children and adults and as a private tutor. Since 2017 she was appointed as Bilingual Support Staff at Knighton Normal School where she holds a permanent position as an English Language Learners Assistant, not just for the Spanish speaking children but also for all students with English as a second or third language. She has also participated in Flourish, a leadership development programme for aspiring leaders from ethnic communities at the HMS Trust. EarthDiverse is pleased to have Laura's join our team as a skilled instructor and supporter of cultural diversity. She is really happy to start teaching Spanish at EarthDiverse and sharing her language and culture.

Location:

This class is a hybrid class with both in-person sessions in our classrooms and streamed live via Zoom.

All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse offices and classrooms located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.
Location

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning options:

Live Zoom sessions or Video-Recordings

  • • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options:

• All prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST. • Unwaged includes students, seniors, retirees and unemployed. • Prices remain the same regardless of your chosen method for accessing this course.

Notes:

Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are usually posted within 1-2 days of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning on a day and time of your choosing.

  • • This class has no assignments, quizzes, tests or exams.

  • • All classes encourage questions and group discussion.

  • • Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single session without registering.

  • • If you’re attending in-person, course fees include tea/coffee/snack at each session. Help yourself!

  • • There are no refunds for missed classes. If you miss a class, you can watch the video recording!

  • • If, however, this course is cancelled due to insufficient enrolments please note that your registration fee will either be refunded in full or you may select to receive a course credit. Your choice!

Materials:

All materials are included in the course fees. These are developed by our instructors and distributed as PDF files as the course progresses.

  • • Course materials are provided to all registered students as digital materials made available to you on the course webpage for download (accessible after registration). There is no need to purchase any additional textbooks for this course, although you may choose to do so to supplement your learning.

  • • You will only require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking your own class notes, and a loose-leaf binder. Any notes that our instructor writes on the class digital whiteboard will be emailed to you as a PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.

Prerequisites:

A keen desire to learn Spanish!

  • • There are no prerequisites for this course.

  • • It is open to both adults and kids 10 years and older.