Class Overview

Spanish the Natural Way - Advanced Conversation & Grammar Review | Seattle Central College - Continuing EducationBuild upon your previous language skills and experience!

This class uses an experiential methodology, action, and humor to create a fun and low-stress learning environment.

Conducted entirely in Spanish, you'll engage in activities designed around poems, stories, interviews, role-plays, and games.

We'll review grammar and explore narrating the past, using multiple object pronouns together, future and conditional tenses, the subjunctive mood -- both present and past -- and more.

The focus and topics of this class will change each quarter, so you can continue to take this class throughout the year with new material, if you choose, to continue your Spanish education.

You will be expected to read in Spanish outside of class and do some fun and creative homework.

Prospective students are welcome to observe a class before deciding to join.


Course Outline: Fall 2018

Here's what we'll be covering during the fall 2018 class:

By the end of Session 1, you should be able to:

  • Identify parts of the body, organs
  • Talk about illnesses and personal treatment preferences
  • Respond to ‘commands’ (Imperative) given by instructor; give each other ‘soft commands’ using subjunctive forms
  • Act out ‘Live Action Story’ with partner using Imperative and soft commands
  • Narrate story in Present Perfect
  • Communicate creatively with other students in a sensory activity

By the end of Session 2, you should be able to:

  • Describe what medical professionals do
  • Make requests using Indirect Object Pronouns, Commands and Present Subjunctive
  • Change affirmative commands to negative commands
  • Express changes in state
  • Describe unplanned occurrences using ‘se’
  • Engage with partner in a survey re emotional states

By the end of Session 3, you should be able to:

  • Discuss a story/fable/poem in a small group, summarize group’s thoughts and present to class
  • Tell a story using all 3 past tenses (Preterit, Imperfect, Present Perfect)
  • Participate in interview with a partner re personal history of accidents and emergencies
  • Roleplay a hospital situation using teams to prepare spokespersons

By the end of Session 4, you should be able to:

  • Identify and describe common products and materials
  • Discuss with a partner personal preferences around everyday items
  • Describe clothing worn by students and other associated props
  • Talk about buying clothing, prices, bartering
  • Talk about benefits and purposes of everyday items to contrast ‘por’ & ‘para’
  • Using a ‘Live Action Story’ work with partner to roleplay and narrate story.

By the end of Session 5, students should be able to:

  • Refer to people and things already mentioned using Indirect and Direct Object Pronouns
  • Express hypothetical reactions: the Conditional
  • Communicate creatively with other students in a sensory activity
  • Discuss a story/fable/poem in a small group, summarize group’s thoughts and present to class

Learning Outcomes

The topics and ideas focused on will change each quarter, giving you an opportunity to fine-tune and practice your advanced-level Spanish language skills.

Upon completing the Fall 2018 class, you'll be able to:

  1. Students will be able to talk about:
    • parts of the body
    • illness, accidents, emergencies
    • products and materials
    • buying and bartering
  2. Students will be able to use new grammar structures to:
    • narrate past experiences in Preterit, Imperfect & Present Perfect
    • give direct and softened commands
    • talk about price, purpose, beneficiary
    • make requests, hypothesize
  3. Students will be able to create and roleplay dialogs and action stories; write creatively about assigned readings or topics; improvise speech through games and activities.

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Students who have very good Spanish comprehension (class is conducted solely in Spanish)
  • Anyone who wants to review and build on conversational skills and grammar structures


  • Students should have a working knowledge of present, past and informal future tenses (some passive subjunctive recommended).

Student Testimonials

Jessica is very skilled and knowledgeable. Her passion for language is contagious! I couldn’t imagine a better class to suit the needs of working adults. Excellent! --Megan

Session Details

  • Class ID: 6619
  • Instructor: Jessica Lisovsky
  • When: 5 Wednesdays | 10/3/18-10/31/18 | 5:45 PM-8:15 PM
  • Total Number of Hours: 12.5
  • Where: Broadway Edison Building - Room 4159 | 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $199
  • Additional Notes: Check out our Textbooks & Supplies page for info on any required or suggested materials for this class.