If you have ever thought about picking up a language, Gale offers a number of courses to quickly get you up to speed and ready to converse. Speed Spanish, the first of three such courses, is a more active alternative to our Mango Languages service and one of the most popular courses offered by Gale. This 6-week lesson provides a crash course on functional Spanish, teaching six simple recipes to quickly glue words together over 24 hours of course time. It is ideal for upcoming vacationers to Spanish-speaking countries and learners eager to jump into conversations.
The course is broken down into twelves lessons. Lessons usually contain several chapters of instruction and drills, a post chapter FAQ answering most of the common problem or exceptions present in the material, a short five question quiz, and an open forum to discuss the contents with students and the instructor. After going through orientation, lessons unlock every Wednesday and Friday that you are free to complete at your own pace. Each is designed to teach one of the six recipes along with an increasing amount of vocabulary words.
- The Magic Circle (A mix of useful words that form the basis of later lessons)
- Hay (There is/are)
- Donde Esta (Where is/are)
- Tengo/Tiene (I have/you have)
- Quiero/Quiere (I want/you want)
- Me gusta/Le gusta (I like/you like)
Interspersed with the lessons are numerous conversation examples that tell the story of Daniel Smith and his misadventures in Mexico, most notably his escape from police on a donkey. A welcomed addition that provides a fun way to review the phrases and vocabulary picked up during the lessons. His story ends on a cliffhanger, but continues in Speed Spanish II and III.
There is no graded homework and the final exam will determine the entirety of your grade. That said, you get what you put in. Do not think about the grade; think about what you are gaining from the course. The instructor is more than happy to comment in the discussion boards on any questions you may have on the lesson and engaging with the other students can go a long way to boosting your fluency. Just be sure to be up to date in your studies if you want a response as everyone else will already be on to the new lesson. The full syllabus can be found through the Gale Courses portal at:
Outside of using your library card, this course would cost nearly $150 through the general Ed2Go portal. Take advantage of the most valuable card in your wallet. I highly recommend this class to anyone with an interest in learning and especially using the language. Feel free to check out the other courses offered by the service, such as Beginning Conversational French or Instant Italian. The instructor, Dan Mikels, teaches several other language courses through Gale and has helped authored more than 20 other similar classes. The next session begins October 17, sign up now! ¡Que te diviertas!