Spanish 1

(1 customer review)

From: $85.00 / month for 8 months

Grades:  8th–12th

Class (Sec 1):  Wed 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET

Class (Sec 2):  Thu 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Dates:  Aug 26, 2024–May 9, 2025

Prepaid:  $599

Instructor:  David Nance

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Course Description

Spanish 1 Syllabus

This course provides a solid introduction to Spanish language and culture. Students will first focus on talking about themselves (their characteristics, interests, activities, etc.) and then expand to talking about other people. They will learn and practice basic vocabulary and grammar, with an emphasis on understanding and being understood. Each semester will end with a capstone project.

The course is built around the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, which have the following standards at their base:

  • Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes.
  • Interact with cultural competence and understanding.
  • Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations.
  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence.
  • Communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and abroad.

Language learning is a long and slow process, and this course is just the beginning of that process. However, students who put in the required effort will see sustained progress throughout the year.

Course Structure

Instructional materials and graded assignments will be built into the online course. Weekly live class sessions will give students the opportunity to practice speaking, ask questions about what they have been studying, and explore various aspects of the language and its associated cultures.

Throughout each semester, there will be graded assignments and projects, and each semester will end with a semester exam.

Who should enroll?

This is an introductory course intended for students with little or no previous experience with Spanish. Students with previous Spanish experience may want to consider Spanish 2 and/or our embedded Spanish course.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Headset and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures and other class materials

Evaluation and Feedback

Many of the course assignments are auto-graded by the computer. Other assignments will typically be graded within 48 hours of the submission date.


Prior to the beginning of the course, Sr. Nance can be reached at After the course begins, students and parents are encouraged to use the Inbox in Canvas for all communication. Sr. Nance always tries to reply to messages within 24 hours.

Required Texts


There are no texts required for this course, but parents wishing to buy a supplementary text can contact Sr. Nance for recommendations.

1 review for Spanish 1

  1. Kristen L (verified owner)

    Both my middle schoolers took this class in 2020/21 and they’ve learned so much and not just Spanish! I’ve been really pleased with the way they’ve learned about making presentations, working with classmates, and learned Spanish along the way. I highly recommend this class and my kids are looking forward to continuing class with the Nances next year.

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Instructor Bio

David Nance

David Nance has been teaching Spanish since 2007. He, his wife, and their five children lived in Spain during the 2019–2020 school year, and he previously lived in Uruguay. He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Europe. David has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Teaching (2007), master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction (2013) and School Management (2020), and will receive a master’s degree in Architecture in May 2024. In addition to teaching, he also worked for seven years for the Arkansas Department of Education, as the World Languages Specialist and later as a Homeschool Specialist. David and his family love traveling, learning languages, playing games, and reading. Contact: dnance[at]


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