UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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WORKING Spanish for Educators

Did you know...

  • 1 in 5 public school students in the US are Hispanic
  • 84% of Hispanic Public School Students are US citizens
  • 7% of North Carolina's residents are Hispanic, and they contribute $9 billion to the state's economy
  • 350 million people worldwide speak Spanish as their first language


WORKING Spanish for Educators, a non-credit course* is designed to enable teachers, administrators and other school personnel learn Spanish to communicate with Hispanic students and their families. The course is offered through weekly online workshops, supplemented by a weekly online 'conversation hour' with a native Spanish speaker. The Beginner course is divided into two levels at a cost of $350 per level. (*Teacher continuing education credit is available for NC.)

Beginner Level 1 (June 4 - July 30, 2011) includes a unit called "Building Relationships" that teaches how to greet a variety of people at different times of the day, use appropriate forms of address, how to introduce oneself and others, engaging in small talk by forming questions, ask and give information on simples topics, and recognize and use numbers 0-1,000. The second unit, "At School", teaches participants how to describe their school organization, delineate job functions and responsibilities, and explain what someone does when performing his or her job routine. Level 1 introduces regular verb conjugations in the present tenses, some of the irregular verbs, cognates relating to the educational field, and the prepositions of space, permanent and moving.

Beginner Level 2 (June 4 - July 30, 2011) Includes a unit called "Social Engagements," where students learn how to describe settings or activities as they are happening, how to discuss the weather or seasons and what they like or dislike about them, make travel plans, and use the present progressive tense. "Meetings" teaches how to set up meetings using the telephone, accept requests for meetings, and excuse oneself from a meeting in a culturally sensitive manner. Students will become more familiar with the formal and informal command structure, and how to use time structures.

For more information, please contact Debbie Williams, Program Manager for Working Languages at or by phone 919.962.8840.

Class registrations are now being accepted!
There is a limit of 12 students per class/level (and minimum of 6).

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Registration Deadline is May 23, 2011