Mini-Courses

Hour-long mini-courses are offered the week after ISSI, from July 29 - August 2. All courses will be presented by our ISSI instructors on campus. These courses are opportunities for you to review, expand, and go deeper into different aspects of grammar, culture and language. These classes offer 0.5 quarter units each and will need to be registered in addition to the core course. 
 

Mini-Courses for ISSI 2024

Course times vary
Courses are offered at 11:00 AM - 12:05 PM, 12:15 PM - 1:20 PM, and 3:40 PM - 4:55 PM.
Open the course below to see course times or check the Schedule of Classes to see course times.
You can take one mini-course at each time of the day up to 3 courses.

 

Monday-Friday 11:00 AM - 12:05 PM

0.5 units

In this practical conversation class, you'll learn new vocabulary for travel and everyday situations in real-life scenarios as you converse with partners, small groups, and the entire class. 

0.5 units

Learn new vocabulary and put it to use for everyday scenarios. Share, tell, and get acquainted through interviews and discuss topics of interest. Different from the small group conversations offered in the SPA 156 course, this is a class of 20 to 25 students at the high beginning and low intermediate levels. This course is designed to assist students interested in expanding their Spanish conversational skills. Students will also acquire an appreciation for cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Let's talk!

0.5 units

This small group conversation course introduces students to communication strategies used while building their oral proficiency skills. The course will include practice with structures and vocabulary presented in grammar courses. Students will develop the ability to understand and implement conversational Spanish through the use of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.

 
Monday-Friday 12:15 PM - 1:20 PM

0.5 units                                                     

This small group conversation course introduces students to communication strategies used while building their oral proficiency skills. The course will include practice with structures and vocabulary presented in grammar courses. Students will develop the ability to understand and implement conversational Spanish through the use of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. 

0.5 units

This course introduces students to communication strategies used while building their oral proficiency skills in a small group situation with a Spanish speaker. The course will include practice with structures and vocabulary presented in grammar courses. Students will develop the ability to understand and implement conversational Spanish through the use of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. 

 

Monday-Friday 3:40 PM - 4:55 PM

0.5 units

Students will examine the oddities of the present tense in Spanish: review of stem-changing verbs and irregular verbs "ser," "estar," "ir + a + infinitive verb" and "tener + que + infinitive verb." Variations of the present tense will be discussed as well as the present progressive tense. This course is recommended for high beginning to intermediate students who need to brush up on these beginning level verbs and expressions. 

0.5 units.

Learn new vocabulary and put it to use for everyday scenarios. Share, tell, and get acquainted through interviews and discuss topics of interest. This course is designed to assist students interested in expanding their Spanish conversational skills. Students will also acquire an appreciation for cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. 

0.5 units

This course will focus on the present tense and oral communication skills using "ser" and "estar" for beginners, "ir a" "querer" "tener" and "tener que." Presented in English and Spanish.

0.5 units

This course is for the student who has knowledge of spoken Spanish and is ready to work on sounding more like a native speaker of Spanish. Transition words, traditional phrases, space fillers, clarification words and expressions will be introduced to help the student towards that end. The course is recommended for students who have had at least one year of college-level Spanish. 

This course is a continuation of SPA 183A: ISSI Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish. This course is for the student who has knowledge of spoken Spanish at the intermediate level and is continuing to work on language skills to sound more like a native speaker of Spanish. Transition words, traditional phrases, space fillers, clarification words and expressions will be reviewed and developed, and new vocabularyand structures will be introduced to help the student towards that end.The course is recommended for students who have had at least one year of college-level Spanish. 

0.5 units

This grammar series will focus on trouble areas of the Spanish language. Students will compare and contrast: Ser and Estar, Por and Para, Preterit and Imperfect, Pronouns, and Bothersome Tidbits. A multitude of handouts will be provided.

0.5 units

This mini-course focuses on Spanish and English subjunctive usage and structures that replace the subjunctive in informal speech. Areas to be covered include: subjunctive versus indicative tenses, nominal clauses, temporal and conditional clauses, relative clauses and independent clauses. 

0.5 units

This course will focus on the Spanish and English subjunctive mood usage, misuse of the subjunctive, and structures that mandate the subjunctive mood in Spanish at the high advanced to superior levels.