Class 3: The Past Tenses in Spanish (Preterit & Imperfect)
What you'll learn
- Students will conjugate regular and irregular verb conjugations in the preterit and imperfect tenses.
- Students will understand how to apply their understanding to discern between sentences in the imperfect tense and in the preterit tense.
- Students will apply their understanding to create several simple descriptive sentences in the imperfect tense and compare them to the preterite.
- Students will apply their understanding to create several simple narrative sentences in the preterite tense and compare them to descriptive Imperfect sentences.
- Student should have a beginning understanding of the Spanish language with regards to the present tense, pronunciation, and can speak, write, comprehend spoken Spanish, and read on specific topics.
- Students should have completed Spanish level 1 of a high school level Spanish language course and have some knowledge of thematic vocabulary or have completed Spanish level 101 of a college level Spanish language course and have some knowledge of thematic vocabulary.
Do you struggle describing events in the Past in Spanish?
Knowing when to use the Preterit or the Imperfect Tenses?
If you want to take your Spanish knowledge to the next level and learn to describe past events using both the IMPERFECT and the PRETERIT tenses, this class is for you!
Class 3: The Past tenses is the third of the series that comprises the imperfect versus the preterit tenses. In this course you will build a strong foundation for Mastering the Past in Spanish with expressions that are typically used with each tense, and the conjugations of regular and irregular verbs.
This intermediate level class and series on the past tenses in Spanish is specifically designed for students of Spanish language and culture who want to master these grammatical structures with confidence in conversational speaking, improved reading, writing and listening skills. Not knowing the past tenses, or how to distinguish them properly, condemns students to the beginner level of understanding and performance of the Spanish language.
Ms. Diana Di Tolla skillfully breaks down both past tenses, into its most simplistic, in order for you to understand. The first phase of Class 3 is conjugation and rules of the preterit. Then, moving to simple sentences to build confidence and doing the same with the imperfect. Using expressions to provide concrete association, 50% of this course involves side by side comparisons to contrast usage of both tenses to build proficiency. Each lesson thoughtfully lays out a foundation that includes conjugating, creating simple sentences, and, building upon previous learning. Class 3 concludes with using both tenses in a culminating project. This class entails all the modalities: reading / writing / listening / speaking, thus, giving you a STRONG foundation in the past in Spanish.
These classes are highly interactive and your involvement is key to the mastering process.
Facilitate your understanding of the past tenses in Spanish, learn the steps to proficiency and practice speaking at an intermediate level. Understanding the past tenses and achieving proficiency to their use, propels students firmly into the intermediate level of performance. This is the difference between a HIGH or a LOW score on any end of year exam, DELE, or proficiency exam for Spanish language.
Who this course is for:
- Students who are currently taking Spanish level 2, 3, 4 or 5 (Advanced Placement) would benefit from taking this course simultaneously.
- Students are those desiring to review main principles of the two past tenses to gain further understanding and proficiency.
- My target students are students who wish to move beyond the beginning/novice level of Spanish language in order to reach fluency at the intermediate level.
- Students are predominantly L2 language learners, growing up in a household with spoken English and are trying to understand Spanish at an intermediate level, (typically students in the US and Canadian education systems.)
- Students need to have a good grasp of spoken English and written English grammar as the presentation and comparisons are between English and Spanish.
- Students who are familiar with the present tense, the preterit tense, and the imperfect tense in Spanish, subject pronouns, and the conjugation table.
I have taught Spanish language and culture, from the novice levels to highly advanced and heritage speakers for 20 years in the public school arena (middle and high school). I also have taught my own children to be bilingual (English and Spanish) and to have a love for learning languages and culture.
I have a Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish, a Bachelor's of Science in botany, a Master's in Teaching, and am Nationally Board Certified in World Languages, 2011-2031.
I love to share my passion for this beautiful language with young people, to learn and grow about language acquisition, always with the focus of improving my craft and learning with my students.
I have loved Spanish since I first heard it at 5 years old and have spent my life immersed in this amazing culture and language. I value hard work more than perfect pronunciation as that will help my students more in life and I know from first hand experience that everyone can learn.
My classes focus on specific niches of Spanish grammar that challenge us Second language learners, always with the goal, to propel each one of my students into the Advanced knowledge level of Spanish language.