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Conversational Spanish

External Programs, Continuing Education, and Conferences

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Location: B&E 144

Dates: Wednesdays, March 10 – March 31, 2021

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Cost: $99; this includes all required materials

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Do you wish you could have a basic conversation in Spanish, or are you planning to visit a Spanish speaking country?

This course will cover a variety of fundamental skills necessary to express oneself and hold a conversation in Spanish. Whether it is for business or for pleasure, this course will have you on your way to speaking Spanish.

This course will cover the following aspects of the Spanish language:

  • Pronunciation of vowels and consonants
  • Meeting and greeting one another
  • Masculine vs. feminine nouns
  • Adjectives with gender and number agreement
  • Present tense verb conjugations
  • Interrogative words
  • Simple present tense constructions
  • The simple future construction
  • The present progressive construction
  • Expressing wants and needs
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Some pertinent vocabulary
  • The verb hay/haber
  • Tricks to answering questions (by using the question to answer the question)
  • Ser vs. estar
  • Telling time/talking about the weather
  • The 3 basic past tenses – the preterit perfect, the preterit indefinite, and the preterit imperfect


About the Instructor

Dr. Ashton received his Ph.D. in Iberian Literatures and Cultures from The Ohio State University in 2009. His research interests include: Hispanic Soccer Literature and Films; The Spanish Avant-Guard; Surrealism; Psychoanalysis; Poetry; Film; la Generación X; Comparative Literature; Literary Theory; Literary Criticism, Translation; and History & Criticism. Professor Ashton has published articles and book chapters on these subjects in the United States and Spain, and he regularly presents his research at academic conferences both nationally and internationally. Professor Ashton studied both as an undergraduate and a graduate student at La Universidad de Alcalá, near Madrid, Spain. He has also lived in other areas of Spain, as well as in France, Mexico, and Ecuador, and over the past two decades he has traveled widely throughout the Spanish speaking world. These international experiences have enhanced his linguistic and cultural background, which he regularly incorporates into his classroom pedagogy.