Spanish Speaking, Writing & Reading


A language is more than a bunch of words and rules for how to put those words together; it is another world. Speaking Spanish gives you access to the world of over 410 million native speakers from Mexico to Argentina to Spain to your own neighbors in the US. In fact, after Mexico, the US has the biggest population of Spanish speakers on Earth (yes, even more than in Spain). That means you can probably make use of the language without even leaving your neighborhood – especially if you live anywhere in the western U.S., Florida, or just about any big city.
Spanish is considered one of the easiest languages for a native English speaker to learn. The grammar and sentence structure are different from English, but simpler. Because both languages have Latin roots, they also share thousands of cognates – words that sound the same and have the same meanings.

Not only is Spanish relatively easy to pick up and start speaking, understanding it gives you a huge head-start to understanding other Romance languages like French, Italian and Portuguese.


Covers all four aspects of language acquisition – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with fully interactive lessons. It will even help you improve your pronunciation.
Will learn Spanish from the beginning!
Improve your writing and pronunciation of the words and you will also learn to think in the language!

Nissenberg, G. (2011). Complete Spanish Grammar (Practice Makes Perfect Series). McGraw-Hill Education.

Richmond, D. (2010). Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses, Second Edition (Practice Makes Perfect Series). McGraw-Hill Education.

Public Speaking

This course gives you a reliable model for preparing and delivering effective presentations.

In business, in school, and in public life, we are often called upon to “make a few comments.” Often, people tasked with such speeches become flummoxed. They might not know what to talk about, or ramble without making a point, or simply be confusing to listen to. This course is designed to help you shine where others falter.

We’ll learn how organize talks clearly, write them memorably, and deliver them confidently. By the end of the course, you should be able to significantly reduce your fear of public speaking, use rehearsal techniques to develop a strong, vibrant speaking voice, and perform speeches with dynamic movement and gestures. The speech model that we’ll practice is useful for briefings, elevator talks, interviews, and even as a structure for hour-long presentations.

If you’re a beginner, this course will help you quickly master the fundamentals of speaking. If you’re a seasoned speaker, this course will help you better understand public speaking and push you to the next level.


The objective of this course is to provide the participant with specific techniques and practices to improve their expressive capacity and develop their oral presentation skills, focusing on those vital aspects that every good speaker should address and manage.

Know and apply breathing exercises and techniques to improve diction.
Develop our ability to speak in public based on the possibilities of oneself: strengthening our strengths and overcoming our own limitations.
Obtain greater power of persuasion and conviction.
Communicate clearly and confidently, to strengthen our credibility and professionalism
Be aware of our communication skills and obtain training guidelines to improve them.
Understand and apply the Speaker’s Technical Capabilities: space management, displacements, body posture, gestural development, face mimicry, diction, rhythm, eye contact.
Course Content:

Voice and diction, warming of the voice, breathing exercises.
Analysis of the elements of the basic communication scheme.
Preparation of speech, writing and style.
Speech read.
Reading poetry, tongue twisters, news, commercials and stories.
Microphone use

Gallo, C. (2014). Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds. St. Martin’s Press.

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