A few things to note before we start.
- You need to buy the Pasos Course Pack to follow this course.
- My name is Ruth and I have taught with Pasos for many years. It is great content.
- This course is not an official Pasos resource.
- This course, my course, covers Pasos Unit 1. I will cover every activity and every page.
- For the best learning experience, you should aim to complete 2 lessons a week, and complete each course within 30 days.
- Over the next months, I will publish courses to cover every unit in Pasos book 1.
- You need to learn the Spanish in each section before moving on to the next one. I will guide you in this.
You can buy the Pasos Course Pack from this link.
Section 1A. Names and Greetings
Learn the sounds Spanish letters make. Learn that some Spanish words look very similar to English words, but they might sound unrecognisable at first ... until you get your ear in! Learn how to ask people what they are called, and what to say when you forget somebody's name. And it is in this lesson that we begin to talk about the formal and informal words for "you".
Section 1B. Professions and Presentations
Revise saying your name. Then start using the verb SER, to be. You will also have to learn words for I, you, he and she. There are 18+ items of vocabulary to learn, for different jobs that people do. Say what you are (I'm a teacher), and ask what other people are. Then use that type of information to introduce people. Finally, try reading some Spanish, even if you don't understand all of it!
Section 1C. Countries and Nationalities
Learn how to give yourself a really good introduction, for example: "Hello, I'm called Bob. I'm a teacher. I'm Scottish, from Dundee." Learn 9+ words for countries and their corresponding nationalities, which sometimes slightly vary depending on gender (and number). Listen to a text with background Spanish you might not understand and pick out the words you can recognise. Practice asking and answering, where are you from? Look at how the names for some cities vary en español. Read a short text and answer questions such as where from, who and which.
Section 1D. The Family
Learn the words for mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son, wife and husband. In Spanish, we can't say Rosie's father. We have to say, the father of Rosie. Learn how to do that. You know how to say, what are you called? Now, learn how to say, what is your daughter called, what is she called and what is he called. Ask, do you have children, and say, I have a son. Also, there are 4 words for "the" in Spanish. Learn them in this lesson.
Section 1E. How do you write it?
You never need to recite the alphabet in daily life, but you do need to recognised letters so acronyms like GPS are accessible to you, and be able to spell things out such as your name. We begin to learn the alphabet in this lesson. Listen to another text with a lot of potentially unknown español, and pick out the words you are able to understand about relationships, where people are from and what their profession is. If you don't know the numbers, we make a start on them here too. Finally, read a slightly longer text, about a Spanish celebrity and her children, to consolidate some of the Spanish you have learned on this course.
Grammar, Exercises and Vocabulary
In this section we put our attention to learning the verbs, the pronouns and the agreement of adjectives.