Siendo Nos

Siendo Nos; Intro to Spanish
Dates: 9/14-12/14
Wednesdays 1pm-2pm Ages 10-18
Tuition: $150 Drop ins $15 per class

The best way to learn something is to be immersed in it, and we are going to turn to the experts to guide us through that process. Siendo nos literally translates to “to be being us” or “it is us”. We are going to learn about our “self”. What better experts to turn to than you!?

¡Así es! ¡Tu! You will be teaching each other Spanish, by talking about who you are and what you are like. We will take these 12 weeks to take a look at what that means for us individually, but as a group we will also look at context.

Much of this class will be conversation oriented. Not all of the discussion will be in Spanish but I will encourage you and guide you to add Spanish whenever possible.

You will learn introductions and greetings and how to give basic personal information, how to express likes and dislikes. We will discuss colloquial terms and meanings and take a look at the use of slang and accents in various settings.

We will also examine Mexican street food and music and the role they have in youth culture today.

You will be given weekly assignments to investigate or try out new vocabulary on your own and whenever possible in small groups.

This class will be a place for you to experiment with sounds, accents and language and it is a safe space for you to test the limits of your Spanish speaking

This class is meant as an overview. We learn another language just as hearing folks learn their first language; in steps. Hearing, speaking, writing then reading. Proficiency and fluency is the ultimate goal, but outside of the scope of this course.


Week 1: Introductions-Saludos and Basic Personal information

The first class we will spend getting to know one another. We will discuss why and how descriptions are so important and why the narrative is such a powerful tool in Latin American society and how other literary and art genera’s coexist and compliment this technique.

You will be sent home with the task of taking and printing (5) photographs that REPRESENT who you are. You will also take (1) photo of themselves and make 3 copies to bring back for later use.

Week 2 and 3: Descriptions and Personal Pronouns ; Use of Tengo-Soy- Estoy When and How to Use Them

We will begin to construct our autobiographies.

We will conjugate three verbs “tener, ser, estar” and use them to describe ourselves. We will begin the construction of our self-narrative by looking at our photo and describing ourselves with Ser and Tener.

We will look at adjectives and talk about gendered descriptions in Spanish and when to use them appropriately.

We will discuss when to use these verbs and when it would be appropriate to use Estar instead.

You will be asked to write 10 sentences to be edited on the 3rd week. We will read and discuss our writing.

Week 4 and 5: Descriptions of People We Know

Working with the conjugations of the verbs from the previous week, we will describe a classmate and discuss formal and informal uses of “you” (tu vs. usted). We will talk about the use of formal language and slang when referring to friends and loved ones.

Week 6 and 7: Likes and Dislikes-Gustar

Let’s talk about Mexico, specifically el tianguis and el Mercado.

Your job this portion of the class will be to go to “El Tianguis de Beacon” and complete a task I assign for you. This will cost you $1. You have two weeks to complete this task.

Week 8 and 9: Conjugating Regular AR IR and ER Verbs

We will work on describing the 5 photos you handed in the second week of class. I will have vocabulary pertaining to these photos ready for us to work with. We will use these descriptions as additions to your narratives.

Week 10 and 11: To do and To make and Quantity Vocabulary

We are going to make tortillas, quesadillas, and another surprise street food item and talk about it ALL


We will log the ingredients and the process in our autobiography and talk a little bit about the past and infinitive tense and investigate other street food and then bring the information back to class to discuss it.

Week 12: Dialogue and Presentations

We are going to present our descriptions this week and talk about what we learned and what worked best. We will discuss how you can continue your acquisition of Spanish language and culture and how you can continue to do this work on your own!

About the Instructor:

Lisa Marie Martinez holds a BA in Anthropology and Latin American Studies with a concentration in Cuban Studies. She is passionate about music and child development and the important role of play for people of all ages. She has studied in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Cuba and Mexico, which has influenced her approach to learning, language acquisition and child development.