Spanish Classes

Almuerzo español Tuesdays 12:00pm Beginning September 23, 2014
Spanish Lunch is Tuesdays at Penobscot School in Rockland, where participants gather to practice and help each other with Spanish language learning.

Spanish Schedule

  • Spanish for Children
    Learn Spanish through interactive games, songs, and dance, nursery rhymes and stories, cooking. This course will give your child the tools to start and practice Spanish while having fun. With the help and guidance of a native and experienced public school teacher, they will work on speaking, listening and comprehension. Classes will be almost entirely taught in Spanish, using the immersion method. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to attend. Required Materials: The teacher will provide all materials. 6 weeks; one or both days.
    Mondays and Wednesdays: 8:45-10:15 a.m. • 6 weeks
    Instructor: Elizabeth Mendoza • Cost: $160 for one day/$270 for both

  • Spanish for Beginners
    This course is also for the very beginner and will cover useful expressions, grammatical points and conversation. Materials provided by the instructor. 6-week course.
    Friday: 2-3 p.m. • 6 weeks
    Instructor: Nohora Estes • Cost: $90

  • Spanish for Beginners - Primeros Pasos (First Steps)
    This is a beginner’s course for people with no previous experience and for those with some experience who would like to speak more clearly and understandably. The focus is on fundamentals for practical use: high-frequency vocabulary, indispensable grammatical structures and understandable pronunciation. Required Materials: Basic Spanish Grammar, 6th edition.
    Monday: 5-7:30 p.m. • 12 weeks
    Instructor: Billy Smith • Cost: $450

  • Advanced Beginners
    Expands on elements of grammar and tense, furthers spoken language skills and delves into literature and culture. Role playing and textbook lessons address the personal a, adjectives, time, present tense, present progressive tense, ser /estar, por /para, food, the human body, weather, and reflexives. Required materials: text $15 paid at first class.
    Thursday: 3-5 p.m. • 12 weeks
    Instructor: Paul Garcia • Cost: $360

  • Medio Camino (Halfway there)
    for students ready to say more, speak in the past tense, get a good grasp on pronouns and break away from early Spanish. Required Materials: Dependent on student choice and ability level. Almuerzo, an optional brown-bag lunch with Spanish conversation follows
    from noon-1 p.m.

    Tuesday: 9:30-noon • 12 weeks
    Instructor: Billy Smith • Cost: $450

  • Tertulia
    “Tertulia: f. a reunion de personas que se juntan habitualmente para converser o recrearse.” Conversations and readings drawn from recent and contemporary Spanish language writing, starting with selections from Eduardo Galeano and lyrics sung by Mercedes Sosa.
    Wednesday: 6:30-8:30 p.m. • 12 weeks
    Instructor: Billy Smith • Cost: $360

  • Cooking with Comida Latin Kitchen
    Join Comida Latin Kitchen chef, Tom Sigler for this Latin-inspired cooking class that will include the foods of Spain, Cuba and Latin America. Materials fee: TBA. 6-week course.
    Monday: 6-8 p.m. • 6 weeks
    Instructor: Tom Sigler • Cost: $180



Spanish Instructors

Billy Smith studied English Literature, music and Romance Language at the University of Notre Dame then earned a Masters in English Literature at the University of Toronto and a diploma in Español como Lengua Extranjera from the Spanish Ministry of Education.
Elizabeth Mendoza a native of Mexico City, Elizabeth Mendoza has taught Spanish to grades K-4, English to preschoolers and Spanish to high school students. Elizabeth believes in learning by doing and is pleased to bring her creative energy to the school.
Paul Garcia has taught for over twenty years in both secondary schools and universities. He has lived in Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico and Argentina and now makes his living as a translator.

Nohora Estes, Nohora Estes, who is a native Colombian, has been associated with Penobscot School for 20+ years, leading children's courses and assisting in the immersions. She established the Spanish program at The Riley School in 1998, where she teaches K-8th grades. She has twice led student trips to Costa Rica. Nohora also teaches private Spanish lessons; she enjoys reading, walking and dancing SALSA!
Tom Sigler earned his associates degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America. He has been chef de cuisine at a James Beard Society nominated bistro, chef consultant for a hotel and restaurant group in Mexico, and currently owns and operates Comida Latin Kitchen in Camden.