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Spanish is the "second language" in California but the primary language spoken in many first generation immigrant homes. Libraries need to work towards making all library users feel comfortable and welcome when using library services.

  • Did you attend Survival Spanish I to learn the basics but it left you wanting more?
  • Do you find yourself wishing you could converse more in depth with your Spanish-speaking customers?
  • Do you find yourself trying to find translations that apply to your library's services?
  • Would you like to have dialogues that are useful and specific to your community?
  • Were you one of the attendees at Survival Spanish that said "I wish we had more time to practice"?

If communicating at the next level in Spanish is what you need, this workshop is for you.

Workshop Description: This all-day workshop will offer a review of the basic vocabulary from Survival Spanish I and provide staff with the intermediate level vocabulary and phrases needed to communicate more effectively with Spanish-speaking library users. The focus will be on phrases and turning those phrases into dialogues that will be customized to each attendee's personal needs. Emphasis will be placed on practicing phrases and dialogues for everyday use in the library environment. Workshop attendees will participate in exercises and will have the opportunity to ask questions specific to the needs of their particular library, as well as build confidence by practicing with fellow attendees. Workshop resources will include the 50 most important words to remember and practice from Survival Spanish I, next level words and phrases, and guides on proper use of formal and informal address when speaking with library users.

Pre-workshop assignment: All attendees should review the basic vocabulary from Survival Spanish I.

Preliminary Course Outline

  • Vocabulary
    • Review of 50 most important words from Survival Spanish I
    • Introduction of new vocabulary
  • Forms of Address
    • Formal
    • Informal
  • Pronunciation and Grammar
    • Written accents
    • Proper use of pronouns
    • Articles and gender
  • Phrases
    • How to form a statement
    • How to form the question
    • Introduction of key phrases
  • Dialogues
    • Writing the dialogue
    • Practicing the dialogue
    • Presenting the dialogue to the group

Workshop Instructor: Bertha Huertero