Do you work in Agriculture?
How are your Spanish-speaking skills?

The United States has the 2nd largest Spanish-speaking population in the world and 80% of the agricultural workforce speak Spanish!

AgvoKate's Spanish Courses Will Help You:
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Build Confidence

Jumpstart your ability to speak Spanish in personal and work settings! This course will help you build your confidence in your Spanish language skills.

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Have Fun!

This is a fun zone! Learn through engaging lessons with creative and fun online curriculum and resources.

(Katie may or may not sing/dance😊 ) 

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Communicate Clearly

End the Span-glish Game of Charades! This course will help you accurately and efficiently communicate with native Spanish speakers with thoroughly explained grammatical concepts.

I created this course for two reasons:

  1. To share what I have learned while working with Spanish speakers in agriculture

  2. To show how fun learning Spanish really can be!

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Enrollment

opening December 13

2023 Winter Course Dates:
January 10 - March 2
24/7 Access to all content through April 14

Course Options:

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Spanish for Poultry
Beginners 

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Spanish for Poultry
Intermediate 

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Spanish for Dairy/Ag
Beginners 

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Spanish for Dairy/Ag
Intermediate 

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Spanish for Swine 
Beginners

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Spanish for Swine 
Intermediate

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Tuesdays and Thursdays
Live: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Live: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST.

Recordings from Recent Live Class 

Which course is right for me?

You may be ready for the Intermediate Course if you are able to:

  • Conjugate regular and irregular verbs

  • Count from 0 - 1 million

  • Use the present tense well

  • Distinguish the difference between ser and estar

 

Still aren't sure? Email me to discuss further: katiedotterer@agvokate.com

 

About Katie

your Instructor
  • Lifelong dairy farmer

  • Worked with Spanish speakers in the dairy industry for 15+ years

  • Degrees in Secondary Education, Spanish and Business Management and Marketing

  • Spanish teacher in Middle and High School for 4+ years

  • Developed curriculum and instructed  ag specific online courses for 4+ years

  • ESL- English as a Second Language certified 

  • Study abroad experience in Panama

  • 2008 Employer of the Year (Dotterer Dairy) from The PA Department of Education Migrant Education Program

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Testimonials

See what students are saying!

Students are from all parts of the U.S. and Canada and consist of veterinarians, farmers, industry professionals and representatives,  etc.

Katie's Story

Eight-year-old me thought, “How cool is it to speak "in code" a.k.a. another language?” when I started learning Spanish in third grade. I couldn’t wait to officially take Spanish classes in high school. My excitement plummeted when the instruction I received was awful. Awful boring. I couldn’t learn very well from the teaching methods used in the classes.

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Santa Claus helped me out with Spanish language books at Christmas!

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How is this course run?

  • 100% online, live but recorded classes*

    • The lessons are recorded and available for your convenience throughout the course

    • If you are unable to join the live lesson, you will be able to watch the recorded video afterwards​

    • You will have password-protected access to the videos during your subscription to the course 

  • 8 weeks (16 total classes)

  • Two, one-hour classes per week

  • Classes are interactive with in-class work and participation

  • Homework is assigned for reinforcement of the material

  • Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course after submitting the final assessment

*For the Fall 2022 Session, the Spanish for Dairy/Ag Intermediate class is not live, but rather recordings from a recent live class 

 

 

 

 

             

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Learning Objectives

By the end of the 8-week Beginners Course, students will be confidently able to:

 

  • Form simple sentences/phrases in the present tense both verbally and in written form

  • Conjugate verbs in the present tense and present progressive

    • They work​

    • They are working

  • Correctly pronunciate vowels, consonants and Spanish-specific sounds

  • Audibly comprehend vocabulary, sentences and phrases

  • Have an extensive library of pertinent industry vocabulary and lingo

  • Understand cultural differences and how that impacts behavior in Spanish-speaking cultures

 

By the end of the 8-week Intermediate Course, students will be confidently able to:

  • Form sentences and phrases in present, past and future tenses, both verbally and in written form.

  • Conjugate verbs in preterite past tense, imperfect past tense, and future tense. For example:

    • I worked. (preterite/simple past

    • I was working. (imperfect past)

    • I will walk. (future)

  • Know how to correctly use the word "it"- for direct and indirect objects

  • Continually build on library of Spanish vocabulary and lingo

  • Understand more cultural concepts and regional differences

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What Exactly Will I Learn?

The Basics

  • Alphabet, numbers, colors, articles, subject pronouns,  verbs, months, days, weather, greetings, prepositions, etc.

  • How to conjugate common verbs

 

Industry Specific 

  • A new vocabulary list will be provided every week tailored specifically to the dairy or poultry segments of the agriculture industry, depending on which course you select

 

Culture

  • Learn how to be more inclusive by understanding cultural concepts such as holidays, customs, regional differences, etc. 

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What resources will be provided to help me?

​Registered students will have access to:

Primary Resources

  • Access to 16 hours of live and/or recorded video lessons, including fun songs and interactive activities

  • Applicable practice during class with practical examples to help you communicate faster

Secondary Resources

  • Pre-made digital flashcards of all the vocabulary

  • Practice and homework worksheets 

  • Industry specialized vocabulary lists 

  • Online supportive games that Katie has created

  • Links to trusted supplemental videos and resources

 

Homework and Practice Materials

  • Homework is assigned for practice and reinforcement of the material after each Thursday class. You can expect to invest a minimum of 1 hour per week on homework, plus the time you need to memorize the vocabulary.

 

Personal Instruction/Support

  • Students are encouraged to email the instructor with questions that arise during homework and practice. Katie is also available to schedule one-on-one time for additional help

How can I make sure I get the most out of the course?

Learning a language is not a passive activity.
Continuous and consistent effort is required. You get out of it what you put into it.

Participate

Attend the live lessons held twice a week.

 

Each lesson provides a fun, interactive experience with participation in activities lead by Katie, the instructor.

*If attending live class times isn't possible, be sure to watch the recordings.

Writing/Reading

Practice

Complete the weekly homework and submit it for review.

Self-correct your work when reviewing during class.

Review

Watch the recorded lessons. Do the in-class activities.

 

Take notes, jot down any questions for the instructor.

Speaking Practice

Repeat vocabulary as we go through it during and after class.

 

Try out your new skills with the Spanish-speakers in your life!

Memorize

Use the pre-made, customized digital flashcards to memorize vocabulary words each week.

Repetition is crucial!

Listening Practice

Watch and listen to supplemental course resources to develop your auditory and comprehension skills.

"I feel I have learned more than any other class, tape, cd, book or any other method I have tried, and this has been going on for almost 50 years. Your teaching approach is infectious, and the computer apps and tests are very helpful. Thank you so much!"

                                           - Jim M., Nutritionist 

Questions? Contact Katie

katiedotterer@agvokate.com

Winter Session Dates:
January 10 - March 2, 2023

Credit

This is a non-credit course but you do get a pretty sweet certificate at the end of the course!

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