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Fall Dates TBD

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Why take this course?

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

Learning Spanish with Katie will help you: 

 

  • Build rapport, respect and positive relationships with others

  • Enhance communication within teams and the dairy industry

  • Have fun while building your language skills!

About Your Instructor, Katie

  • 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 online course for the dairy industry for four 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

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.

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Third grade was when I started learning the Spanish language. Eight-year-old me thought, “How cool is it to speak another language?” I couldn’t wait to officially take Spanish classes in high school (Santa Claus helped me out in the interim with resources). However, my excitement plummeted when, enrolled in the class, the instruction I received was awful and I couldn’t learn very well from my instructor’s teaching methods.

Fast forward 5 years when my family dairy farm started to include Spanish speakers on the farm team. My love of the language and culture quickly resurfaced as I noticed the communication gap and dove into learning on-farm vocabulary. I quickly gained respect and built rapport with my teammates and ended up on their children’s emergency school cards.

 

I loved learning the language and everything it encompasses so much, I went back to school and earned a degree in teaching the language.

 

I created this course to share with you what I have learned, working with Spanish speakers in agriculture and how fun learning Spanish really can be!

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I've been in your shoes, learning Spanish as my second language. And through my own learning experience, I have learned how to teach the language like I would have wanted to be taught. I teach it so you actually LEARN.

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How is this course run?
(for Spring 2022 Session)

  • 100% online, pre-recorded classes so you can tune in when convenient for you

  • 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

  • The course starts with the basics then builds to include specific dairy vocabulary

           o  Example: There are two white buckets by the door:                                              Hay dos cubetas blancas cerca de la puerta.

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

* Live but recorded classes will return for the Fall 2022 Session

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Learning Objectives

By the end of the 8-week Basic 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

  • Audibly comprehend vocabulary, sentences and phrases

  • Understand cultural differences/characteristics

  • Have an extensive vocabulary library

  • Earn respect from the Latinx/Hispanx population

 

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

  • Form sentences/phrases both verbally and in written form in the present, past and future

  • Conjugate verbs in two past tenses and future tense

  • Know how to utilize the word "it"- direct and indirect objects

  • Continually build on Spanish vocabulary

  • Understand more cultural concepts

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What Exactly Will I Learn?

  • The Basics: alphabet, numbers, colors, articles, subject pronouns,                     verbs, months, days, weather, greetings, conjugation, prepositions, etc.

 

  • The Specifics: new vocabulary list every week tailored specifically to                 the dairy industry 

           o  You also get access to pre-made digital flashcards!

 

  •   Cultural lessons infused throughout the course

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What resources will be provided to help me?

​Registered students will have access to:

  • Pre-made digital flashcards of all the vocabulary

  • Worksheets and vocab lists 

  • Online supportive games that I have created through teaching at school

  • Fun songs and videos to help enhance your learning (I may dance too)

  • Office Hours: Schedule one-on-one time with me or communicate                 questions via email

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

Prerequisite

Basics: None

Intermediate:

The Basics Course (or previous knowledge)

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

Course Dates

Spring:

May 3, 2022 - June 23, 2022

Registration is closed

Fall Dates TBD

 

 

 

Want to be notified of the next course offerings? Email katiedotterer@agvokate.com to be put on the email list

I'm worried that I won't be able to keep up. 

I get it, LIFE HAPPENS! Materials (and me) are available up to 4 weeks after the course ends, if you happen to fall behind.

Credit

None. This is a non-credit course but you do get a pretty sweet certificate at the end of the course!

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"I just wanted to say that I absolutely loved this class! 


Thank you so much for taking something that seemed so intimidating and breaking it down to bite sized pieces and making it enjoyable! It's takes a special kind of person to be able to do that."

                                      - Janessa C.