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Spanish For Agriculture

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 70% of the agricultural workforce speak Spanish!

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AgvoKate's Spanish Courses Will Help You:

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.

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.

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😊 ) 

"The beginners Spanish course  met all my expectations and then some! Within a couple classes I was able to start putting phrases together and communicate with our employees. I don't know who is more excited; them or me!

I'm very excited to watch our relationships flourish as we bridge the gap between us. I'm looking forward to ditching the translator and being able to speak and understand more on the go!"
                                                                                          - Nicole B, dairy farmer

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I created this course to...

1.

Share what I have learned while working with Spanish speakers in agriculture

2.

Help bridge the communication and cultural gap within agriculture

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3.

Show how fun learning Spanish really is

(I promise it's better than what your high school experience was)

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Registration Closed

2024 Fall

Session Dates: 

September 24 - November 21

 

Access through January 3

Course Options

*Classes are live but recorded so you can learn when convenient for you

 

 

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BEGINNERS
Course Not Available

Spanish for Dairy/Ag:

Beginners

CLOSED
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BEGINNERS
Course Not Available

Spanish for Poultry: 

Beginners

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BEGINNERS
Course Not Available

Spanish for Swine:

Beginners

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INTERMEDIATE
Course Not Available

Spanish for Dairy/Ag:

Intermediate

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INTERMEDIATE
Course Not Available

Spanish for Poultry:

Intermediate

CLOSED
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INTERMEDIATE
Course Not Available

Spanish for Swine:

Intermediate

CLOSED

Course You Want Not Available?

Courses are offered depending on demand. Please specify which course you are interested in taking.

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Which Level 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 receive a sample "exam" or to discuss further: katiedotterer@agvokate.com

Course Outline/About

  • How is this course run?
    The First 9 Weeks: 100% online, live classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays (time TBD when registration opens) All classes recorded and available on-demand with password-protected access 18 total lessons (2 one-hour lessons per week) Interactive discussions with in-class activities and participation Homework assignments to reinforce learning Certificate of completion after submitting final assessment Learn at Your Own Pace: After the initial 9 weeks, you get 6 more weeks of access Catch up by re-watching lessons and accessing all course content Course instructor available during the full 15-week period for additional help Live attendance optional - learn via recordings at your own pace Disciplined self-pacing required to complete the course
  • Learning Objectives
    Beginners Course Objectives: Upon completion, students will be confidently able to: Construct simple sentences/phrases in the present tense, verbally and written Properly conjugate verbs in the present tense and present progressive tenses Example: They work in the morning​ You are working Tuesday. Can you work tomorrow? Pronounce Spanish vowels, consonants, and sounds correctly Comprehend basic vocabulary, sentences, and phrases audibly Utilize an extensive library of agriculture-specific vocabulary Understand cultural differences impacting Spanish-speaking contexts Intermediate Course Objectives: Upon completion, students will be confidently able to: ​ Form sentences/phrases in present, past (preterite/imperfect), and future tenses Conjugate verbs across all major tenses Use direct/indirect object pronouns like "it" correctly Example: They worked last night. He was working on the truck. You will work tomorrow morning. She cleaned it last Friday. Expand vocabulary with more agriculture terminology Deepen understanding of cultural concepts and regional variations
  • What Exactly Will I Learn?
    Language Fundamentals: Spanish alphabet, numbers, colors, articles Subject pronouns, common verbs, and verb conjugation Days, months, weather expressions, greetings, prepositions Agriculture Vocabulary: New industry-specific vocabulary lists each week Tailored to your chosen segment: dairy, swine, or poultry Cultural Competency: Understanding cultural concepts like holidays and customs Awareness of regional differences and inclusive practices In summary, you'll build a solid foundation in basic Spanish grammar and conversational skills, while rapidly expanding your technical vocabulary for effective communication in the agriculture workplace. The cultural insights will also promote inclusivity and help bridge gaps with Spanish-speaking team members, customers and communities.
  • What resources will be provided to help me?
    Primary Resources: 18 hours of video lessons (live and recorded) with interactive activities In-class practice with practical industry examples Supplemental Materials: Digital flashcard decks for all vocabulary Practice worksheets tailored to your industry Specialized vocabulary lists Online games and exercises Curated supplemental video/resource links Practice & Homework: Homework assignments after each class for reinforcement Plan to spend minimum 1 hour per week on homework/vocab practice Instructor Support: Email your instructor with any questions Option to schedule 1-on-1 sessions for additional help You'll have access to engaging video lessons, comprehensive vocabulary resources specific to your industry, plentiful practice materials, interactive activities and games, as well as direct support from your instructor (that's me!) to ensure your success!
ABOUT COURSE
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Your instructor

About 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

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

  • Previous Adjunct Professor of Agricultural Spanish at SUNY Cobleskill

  • Developed curriculum and instructed  ag specific online courses for 5+ years

  • ESL- English as a Second Language certified

  • Study abroad experience in Panama and Mexico

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

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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.

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.

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  • Attend the live lessons held twice a week.

  • Each lesson provides a fun, interactive experience led by the instructor.​

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

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"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

Get in touch

Questions? Contact Katie katiedotterer@agvokate.com

2024 Fall

Session Dates:

September 24 - November 21

Access through January 3

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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