Honors Spanish Three Course Description

Honors Spanish Three is a challenging course in which students will be exposed to a variety of vocabulary groups and be able to understand, speak, read and write them in the context of new linguistic and grammatical patterns. Classes will offer speaking practice and frequent written work utilizing rich language while at the same time continually integrating idioms and newly acquired lexical items.   Students will use the on-line course to complete assignments in addition to the drills and exercises of the teacher.  Students should have studied a minimum of two full years to feel comfortable in this group. Students successfully completing my Honors Spanish Two are ready for this course.  Other students may be eligible after an interview.

To assure correct placement, it is recommended that new students schedule a SKYPE or telephone conference with the teacher.
Required Texts:
    • DESCUBRE @2014 Edition Level 2 - This NEW-for-2014 interactive system comes included a textbook, with the eCuaderno and access to the Supersite (to preview, check out http://descubre2.vhlcentral.com/home/?view=student                                                   


$144.00  DESCUBRE 2 @2014        (Student edition and Supersite and eCuaderno code)  

 To purchase please go    to www.vistahigherlearning.com  (the  publisher)

                                                     Buying from the publisher assures access to the computer components.

                                                      When purchasing the name of "our school" will be PA Homeschoolers.

      I would appreciate an email from the student confirming this purchase so I may orient him/her to the text before the first class.

Time requirements:  Class will meet once a week (time to be determined by consensus) for approximately one hour.  Spanish 3 students usually devote about 2-3 hours per week to this class, depending on the student's ability and motivation.   The course will start right after Labor Day and extend into April, with a week off for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

Technical Requirements:  Reliable internet, e-mail, and Skype.  Your word-processing program should offer accent marks and special punctuation marks peculiar to Spanish writing.  (Check in Symbols).

Who can apply: Students should apply if they have studied at least two or three full years of Spanish and if have superior skills in at least three of the four areas of foreign language learning: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Mastery of present as well as past tenses in Spanish is necessary.  Students should be able to respond both orally and in writing ii\n answering questions. As this is an advanced class, these students should be highly motivated, intellectually curious and be ready to devote time and their best effort to keep current with the pace of the lessons

Tuition$675 until July 1st; $725 after that
Questions? Concerns?
Email Ray Leven rayleven27@gmail.com for answers. Gracias!

Testimonial for Honors Spanish Three Course

Professor Leven's Honors Three class is very enjoyable, and I learned a lot. Thanks to his class, after being confused for three years, I finally understand all the tenses and their uses.  He has a lot of useful mnemonics that make memorizing the trickier details of tense usage and spelling changes easier to remember. After explaining a tricky topic, he always stops to make sure that he's explained it in a way that the class understands. The numerous in- class drills are demanding, but they really taught me to think on my feet. I'm currently preparing to take the Spanish CLEP, and, thanks to Profesor Leven, I'm scoring well enough on practice exams to easily achieve my goal of not having to take a foreign language in college. 

-Christina Sanford

My daughter, who goes to a public high school school in Massachusetts, had a scheduling conflict between two honors level classes (one being Spanish) that were only being offered at the same time. She was quite upset at having to make such a choice and rather than have her miss out on taking an honors level course, she (at first alone and then her mother and I got involved) tried to work with the school to come up with viable options. At first we got nowhere, but I found Mr. Leven’s website and after speaking with him it felt like a potential solution. Although the school was initially somewhat skeptical to the idea, Mr. Leven—in addition to his impeccable credentials as a teacher-- was very active in conveying to the department head his flexibility in aligning what he was doing to fit their curriculum. That required, in addition to the formal class time, some one-on-one supplemental tutoring but Mr. Leven limited that to the appropriate amount he thought was needed to make this work.  

However, aside helping us get approval for the course, the big thing about Mr. Leven is how outstanding a teacher he is! My daughter works very hard in his class but none of it is “busy work”. Rather than being obsessed with tests and grades, Mr. Leven’s approach is about making sure the kids understand what they need to learn to be proficient in Spanish (at the appropriate class level), and then he makes sure they learn it. My daughter is reporting how much Spanish she is learning this year, and we see it! She also greatly enjoys the small class environment Mr. Leven creates through the Skype-based course. 

Not only does Mr. Leven provide superb Spanish instruction, his classes and the tutoring are also very reasonably priced.

I enthusiastically recommend Mr. Leven to anyone needing a public school alternative to Spanish instruction, or for supplemental tutoring! 

- Howard Seidel, parent

Before I enrolled in Mr. Leven's Spanish 3 class, I had little conversational fluency. It took only a few months with Mr. Leven for me to become a confident Spanish speaker. This class is rigorous and requires plenty of diligence to succeed, but the effort is well worth it. Each component of the class - from the vista online activities to the in-class conversational practice - cements the material in a unique, effective way. I've found the in-class speaking practice especially fun and helpful. Most of all, Mr. Leven genuinely cares about his students. He always encourages them and makes sure that each one receives individual attention and support. In short, I have really enjoyed this class and would highly recommend taking it.

-Steven Elliott