Frequently Asked Questions about Elementary Spanish

Look below for answers to your questions. If you don't see it, please email us at or call us at 1-800-628-6266 for more information.


Q: Do teachers need to speak Spanish to implement these programs?

A: No. They were designed to be a complete program with televised instruction and the 500-page teacher's guide. The classroom teacher's role is to become an active facilitator, participant, and learner with the students. We provide a program preview for teachers in each teacher's guide where we explain how the programs work, what the classrooms' role is, and the many resources created to support them.

Q: Our students have never had Spanish before. Which program should we buy?

A: Buy the program which matches the students' current grade level, which is developmentally appropriate for them.

Q: We currently have a Spanish teacher but our program is very limited, to one or two 15 minute class periods a week. What can the Elementary Spanish program on videotape do for us?

A: Your current Spanish teacher can use our videotaped programs and 500-page teacher's guide as a baseline for curriculum development or to expand the existing curriculum. Add Spanish to the classroom one or two days a week more by having the classroom teachers play our twenty-minute videos. The children will learn much more Spanish with the additional language exposure. Because we teach language by content, we will also be supporting what the classroom teacher is trying to accomplish with the rest of the elementary curriculum.



Q: You have Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, and Grades 5-6? Are these combined grades? Or, do the children see the same material for two years in a row?

A: Our programs are built on the premise that the two grades are combined and so both grades are studying the same content in any given school year. We have a two year alternating curriculum for each program. One year is is Units 1-5 and the alternating year is Units 6-10.

Q: You have Units 1-5 and Units 6-10 for each of your three programs. Do students have to complete Units 1-5 before they enter Units 6-10?

A: No. Our programs are created with a two-year alternating curriculum. The curriculum is designed to facilitate student entrance at the beginning of either year of the curriculum. The first unit of instruction in each year assumes that we have both continuing students and entering students, so we work on reviewing as well as introducing a common base of knowledge for that year's instructional themes. The rest of the year's instruction builds on that initial unit. The entire curriculum is spiraled for both foreign language elements and thematic content throughout the six years of programs.

This approach originated with our beginning as a distance education course, during which we had both continuing and entering schools at every grade level every year. We also had to solve the problem of how to help students who are new at our continuing schools get up to speed on our lessons. Creating greater flexibility, incorporating current accepted foreign language pedagogical practices, and building on our experiences in distance learning allowed us to develop what has become a very successful curricular foundation.

Q: What is the basis of your curriculum development?

A: We incorporate the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning within the context of a content-enriched FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) foreign language program model. This interdisciplinary approach to teaching language allows us to teach Spanish while also reviewing key content areas such as math, science, social studies, the arts, etc. This content is organized by thematic units which are grade level appropriate. We incorporate an extensive authentic cultural strand throughout our curriculum, including a special Day of the Dead lesson each year. We focus on communication, so children learn language they use.

Q: How are your programs used?

A: Core curriculum, enrichment, Gifted/TAG, or as before or after school courses.



Q: What payment do you accept?

A: School district purchase orders, credit card or check.

Q: What if our private or parochial school does not issue purchase orders?

A: You may pay by credit card. The other option is for you to provide a signed and dated letter on school letterhead and submit it with your completed order form. This letter should verify that the person ordering our programming is an authorized signatory for the school and that payment will be made upon receipt of our invoice. Or, you may elect to pay in advance with a check written on the school's account and submit the check with your completed order form.

Q: Do you accept credit cards?

A: Yes. All payment must be made in U.S. dollars.

Q: How do you ship?

A: Federal Express so we can track your order and verify receipt.So we must have a physical address for shipping. No PO Boxes for the shipping address, please.

Q: When do you ship?

A: We process your order as quickly as possible.  If you need products expedited, we can work that out with you.  Simply call us at 1-800-628-6266

Q: What if we need additional materials after we place our initial order?

A: If received in time, they will be shipped as part of the main August shipment. If placed later, they are processed as they are received. In most cases, materials ship within two to four weeks.

Q: Do you have a return or exchange policy?

A:  Yes. Educational Systems Programming (ESP)  products may be exchanged for a product of equal or lesser value within 30 days of receiving the original shipment. Materials must be returned undamaged and the purchaser is responsible for the shipping expense. The exchanged product will be sent upon receiving the returned product.  Only one exchange is permitted per person.   If you would like to make an exchange, please contact our representatives at 1 (800) 628-6266 or e-mail Please include the original packing slip. ESP sales are final after 30 days and may not be returned or exchanged.
Returns should be sent to:

Northern Arizona University
PO Box 5676
Flagstaff, AZ 86001



Q: How can we find out more about your programs?

A: Contact us. We have faxes, letters, brochures, and previews for you. Contact information is on every web page.

Q: Do you have preview materials?

A: We have Elementary Spanish preview videotapes available for schools and district personnel who request such information after receiving our brochure, letter, and fax.  We also have a preview on our website homepage.

Q: What if I need more data?

A: Please contact us. We love to talk about what we do and how our programs can benefit your students! Contact information is on every web page.



Q: Do you have a Grades 7-8 program?

A: We do have a curriculum program for older students beyond Grades 1-6. We call it Educación Española. Please visit our Educación Española site for more information.



Q: Are there any copyright restrictions for these dvd programs?

A: Yes. The program purchase includes the site license which applies ONLY to the purchasing school. It does not belong to the district nor to an individual who may buy these materials. In other words, a district or individual cannot buy these materials and duplicate either the videotapes or print materials for use in any other schools or districts other than the original purchasing school.