Highlights of Course (To top)
Through this fun and dynamic course, the student will learn Spanish by putting to practice the elements essential for Spanish fluency. Through this course, the student will:
- Study the differences between slang and formal Spanish.
- Learn essential phrases and vocabulary needed for the workplace or for situations specific to goals
- Integrate Spanish into daily routine for super learning efficiency.
- Practice Spanish speaking skills with native speakers.
- Receive customized instruction tailored to help achieve fluency goals
- Immediately be able to speak and comprehend Spanish phrases
- Immerse oneself in Hispanic culture without having to travel abroad.
- Explore traditions and lifestyles of the local Hispanic community.
- Learn how to learn foreign languages. Gain unique foreign language learning skills.
- Achieve fluency in a fun and pressure-free environment
- Pronounce words and phrases like a native speaker
- Enjoy audio, video, internet activities that effectively supplement learning process
Culture and History
Students delve into the following topics:
- History of language and Spanish speaking world
- Various dialects of Spanish Speaking world (Ustedes versus Vosotros; use of “vos”)
- General geography of Spanish speaking countries
- Mexican and Spanish culture and traditions (Holidays, pastimes, anthems, songs, foods, traditional and contemporary music and television religion, dance)
- Important historical dates in Mexico and Spain
- Physical gestures in Mexico and Spain
Grammar and Vocabulary
- Spanish alphabet
- Definite Articles
- Concordance (Gender, number)
- Demonstrative Adjectives
- Expressing possession
- Essential adjectives
- General verb conjugation concepts
- Essential verbs, such as, but not limited to, dar, pensar, perder, pedir, salir, llegar, tener, conocer, querer, tener, ir, poder, decir, venir, saber, abrir, cerrar, pensar, leer, tocar, llevar, poner, sacar, escribir, hablar, esperar, caminar, mirar, esperar, escuchar, tomar, buscar, dormir, encontrar, jugar, ver, repetir, servir, estudiar, leer, entrar, pronunciar, escuchar, cantar, conducir, conocer, terminar, empezar, hacer, volver, encontrar, correr, comer, beber, escribir, traer, salir, oír)
- Irregular Verbs (Querer, Tener, Ir, Poder, Decir, Venir, Saber, Poner, Hacer, Ir)
- Helping Verbs
- Ser versus Estar
- Stem changing verbs o > ue, e >i, e>ie
- Irregular verb concept
- The use of “hay”
- Expressions with “tener”
- Numbers 1-1000000
- Days and months
- The verb “gustar”
- Prepositional phrases
- Telling time
- Present progressive tense
- Present and Future tenses
- Concept of past tense
- Present participles
- Past participles
- Popular slang
- Essential commands
- Definite articles
- Colloquial expressions (That's cool! That's terrible! , etc.)
- Essential conversational phrases and words (“Alright”, “anyways”, “uh huh”, “therefore”)
- Vocabulary themes (Food, clothing, nationalities, workplace, professions, emergency, hospital, airport, restaurant, travel, hotel, bank, transportation city life, entertainment, animals, office, family, shopping, money, technology, body, communication, letter writing, internet, sports, weather, house, nature, time, family, school, marriage, *industry specific vocabulary)
- Reflexive verbs
- Forming adverbs (--mente)
- Stem changing verbs (e>ie)
- Stem changing verbs (o>ue)
- Stem changing verbs (e>i)
- Verbs with irregular yo forms
- More expressions with "tener"
- Difference between "ser" and "estar"
- Expressions with "estar"
- Idiomatic expressions
- Verbs like "gustar"
- Prepositional phrases
- "Por" versus "para"
- Estar a punto de + infinitive/ Acabar de + infinitive
- Indefinite and negative words ("algo" versus "nada", "alguien" versus "nadie", etc.)
- Direct and indirect object pronouns
- Preterite tense (regular and irregular verbs)
- Imperfect tense
- Preterite versus imperfect
- Present perfect tense (or pluperfect)
- Time expressions with "hacer"
- Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
- Comparisons and superlatives
- "Saber" versus "conocer"
- Personal "a"
- Pronouns after prepositions
- Verbs that change meaning in the preterite
- Concept of "lo" with adjective
- Al + infinitive
- Constructions with "se"
- Common proverbs
- Colloquial expressions
- Essential conversational phrases and words
- Vocabulary themes, expanding on words lists from Basic Spanish level (Food, clothing, nationalities, workplace, professions, emergency, hospital, airport, restaurant, travel, hotel, bank, transportation city life, entertainment, animals, office, family, shopping, money, technology, body, communication, letter writing, internet, sports, weather, house, nature, time, family, school, marriage, *industry specific vocabulary)
Materials (To top)
2 textbooks, online activity access, handouts, 4 audio cds.
Duration (To top)
July 8 to July 31st, Mon/Wed, 8 am to 3 pm (1 hour lunch).
Maximum 8 students per class
Tuition (To top)
$640.00 (includes 2 textbooks, activities manual, access to audio tracks, handouts, password access to online tutorials, coffee/tea and snacks)
In Class Instruction (To top)
Activities include lecture and presentations (video, audio) individual and group activities.
Outside Class Activities* (To top)
- Application of daily integration methods techniques
- Textbook and handout assignments
- Audio/CDs assignments
- Interactive online activities
- Completion of homework exercises
*The amount of time invested in out of class instruction hinges on the discretion of the student, depending on the degree of his or her fluency goals.