For those with no background in Spanish; or those who have travelled, studied a little or have some vocabulary, but struggle to form sentences. This level covers: basic vocabulary (adjectives, numbers, colors, foods, parts of the body, etc.) and basic grammar (nouns, articles, gender, present tense, simple ways to express past and future). When you finish this level you will be able to understand and use basic every day expressions. You will have the tools to introduce yourself and others; to ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and what you like to do. You will be able to interact in a basic way when the other person talks slowly and clearly.
Basic I & Basic II
Intended for those who have completed the Beginner Level or who already have knowledge of basic vocabulary, grammar, present/simple past and future verb tenses; and who understand basic conversational Spanish. In this course you will lean more irregular verbs in all tenses, reinforce your understanding of basic verbs, and learn prepositions and new vocabulary. Through classes you will be encouraged to practice your Spanish speaking.
After completing this level, you should be able to take part in a variety of simple conversations using basic structures and vocabulary with acceptable accuracy. You should also be able to understand simple conversations when conducted slowly and clearly.
Intended for those who have completed Basic I and Basic II or have studied Spanish before and need to refresh thier vocabulary and knowledge of grammar.
In this level you will cover reflexive verbs, past tenses will be studied more deeply, and speaking and vocabulary will be emphasized.
When you finish this level you will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions (for example: those used to talk about personal information, shopping, requests, etc). You will also be able to talk about simple and routine tasks.
Intermediate I & II
Intended for those who have completed the Pre-Intermediate Level or have studied Spanish before and have developed intermediate competence in oral and written comprehension / expression. In these levels you will learn or revise reflexive verbs, direct and indirect objects, preterite vs. imperfect past tenses, pluperfect and future perfect tenses. You will improve your vocabulary by reading articles about religion, culture, history, politics, etc.
When you finish this level you will be able to participate in and understand the main points of conversations encountered whilst travelling, working or studying, etc. You will also be able to describe experiences, opinions, events, dreams, hopes, ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations.
Intended for those who have completed the Intermediate levels or have studied Spanish before and have developed upper intermediate competence in oral and written comprehension / expression and wish to increase their vocabulary, fluency and ability to use higher level grammatical structures. This level covers the subjunctive tenses and the passive voice. Grammar will be continually reviewed and reinforced. Speaking, pronunciation, and vocabulary will be improved. More idiomatic and colloquial expressions will be studied.
When you finish this level, you will be able to use a wide range of structures with a high degree of accuracy. Some "typical" errors may still occur, but the student should have good overall comprehension and a wide vocabulary.
Advanced I, II, III & IV
To be considered at this level you have to be able to understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialization. At this level you will be able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers. You will be able to produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on important issues giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. Students develop an advanced level of competence in oral and written comprehension/expression of Spanish.
These levels cover: the use of the subjuctive, conditional, pluperfect and the passive voice. Grammar will be continually reviewed and reinforced. Speaking, pronunciation, and vocabulary will not be neglected.
Students who finish this level can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. In addition they can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. They can also produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. You will develop native-like abilities, this means that you can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. You will also be able to summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. You also have to be able to express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.