Spanish language lessons
Spanish Language and Culture Level 1
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to ask and answer questions in the present tense, greet people, and use expressions of courtesy. Everyday topics include school life, family, pastimes, sports, and places in the city. Grammar includes nouns, articles and adjectives, numbers, how to formulate questions, telling time, and the present tense of ser, estar, and the three verb conjugations. (Vistas, fourth edition, Lessons 1-3).
Spanish Language and Culture Level 2
After completing this level, students should have a greatly expanded vocabulary and should be able to converse about everyday topics such as travel, clothing, negotiating a purchase, colors, daily routines, time expressions, and food. Building upon the basic foundation provided in Level 1, grammar topics include further emphasis on the proper use of the verbs ser and estar, stem changing verbs, the present progressive tense, the preterit, reflexive verbs, use of direct and indirect object pronouns, saber and conocer, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, and likes and dislikes. (Vistas, fourth edition, Lessons 4-7).
Spanish Language and Culture Level 3
Building upon the skills studied in Level 2, students continue to build their vocabulary and gain proficiency to be able to speak on topics including personal relationships, health and medical terms, computers and the Internet, and parts of the house. Grammar topics in Level 3 include the imperfect and the preterit, use of pronouns, the comparative and superlative, familiar commands, adverbs, use of se, por and para. (Vistas, fourth edition, Lessons 8-11).
Spanish Language and Culture Level 4
Upon completion of this course, students can expect to converse with greater confidence and precision on a broad range of topics including nature and the environment, city life and daily chores, exercise and physical activity, professions and occupations. Building upon the skills already acquired, grammar topics include formal commands, the subjunctive with expressions of emotion, disbelief, denial, will and influence, the future tense, the present and the past perfect tenses. (Vistas, fourth edition, Lessons 12-15).
Spanish Language and Culture Level 5
Having completed Level 5, students can expect to be able to discuss comfortably a broad range of topics as well as to read and write multi-paragraph texts. This course helps students to tie together all the elements of grammar and usage covered up to this point. Students practice and refine their skills through oral and written exercises designed to reinforce the vocabulary and grammar already learned. More advanced grammatical topics are introduced in response to students' specific learning needs. Topics include the future tenses, the past and past perfect subjunctive, the conditional tenses and si clauses. (Vistas, fourth edition, Lessons 16-18 + additional resources).
This program is designed for students who are already proficient in the skills taught in Levels 1-5 and who want to increase their conversational abilities. Conducted entirely in Spanish, this course provides students with an opportunity to markedly improve their speaking and listening skills. Magazines, video and audio tapes, and other resources designed to provide practical opportunities for vocabulary and skill development are selected to match student interests. Grammatical topics are addressed as needed.
All levels include information about the Hispanic culture across Latin America and Spain.
Since communication in a foreign language requires an understanding of the cultural context, our aim is to teach you the living language through carefully selected textbooks, newspaper and magazine articles and other relevant materials, rather than have you repeat and memorize tourist phrases.