Students who elect to take part in the Intensive Spanish Langauge Program can study Spanish at the following levels. As this is an immersion program, students will be sure to learn Spanish both inside and outside the classroom during their gap year in Argentina!
Elementary Spanish I (3-7) – Conducted in Spanish
This course is designed for beginning level Spanish speakers. Students acquire and develop a basic knowledge of the language that allows them to communicate straightforward information in a familiar context. Classes are organized around a practical approach to learning grammar and vocabulary and emphasize production and understanding in communicative situations. Upon completing the course, students will be able to understand basic instructions, take part in basic factual conversations on a predictable topic and express
simple opinions or requirements using present, past and future tenses.
Intermediate Spanish I (3-7) – Conducted in Spanish
This course is intended for students who already have basic communication skills. The general aim of the course is to extend students’ ability to communicate on a wider range of topics. Classes emphasize the active acquisition of grammatical structures and vocabulary. Upon completing the course, students will be able to follow or give a short talk on familiar topics, keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics and write short letters and other texts on predictable subjects. Special attention is paid to classic difficulties such as ser vs. estar, para vs. por, pretérito indefinido vs pretérito imperfecto as well as the use of the subjective for expressing possibility, doubt, suggestions and advice.
Intermediate Spanish II (3-7) – Conducted in Spanish
This course is intended for students who have already mastered the main grammatical features of the language and can communicate in a fairly wide range of formal and informal situations both orally and in writing. At this level, the range is significantly extended to include abstract and cultural topics. Emphasis is placed on learning vocabulary in context and distinguishing between formal and informal written and spoken registers. Special attention is paid to fluency and pronunciation as well as to producing well-organized and gramatically correct written text. Upon completing the course, students are able to express possibility, probability, hypotheses, conjectures, doubts, suggestions and advice using a good range of structures and vocabulary. They can organize their writing using temporary and logical connectors.
Advanced Spanish (3-7) – Conducted in Spanish
This course is intended for students who have mastered all the major grammatical forms of the language and can communicate with relatively fluency in a wide range of formal and informal situations. Students are encouraged to consolidate and perfect their communicative strategies, both oral and written. Students are required to give oral presentations at regular intervals throughout the course in order to improve their fluency and accuracy when speaking in public. Students also learn gradually to produce increasingly complex forms of expository and argumentative prose within the established conventions of written Spanish.