We work with five basic levels of Spanish: beginner, intermediary, advanced, superior and perfection. These basic levels can be subdivided in sublevels. Each sublevel lasts about one week.
You have never studied Spanish and do not know a word of it. We begin with teaching basic social uses and expressions. You learn for example to present yourself (name, nationality, etc.) and to use regular verbs and some irregular verbs in the present tense. Our goal is that you can hold a basic conversation in the present tense.
You will study more irregular verbs in the present tense and also practical vocabulary with words that you can use to ask questions or buy things. You also learn to use special verbs that express preferences and desires.
You will learn the Presente Progresivo that is used to express actions that are happening now. We also study the reflexive verbs that will help you to talk about daily activities. During this part of the course you will build up your vocabulary and grammar step by step and will learn different expressions of time during the verbal practices which are highly emphasized.
In this level you will learn the future tense and one of the past tenses, after which you can express yourself in the three basic tenses of Spanish. In this week you will also learn another past tense, the Pretérito Indefinido, with the most common verbs.
In this level you study the past tenses. A large part of the class is spent on the correct use of the tenses Imperfecto and Indefinido, one of the biggest obstacles for Spanish language students. You will also do readings and learn to talk about the past, describe situations and write stories. As always, this goes together with an increasing vocabulary that you acquire from the readings which you study with your professor.
You learn to use the imperative that is used to express requests, orders and suggestions, and continue to expand your vocabulary and practice the Spanish you have learned.
You practice thoroughly everything you have learned before. You will also get an introduction to the Subjuntivo Presente with which you can express desires, feelings and doubts.
We focus on the Subjuntivo that is used to express feelings, opinions, desires, doubts and presumptions, and to give and ask for advice. In addition we will spend time on reading comprehension and writing skills. In this level you also develop a professional vocabulary, based on your personal demands.
You learn the future and conditional tenses and you will study the four past tenses and the present tense in greater depth, so that you can make a comparison with the Subjuntivo.
You will get a complete, more profound revision of Spanish grammar. The superior level is meant for students who already know all the grammatical tenses but who wish to revise them and who have to learn to communicate using all these tenses in order to be able to talk about every single subject.
Moreover, we study the indirect style; this style is used to transmit messages or moments from the past into the present. We emphasize oral expression through conversations about complex themes. Linguistic expressions, according to the student's personal interests, will also be studied.
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