1. You are a complete beginner and have no prior knowledge of the language, with the exception of perhaps a few key words.

  1. You are a "false beginner" – i.e. you have some prior, but very basic, knowledge of the language, and find it difficult to produce more than a few key words and phrases. Maybe you haven’t used the language in a while and/or want to start at 'the beginning'.

  1. You have a very basic knowledge of the language. Your vocabulary is very limited and you have no real understanding of the grammar.

E.g. you can introduce yourself, ask simple directions

and order food & drink in a café or restaurant.

  Topic Outline

Specific Learning Outcomes


Greetings and Introductions

Countries and Nationalities

Personal Information

Introductions (formal vs informal)



Going shopping

Describing a house

Likes and dislikes

Telling time

Days of the week

Months of the year



Daily Activities


Personal Pronouns: Yo, tú …

Presente de Indicativo: regular and irregular verbs

Information Questions: ¿dónde?, ¿qué? , ¿cuál?, …

Gender and Number

Undetermined articles: un, una, unos, unas

Determined articles: el, la, los, las

Demonstrative Pronouns: este, esta, …

Possessive Pronouns: mi(s), tu(s), su(s)

Quantifiers: muy, bastante, mucho/-a/-os/-as, …             Adverbs and Preposicions of place: por, en, cerca de             Reflexive Pronouns: me, te, le, nos, les

Adverbs: también, tampoco, sí, no

Prepositions: de….a, desde…. Hasta….

Adverbs of Frequency: siempre, nunca,…

Frequency expressions: una vez al día, ….

At the end of Level A1

You can understand and use familiar everyday               expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the             satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

You can introduce yourself and others.

You can ask and answer questions about personal              details such as where you live, what you do, people             you know and things you have.

You can ask and give directions.

You can order food and drink

You can make very basic travel and accommodation             arrangements.

You can have a basic conversation, provided the other             person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to             help.

Level A1

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Instructors use a natural methodology that allows students to progressively learn based on previously taught material. This constitutes a building approach where solid foundations are built to sustain new elements of the language.

The conversational methodology implemented in the classroom, allows students to speak from the very first day of class and to understand messages and situations in Spanish based on context, body language, association of ideas or concrete vocabulary. Dictionaries are not allowed in class.

Students are expected to actively participate during each session. We keep a small number of participants per class to maximize their interaction during their Spanish immersion program. Using a wide range of strategies, instructors help develop listening, speaking, reading and writing capabilities, always meeting the different learning styles present in a classroom. At the beginning of the session, students are assigned a pack of additional activities to complete as part of their self-study time. In addition, instructors assign different activities to be completed by students every week and before each new lesson.

Due to the complexity of the lessons, each Level has been divided into two (2) sub-levels and each one is completed in a period of 8 weeks.

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