1. You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  2. You can communicate in simple and routine tasks, requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  3. You can describe, in simple terms, aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

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Specific Learning Outcomes

COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS:

Express the ability to complete a task

Talk about past actions

Talk about past routines

Talk about future actions

Predict an event

Express conditions and consequences

Express probability

Express a past action before another past action

Express satisfaction, happiness, sadness and             surprise

Make plans

Future action sequence

Describe a person’s character

Talk about personal relationships

Describe problems and take advice

Borrow objects

Ask for help

Talk about past anecdotes, jokes and facts

Talk about social etiquette


GRAMMAR

Pretérito imperfecto

Pretérito indefinido

Futuro simple

Superlative

Preposition + interrogative word

Future - probability

Relatives

Quantifiers

Presente de subjuntivo

Imperative (affirmative and negative)

Conditional (simple)

Impersonal words

Pretérito pluscuamperfecto


Level B1
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At the end of Level B1

You can understand the main points of clear standard             input on familiar matters regularly encountered in             work, school, leisure, etc.

You can deal with most situations likely to arise             whilst travelling in an area where the language is             spoken.

You can produce simple connected text on topics             which are familiar or of personal interest.

You can describe experiences and events.

You can talk about dreams, hopes and ambitions

You can briefly give reasons and explanations for             opinions and plans.

You could consider working in the country using the             language (e.g. bar/counter work, waiting service in             cafés or basic office work).

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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