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Spanish Learning Programme - Intermediate levels

• Prologue

It should be noted in advance that our courses are adapted to the characteristics of the student. For this reason, we follow some guidelines which are detailed below.

This course is focused to two types of students according to the Instituto Cervantes criteria:

  • B1 – Enough language skills to understand and respond appropriately to the most common situations of everyday life and to communicate desires and needs of basic needs and desires during a normal day.
  • B2 – Enough language skills to engage in ordinary situations of everyday life, under normal circumstances of communication that do not require any specialized use of the Spanish language.

Therefore, this course is focused to improve the Spanish skills to get these language capacities. Thus, the techniques, methods and strategies used during this course differ from other course levels.

 

STRUCTURE OF SPANISH COURSE (INTERMEDIATE)

STAGES:

PHASE 1: ANALYSIS OF STUDENT NEEDS

During this phase, we determine which main objectives the student may have to learn Spanish. Furthermore, we take into account their personal characteristics such as language skills, languages spoken, age, etc.
Therefore, this phase is based on:

– Setting objectives and needs
– Study skills and student characteristics
– Analysis of the properly methodology

PHASE 2: ASSESING THE STUDENT LEVEL

The second step is to assess the student’s level of Spanish. Since this is a course for beginners, the student is unlikely to unknown the Spanish language. In this case, we evaluate their skills and overall language skills.
The steps are:

– An evaluation test to measure the baseline level
– Analysis of the language skills

PHASE 3: DEVELOPING A PROGRAM

During this phase we establish the guidelines to be followed during the course.
Basically, this step is based on:

– Preparing the agenda
– Establishing the required methodology to achieve the objectives

 

PHASE 4: IMPLEMENTATION

This phase involves the completion of the course itself. Therefore, it is the most important phase.
The following guidelines will be undertaken:

1. PROGRAMME TARGETING

Students are able to acquire conversational capacities on familiar subjects and the ability to use communicating strategies to maintain related conversations with the past and the future. It will also teach the students how to write general and simple literary texts, and to compose letters and essays about the general aspects of daily life.

As the level advances, the course provides detailed information about general themes and educates students to express with fluidity and to write lengthy compositions. The students themselves can utilize communicating strategies to maintain conversations on different contexts and situations.

2. IMPROVEMENT

  • Understand the gist of clear texts, in standard language, if they involve well-known topics related to work, studies or leisure.
  • Deal with most of the situations that may arise during a trip to where the language is used.

3. INTERMEDIATE GRAMMAR

The next step of course is based on the basic and necessary knowledge to build sentences in Spanish. For this reason, this phase focuses on the study of:

– Subjects
– Tenses*
– Articles and prepositions*

(*) Intermediate level.

4. IMPROVEMENT 2 (b2)

  • Produce simple, coherent texts about well-known topics or issues of personal interest.
  • Describe experiences, events, wishes and hopes, as well as briefly justify opinions or explain plans.

5. PRACTICAL APPLICATION

Once the student is formed to build sentences in a basic way, we proceed to the practical application of learning. This process consists in:

– Developing of contexts by students
– Constructive conversations
– Games and activities

6. EVALUATION

The last topic of the course focuses on the analysis and refinement of knowledge acquired by the student.