Begin from scratch and improve in Spanish bit by bit
Different levels according to CEFR
Although countries are literally separated by geographic and political obstacles, the real boundary that limits interaction between people of different nationalities is language. Thankfully, with the right mindset (and the right teacher), languages can become bridges – not boundaries.
One thing that learning a new language can also help is gain a deeper appreciation for language in general and how each language is actually connected to other languages.
Learn Spanish can help you work with people who speak this language, enhance your academic progress or spend a period of time abroad.
But, before moving along, we suggest that you do this cultural test so that you could see how much you know about Hispanic culture and the Spanish language.
Are you surprised by the results?
As you see, Spanish is further than grammar and vocabulary, that’s a whole immersion, either linguistic or cultural one. In addition, it’s likely to change your perception of the world.
Why should I do a Spanish course?
According to a Pew Research Center report, an estimated 37.6 million people in the U.S. speak Spanish as their first language and analysts predict the Latino population will reach approximately 128.8 million by 2060, likely making it the largest Spanish speaking country in the world.
There is a huge demand in the U.S. for Spanish-speakers in nursing, construction management, and media, among many other positions.
If you do go to popular destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, speaking the local language will help you get off the beaten path and see some real culture (books, songs, movies, etc.).
Spanish is easy to learn: basic grammar is straightforward enough and many vocabulary words are similar to English.
What you are going to achieve?
The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels; for each level, it describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing. The following table: indicates these levels.
Breakthrough or beginner
- Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
- Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.
- Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Waystage or elementary
- 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).
- Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
- Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Threshold or intermediate
- Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
- Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
- Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
- Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Vantage or upper intermediate
- Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
- Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
- Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Effective operational proficiency or advanced
- Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning.
- Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
- Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
- Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Mastery or proficiency
- Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
- Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
- Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
What features does a general Spanish course have?
12 units. Each one are divided in the following way: 4 chapters.
4 tutoring per unit (Skype or Zoom).
Supporting service to resolve questions, doubts, send tasks to a teacher, and so on.
- More than 200 hours of tutoring videos and audios (podcasts).
- Downloading workbook.
- Extra information about the Spanish in use.
- Interactive activities that promote the self-study.
- Study strategies: useful tools to take advantage of this course, control stress or anxiety and how to be more productive.
- Unit final assignment. Consolidate your knowledge doing a task which integrates the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
- Access to free webinars through a personalized code. This is a great opportunity to meet people and practice
- Spanish in group.
- A grammar guide.
- Resources to enhance your level.