Spanish lessons

Spanish lessons

Private lessons in Spanish, for foreigners who speak English or other languages.

Welcome to Mendoza and congratulations! You have already bought your ticket and you are heading to Mendoza. You are part of those wise people who know that visiting a new country and not speaking the language is like missing 50 % of the experience. And probably you will visit more than one country where they speak Spanish.

Studying a language is more than learning verbs and conjugations. It is watching the world through different eyes, through a different point of view. It is learning the culture, the history, the geography, the literature. Not better, not worse, just different. You may like it or not. You just need to accept it. So while in Argentina, you know what they say:" Do what the Romans do".

Studying Spanish is a process like learning any other language. You need time to assimilate this process. You need to enjoy it as well. This process is spiral. One day, you feel you know everything and you feel great. But on some other days, you learn a new tense, new congugation like the irregular verbs in the past, and you feel less great.

Do not feel frustrated. And don't even mention that to an Argentinian. Because, if you know a lilltle about this culture, history and lifestyle, well, then, you will know what frustration is. Dare youself to make mistakes. Laugh at them, and enjoy the new culture.

Be open-minded to new ideas and different lifestyles. Make friends with the locals, and practise your Spanish whenever you have the possibility. If it not now and here, when and where?

The immersion classes are the best, especially if you have little time to study. The more you speak and listen to your teacher in Spanish, the better for you. So, start reading the newspaper, listen to Spanish music, watch TV, see movies. Do the homework. And don't forget to enjoy it all the time.

Learning Spanish and travelling is an unforgetable experience that you are about to experience.

Regarding my classes

What most students want above all is to be able to  speak / understand  spoken Spanish . This is why our aim is to get students at different levels talking.
Our lessons make it possible for students to study key aspects of grammar and essential vocabulary in context.
We provide contexts for new language that will engage students.
Our lessons are targeted at students who need Spanish for travel, survival Spanish, conversational Spanish and  Spanish for specific purposes.
The ultimate aim of most students is to be able to communicate in Spanish. We provide activities to give students a reason to communicate.
We have designed tailor -made lessons which are suitable for students with a wide range of needs.
We provide opportunities to make students interaction more enjoyable. We give practice in key language for situations, such as checking into a hotel, ordering a meal in a restaurant, meeting the locals.
We give students insights into cultural awareness.
Each lesson has clearly stated grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation aims. This keeps lessons focused, and gives students concrete learning objectives and a sense of progress.
Our lessons include clear and memorable presentations of new structures, plenty of regular and varied practice and student- friendly reference material.

Material for the class.

 

Because I have to prepare appropriate material before your classes, I have some questions for both of you, for linguistic reasons:

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS:

INTERNATIONAL EXAM D.E.L.E.

DIPLOMA OF SPANISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

The diplomas of Spanish as a foreign language (DELE) are official titles with international recognition, that are offered by the Institute of Cervantes in the name of the Ministry of Education, Social Politics and Sport of Spain.

I have been trained in numerous courses for teachers in Mendoza and in Buenos Aires. In addition, I am a certified Spanish teacher to teach how to prepare to obtain  the diplomas of  D.E.L.E.  I am also a certified teacher to give the exam. 

 I can also offer you advice and help you register to obtain your diploma.

Next Dates for DELE 2011:
MAY

 Days of the examen: 20th and 21th of May

 Dates to sign up: from 21th of February until 15th of April

AUGUST

Days of the examen: 19th of August

Dates to sign up: from 11th of  July until 29th of July

NOVEMBER
Days of the exam: 18th and 19th of November
Dates to sign up: 1st of September until 14th of October

Where do you sign up?
In person at SEA, Association of Language Centers
Viamonte 371 Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Tel.: (54-11) 4516-0427 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (54-11) 4516-0427      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
For candidates that are not in Buenos Aires, sign up by writing to:
coordinacion@idiomas.org.ar

What is the cost of the Diploma of Spanish (DELE)?
Tuition 2011
A1: 275 AR$

 A2: 355 AR$
Beginner (B1): 400 AR$
Intermediate (B2): 460 AR$

Superior (C1): 490 AR$
Superior (C2): 515 AR$

Deposits should only be allowed from the registering outside of Buenos Aires

What is necessary to sign up?
Application
Original and a copy of some document of identification, with a photograph, that includes the following information: identity, nationality, date and place of birth.
This information should also be on the application.
A form of payment for the tuition.
A signed declaration.

LEVELS

Level A1

Beginning with DELE

This Diploma is the first of the six learning levels proposed in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe.

Level-A1 DELE examination (DELE A1) enables students to access the Spanish-speaking world, improves their academic education and provides them with confidence to continue advancing towards the other levels.

This Diploma accredits that students will be able to use elementary language in communication situations involving immediate needs or very common everyday matters.

DELE A1 is, therefore, an internationally recognized certification tool that connects people from their first contact with Spanish and evaluates their level in Spanish from the beginning of their studies.

The DELE A1 examination consists of different tests, organized in two groups:

  • Group 1 (Reading and writing skills): Reading comprehension (45 minutes) and written expression and interaction (25 minutes).
  • Group 2 (Speaking skills): Listening comprehension (20 minutes) and oral expression and interaction (15 minutes).

A “passing” grade is required for each of the group of tests that a candidate sits during the same examination session.

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points. A minimum score of 33 is necessary for each of the two groups in order to receive an overall "passing" grade.

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL.

 

Level A2

Now you can take the leap forward

Level-A2 DELE examination (DELE A2) is the second step after accessing the language of Spanish-speaking countries.

This Diploma accredits that students can understand commonly-used everyday phrases and expressions related to areas of experience especially relevant to them (basic information about themselves and their families, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.).

The DELE A2 examination consists of different tests, organized in two groups:

  • Group 1 (Reading and writing skills): Reading comprehension (60 minutes) and written expression and interaction (50 minutes).
  • Group 2 (Speaking skills): Listening comprehension (35 minutes) and oral expression and interaction (15 minutes).

 

Level B1

LEVEL B1 (formerly Beginner)

Now's the time. Take a further step

Level-B1 DELE examination (DELE B1) certifies that candidates already have a level of Spanish which places them at a slightly higher than beginner level.

This Diploma accredits language users' capacity to:

  1. Understand the main points of texts spoken and written in standard varieties of Spanish that are not excessively local, provided that they involve well-known topics related to work, studies or everyday life.
  2. Deal with most situations and contexts involving these uses.
  3. Produce simple, coherent texts about well-known topics or issues of personal interest, such as describing experiences, events, wishes, plans, and aspirations, or expressing opinions.

The DELE B1 examination consists of different texts, organized in three groups:

  • Group 1: Reading comprehension (40 minutes) and written expression (50 minutes).
  • Group 2: Grammar and vocabulary (40 minutes).
  • Group 3: Listening comprehension (30 minutes) and oral expression and interaction (10 minutes).

A “passing” grade is required for each of the group of tests that a candidate sits during the same examination session.

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points. A minimum score of 70% is necessary for each group in order to receive an overall "passing" grade.

 

Level B2

Show what you know

Level-B2 DELE examination provides candidates with the certainty that they have reached an advanced level of Spanish which enables them to communicate successfully both orally and in writing.

This Diploma accredits language users' capacity to:

  1. Understand the gist of complex spoken and written texts, including those about abstract topics, presented in diverse varieties of Spanish, or of a technical nature, especially if they are about specialized areas of knowledge with which they are familiar.
  2. Interact with all types of speakers, with sufficient fluency and spontaneity, so that communication does not constitute an effort for either interlocutor.
  3. Produce clear and detailed texts about diverse topics, including those involving dialectic analysis, debate or defending a point of view.

The DELE B2 examination consists of different tests, organized into three groups:

  • Group 1: Reading comprehension (60 minutes) and written expression (60 minutes).
  • Group 2: Grammar and vocabulary (60 minutes).
  • Group 3: Listening comprehension (30 minutes) and oral expression (10-15 minutes).

A “passing” grade is required for each of the group of tests that a candidate sits during the same examination session.

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points. A minimum score of 70% is necessary for each group in order to receive an overall "passing" grade.

 

Level C1

It's time to move up

Since November 2011 the Level-C1 DELE examination (DELE C1), which was launched in November 2010, changes and improves the format of its tests.

The DELE C1 guarantees that the progress of the student in the language has been a success, and certifies more than an advanced level of Spanish.

This diploma certifies sufficient linguistic competence to:

  1. Understand a wide variety of long, quite demanding texts, as well as recognise implicit meanings in them.
  2. Express themselves fluently and spontaneously, without any obvious effort to find the right words.
  3. Use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes.
  4. And be able to produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on topics having a certain level of complexity, with correct use of mechanisms for organising and articulating a cohesive text.

The DELE C1 examination consists of four tests:

  • Test 1: Reading comprehension and use of language (90 minutes).
  • Test 2: Listenning comprehension and use of language (50 minutes).
  • Test 3: Integrated skills. Listenning comprehension and written expression and interaction (80 minutes).
  • Test 4: Integrated skills. Reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction (20 minutes) (and 20 minutes for preparation).

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points. A minimum score of 33 is necessary for each of the two groups in order to receive an overall "passing" grade.

 

Level C2

Make it to the top!

From November 2011, the Level-C2 DELE examination (DELE C2) changes its format to comply with the Common European Framework of Reference.

DELE C2 is the highest and most advanced of the six learning levels established in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It certifies the level of Mastery.

The DELE C2 certifies sufficient linguistic competence to perfectly handle any kind of situation, proving a spontaneous capacity of adaptation to any context, with a great deal of semantic and grammatical precision. The language users express themselves fluently, with a high degree of specialization and complexity.

The DELE C2 examination consists of three tests:

  • Test 1: Use of language, reading and listenning comprehension (90 minutes).
  • Test 2: Integrated skills: Listenning and reading comprehension, and written expression and interaction (150 minutes).
  • Test 3: Integrated skills: Reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction (20 minutes) (and 30 minutes for preparation).

A “passing” grade is required for each of the group of tests that a candidate sits during the same examination session.

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points, and a minimum score of 70% for each of the three groups is necessary.

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL.