Levels and content of the Spanish course
Levels and Content of the Spanish Course
After receiving your registration form, the school will send you a short placement test in order to know which level of teaching is best suited to your needs.
Level A1 (Beginners):
This course is intended for students with no previous knowledge of the Spanish language. It is quite comprehensive as it deals with the basis of Spanish grammatical structures. The content is: pronunciation, gender and number, verbs "ser" and "estar", regular and irregular verbs of the present tense, the present participle (Gerundio), the future with "ir a", and some of the basic verbs in the past tense. Everyday vocabulary is also taught on this course. Once the learner has completed the course, they will be able to: give and receive basic information, speak about their daily routine in Present Tense, buy and order in a restaurant, speak about themselves, book a trip, etc.
Level A2 (Intermediate A):
This course is designed for students with a basic understanding of the language and essential vocabulary who are not familiar with the past tense. The content is: the past tenses (indefinido, imperfecto) and their usages, the future, the conditional, the imperative with pronouns and prepositions and its application in everyday life. Once the learner has completed the course, they will be able to: speak about past actions and activities, give and receive orders, ask for permission, speak about future plans, give pieces of advice, make conjecture, etc. They will also be able to explain simple situations, as well as read and write straightforward texts in Spanish while making mistakes typical for this level.
Level B1 (Intermediate B):
This course is aimed at students with a wider knowledge of most of the Spanish tenses but who require revision and depth to their studies. The students will review the most important tenses, and they will work on the widening of their vocabulary. Intermediate texts will be discussed, and the subjunctive moode will be introduced. Once the students have completed the course, they will be able to: manage themselves properly in common life situations, express opinions about politics, society, culture, and leisure time.
Level B2 (Advanced)
Students at this point know and have a good command of Spanish grammar and they wish to improve their fluency and command of the language. Common mistakes and errors are worked on in this level through small projects that emulate everyday situations such as planning a trip, writing a letter of complaint, going to a job interview, planning a party, making an oral presentation about their country, and so one. Once the students have completed the course, they will have improved Spanish fluency and knowledge of Hispanic culture.
Level C1 and C2 (Superior):
At this level, students have a great command of the Spanish language; the content of the course is agreed upon with the students according to their needs, interests, skills and cognitive styles. The lessons will deal more with writing texts, reading and understanding opinion, and literary texts.
All skills are practiced in all levels: listening, writing, reading, and speaking. In Level A1, acquisition and function of the language is paramount in order to allow a better and more creative oral performance in the future. This usually happens after the first week of the course.
In order to make things easier, before and after the Spanish course, CELA offers online lessons to all those interested in working on the language at http://cela-ve.com/moodle
It is also possible to take Spanish for specific purposes courses in medicine, law and commerce with the option of undertaking an internship in a local company.
Courses for non-native Spanish teachers are offered at CELA several times per year http://cela-ve.com/spanishcourses/teaching_spanish.html
On the cultural side there are Venezuelan cookery and Salsa lessons.