Course icon Level Spanish courses

We offer face-to-face and online courses. Face-to-face courses −also called “regular courses”− are intended for non-native Spanish speakers who want to acquire general Spanish language skills; they are 9 to 12 weeks in length and are available from beginner to advanced levels (1-9).

Please read the information on How to get the Spanish Textbooks.

Please read our Continuous Evaluation Procedures.

 

Course icon Spanish Web-Based Courses

Online courses are self-paced with a tutor, to be completed in up to 9 weeks at your own pace.


Communications icon Communication skills training

We offer writing courses for those who work in the language including a mix of group lessons and individual tutoring sessions, and specialized courses, both cultural and professional, to develop specific skills, and many are designed either for high-level learners or native speakers of the language. Most meet for 12 weeks for 1-3 hours per week and there are shorter one-day workshops and courses that meet for only 4, 6, or 8 weeks.

Redacción Eficaz: Creación de textos - CEPAL

18 hour online course, via Webex. Students will  interact and work on their own texts as well as other texts and self-learning activities carefully selected to improve written communication skills at the workplace. The scope is to avoid repetitions and common mistakes by learning techniques and strategies to make a text more effective, communicative and accurate. This course is a part of a series of  Web-based Training Activities for Native and Proficient Spanish Speakers (C1) for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Redacción Eficaz: Creación de textos - GLOBAL

18 hour online course, via Webex. Students will  interact and work on their own texts as well as other texts and self -learning activities carefully selected to improve written communication skills at the workplace.  The scope is to avoid repetitions and common mistakes by learning techniques and strategies to make a text more effective, communicative and accurate. This course is a part of a series of  Web-based Training Activities for Native and Proficient Spanish Speakers (C1).

Hablemos de igualdad de género

8-hour online course self-paced with a tutor. This course aims raising awareness of gender issues and gives you the opportunity to get familiar with Gender equality, women empowerment and parity related UN documents and campaigns, videos, forums and press articles in Spanish. In this course, you will develop and reinforce your communicative competence on this topic.This course is part of a series of online learning activities with a tutor to talk in Spanish about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Intermediate (B1) Spanish learners. It is a moderated course, participants enjoy online interaction with the group and tutor support.

Vocabulario y gramática A1: Rutina en presente

4-hour online course self-paced with a tutor. It covers the use of verbs in the present tense (both regular and irregular), how to talk about the time and frequency of daily activities in Spanish. It is a moderated course, participants enjoy tutor support. For false Beginner (A1) Spanish learners.

Vocabulario y gramática A1: Gustos y tiempo libre 

4-hour online course self-paced with a tutor. It covers the use of verbs gustar and interesar, how to talk about the free time activities and how to make suggestions in Spanish. It is a moderated course, participants enjoy tutor support. For false Beginner (A1) Spanish learners.

Vocabulario y gramática A2: Ser y estar

4-hour online course self-paced with a tutor. It covers the use of verbs ser and estar to talk about people, places and common things in Spanish. It is a moderated course, participants enjoy tutor support. For Beginner (A2) Spanish learners.

Vocabulario y gramática A2: Pasados en historia y biografías

8-hour online course self-paced with a tutor. It covers the use of the past tenses pretérito indefinido and pretérito imperfecto in historical and biographical texts. It is a moderated course, participants enjoy tutor support. For Beginner (A2) Spanish learners.

Vocabulario y gramática B1: Aconsejar en presente de subjuntivo

4-hour online course self-paced with a tutor. It covers the use of subjunctive to give advice. It is a moderated course, participants enjoy tutor support. For Intermediate (B1) Spanish learners.

​Curso de Preparación al LPE: Comprensión oral y escrita, Gramática y Vocabulario, Expresión oral

Face-to-face course in New York. Students learn to use some exam techniques and strategies especially intended for the multiple choice questions. It also provides opportunities to engage in mock interviews and receive individual feedback. This course is offered in spring terms only. For participants who completed level 9 (or higher). 

Curso de Preparación al LPE: Expresión escrita

Face-to-face course in New York. Students learn to use exam techniques and strategies to better handle the essay section. It also provides opportunities to receive individual feedback focusing on structure, cohesion, coherence, spelling, punctuation and correction of written texts. This course is offered in spring terms only. For participants who completed level 9 (or higher). 

LPE Online (con tutor): Comprensión escrita y gramática

8 hour online course self-paced with a tutor. This course recreates the exercises that the candidates will find when taking the LPE exam. It focuses on two sections: reading comprehension of different texts and grammar exercises. 

LPE Online (con tutor): Comprensión oral y vocabulario

8 hour online course self-paced with a tutor. This course recreates the exercises that the candidates will find when taking the LPE exam. It focuses on two sections: listening comprehension of different audios such as interviews, dialogues, etc and vocabulary exercises. It is a moderated course, participants enjoy tutor support.

LPE Online (autoaprendizaje): Comprensión escrita y gramática

8 hour online course self-paced, for self-learners. This course recreates the exercises that the candidates will find when taking the LPE exam. It focuses on two sections: reading comprehension of different texts and grammar exercises. It is a self-learning course, it is not moderated.

LPE Online (autoaprendizaje): Comprensión oral y vocabulario

8 hour online course self-paced, for self-learners This course recreates the exercises that the candidates will find when taking the LPE exam. It focuses on two sections: listening comprehension of different audios such as interviews, dialogues, etc and vocabulary exercises. It is a self-learning course, it is not moderated.

Actualidad y Noticias: Tertulia

Face-to-face course in New York. A conversation course focused on discussing breaking news as they happen. The word "Tertulia" is used in the Spanish-speaking countries to design an informal gathering to chat or comment on a topic or a series of topics. In this course, focused in developing fluency and expanding vocabulary, students will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and debates on trending topics, current affairs and international news as they are broadcast or published in the media. For participants who completed level 8 (or higher).

Club literario

Face-to-face course in New York. Students get to know some of the best-known literary texts and writers in Spanish-language literature and access that world through reading short stories, novels, and poems. Discussion of the literature improves reading ability and vocabulary and increases ease when reading Spanish literary texts. For participants who completed level 8 (or higher).

Curso de Cine

Face-to-face course in New York. This course is designed for advanced Spanish students with a focus on Hispanic culture through film. By means of group discussions and film analyses, students will get to use the language in a more meaningful way, while learning about cultural aspects and other topics portrayed in the films. This course will provide students with opportunities to further develop their proficiency in all language activities (listening, speaking, reading, writing and interacting) and to enhace their visual interpretation skills. For participants who completed level 8 (or higher).

Temas contemporáneos 

Face-to-face course in New York. In this course, students will be able to improve their oral skills while discussing contemporary topics in Spanish. The instructor will use several mass media samples such as blogs, podcasts, newspapers, magazines, broadcasts, etc. from Spanish-speaking countries to analyse, comment and debate on news concerning different international topics. For participants who completed level 7 (or higher).

Curso avanzado de conversación

Face-to-face course in New York. Students become more confident and effective when speaking and interacting with others in Spanish through making presentations and in-class conversations, debates or negotiations about subjects of interest. Topics are drawn from preferrences identified by students and from current events that provide them with opportunitties to use new vocabulary, to argument structures and to express thier own opinions. For participants who completed level 8 (or higher).

Curso intermedio de conversación

Face-to-face course in New York. Students improve fluency, and become more confident and effective when speaking and interacting with others in Spanish. Topics and contents are drawn from the topics and contents in Regular 3 and Regular 4 courses as well as from real texts specifically selected for this class, including UN-related subjects of general interest. Short presentations or interactions, as well as short summaries and role plays provide the opportunity to use vocabulary and structures in context. For participants who completed level 5 (or higher).

Curso inicial de conversación

Face-to-face course in New York. Students improve fluency, rhythm and pronunciation and become more confident when speaking and interacting with others in Spanish. Topics are drawn from the contents covered in Regular 1 and Regular 2 courses. Short interactions, role play activities and language games provide students with opportunitties to use vocabulary and structures in context. For participants who completed level 3 (or higher). 

 

Duration icon Duration

Classes are usually offered before work, at lunch time, or after work each term.

FALL 2016 COURSES:

- 10 weeks of classes offered in the morning (before work), at lunch time or in the evening (after work). Classes will meet twice a week (3 hours per week).

SPECIALIZED COURSES

Duration may vary depending on term.

 

Assessment icon Assessment

Continuous evaluation for level Spanish courses. Students need at least 65% both in the oral part and the written one to pass to the next level.

Specialized courses follow ad hoc assessment criteria depending on the type of course, duration, etc.

 

Methodology icon Methodology

Action-based approach

 

Resources icon Learning resources

Distance learning:

AVE: http://ave.cervantes.es/

AVETECA: http://cvc.cervantes.es/ensenanza/actividades_ave/default.htm

Speexx: http://www.speexx.com/en/

Reading and listening:

Lecturas paso a paso: http://cvc.cervantes.es/aula/lecturas/default.htm

Pasatiempos de Rayuela: http://cvc.cervantes.es/aula/pasatiempos/pasatiempos2/

BBC Languages-Spanish: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/

Dictionaries:
www.wordreference.com
http://dle.rae.es/
http://www.elmundo.es/diccionarios/

The Study Guide for the Spanish Language Proficiency Examination is on the LPE page of the HR Portal.

 

Teachers icon Spanish teachers (Under construction)