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.

Club literario

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 reached level 8 (or higher).

Correspondencia electrónica en español

In this course students will learn how to effectively write e-mails in Spanish with ease and clarity to interact with confidence with Spanish-speaking people. In class we will study e-mail writing skills and will practice how to write formal and informal e-mails. For participants who reached level 6 (or higher).

Cultura y Civilización de los países hispanos (I): Argentina

Students will engage in activities such as watching videos, reading articles, discussing topics, reviewing cultural preconceptions, etc. This course will help students to better understand some aspects of the recent history and society of Argentina. They will improve their knowledge of this country and will also debate, make presentations and exchange opinions about the topics to be discussed. For participants who reached level 7 (or higher).

Curso avanzado de conversación

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 reached level 8 (or higher).

Curso intermedio de conversación

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 reached level 5, 6 or 7.

Curso inicial de conversación

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 reached level 3 and 4.

Curso de Cine

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 reached level 8 (or higher).

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

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

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). 

Curso de Preparación al LPE I: Comprensión oral y vocabulario

12-hour online and self-paced course with a tutor to prepare the Spanish LPE, to be completed in 6 weeks at your own pace. This course is offered in spring terms only (also a summer edition with no tutor is offered). For participants who completed level 9 (or higher). 

Curso de Preparación al LPE II: Gramática y comprensión escrita

12-hour online and self-paced course with a tutor to prepare the Spanish LPE, to be completed in 6 weeks at your own pace. This course is offered in spring terms only (also a summer edition with no tutor is offered). For participants who completed level 9 (or higher). 

Español para la cooperación y el desarrollo

Participants will perform tasks and discuss issues that are unique and relevant to the UN workplace. They will learn, review and put into practice profitable and useful vocabulary which is related to the Millennium Development Goals. For participants who completed level 6 (or higher). 

Vocabulario y gramática A1: Rutina en presente

4-hour online 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. Recommended to review level 1 contents.

Vocabulario y gramática A1: Gustos y tiempo libre 

4-hour online 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. Recommended to review level 1 contents.

Vocabulario y gramática A2: Ser y estar

4-hour online self-paced with a tutor. It covers the use of verbs ser and estar to talk about people, places and common things in Spanish. Recommended to review level 1 and level 2 contents.

Vocabulario y gramática A2: Pasados en historia y biografías

8-hour online self-paced with a tutor. It covers the use of the past tenses pretérito indefinido and pretérito imperfecto in historical and biographical texts. Recommended to review level 3 and level 4 contents.

Vocabulario y gramática B1: Aconsejar en presente de subjuntivo

4-hour online self-paced with a tutor. It covers the use of subjunctive to give advice. Recommended to review level 5 and level 6 contents.

Temas de actualidad

In this course, students will be able to improve their oral skills while discussing news 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. Prerequisite: Level 7 passed.

 

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)