ADULT CLASSES (21+)

Testimonials

 

 

I like it that you only speak Spanish in class. It really has helped! -Darrell P.

 

You are truly a wonderful teacher. I like how you act things out and keep us responsible for material from the first class. -Molly S.

 

 

Your class is excellent, thank you! -Angela M.

Vámonos
Spanish Center

Crash course in Spanish!

 

Do you have an upcoming trip to a Spanish-speaking country and need to learn Spanish fast? Then this "crash course" workshop is perfect for you! In 2.5 hours, learn the basics you'll need to have a basic conversation, ask important questions, order in a restaurant, learn about verb  conjugation and more. (For adults only) Curriculum will be provided. Leave feeling prepared for your next trip, and ways to continue practicing. Max. 12 people.

 

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                 2:30-5:00PM

 

 

(Minimum of 6 students needed; if min not met 1 week prior, you will be notified and a credit can be held until the next offering, or a refund can be given.)

 

                   

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

 

(New students: please visit the placement page to evaluate your level)

 

YEAR 1

Spanish 101: No experienced required. Introduction to the Spanish language. Will learn to introduce ourselves and have a basic conversation, telling the date/time/weather, numbers 0-100, describing what we're wearing, present tense verb conjugation, question words, places, prices of foods/drinks and lots of vocabulary and more. Curriculum: ¡Vámonos a Guinea Ecuatorial! In this class we will learn about the Spanish-speaking country in Africa.

 

Spanish 102: Prerequisite Spanish 101 or prior experience. Continuation of 101. Will learn to conjugate some irregular verbs in the present tense. Topics covered are ordering in a restaurant, talking about continuous activities, expressing likes/dislikes, describing where things are, giving and getting directions, animals and more vocabulary. Curriculum: ¡Vámonos al Caribe! In this class we will learn about the Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean.

 

Spanish 103: Prerequisite Spanish 102 or prior experience. Continuation of Spanish 102. Will be introduced to some forms of past tense and more present tense irregular verbs. Emphasis on conversation. Topics covered are direct objects, passive voice, commands, adjectives, expressing likes/dislikes. Curriculum: ¡Vámonos a América Central! In this class we will learn about the Spanish-speaking countries in Central America.

 

YEAR 2

Spanish 201: More exposure to past tense, including some irregulars. Topics covered are expressing illnesses, demonstrative adjectives (this/these), conditional tense, house/furniture, possessive adjetives, expressions with ‘tener,' frequency, body parts, comparing things, reflexive verbs and negation. Emphasis on speaking. Curriculum: ¡Vámonos a España! In this class we will learn about the Spanish-speaking country in Europe.

 

Spanish 202: In this class we delve in to the world of past tense (imperfect and preterit), read a novel in Spanish, practice some future forms, idiomatic expressions, present perfect (I have been), learn about indirect objects, diminutive/superlative uses, usted(es) commands, rules of accentuation and possessive adjectives.  Curriculum: ¡Vámonos a México! 

 

Spanish 203: Continuing practice of present perfect, introduction of future and subjunctive tenses, as well as prefixes & suffixes. There will be a lot of vocabulary presented, and heavy review of verb tenses covered so far. Curriculum: ¡Vámonos a Sudamérica! In this class we will learn about the Spanish-speaking countries in South America.

 

*NEW! Intercambio: (For 201 and above) VSC is excited to offer this opportunity. This is to be taken in addition to (or in lieu of) your VSC course. Each week, you'll meet with a native Spanish-speaker for an hour of conversation practice in Spanish! You can speak at your level, and practice the material from class. Afterwards, you'll have a 30 minute class at VSC to ask grammar/vocab questions that arise during conversation. We will also practice verb tenses in class and go over ways to remember new vocab. Schedule: 5:10-6:10 conversation; 6:15-6:45 class.

 

*NEW! Hora de juegos: (For 201 and above). VSC is excited to offer this new "class" for students enrolled (or who have completed 103) in 201 or higher. Use everything you have learned so far in an informal, fun and interactive class that will consist solely of..GAMES! We will play a multitude of different types of games each week to practice listening comprehension, speaking skills, grammar, circumlocution and more. 

 

YEAR 3

(NOT OFFERED WINTER 2019) Spanish 301: Review of all tenses covered so far, present, past, future, pres. perfect, pres. progressive, conditional, subjunctive, and imperative. Emphasis on speaking and verb tenses; we will read a novel, watch a Spanish series, write an essay, and practice presenting. Cultures covered: Guinea Equatorial, Spain & The Caribbean. New material: comparisons, pluscuamperfecto.

 

Spanish 302: Emphasis on speaking and comprehension; we will play games to practice, have debates, watch a telenovela and explore Mexican & Central American culture.

 

(NOT OFFERED WINTER 2019) Spanish 303: We will return to Sudamérica, and practice verb tenses with 'haber', read a novel and write a few essays, present about a country and practice listening comprehension with interviews, as well as conversation and increasing fluency.

 

WHY IMMERSION?

 

Do you wonder why kids easily pick up language, and why adults struggle at learning? There actually is an important reason, that doesn't include age. Kids are used to absorbing information, and when it comes to language, they don't worry about understanding every word. Adults, however, want to know exactly what they are hearing, and therefore get caught up on words they don't know, which creates stress and anxiety.

 

The immersion method is the most natural and successful there is for learning languages. The key though for adults is to allow yourself to absorb, and not worry about understanding 100% of the time!

  

 WINTER 2019 (Jan 7 - April 1, 2019)  Registration now CLOSED. Will reopen Weds 1/2- Fri 1/4. New students must be assessed for 102+. Please sign up for a phone assessment :)

                           

 Classes meet 1x/week for 90 minutes. Fall quarter is 11-weeks long and runs from 1/7-4/1 (NO CLASSES 2/18-25, 3/11) (See dates below) MAX 12 students per class. (If minimum (7 students) is not met, class may be cancelled.

Please read policies/info page regarding missed classes.

 

 (REGISTER BELOW- AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE)

 

 

 

 

 

 Current students: please note some class times were changed in order to accommodate instructors' schedules. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding!

 

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REGISTRATION FOR WINTER QTR IS CLOSED-WILL RE-OPEN 1/2-4.

 

(NEW STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE A PHONE ASSESSMENT BEFORE REGISTERING)

 VSC COURSES

 

In all classes you will practice the 4 language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will also sing a song in Spanish and have some conversation practice time. Courses are 11-weeks long and meet for 90 minutes per class. Tuition is $275.00 for 16.5 total hours of instruction. Exclusive curriculum used, read about it here.

 

For new students: your level will be determined via phone assessment, click this link to sign up!

 

Please note that VSC uses the immersion method (i.e. no English). To learn more about this method, please visit the  about us  page.

 

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CURRENT STUDENTS: Please note, if you have missed 4 or more classes this quarter (Spring), you may  need to re-take your current course, unless you make up the classes with private lessons, or receive prior authorization. Please email (or talk to me in class) if unsure.

 

All students may register for the following class in the series; if I feel you would benefit repeating your current course, I will let you know.

 

 

NEW STUDENTS:  Please visit the placement page to do a self evaluation and schedule a phone assessement (NOT NEEDED FOR 101).  Please DO NOT register until then. ¡Gracias!

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Please note that Spanish 101 is limited for Winter quarter. If our schedule changes and we are able to add additional sections, mailing list subscribers will be notified. ¡Gracias!​

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PLEASE NOTE WHICH CLASSES ARE FULL, BEFORE REGISTERING (APPROVAL NEEDED FOR NEW STUDENTS)

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CLASES DE INGLÉS

 

Estamos emocionados poder ofrecer clases de inglés también, a nativos del español. Ofreceremos clases gratis a quienes puedan participar en un programa de intercambio con nuestros alumnos (los miércoles de 16:00-18:00). Si usted tenga interés en aprender sobre nuestro programa nuevo que empezará en enero, favor de mandarnos un correo electrónico.