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Spanish Language and Culture Level 1

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to ask and answer questions in the present tense, greet people, and use expressions of courtesy. Everyday topics include school life, family, pastimes, sports, and places in the city. Grammar includes nouns, articles and adjectives, numbers, how to formulate questions, telling time, and the present tense of ser, estar, and the three verb conjugations. (Vistas, fourth edition, Lessons 1-3).

 

Spanish Language and Culture Level 2

After completing this level, students should have a greatly expanded vocabulary and should be able to converse about everyday topics such as travel, clothing, negotiating a purchase, colors, daily routines, time expressions, and food. Building upon the basic foundation provided in Level 1, grammar topics include further emphasis on the proper use of the verbs ser and estar, stem changing verbs, the present progressive tense, the preterit, reflexive verbs, use of direct and indirect object pronouns, saber and conocer, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, and likes and dislikes. (Vistas, fourth edition, Lessons 4-7).

 

Spanish Language and Culture Level 3

Building upon the skills studied in Level 2, students continue to build their vocabulary and gain proficiency to be able to speak on topics including personal relationships, health and medical terms, computers and the Internet, and parts of the house. Grammar topics in Level 3 include the imperfect and the preterit, use of pronouns, the comparative and superlative, familiar commands, adverbs, use of se, por and para. (Vistas, fourth edition, Lessons 8-11). 

 

Spanish Language and Culture Level 4

Upon completion of this course, students can expect to converse with greater confidence and precision on a broad range of topics including nature and the environment, city life and daily chores, exercise and physical activity, professions and occupations. Building upon the skills already acquired, grammar topics include formal commands, the subjunctive with expressions of emotion, disbelief, denial, will and influence, the future tense, the present and the past perfect tenses. (Vistas, fourth edition, Lessons 12-15).

 

Spanish Language and Culture Level 5

Having completed Level 5, students can expect to be able to discuss comfortably a broad range of topics as well as to read and write multi-paragraph texts. This course helps students to tie together all the elements of grammar and usage covered up to this point. Students practice and refine their skills through oral and written exercises designed to reinforce the vocabulary and grammar already learned. More advanced grammatical topics are introduced in response to students' specific learning needs. Topics include the future tenses, the past and past perfect subjunctive, the conditional tenses and si clauses. (Vistas, fourth edition, Lessons 16-18 + additional resources). 

 

Conversational Spanish

This program is designed for students who are already proficient in the skills taught in Levels 1-5 and who want to increase their conversational abilities. Conducted entirely in Spanish, this course provides students with an opportunity to markedly improve their speaking and listening skills. Magazines, video and audio tapes, and other resources designed to provide practical opportunities for vocabulary and skill development are selected to match student interests. Grammatical topics are addressed as needed.

 

All levels include information about the Hispanic culture across Latin America and Spain.

 

Text

VistasSince communication in a foreign language requires an understanding of the cultural context, our aim is to teach you the living language through carefully selected textbooks, newspaper and magazine articles and other relevant materials, rather than have you repeat and memorize tourist phrases.

Over the past thirty years, we have reviewed many university-level Spanish textbooks and have selected Vistas, fourth edition, (Vista Higher Learning, Boston) as the one that best fulfill the objectives of our students in beginning and intermediate levels. Teachers provide suggestions for texts and supplementary materials at the higher levels. Books may be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Boston University Bookstore, 660 Beacon Street, Boston or on-line on Amazon.com.

 

Tuition

Tuition for the Spanish program at all levels is $359. There is a non-refundable $35 registration fee for first-time students only.

In addition to our core program, we offer immersion programs which cover levels 1 to 5 of our core program in 6 weeks (4 weeks in summer). Tuition for the daytime immersion program is $1,795.

Please note that our immersion program hours may change depending on how many students register for the course. 
 

Immersion Courses

Hours

3 or more students

90

2 students

72

1 student

40

 
 
 

Schedule

 

Class Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Level 1

Thursdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level 3

Mondays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 3

Saturdays

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Level 4

Tuesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 4

Saturdays

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level 5

Thursdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Conversation

Mondays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Immersion Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Summer Class Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Level 3

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 3

Saturdays

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Level 4

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 5

Fridays

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Conversation

Fridays

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

 

Summer Immersion Schedule

Program

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

 

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NOVEMBER OPEN HOUSES:

You are invited to our next Open Houses on
Wednesday, November 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. at our
Kenmore Square Location, 648 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215.

Join our staff and teachers for refreshments and a helpful discussion of your needs.

Contact:

Jasmyne Raneri, Program Coordinator, Foreign Language Programs
617-262-3500 x229 jasmyne@bostonlanguage.com
Foreign Language Department Associate
617-262-3500 x224 language@bostonlanguage.com

Private
Programs

Private instruction offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor at their own pace. The instructor carefully selects materials and plans lessons to effectively meet the student's goals and individual learning style.

Private programs offer a flexible schedule and a customized curriculum. A minimum of 20 hours of instruction with one or two classes (each 90 or 120 minutes) per week is the suggested module, but dates, times and content can be arranged according to your requirement.

Immersion
Programs

Immersion programs are designed to teach the equivalent of levels 1 to 5 of the Institute's regular core programs in one 6-week or 4-week, 90-hour sessions. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 3 hours a day in 6-week programs/4.5 hours a day in 4-week programs).

The main goal of these programs, which meet in small classes of 4 to 12, is to help students, from day one, to increase confidence in their ability to use their new language in a wide range of real-life situations and improve their oral skills as they progress from level to level.

Corporate
Programs

Since 1981, The Boston Language Institute has been serving the language needs of major international corporations, government agencies and leading professional firms.

Our training in over 140 languages, along with our cross cultural orientation seminars and executive coaching, have helped our clients succeed in the international arena. Whether on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting, we work closely with our clients, assisting them to choose a program that best fits their schedule and language needs.