Spanish Immersion Program

Introductory Spanish

This course is oriented towards students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills at the introductory level (A1.1), according to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). During the course, students will obtain the knowledge to communicate on a basic level with native speakers; they will acquire the grammar structures and survival phrases necessary to perform in situations such as: giving personal information, asking and answering basic questions, visiting a restaurant, talking with friends and acquaintances about likes and dislikes, needs and daily activities. At the end of the course, the students will have a basic repertoire of knowledge to deal with familiar situations, so they can exchange basic information with other speakers. 

 

Basic Spanish

This course is oriented towards students with basic knowledge of the Spanish language, such as isolated vocabulary, memorized phrases and some structures allowing basic interaction with other speakers. The course aims to develop the students' knowledge and skills at the initial low level (A1.2), according to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). They will be encouraged to express their thoughts on the weather, daily activities and specific tastes and preferences.  At the end of the course, students will be able to perform different basic types of communication tasks, make short presentations on familiar subjects and achieve an acceptable pronunciation level. 

 

Low-beginning Spanish

This course has been designed for students with basic knowledge of the Spanish language that allow them to perform basic communicative tasks. The course aims to develop the students' knowledge and skills of students at the low beginning level (A2.1), according to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). During the course, students learn grammar structures to face everyday situations at work, on the campus of study and social spaces. They will also be able to express needs and can obtain the information they require. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the main ideas of a conversation on matters regularly encountered at work, school and leisure, as well as communication to resolve situations in those spaces, improve your pronunciation and achieve an acceptable listening level.

 

High-beginning Spanish

This course has been designed for students who are basic users of the Spanish language. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills at the high-beginning level (A2), according to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). Students will also be able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. They may produce new sentences from known structures; describe people, places and objects, follow and give simple instructions; talks about future plans and experiences. At the end of the course, students will be able to use language to solve everyday transactions, share experiences and express past events and future plans and achieve an acceptable oral and written understanding.

 

Low Intermediate Spanish

This course has been designed for students who are independent users of the Spanish language. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills at the low-intermediate level (B1), according to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). During the course, students will gain the necessary skills to create narratives (oral and written) detail and explain events in different tenses. Students will be able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Additionally, they are encouraged to initiate processes of self-correction, self-monitoring and peer feedback. Students will be able to produce clear and detailed speech and texts on a wide range of familiar topics, use different time frames, support their opinions/viewpoints, add details, and provide explanations as necessary. In sum, students will acquire the competencies they require to continue with their formal education in this foreign language.

 

High-Intermediate Spanish

This course has been designed for students who are independent users of the Spanish language. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills at the high-intermediate level (B2), according to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). The purpose of this course is to help students understand and use oral and written discourse through the study of a series of cultural topics: from ecological issues to social and political concerns; from anthropology to art history; and from business and finance to health and welfare. They will also develop cognitive skills to improve their performance at the oral and written level. By the end of the course, they should also be able to converse, read and write about cultural issues related to the Hispanic world.

 

Advanced Spanish

This course has been designed for students who are proficient users of the Spanish language. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills at the advanced level (C1), according to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). Throughout this course, students will produce a wide range of demanding, long texts, recognize implicit meaning, summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstruct/paraphrase arguments in a coherent presentation, and develop other higher cognitive skills. They should be able to express themselves fluently and spontaneously using Spanish slangs, sayings and other cultural aspects. By the end of the course, students will be using language flexibly and effectively in social, academic, and professional environments, as they are able to show controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices.

 

For more information please contact the Global Education Office at studyabroad@ulacit.ac.cr