Thank you for your interest in learning at Vámonos Spanish Center!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long do the courses run for?
Courses can be anywhere from 9-11 weeks long. Please consult the group classes page which contains information specific to the upcoming quarter.
How many sessions are there per week and how long are they?
Each course meets weekly for 90 minutes (can vary from quarter to quarter)
Is curriculum included?
Yes, we use exclusive curriculum written by owner & lead instructor, Amanda Reichert. Students are given digital copies at the start of the quarter, which they can print in order to bring to class, or purchase ($5) a printed copy.
Is English used in the classroom?
In 101, the use of English is limited and only used after other methods have proven ineffective for comprehension. In other levels, it is discouraged - we encourage you to use one of the many other strategies presented in class.
What is the immersion method?
Immersion is one of the many methods used by language teachers. It most closely models how children acquire language- being immersed non-stop in the language (remember, when we learned our first language, there was no "translating" into another language in order to understand) and instead of using your native language for clarifications/explanations, we use actions, pictures, and other strategies instead.
Can my teenager take this course?
At Vámonos Spanish Center, we offer courses for adults 21 and over.
How do I know which level to sign up for?
New students will first do a self-assessment and then sign up for a placement test phone call so that we place you in the right level. Please visit the placement page to get started.
When is the first day of the quarter?
Please refer to the group classes page to see information (including start/end dates) regarding the upcoming quarter.
Is there class on holidays?
We provide all of the class dates at the start of the quarter; please refer to that calendar so that you know when we have class. We suggest you use a written or digital calendar to keep track.
Do I need to bring anything with me to class?
Each week, please bring a name tag, writing utensil, lined paper, and your packet. We suggest having a 3-ring binder to hold everything.
Can I eat/drink during class?
Yes! Feel free to bring a water bottle with you (we also have water at the café). You are welcome to order anything before or during class (including wine!), though we ask you not to bring outside food into class, as we are technically a restaurant, and can be held liable for any food borne illnesses that occur within the café, therefore only the food we provide can be consumed.
How much does the course cost?
Courses are $225-300 for Summer depending on the length of the course, and $325 for Fall quarter.
How many students are in each class?
There is a maximum of 9 students per class and a minimum of 6. Usually classes fill and at least have the minimum, but are typically completely full.
What curriculum is used?
VSC's curriculum was created by its founder/owner, Amanda Reichert. In each course students "travel" to a different Spanish-speaking region. In each lessons, students "visit" different places (the zoo, a restaurant, etc) and through context learn vocabulary, grammar, and culture. Each lesson connects to a real-life experience and is engaging, fun, and applicable. Our courses are unlike any other- you will not be sitting down with a textbook listening to the instructor!
What is the format of each lesson?
We start each class with a casual conversation in pairs, which varies from level to level. This allows you to get "warmed up" and practice the basics (greetings, weekend activities, how you're feeling). We'll then spend about 15 minutes practicing date/time/weather and working with verbs. We may also practice any songs we've been working on. After that we will review homework from last week, answering questions/reviewing the material, before moving on to the next lesson.
In each lesson, we learn new material via songs, games, movement activities and exercises that get you talking an interacting. You will never be bored, and time will pass by much quicker than you expect!