Vámonos Spanish Center uses the immersion method, the quickest and most effective way to learn a new language! This means little to no English will be spoken by your instructor. Not to worry, we make it very comprehensible.
Summer courses run for 8-weeks, and sessions are 90 minutes long once a week.
Fall/Winter/Spring courses run for 10-weeks and sessions are 90 minutes long once a week.
Missed classes cannot be made up privately, and 3 missed classes may equate to repeating the course. (2 in Summer). Please note credit is not given for missed classes and cannot be made up in future quarters.
There is a maximum of 8 students per class, and a minimum of 5 students needed. Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis so register asap to guarantee your spot. If the minimum number of students isn't met, your class may need to be cancelled; you will be notified if this happens, and other options will be suggested.
Summer: $225 (+ 2% PayPal fee) for 12 hours of instruction. Curriculum included as well as several resources for homework and additional practice. [8-weeks long]
Fall: $325 (+ 2% PayPal fee) for 15 hours of instruction. Curriculum included as well as several resources for homework and additional practice. [10-weeks long]
Please note all refunds are subject to a 5% non-refundable fee and cannot be given within 1 week of the start date, unless your spot can be filled by a waitlisted student. Refunds/credits are not given after the course starts, unless extreme unforeseen circumstances occur, in which case we will discuss possibilities, though that is up to our discretion. ¡Gracias!
*Due to COVID-19, Summer classes (as well as tutoring and events) will be held online via zoom.
As of June 2021, we estimate that Fall quarter classes will be held IN-PERSON(!!) at Olé Café. If that changes we will let you know, in which case classes will be held online, via zoom.
Olé Café is located at 5421 Meridian Ave N, 98103. Click here to learn more about it.
Vámonos Spanish Center (VSC) uses exclusive curriculum written by the founder and lead teacher of VSC, Amanda Reichert. Each course has a packet that includes all of the lessons and material covered in the 10-week course. Curriculum will be sent digitally at the start of the course; students should print their packet (unless using a laptop/ipad, however it is easier to have it on a separate device than what you are connecting to Zoom with). If you are unable to print materials, please add a "printed packet" to your cart when completing registration below, so that we can print a copy for you. Pickup will be done at Olé Café. We also utilize several other tools to make you successful including extra practice options via dropbox, and a great app to practice vocabulary with pictures (tiny cards). You'll receive an overview email with this info before the start of the quarter.
VSC doesn't use traditional methods (ie tests and quizzes) to evaluate your level; rather, we are constantly evaluating students individually during class, so by the end of the session we have a read on each persons strengths and weaknesses; if we feel you are unready to move on to the next level, for your own benefit we will suggest either repeating the course, or taking a supplemental class to work on specific skills. If you miss 4 or more classes, it is unlikely that you will be able to continue on to the next level and for your benefit we will ask you to repeat the course.
VSC PROGRAM OVERVIEW
All levels include activities to practice listening, speaking, reading and writing. In each level students "travel" to a different Spanish-speaking region within the curriculum, so that students also learn about different hispanic cultures. Classes are 90 minutes long, and some homework is assigned each week. Please note that at Vámonos Spanish Center, we focus more on speaking and listening as most students' goals are to be able to communicate with native speakers; students should practice reading/writing at home during the week with assigned homework. *If you are not an auditory learner, then it will be helpful for you to take notes during class, or write out examples so that you can SEE them written while hearing them.
PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASS OFFERINGS WILL VARY PER QUARTER
101- Introductions, important phrases, date, time, weather, clothing, regular verb conjugation, question words, places and frequency.
102-Describing people with adjectives, occupations, expressing likes/dislikes, intro to past tense, family members, talking about our schedules (when we do different activities, and what stores sell and where we buy products.
103-Emphasis on conversation. Irregular present verb conjugation, ordering in a restaurant, prepositions, present progressive tense, animals, passive voice, expressing opinions of love/like/hate, ser vs estar, direct objects.
201- Preterit tense, informal commands, comparing clothing items, expressing likes/dislikes, conditional, reflexive verbs, parts of the house and furniture, ailments, 'tener' expressions.
202- Indirect objects, imperfect tense, past participles, diminutives, formal commands, written accent marks, possessive adjectives.
203- Emphasis on conversation. Review of verb tenses. Future tense, present perfect, subjunctive tense, hotel vocabulary, parts of the car, por vs para, prefixes and suffixes, parts of speech, "if" clauses.
301- Emphasis on speaking and verb tenses; Review of all tenses covered so far. We'll learn about El Caribe while practicing the comparison of objects or places, using participles as adjectives, pluscuamperfecto del subjuntivo tense. We will read and discuss a novel based in Spain, learn about the future perfect, and practice the subjunctive tense while learning about Equatorial Guinea.
302- Emphasis on speaking and verb conjugation; we will explore Mexican & Central American culture while reviewing the use of direct and indirect objects, el condicional perfecto (+ cláusulas de si), practice our debating skills and review the subjunctive tense. We will also watch a movie in Spanish, practice using SER vs ESTAR and review adjective placement.
303- We will return to Sudamérica, and practice verb tenses with 'haber', read a novel and watch a telenovela. Emphasis on listening comprehension as well as increasing vocabulary.
CLUB DE LIBROS- (For students who have completed 201+) We will read several novels written for students, and with each book we will work on conversation skills, discussing components of each book, learn strategies to improve vocabulary, practice verb conjugation and identifying verb tenses, write summaries/essays/character maps and more! (Books vary by quarter)
CLASE DE CONVERSACIÓN- (For students who have completed 103+) What do most of us need practice in? Conversation! This is the class to do just that; we will do so while increasing vocabulary, using strategies to help get your point across, practicing spontaneous speech and learning filler words/phrases to keep the conversation going. You will gain more confidence in your skills and increase your fluency during this class.
ENFOQUE (Focus) DE PRONUNCIACIÓN- (For students who have completed 103+) As you enter the second year of Vámonos Spanish Center's program, now is a great time to start working on other components of language learning, the most important being pronunciation. In this class we will not only cover the "rules" of pronunciation, but also do many activities to work on correct pronunciation so that you are never misunderstood or embarrassed!
ENFOQUE (Focus) DE VERBOS- (For students who have completed 202+) Verb conjugation is one of the most important "nuts and bolts" to learning to speak the language well. In this class we will review verb tenses, practice conjugating through many different activities, and learn songs to help with irregulars. After this "focus" class, you will feel more confident about your understanding of which tense to use (and why), and conjugating will feel easier.
ENFOQUE (Focus) DE VOCABULARIO- (For students who have completed 103+) Verbs + vocabulary = speaking Spanish! Without learning new vocabulary, your speaking abilities will plateau, and you won't be able to do what we all hope to when learning a new language... communicate and converse with others! In this "focus" class, you will learn fun strategies for acquiring new vocabulary, and practice with content, so by the end of the class, you'll not only know HOW to study/learn new words, but will have 50+ new ones under your belt!