ALL CLASSES WILL BE ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. (Via Zoom)
Spring quarter registration now closed. Please visit our private lessons page to learn about 1-1 options. We are also hosting several virtual events each week to practice Spanish, visit our Meetup group to learn more!
Vámonos Spanish Center uses the immersion method, the quickest and most effective way to learn a new language! This means no English will be spoken by your instructor. Not to worry, we make it very comprehensible.
Spring courses run for 11-weeks, and sessions are 90 minutes long once a week.
Missed classes cannot be made up unless otherwise offered, and 4 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 12 students per class, and a minimum of 6 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.
Spring 2020 $300 (+ 2% PayPal fee) for 16.5 hours of instruction. Curriculum included.
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.
Classes are currently being held online only, until further notice.
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 can either print their packet to bring it to class or use a laptop/ipad; 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).
VSC PROGRAM OVERVIEW (SELECTION/SCHEDULE CHANGES EACH QUARTER)
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 100 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.
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, present progressive, intro to past tense, family members, directions.
103-Emphasis on conversation. Irregular present verb conjugation, ordering in a restaurant, prepositions, animals, passive voice, informal commands, body parts, expressing likes/dislikes.
201- Preterit tense, review of informal commands, direct objects, comparing clothing, 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, the present perfect tense.
203- Emphasis on conversation. Review of verb tenses. Future tense, 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. Idiomatic expressions, comparisons, pluscuamperfecto. We will read a novel, watch a Spanish series, write an essay, and practice presenting.
302- Emphasis on speaking and verb tenses; Review of all tenses covered so far. We will play games to practice, have debates, watch a telenovela and explore Mexican & Central American culture. 2 new verb tenses.
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.
SUPPLEMENTAL CLASSES (Offerings vary per quarter)
CLASE 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!
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!
CLASE DE CONVERSACIÓN- (For students who have completed 201+) 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.
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.