Spanish As a Second Language


Spanish as a Second Language

In our Spanish as a second language program, students will be tested to determine their level of proficiency in the language during orientation week in Santo Domingo. This exam will help teachers place the students into Spanish classes organized by levels and each level will be divided in two parts.

Beginning Level (I-II)
Basic Level (I-II)
Intermediate Level (I-II)
Advanced (I-II)

In each level, students will receive their textbooks, a workbook, and a Spanish-English dictionary. The teachers will provide other materials that will be used in class, including videos, local newspapers and magazines, books on Dominican history, articles on current events, and a variety of other sources that have been demonstrated to promote immersion in the language and learning. Students are especially encouraged to spend time with their host families and Dominican friends.


Beginning Level (I-II)

This level prepares students to develop basic speaking and listening skills to engage in everyday conversations.

This level is designed specifically for those students that have never studied Spanish. Thus, the class will focus on the resolution of everyday situations that come up in the lives of students. These will include reading, oral and written comprehension, and the composition of simple texts. The goal is for the student to develop basic access to the new linguistic system.


Basic Level (I-II)

This level provides the student with the necessary skills to achieve a gradual and ordered progress so that the student feels more and more confident in the fluency of the new language. Thus, the practical component is performed in a sequential and orderly way based on the previous level. Here the student must have studied Spanish previously.

The distinguishing feature of this level is the communicative intention of the language as a vehicle of social and cultural interaction in Dominican society. The characteristics of messages will be presented through a special technique that will review the truthfulness of the statements, their adaptation to the context and grammatical correctness.

Students will be able to improve their vocabulary, which is considered one of the most arduous tasks in learning the language. Success will depend on the frequency of use of the language and the development of semantic fields that will permit words to be associated with connectors.


Intermediate Level (I-II)

This level prepares students to communicate in public, as well as the acquisition of skills that will allow them to maintain a conversation at normal speed. Students will learn to express their opinions and clearly state their needs, likes, preferences, etc. In reference to oral and written comprehension, students will be able to read and understand up-to-date newspaper articles on economic, political, historical, social and cultural themes, as well as to prepare responses through written comments, summaries and brief reports.

At this level the structural objectives of the language must emphasize complex areas to better understand and learn about verbal uses and functions, synthetic connectors, grammatically correct sentences, idiomatic expressions, proverbs and sayings, etc.


Advanced Level (I-II)

This level has been designed to certify linguistic competence in Spanish oral and written skills. Students that reach this level already possess a good knowledge of the language and have been able to demonstrate sufficient ability for comprehension and expression. In this course we creatively target development in an individual way. It includes the possibility of performing complex tasks such as interpreting literary texts and composing letters, analysis, descriptions, reports and projects.

At this level collective and individual errors presented by the student in his or her written and oral production are corrected by his/her peers.
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