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What are the Super-Intensive Spanish Course?

The Super Intensive Spanish course is designed for people who want to learn Spanish language in as short a time as possible.  As an educational institution, one of objectives is to promote the Spanish language in the world. Center of Spanish and Culture offer students the possibility of getting a scholarship to study Spanish in Argentina. This course and its scholarship is recommended for serious students who want to make the most of their time abroad to achieve a good language level in Spanish.

Beginner – 2 weeks – Homestay – Half board – 60 lessons  - Cultural Immersion

The Super Intensive Spanish course is designed for beginners who really want to learn as much as possible and achieve fluency during their time abroad. So, the prerequisite to participate is to be a complete beginners or have had only very little contact with the language.  If you are an intermediate or advance you can contact us for other learning opportunities.

Argentinean Language and Culture Scholarships Programs is pleased to announce 12 Partial Scholarships to attend in Córdoba a Super-intensive Spanish Language Course.  The program main objective is to diffuse the Spanish language worldwide.  We usually receive about 40 applications forms per program and at the moment 450 students from around the world had the opportunity to come to study Spanish since 2009.  It is very simple to study Spanish in Argentina, this unique program can help you to find an easy way to experience a wonderful international experience.

Two weeks is the ideal period of time to get the most from your total immersion in Spanish. Two weeks allows you the time to adapt to a new environment and to deepen or refresh your knowledge of Spanish.

You’ll be able, at your own pace, to put into practice what you learn, both during the structured courses and when participating in the other activities we arrange.  You’ll have the time to find your feet, to understand Spanish better and better, to gain in confidence and to improve permanently your skill-level in the language.

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An amazing Spanish & Culture learning experience

Our classrooms are located in downtown Córdoba in the heart of the city, on San Martin main square, the most important area of Córdoba (pedestrian street). This is the corner of 27 de abril street and Buenos Aires street, close to all you may need: restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums, theaters, historical buildings, bookstores, commercial stores, banks, ATM´s, shopping areas, tourist attractions, events, etc.

Our Spanish language classes are dedicated exclusively to teaching Spanish as a foreign language in Córdoba, and have earned its name and reputation by offering a serious education.

Truly unique language learning program

Living with a local host family in Córdoba while you learn Spanish will put you in a privileged and unique position to practice Spanish outside of the classroom. Once you step through your family’s door you will practice your Spanish in a relaxed and authentic environment.

Total Immersion has been proven to be the most effective way of learning another language. Besides being immersed by the language in homestays, students will also be totally immersed by Spanish everywhere else: it is on the radio, it’s in the shops, on the TV, on every road sign, in the restaurants, in the newspaper, in our cultural and social activities, in the street and basically everywhere the student goes to: a true Spanish Total Immersion!

Students should be prepared for the fact that families will only speak Spanish. Even if some family members know some English or Portuguese, they are told to only communicate in Spanish. At the beginning it can be difficult to communicate, but it is totally worth it!  Living with a local during your Spanish course is undoubtedly the best way to get a real feel of an American culture, customs & way of life.

Argentinean Language and Culture Scholarships Programs is a result of special agreements and relationships between two Spanish educational organizations, the Government of Argentina, Euro Club and Club of Córdoba. The Scholarship program has been designed to enhance educational and professional opportunities for students, and will benefit the Argentinean Language and Culture Scholarships Programs as it continues to pursue the increase and diffusion of knowledge.

The goal of this Scholarship program is to give the students an in-depth understanding of the culture and civilization of Argentina, and how it fits into the wider spectrum of America. A series of lectures and readings on the historical, philosophical, literary and artistic development of Argentina and America form the basis for class discussion. In order to familiarize students with their new surroundings and the academic system, an orientation period is scheduled at the beginning of the program.

Rapid learning progress

This program concentrates on the development of greater fluency and accuracy in the spoken as well as the written language.  Students will be exposed to aural-oral practice through the presentation of oral reports and class discussions based on short literary pieces by Hispano-American authors.  Greater accuracy in the language will be achieved through intensive practice of the grammatical structures. Class time is also devoted to developing native-like vocabulary, enabling students to participate in a wide range of practical, social, professional, and academic discussions, and developing the higher functions of the language, such as making hypotheses, supporting opinions, and dealing with abstract thought.

Our highly effective, conversational style of instruction immerses you in your new language and makes learning fast and easy. Our instructors are native-fluent speakers who focus on the practical grammar and vocabulary you’ll use in real-life situations.

Language

BEGINNERS

Prerequisite for entry: For complete beginners or those who have had only very little contact with the language. If you are an intermediate or advance you can contact us for other learning opportunities.

Who can participate?

The Intensive Spanish Language Courses are designed for students who need to learn and improve their Spanish language skills in a relatively short period of time. If you are motivated to learn as much Spanish as possible during your stay in Argentina, these Intensive Courses can be highly recommended. The Intensive Courses are the ones with the most varied types of students participating, including all age groups and many different backgrounds.

Aims and objectives: The aim of the course is to enable participants to function at a basic survival level covering professional/everyday areas/topics.

On completion of the course participants should be able to communicate in and understand the language on a number of professional and everyday matters. Language learning skills, including autonomous learning and how to approach authentic material, will be developed. Cultural awareness and some transferable skills will also be developed.

A1 Beginners Course

What are the components of the course?

The course content includes reading, writing, audiovisual, listening and speaking components.

We expect that you will:

• Participate actively in all class activities
• Follow your teacher’s instructions
• Submit assignments on time
• Attend every lesson on time
• Complete each course successfully to proceed to the next one

What will I learn?

Through this course, you will develop level:

  • accuracy and fluency in speaking and writing
  • awareness of the writing process
  • reading sub-skills
  • listening sub-skills

What is the level of this course?

This course aims at the A1 and A2 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

At A1 – A2 level you can:

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions.
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

What are the components of the course?

The course content includes speaking, grammar, listening, writing, reading, vocabulary and educational technology components.

The topics covered in the reading, writing, speaking and listening components are introductions and greetings; names; countries and nationalities; jobs; workplaces and school; daily schedules; clock time; shopping and prices; clothing and personal items; colors and materials; music, movies and TV programs; entertainers; invitations and excuses; dates and times, families, sports, fitness, routines, free-time activities, chores, vacations, stores and places, neighbourhoods, houses and apartments, appearance and dress, clothing styles, past experiences, unusual activities, cities, hometowns, countries, health problems, medications and remedies, food and restaurants, world geography and facts, invitations and excuses, leisure time activities, telephone messages, life changes, plans and hopes.

The speaking component consists of pronunciation practice, and being able to introduce oneself, exchanging personal information, common expressions, describing work and school, asking for and giving opinions, describing daily schedules, discussing preferences, making comparisons, buying and selling things, talking about likes and dislikes, making invitations and excuses, being able to talk about families, the present, routines, exercise, frequency, sports and athletes, abilities, past events, past experiences, vacations, locations, neighbourhoods, quantities and people’s appearance, being able to talk about cities, ask for and give suggestions/advice, talk about travel and tourism, health problems, make requests, talk about likes and dislikes, agree and disagree, order a meal, describe countries, make comparisons, express opinions, talk about distances and measurements, plans, make/accept/refuse invitations, give reasons, take and leave messages, exchange personal information, talk about changes, future plans.

The following grammar items are included in this course: Wh-questions and statements with be/do, information and yes/no questions and answers with be/do, subject, object pronouns, possessive adjectives, simple present Wh-questions and statements, time expressions, demonstratives, comparisons, would, verb+to+verb, present continuous/simple past/present perfect yes/no and Wh-questions, statements and short answers, quantifiers, pronoun: no one, adverbs of frequency, Past of be, There is/there are, one, any and some, prepositions of place, questions: how many, how much, count and no count nouns, questions for describing people, modifiers with participles and prepositions, already and yet, present perfect vs. simple past, for and since, adverbs before adjectives, conjunctions, modals: can, should, infinitive complements, should for suggestions, can, could, may for requests, so, too, neither, either, modals will and would for requests, comparatives and superlatives, How-questions, future with present continuous and be going to, messages with tell and ask, describing changes with present, past, present perfect and the comparative, verb + infinitive.

The listening component consists of listening for names and countries, listening to descriptions of jobs and daily schedules, to people shopping, listening for likes and dislikes. Also it refers to family relationships, people talking about free-time activities, sports participation, past events, vacations, locations and events, to cities, incorrect information, health problems and advice, restaurant orders, a TV game show, telephone messages, changes.

The writing component consists of writing questions requesting personal information, a biography of a classmate, a comparison of prices in different countries and a text message, writing an email about family, about favorite activities, a postcard, a roommate wanted ad, an email describing people and a letter to an old friend, writing a magazine article, a letter to a advice columnist, a restaurant review, an article about a country, about unusual favors, a proposal for a class party.

The reading component consists of a variety of short adopted texts (300 – 500 words) on topics such as: popular names, people who need jobs, online shopping, and a famous entertainer, an Argentine family, a health and fitness quiz, vacation, a Córdoba or Buenos Aires City neighborhood, clothing styles and unusual or dangerous sports, famous cities, natural products, tipping customs, the environment, cell phone manners, a proposal for a class party.

The vocabulary in this course includes high frequency words and expressions commonly associated with the topics mentioned above.

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12 ways to improve your Spanish outside the classroom

  • When you listen to songs in Spanish, pay attention to the lyrics. Moreover, since many CDs include lyrics with the liner notes, you can read them while listening.
  • Read books in Spanish. Choose books you have already read in your native language or those that have been made into films which you have seen. This will make it easier for you to understand the plot and the content.
  • Choose a Spanish language magazine, a blog, or a newspaper that interests you and read it frequently.
  • Watch Spanish language news programs on TV.
  • Watch Spanish language movies on DVD either with subtitles in Spanish or without any subtitles.
  • Attend plays or other events (talks, presentations) in Spanish organized by Spanish language organizations.
  • Visit art exhibitions or participate in other art events that are offered in Spanish, including cultural events at the Municipality and Province of Córdoba.
  • Chat online with native speakers. Keep in mind that internet users do not always use “correct” Spanish.
  • If the operating language of your mobile is your native language, switch to Spanish. As you associate a function of your mobile with a certain word, you will be able to learn basic Spanish vocabulary.
  • Practice specific communication situations on your own – at home in front of the mirror, for example. Imagine that you are introducing yourself, disagreeing, giving an interview, or asking for information. Find a partner and role-play.
  • Practice your pronunciation by reading out loud. It’s a good idea to be together with someone who knows Spanish and can correct you. Also, you record yourself and notice the way you speak. Set yourself specific goals, such as understanding the difference in pronunciation between “cat” and “cut”. Write down the words you often mispronounce.
  • Write down new words you learn in a special notebook. Remember to review them on a regular basis.

Enjoy your Immersion Language Learning

Center of Spanish and Culture
Address: Calle Buenos Aires 124 – Of. 33 | C.P. 5000 Córdoba – Argentina
Tel: +54 – 351 – 4232837  | Cel: +54 -9- 351 (15)2381781