Levels

The courses are organized into 8 levels, from Beginner to Advanced. As a Spanish student at IS Costa Rica, your language level will be measured precisely and your progress will be constantly monitored.

In the first day of classes all students take an oral and written placement evaluation in order for IS Costa Rica Schools to determine the level of Spanish and to choose the appropriate Group.

Detailed information about each level:

LEVEL 1 (2 weeks, 40 group classes)

COMMUNICATIVE GOALS

Functions:
•      Introducing
•      Greeting
•      Personal details presentation.
•      Asking for information.

GRAMMATICAL CONTENTS

•      Verbs: Present simple.
•      Regular verbs
•      Irregular verbs: to be (“ser”, “estar”); there is; there are, it’s (”hacer”)
•      Reflexive verbs: “llamarse”

Pronouns.
•      Personal pronouns (singular and plural)
•      Reflexive pronouns (singular)
•      Possessive pronouns (singular)
•      Interrogative pronouns: what, who, where, how.

Prepositions
•      Origin and possession (“de”)
•      Location (“en”)
•      Preposition plus definite articles. (“de la”, “de los”)
•      Connection (“del”).

Linkers
•      Cumulative coordinating conjunctions (and, but)

Gender and number agreement.

Statements and negations.

Functions
•      Giving and asking for and directions.
•      Expressing wishes
•      Making invitations.
•      Asking for permission.
•      Asking for favors.
•      Giving out orders or instructions.

GRAMMATICAL CONTENTS

•      Verbs: Indicative modes: present simple, irregular verbs (“estar”, “haber”, “hay”, “hay”, “querer”, “poder”, “volver”, “salir”, “poner”, “ir”, “tener”).
•      Reflexive verbs.
•      Imperative mode: regular and irregular verbs with singular and plural second person.
•      “Poder + infinitivo”: to express possibilities, to ask for permission and to make requests.
•      “Querer + infinitivo o sustantivo”: to express wishes, offers, invitations.
•      “Querer versus tener que”: wishes versus obligations.
•      “Tener”: to express possession, age, physical description.

Articles
•      Indefinites
•      Definites

Prepositions
•      Prepositional verbs (“ir a “, “vivir en”)
•      Prepositions to indicate movement, place, origin.

Time and space markers
•      Here, there, over there (“aquí”, “ahí”, “allí”)
•      Opposite, close, near to (“frente a”, “cerca”, “al lado de”)

 

LEVEL 2 (2 weeks, 40 group classes)

COMMUNICATIVE GOALS

Functions
•      Expressing likes, dislikes, feelings.
•      Asking for places and measures.

GRAMMATICAL CONTENTS
•      Verbs: immediate future (“ir + a +infinitivo”)
•      Verbs to express preferences (“gustar”, “encantar”, “fascinar”, “interesar”)
•      Quantity markers
•      Agreements and disagreements.

Pronouns
•      Objective pronouns
•      Demonstrative pronouns (female and plural)

Prepositions
•      To express purpose and reason (“para qué?”, “para quién?”)
•      Adverbs of degree and quantity (“muy”, “mucho”)
•      Cordinals and ordinals: weight and measurement.

 

LEVEL 3 (2 weeks, 40 group classes)

COMMUNICATIVE GOALS

Functions:
•      Expressing preferences and comparison.
•      Giving information about past events.

GRAMMATICAL CONTENTS

•      Verbs: indicative modes: simple past. Regular and irregular verbs.
•      Time markers.
•      Linkers
•      Sequencing adverbs
•      Pronouns: possessive, demonstratives, relatives, indefinites.
•      Verbs: Present perfect vs. simple past. Regular and irregular verbs.
•      Time markers
•      Time expression.

 

LEVEL 4 (2 weeks, 40 group classes)

GRAMMATICAL CONTENTS

•      Verbs: Present perfect vs. simple past.
•      Time conjunctions: when, while
•      Time markers.
•      Verbs: to be (“ser” or “estar”). Present and past continuous.
•      Gerund, present and past participle.
•      Comparative and superlative. As + adjective / adverb + as.
•      Clauses of reason.
•      Prepositions.

 

LEVEL 5 (2 weeks, 40 group classes)

GRAMMATICAL CONTENTS

Verbs: Indicative mode. Simple future. Regular and irregular verbs.
Time expressions for the future.
Time markers.
Prepositions.
Comparatives.
Discourse. Cohesion: double object replacement.

COMMUNICATIVE GOALS

Functions:
Social interaction
Expressing opinions, wishes, feelings with complete sentences.
Expressing consequences, concessions, causes and reasons.

•      Verbs: first conditional
•      Reported speech (present and past)
•      Passive voice.
•      Subjunctive mode. Regular and irregular.
•      Tense agreement.
•      Usage: advice, request, wishes, opinions
•      Pronouns: indirect object in requests and commands.


LEVEL 6 (2 weeks, 40 group classes)

•      Verbs: subjunctive mode (“pretérito perfecto”). Tense agreement.
•      Adjectival clauses.
•      Pronouns: indefinite, relatives.
•      Prepositions plus articles.
•      Subjunctive mode revision.
•      Tense relation in verbal paradigm.
•      Adverbial clauses of time.
•      Subordinate conjunction: when, while, as soon as.
•      Adverbial clauses: concession reason.
•      Subordinate conjunction: although, as, since, because of.

COMMUNICATIVE GOALS

•      Expressing feelings, opinions and suggestions in the past.
•      Expressing hypothesis concerning present and past events.

Conditional sentences and verbal paradigm revision.
Usage: to express probabilities, speculation, impossibility.

 

LEVEL 7 (4 weeks, 80 group classes)

At this level, students should be able to cope with a wide range of communicative situations and to produce suitable written texts. A high level of grammatical and verbal competence is required

WRITTEN AND ORAL GOALS

•      Formal registers in written and oral discourse.
•      Formal speech on a given topic.
•      Non fictional texts production according to discourse markers.
•      Note taking.
•      Argumentative speeches (written and oral).
•      Idiomatic expressions.
•      Mass media assessment.

TEXT ANALYSIS (literature and non-fictional texts)

•      Anticipation
•      Skimming
•      Scanning
•      Word chains
•      Logical sequence
•      Inference
•      Connotations
•      Text screening for relevant paragraphs
•      Paratextual features.
•      Critical review influence
•      Interpretation.
•      Dictionary use
•      Point of view
•      Punctuation
•      Critical approach.

WRITTEN PRODUCTION

•      Register according to functions and purpose of a written text
•      Logical sequence
•      Cohesion
•      Coherence
•      Efficiency
•      Lexical suitability
•      Synonyms, antonyms, substitutions
•      Spelling and punctuation

ORAL ASPECT

•      As a speaker:
•      Suitable topic and aspect
•      Speech organization
•      Consistency
•      Understanding assessment
•      Body language
•      Turn taking
•      Giving examples

•      As audience:
•      Asking for clarifications
•      Note taking
•      Express agreement and disappointment
•      Argumentation


LEVEL 8 (4 or more weeks)

For students who have reached a good level of oral and written production of the Spanish language and are in conditions to read and to analyze complex fictional and no- fictional texts. This level is for students interested in completing their studies of the Spanish language and reaching a high level of knowledge on Argentine history and literature.

To complete the quantity of classes of this level, students will be able to choose the following courses:
•      History 1: from the conquest to 1880.
•      History 2: from 1880 to the popular democracies.
•      Literature 1: introduction to the literature of the 19th century.
•      Literature 2: introduction to the literature of the 20th century.
•      Literature 3: poetic vanguards of the 20th century.
•      Art and literature.

 

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