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This level covers the gaps between our INTERMEDIATE classes and our ADVANCED discussion class. Students do weekly assigned readings (short stories, articles) and discuss them in class along with whatever other interesting topics arise. Grammar covered commonly includes the perfect tenses, progressive tenses, the subjunctive, the imperative, irregular verbs, prepositions, direct and indirect object pronouns, preposition use, and the passive voice.
Advanced Intermediate courses feature readings on and discussions of a variety of contemporary issues, with supporting vocabulary lists and corresponding grammar units.
AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2014: We will read and discuss the first eight chapters of "Senderos Fronterizos" [ISBN 0618226184], the second in Francisco Jiménez' autobiographical trilogy about his life growing up in the U.S., the son of migrant workers from Mexico. The reading assignment for each week should be read ahead of the week in question in anticipation of its discussion in class.
Semana 1: Expulsados
Semana 2: Solos en casa
Semana 3: En busca de diversiones
Semana 4: Juntos de nuevo
Semana 5: De vuelta al campo
Semana 6: La medalla de San Cristóbal
Semana 7: Escaramuzas veraniegas
Semana 8: Hacerse Santo
We will read and discuss the iconic Argentine comic strip "Mafalda." There are reading and writing assignments for the first class. Please contact us for more info.
Advanced courses feature study and discussion of literature, film, and current events. Activities include continued review of the perfect tenses, progressive tenses, the subjunctive, the imperative, irregular verbs, prepositions, direct and indirect object pronouns, preposition use, and the passive voice.
APRIL-JUNE 2014: MUSIC: Discussion of song lyrics in Spanish. Students are invited to bring printed song lyrics for discussion and a corresponding recording for the class to listen to. Please contact us if you're interested.
JUNE-AUGUST 2014: The first half of Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa's 1987 novel "EL HABLADOR" (ISBN 9788466321464) Please contact us if you're interested.
Students are to read according the schedule below, and write a one-page, double-spaced response paper each week in Spanish. (A response paper explores a student's thoughts, feelings, reactions and questions regarding the reading.)
The purpose is to help students focus on the themes of the reading and prepare yourselves for in-class discussion of the material.
Semana 1: Up to page 26
Semana 2: Pages 27-42
Semana 3: Pages 43-57
Semana 4: Pages 58-70
Semana 5: Pages 71-86
Semana 6: Pages 87-99
Semana 7: Pages 100-115
Semana 8: Pages 116-123
AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2014: The Spanish film "La lengua de las mariposas" (1999). The film won the award for Best Adaptation of a Book at the 14th Annual Goya Awards in 2000. We will read the screenplay, watch and discuss the film in 8 installments. There is a reading assignment for the first class. Please contact us if you are interested.
OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2014: RADIO AMBULANTE
"Radio Ambulante" is a Spanish-language radio program that's been called "This Latin American Life". Each week students will listen to an assigned episode and read the accompanying transcript in anticipation of its discussion in that week's class. For the first class, students should listen to the episode "Somos fabricantes" and write a one-page, double-spaced response paper. We recommend first listening without reading the accompanying transcript, then reading the transcript, then listening again. This class will not meet Thanksgiving day. The charge for this shortened course, therefore, will be $150. Please contact us for further details.
We work with any pre-formed group of up to ten children of similar developmental level to provide a customized class that is age appropriate. In addition, we offer private group classes for families. In either case, the group pays $75/hour or any pro-rated fraction thereof. Please call or write us
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Certified Spanish Language Instruction,
Interpretation, and Translation Services
P.O. Box 806
Olympia WA 98507