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Level A1

Course A1.1
Course A1.2

This level of study is intended to help students acquire the following skills:

  • To recognize basic, commonly used words and expressions about oneself, one's family and the immediate environment, when the language is spoken slowly and clearly.
  • To participate in a simple conversation, provided that the other person collaborates and is willing to repeat what they have said or express it in other words and more slowly, about specific needs, descriptions of people or the place where they are from.
  • To write short, simple cards, for example greeting cards.
  • To complete forms with personal information (name, nationality, address).

Course A1.1

Students will learn to:

  • Say hello and goodbye.
  • Ask for and give personal information and interact during introductions.
  • Describe the physical characteristics of people and their personalities.
  • Make comparisons.
  • Make suggestions.
  • Talk about physical conditions and feelings
  • Express causes.
  • Interact in cafés, shops, markets and restaurants.

Course A1.2

Students will learn to:

  • Locate objects and give instructions about how to get somewhere.
  • Describe places: homes, neighborhoods and cities.
  • Use public transport.
  • Ask for and tell the time and talk about schedules.
  • Talk about habits and how often they do something.
  • Talk about national and international topics.
  • Talk about tastes and preferences.
  • Express agreement and disagreement.
  • Suggest activities, extend invitations and react to them.
  • Talk on the phone.
  • Make appointments.

Level A2

Course A2.1
Course A2.1

This level of study is intended to help students acquire the following skills:

  • To understand commonly used phrases and expressions related to areas of experience that are particularly relevant to them (basic information about themselves and their family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.)
  • To communicate when carrying out simple, everyday tasks that only require a simple, direct exchange of information about familiar or everyday topics.
  • To describe in simple terms their past and environment, as well as anything related to their immediate needs.

Course A2.1

Students will learn to:

  • Talk about the past:talk about past actions in relation to the present, talk about habitual actions in the past, describe past experiences, people and places. write stories in the past. tell stories in the past. talk about past experiences and relate them to one another.
  • Evaluate activities and jobs.
  • Express qualities using the superlative.
  • Talk about their professional life.
  • Describe objects.
  • Talk about clothes and fashion and interact in a clothing store.
  • Express needs.
  • Ask for and offer help.
  • Relate discourse elements and parts.

Course A2.2

Students will learn to:

  • Talk about plans and projects.
  • Express conditions.
  • Talk about the weather and the weather forecast.
  • Express obligation, need, prohibition, possibility and purpose.
  • Ask for, give and refuse permission.
  • Make recommendations and give advice and instructions.
  • Ask about and express opinions concerning other people, objects or events.
  • Introduce ideas.
  • Talk about feelings and moods.
  • Organize discourse.
  • Interrupt discourse.
  • Express and ask about levels of safety.
  • Form hypotheses
  • Draw attention to something.
  • Show interest, lack of interest and indifference.
  • Express annoyance.

Level B1

Course B1.1
Course B1.2
Course B1.3
Course B1.4

This level of study is intended to help students acquire the following skills:

  • Understand the main ideas in clear texts written in standard language, if they deal with familiar topics, such as situations related to their jobs, studies or leisure activities.
  • Manage most situations that might arise when travelling in a Spanish-speaking area.
  • Write simple, coherent texts about familiar topics or those in which they have a personal interest.
  • Describe experiences, events, desires and ambitions, as well as briefly justify their opinions and explain their plans.

Course B1.1

Students will learn to:

  • Control oral communication: ask somebody if they know something, encourage somebody to continue, react to news, etc.
  • Relate past and present actions: compare and contrast them, etc.
  • Report what somebody has said and repeat what has been said.
  • Tell about experiences and give news.
  • Talk about past events that occurred before some other time in the past.
  • Convey information by expressing cause and effect.
  • Talk about the future.
  • Form hypotheses about the present.
  • Organize discourse.
  • Express different levels of necessity in an impersonal manner.
  • Express opinions, agreement or disagreement.
  • Talk about books, science and new technologies.

Course B1.2

Students will learn to:

  • Interact in public establishments: markets, restaurants, real estate offices, travel agencies, etc.
  • Make comparisons.
  • Give advice and make recommendations in a personal and impersonal manner.
  • Offer, accept and reject something.
  • Ask for and give information about the location of an object or place.
  • Organize formal letters and e-mails.
  • Participate in administrative and formal conversations.
  • Make and answer phone calls.
  • Express doubts, share them and make a decision.
  • Express the intention to do or not to do something.
  • Suggest activities and make plans.
  • Express wishes.
  • Ask about, discuss, foresee and warn about future situation.
  • Ask an employee in a public establishment for services or objects.
  • Describe places.

Course B1.3

Students will learn to:

  • Talk about culture, technology, fashion and advertising.
  • Interact in a work and business environment.
  • Suggest activities.
  • Compare quantities.
  • Start and end conversations with strangers.
  • Express their feelings about different things: sorrow, happiness, disappointment, annoyance, fear, concern, etc.
  • Organize brief news articles.
  • Judge and evaluate something, justify and give reasons for an opinion.
  • Interrupt someone in order to give an opinion.
  • Express probability and different levels of certainty.
  • Express conditions.
  • Encourage someone.
  • Give instructions on how to perform a task.
  • Express tastes and preferences.
  • Show that they are paying attention to what someone is saying.

Course B1.4

Students will learn to:

  • Take part in semi-formal social interchanges: meals, dinner parties, parties, etc.
  • Talk about the environment, rural tourism and the countryside.
  • Talk about language learning and teaching.
  • Summarize what someone has said.
  • Talk about personal relations and changes in other people.
  • Express feelings.
  • Use resources for making counterarguments.
  • Welcome someone, compliment them, give presents and react when given a present.
  • Express needs and desirability.
  • Make sure that something has been understood.
  • Give advice and make recommendations.
  • Relate parts of discourse..
  • Talk about past, present and future actions.
  • Express advantages and disadvantages.
  • Express agreement, disagreement and doubt about someone else's opinions
  • Express purpose.

Level B2

Course B2.1
Course B2.2
Course B2.3
Course B2.4

This level of study is intended to help students acquire the following skills:

  • To understand the main ideas of complex texts that deal with both concrete and abstract topics, even if they are technical, as long as they are within their field of specialization.
  • To relate to native speakers with enough fluency and ease so that communication takes place effortlessly on the part of both speakers.
  • To produce clear, detailed texts on different topics, as well as to defend one's point of view on general topics, indicating the pros and cons of the different options.

Course B2.1

Students will learn to:

  • Talk about third persons: commenting on similarities and making comparisons.
  • Talk about hobbies, studies and work done in the past.
  • Assess times or eras in the past.
  • Give descriptions in the past.
  • Express feelings about the past.
  • Contrast a person's past and present.
  • Talk about habitual actions in the past and present.
  • Organize stories.
  • React to stories and unknown information
  • Tell about historical events and happenings.
  • Talk about history and the sociopolitical condition of a country: narrations, descriptions, assessments and comparisons.
  • Announce and predict future events.
  • Express probable and improbable conditions for future events to occur.
  • Express wishes.
  • Talk about unreal events or hypothetical situations in the present and future.

Course B2.2

Students will learn to:

  • Talk about a town or city: characteristics, resources, traditions, legends, socioeconomic changes, etc.
  • Describe landscapes and express their impressions of them.
  • Express the lack of knowledge about something with certain characteristics and deny or confirm its existence.
  • Request, evaluate and pass judgment about an event, and justify this.
  • Give examples.
  • Refer to implied topics in a conversations.
  • Digress in a conversation and change the topic.
  • Talk about trips.
  • Comment on news.
  • Express doubt and reservations with regard to the opinion of another person.
  • Clarify the meaning or the intent of the words of another person.
  • Relate events and situations and express attitudes.
  • Express the causes and effects of an event, a situation or an attitude and support them with arguments.
  • Contrast ideas.
  • Restate what has been said and add information.
  • Write formal texts.
  • Invite others to formulate and formulate, with different degrees of probability, hypotheses about present and past events.
  • React positively, negatively and with reservations to hypotheses made by other people and provide arguments in favor or against them.

Course B2.3

Students will learn to:

  • Talk about household chores.
  • Describe a place in detail.
  • Praise someone and react to praise.
  • Ask for and give advice or help to solve a problem.
  • Request, grant and refuse permission.
  • Ask for a favor, offer to do one for someone and accept or reject someone's help.
  • Express a problem.
  • Request and give information about a word or expression.
  • Relate information, advice, requests and suggestions communicated by other people.
  • Talk about personal relationships and feelings.
  • Comment on and judge the behavior or attitude of another person.
  • Talk about music: express tastes, describe and critique songs and singers, comment on musical skills, etc.
  • Relate two actions in time.
  • Talk about a person in professional terms: achievements, career, qualities, etc.
  • Talk about actors and actresses: make comparisons, comment on their appearance, discuss how they act, etc.

Course B2.4

Students will learn to:

  • Express conditions and formulate untrue hypotheses about the past and present..
  • Express sorrow about something.
  • Communicate in a formal manner: make reservations, thank someone for services and say goodbye in a formal manner, in both oral and written form.
  • Protest, make demands or complain about something: repeat a complaint, justify it, etc.
  • Talk about culinary experiences and tastes: describe dishes in detail, request information about unknown dishes, etc.
  • Talk about food: define the characteristics and ingredients of a particular food item, its therapeutic properties, its uses, etc.
  • Talk about recipes: give instructions and advice, organize actions in terms of time, etc.
  • Form groups: define their characteristics, interests and topics of discussion, talk about prohibitions, requirements and conditions, etc.
  • Make proposals and suggestions.
  • Express conditions with a greater or lesser degree of probability and obstacles to something happening.
  • Talk about games: describe the goal and the functions of the players, explain the instructions, etc.
  • Relate parts of discourse.
  • Express conditions, obligations and prohibitions.

Level C1

Course C1.1
Course C1.2
Course C1.3
Course C1.4

This level of study is intended to help students acquire the following skills:

  • Understand a wide variety of longer and fairly demanding texts, as well as recognize implicit meanings in them.
  • Express oneself fluently and spontaneously, showing no obvious signs of struggling to find the right expression.
  • Make flexible, effective use of the language for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Produce clear, well-structured and detailed texts about fairly complex topics, demonstrating the correct use of the mechanisms of organization, articulation and cohesion within the texts.

Course C1.1

Students will learn to:

  • Introduce someone in detail.
  • Assess someone else's experiences and talk about achievements and failures.
  • Express hypotheses and probability in the past.
  • Talk about the world of journalism.
  • Report someone else's words.
  • Express discomfort and despair.
  • Talk about traffic.
  • Talk about labor and economic problems, accidents, serious diseases and health care.
  • Offer your condolences and express sympathy and resignation.
  • Encourage and reassure someone.
  • Encourage someone to do something and justify it; offer to do something.
  • Give a detailed account of events.
  • Explain difficult situations and what has led up to them
  • Inform about unexpected events
  • Express gratitude in a formal manner
  • Write formal letters of complaint in response to poor service Reproach, blame, threaten and express disbelief, show a lack of understanding and indignation in a formal manner
  • Plan what to say and how to say it in order to win the listener’s empathy

Course C1.2

Students will learn to:

  • Greet someone you have not seen for a long time and express the reason for not having kept in touch.
  • Express nostalgia and remorse.
  • Talk about issues related to the elderly.
  • Replace words with other synonyms in a subtle manner.
  • Participate in formal debates: give the floor, correct a misunderstanding, ask to move on to another subject, summarize what has been previously said, assess communicative exchanges, maintain internal consistency, express different points of view about a subject, ask for and express opinions, etc.
  • Introduce one’s own ideas based on the words used by the other party.
  • Repeat an idea in other words to make it clear or to emphasize it.
  • Use circumlocution and paraphrasing to compensate for a lack of vocabulary and structures.
  • Write official statements or those aimed at a wide audience.
  • Deny and confirm information.
  • Express reluctance and mistrust.
  • Ask someone to explicitly state something that has been implied.
  • Talk about everyday relations at work and occupational health, workers' compensation and social services that can be provided by a company.

Course C1.3

Students will learn to:

  • Foresee and announce events.
  • Write advertisements: describe something in an appealing manner, suggest and motivate the reader to do something.
  • Adjust one’s style to the type of listener.
  • Narrate stories or events.
  • Talk about the plot of a story.
  • Explain one’s interpretation of a text.
  • Use typographical resources.
  • Assess a story.
  • Express conditions and hypothetical events in the future (administrative jargon).
  • Comprehension of legal, legislative and administrative texts.
  • Formulate an argument: organize ideas and opinions and assure that a statement is truthful.
  • Substantiate what is about to be said.
  • Write certificates and sworn statements.
  • Use mediation strategies.

Course C1.4

Students will learn to:

  • Talk about matters related to urban development and ecology (environmental disasters, alternative energies, etc.).
  • Talk about measures taken by others.
  • Express rejection and disgust.
  • Claim or refuse to accept responsibility.
  • Establish priorities.
  • Talk about learning strategies.
  • Promise to do something.
  • Offer one service instead of another
  • Dare someone to do something.
  • Express that something sounds familiar, but we do not remember it.
  • Comment on the results of an event.
  • Express excitement, disappointment, relief and impatience.
  • Ask for feedback when using new expressions or combinations of words for the first time.
  • Praise and criticize.
  • Express pride about something.
  • Dedicate something to someone.
  • Use irony when speaking.
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