Spanish Language Course Hong Kong
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is the international standard defining linguistic competence. It is used around the world to define the language skills and competencies of students; for this reason, the contents must include communicative objectives, culture, orthography, and grammar among others. According to the complexity of the Spanish language and the studies about a second language acquisition, users may take at least 3 years to complete all levels.
Basic User (Beginners)
This course is planned for students with no previous knowledge of the Spanish language. It is quite comprehensive as it deals with the basis of Spanish grammatical structures. The content is: pronunciation (the alphabet), numbers, gender and number, verbs "ser" and "estar", verb “tener”, regular and irregular verbs of the present tense, the future with "ir a", and some of the basic verbs in the past tense. Everyday vocabulary is also taught on this course, countries, nationalities, languages, professions, places where people work, parts of the day, relationships, adjectives, and food. Once the learner has completed the course, they will be able to: give and receive basic information, speak about their daily routine in Present Tense, buy and order in a restaurant, speak about themselves, etc.
This course is designed for students with a basic understanding of the language and essential vocabulary who are not familiar with the past tense. The content is: the past tenses (indefinido, imperfecto) and their usages, the future, the conditional, the imperative with pronouns and prepositions and its application in everyday life, the impersonal form “hay”, comparatives, reflexive pronouns, possessive pronouns, “estar” + gerund and the verb “gustar”. Moreover, the vocabulary about parts and objects of the house, body parts, the weather, the seasons, months of the year, ordinal numbers, sports, social situations, the clothes, and travels. Once the user has completed the course, they will be able to: speak about past actions and activities, give and receive orders, ask for permission, speak about future plans, give pieces of advice, make conjecture, etc. They will also be able to tell a story or describe something in a simple list of points, describe everyday aspects of his/her environment e.g. people, places, a job or study experience; give short, basic descriptions of events and activities, use simple descriptive language to make brief statements about and compare objects and possessions, and explain what he/she likes or dislikes about something. Furthermore, read and write straightforward texts in Spanish while making mistakes typical for this level.
Independent User (Intermediate)
This course is aimed at students with a wider knowledge of most of the Spanish tenses but who require revision and depth to their studies. The students will review the most important simple tenses of the indicative mood, and they will work on compound tenses of the indicative mood. The vocabulary comprehends: means of transport, airport, hotel, moods, inventions, health, diseases, and health professions. Intermediate texts will be discussed. Once the students have completed the course, they will be able to: manage themselves properly in common life situations, express opinions about politics, society, culture, and leisure time.
The plan for this course includes the knowledge of the subjunctive mood, verb “poder” + infinitive, information and perception verbs and expressions, direct and indirect speech. Into the vocabulary list, students are going to learn about media, astronomy, work, cinema, and forms in the correspondence. Common mistakes and errors are worked on in this level through small projects that emulate everyday situations such as planning a trip, writing a letter of complaint, going to a job interview, planning a party, and so on. Once the students have completed the course, they will have improved Spanish fluency and knowledge of Hispanic culture, and give clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to his/her field of interest.
Proficient User (Advanced)
Level C1 and C2:
At this level, students have a great command of the Spanish language; the content of the course is agreed upon with the students according to their needs, interests, skills and cognitive styles. The lessons will deal more with writing texts, reading and understanding opinion, and literary texts.