Summer Intensive Spanish Program

Historically rich and culturally vibrant, Spanish is one of the world’s great languages, used by some 329 million native speakers around the globe.

From the rapidly-developing countries of South and Central America to the U.S., where Spanish-speakers make up over 10% of the population, it plays a critical role in politics, economics, academics, and everyday life.

The Summer Intensive Spanish Program uses textual resources and real-life materials drawn from all over the Hispanic world to challenge comprehension, strengthen structural awareness, and build vocabulary. Topics and tasks are chosen to stimulate students to share their own thoughts and ideas, pushing them to a higher level of communicative competence.

The goal is to make you a confident Spanish-speaker, fully able to work in bi-lingual education in California or New York, intern with the State Department in Mexico City, help small business owners high above the Peruvian Andes, or study the Moorish-influenced art of the Iberian Peninsula.

Program Highlights

  • Eight weeks of classes from June 16 to August 8, 2014
  • 21.5 hours of in-class instruction per week
  • Elementary, intermediate, and advanced sections available depending on enrollment
  • Two components for each level: a Core Component that focuses on structure and vocabulary, and a Fluency Component that is devoted to real-world speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Free tutoring to support classroom learning
  • Conversation partner program, which offers a chance to interact with native-speakers from the Institute’s graduate programs
  • Co-curricular activities designed to enhance formal study
  • Instructors with native-level fluency, advanced teaching degrees and years of experience
  • Career advising to support students’ career paths related to the Spanish-speaking world

Please click below to learn more about each level and textbook(s) used.

Elementary Spanish

The elementary class is designed for students with no or minimal knowledge of Spanish. The class uses a communicative approach to engage students in the learning process. In conjunction with the texts and associated audio materials, students will be exposed to authentic readings and listening, participate in didactic games, and engage in functional and communicative activities such as role plays, dialogues, and presentations. The texts were carefully chosen to expose students to the language and to provide them with a thorough understanding of the culture in Spanish speaking countries around the world.

Elementary-Level Textbook

Please check with Spanish Coordinator before purchasing materials.

Required

Panorama (Student Edition with Supersite)*
Edition: 4th
Publisher: Vista Higher Learning

High-Elementary-Level Textbook

The Spanish Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required

Facetas (Student Edition with Supersite)*
Edition: 3rd
ISBN:9781617670275
Publisher: Vista Higher Learning

Intermediate Spanish

The intermediate class is designed for students with at least one year of recent college-level Spanish studies. Students are required to take a placement exam in all four skills at the start of the program. Placement is determined by students' language proficiency level, not the length of their previous studies.

The class uses a communicative approach to engage students in the learning process. In conjunction with the text and associated audio and web-based material, students will have many opportunities to practice speaking and writing in Spanish. The intermediate course is designed to feature current events and topics related to students' interests. To achieve this goal, the text is supplemented by authentic readings from Spanish newspapers and magazines as well as current films and television.

Intermediate-Level Textbook

The Spanish Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required

Enfoques (Student Edition with Supersite)
Edition: 3rd - Paperback
Publisher: Vista Higher Learning

High-Intermediate-Level Textbook

The Spanish Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required

Opiniones: A 4-Skills Approach to Intermediate-High/Advanced Spanish
Publisher: Prentice Hall

Advanced Spanish

The advanced level Spanish course is a content-driven course with limited grammatical support. Upon enrollment at this level, students should be able to sustain an involved discussion of considerable length, talk about a variety of topics, and initiate, sustain and conclude a social interaction or a conversation involving a complex situation. In terms of writing skills, students should be able to use a limited but sufficient range of structures with a general control over grammar.

Advanced-Level Textbook

The Spanish Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required

Opiniones: A 4-Skills Approach to Intermediate-High/Advanced Spanish
Publisher: Prentice Hall