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.
- 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