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Sacramento, CA 95811

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Course Descriptions

CASA de ESPAÑOL’s program has been developed with the busy adult in mind. Students immediately start to work on their pronunciation, conversation and listening comprehension proficiency with our online practice materials and dynamic in-class activities. Each level can be customized to target individual interests. All of our courses combine cultural topics with listening, reading, and writing exercises in order to provide authentic and interesting conversational practice. Whether you are interested in learning Spanish to travel, for personal development, or to give yourself an edge in the job market, CASA offers smaller class sizes and an easy to use versatile virtual classroom, so you can learn exactly what you want at your own pace.

Why CASA is different:

  • Highly-educated, experienced and dynamic instructors
  • Evening and day classes for the busy adult
  • Customizable virtual component accessible on your desktop, laptop, or handheld device, so extra practice goes where you go
  • Small class sizes
  • Extreme focus on making you conversationally competent as quickly as possible
  • Culturally enriched and dynamic activities that help you progress at your own pace

TEN-WEEK GRAMMAR COURSES

SKIP DOWN TO SEE LABS AND WORKSHOPS BELOW.

BASIC IA

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have never taken Spanish before, or who want to take a very basic refresher course at a very gradual pace.
Grammar and conversation points: Basic conversation and greetings in the present tense; present tense conjugation of regular verbs.

BASIC IB

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students with very little or no previous experience with Spanish, but who are looking to progress rapidly.
Grammar and conversation points: Basic conversation and greetings in the present tense; dialogues and spontaneous conversation; the present regular tense and the verb SER.

BASIC II

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have taken Spanish recently or who took it in the past, but who have been away from a classroom setting for a while.
Grammar and conversation points: Basic conversation in the present focused on everyday needs and wants; grammatically, we focus on ser vs. estar and the crutch verbs (i.e. puedo comer, necesito dormir, quiero pagar etc).

BASIC III

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed one semester of college Spanish or one year of high school Spanish.
Grammar and conversation points: Basic III focuses on developing your speaking and listening skills to a proficient-basic level; practices the present progressive (estoy comiendo), future (voy a comer), and saber vs. conocer

MID-HIGH BASIC BOOT CAMP

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed Bas II or III or who would like a review before starting Interm I or II.
Grammar and conversation points: Mid-High Basic Boot Camp is a hybrid grammar and conversation class that reviews all of the grammar that you have already studied in Bas Ia-Bas III, as well as focuses on pronunciation and common phrases and conversation.

INTERMEDIATE I

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed at least two semesters of college Spanish or two years of high school Spanish
Grammar and conversation points: Intermediate I focuses on the reflexive pronouns and the present tense irregular.

INTERMEDIATE II

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have completed at least three semesters of lower-division college Spanish or three years of high school Spanish in the past and are looking for an intermediate refresher course.
Grammar and conversation points: Intermediate II targets the present perfect and the imperfect tense.

INTERMEDIATE III

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed at least three semesters of lower division college Spanish or three years of high school Spanish.
Grammar and conversation points: Intermediate III concentrates on the preterit regular and irregular verbs.

ADVANCED I

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed at least one semester of upper division Spanish.
Grammar and conversation points: Advanced I reviews the preterit vs. the imperfect, focusing primarily on comparing and contrasting them at an advanced level.

ADVANCED II

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed at least two semesters of upper division Spanish.
Grammar and conversation points: Advanced II introduces the indirect and direct pronouns and the verbs most commonly used with them.

ADVANCED III

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed at least two semesters of upper division Spanish.
Grammar and conversation points: Advanced III introduces the verbs that are conjugated like the verb “gustar.”

ADVANCED IV

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed at least three semesters of upper-division Spanish or have lived in a Spanish-speaking country for at least two years.
Grammar and conversation points: Advanced IV introduces the imperative tense.

HIGH ADVANCED BOOT CAMP

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed any class higher than ADV IV.
Grammar and conversation points: High Advanced Boot Camp is a hybrid grammar and conversation class that reviews all of the grammar that you have already studied in Adv I-III, as well as focuses on pronunciation and common phrases and conversation.

SUPERIOR I

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed at least three semesters of upper-division Spanish or have lived in a Spanish-speaking country for at least two years.
Grammar and conversation points: Superior I focuses on the present subjunctive mood.

SUPERIOR II

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed at least three semesters of upper division Spanish or have lived in a Spanish-speaking country for at least two years.
Grammar and conversation points: Superior II focuses on reviewing the present subjunctive and introducing the imperfect subjunctive mood.

SUPERIOR III

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed at least four semesters of upper division Spanish or have lived in a Spanish-speaking country for at least two years.
Grammar and conversation points: Superior III introduces the si clauses, the uses of como si with the imperfect subjunctive, and the present perfect subjunctive.

SUPERIOR IV

10-week course
Prerequisites: For students who have recently completed at least four semesters of upper division Spanish or have lived in a Spanish-speaking country for at least two years.
Grammar and conversation points: Superior IV reviews the present perfect subjunctive and introduces the pluscuamperfect subjunctive, while reviewing the rest of the subjunctive mood in Sup I, II and III.

SUPERIOR GRAMMAR

10-week course
Prerequisites: For all superior levels students. Superior Grammar focuses on polishing specific grammar points of interest to students such as: los verbos de cambio, quién vs qué, lo que y lo cual etc.

TEN-WEEK CONVERSATION LABS

SKIP DOWN TO SEE WORKSHOPS BELOW.

These ten-week long labs are designed to be taken alongside a nine-week long grammar class, but may also be taken on their own. These conversation-only classes provide students with an opportunity for practical application of the grammar points being learned in their respective classes. Please choose the lab with the focus area that best matches your language learning needs or consult with us for our recommendation. The labs can also be taken on their own for those looking for a strictly conversation environment and who are not interested in further grammar instruction.

BASIC/INTERMEDIATE TRAVEL SPANISH

Conversation points: This conversation class focuses on the essential words and phrases needed for travel abroad. Students will review greetings and introductions and will focus intensely on the crutch verbs (i.e. puedo comer, necesito dormir, quiero pagar etc.) allowing students to form more complex sentences to express needs, wants, abilities and more. The vocabulary seen during this 10-week course will provide students with the necessary verbal tools to navigate markets, restaurants, hotels and basic directions for getting around town.

MID BASIC LAB (A/B)

10-week course
Mid Basic Lab focuses on developing your speaking, reading and listening proficiency by reviewing the present. You will develop these cornerstone abilities in-class and in our virtual classroom, which will allow you to pick what you are most interested in improving. Our main focus this session will be using the regular AR, ER, and IR as well as the power verbs like querer, poder and tener que.
Conversation topics include: Las profesiones, la familia, los lugares, la comida, los deportes, los pasatiempos, la rutina.

HIGH BASIC LAB (A/B)

10-week course
High Basic Lab focuses on developing your speaking, reading and listening proficiency. You will develop these cornerstone abilities in-class and in our virtual classroom, which will allow you to pick what you are most interested in improving. Our main focus this session will be using the present progressive (estoy comiendo), future (voy a comer), and saber vs. conocer.
Conversation topics include: el aeropuerto, la agencia de viajes, el centro, el hotel, el museo, el mercado artesanal, los viajes y el clima.

LOW INTERMEDIATE LAB (A/B)

10-week course
Low Intermediate Lab focuses on developing your speaking, reading and listening proficiency. You will develop these cornerstone abilities in-class and in our virtual classroom, which will allow you to pick what you are most interested in improving. Our main focus this session will be using the irregular present tense, reflexive verbs, el verbo gustar.
Conversation topics include: la rutina, la casa, los quehaceres, las actividades en familia, la sobremesa, la ropa y sus materiales, el insomnio, las fiestas y tradiciones, el campo y la ciudad

MID INTERMEDIATE LAB (A/B)

10-week course
Mid Intermediate Lab focuses on developing your speaking, reading and listening proficiency. You will develop these cornerstone abilities in-class and in our virtual classroom, which will allow you to pick what you are most interested in improving. Our main focus this session will be using the present perfect and imperfect tenses.
Conversation topics include: la vecindad, las profesiones, los alimentos, el teléfono, el clima y el medio ambiente, los viajes, la solidaridad, la familia, el bienestar.

HIGH INTERMEDIATE LAB (A/B)

10-week course
High Intermediate Lab focuses on developing your speaking, reading and listening proficiency. You will develop these cornerstone abilities in-class and in our virtual classroom, which will allow you to pick what you are most interested in improving. Our main focus this session will be using the past tense conjugations (no compare/contrast).
Conversation topics include: la niñez, los viajes, la carrera presidencial, la tecnología, la contaminación y el medio ambiente, personajes importantes, el hospital, la familia, de compras.

LOW ADVANCED LAB (A/B)

10-week course
Low Advanced Lab focuses on developing your speaking, reading and listening proficiency. You will develop these cornerstone abilities in-class and in our virtual classroom, which will allow you to pick what you are most interested in improving. Our main focus this session will be using the past tense conjugations, Preterite vs Imperfect (compare/contrast).
Conversation topics include: la televisión, la violencia, el trabajo, la salud, la bondad, los valores, viajar en avión, la educación primaria, la diferencia entre culturas.

LOW/MID ADVANCED LAB (A/B)

10-week course
Low/Mid Advanced Lab focuses on developing your speaking, reading and listening proficiency. You will develop these cornerstone abilities in-class and in our virtual classroom, which will allow you to pick what you are most interested in improving. Our main focus this session will be using a mixture of tenses, as well as the direct and indirect object pronouns.
Conversation topics include: la solidaridad, el consumismo, la prensa y los medios de comunicación, los deseos, la carne, la crisis, hechos interesantes, la salud, los deportes.

MID/HIGH ADVANCED LAB (A/B)

10-week course
Mid/High Advanced Lab focuses on developing your speaking, reading and listening proficiency. You will develop these cornerstone abilities in-class and in our virtual classroom, which will allow you to pick what you are most interested in improving. Our main focus this session will be using a mixture of tenses, as well as the present subjunctive.
Conversation topics include: el cambio, el arte de Lego, los zoológicos, los países y las nacionalidades, los cumplidos, la crianza, la tecnología, la educación, baja por maternidad.

HIGH ADVANCED/SUPERIOR (VARIOUS TOPICS)

10-week course
High Advanced/Superior Lab focuses on developing your speaking, reading and listening proficiency. You will develop these cornerstone abilities in-class and in our virtual classroom, which will allow you to pick what you are most interested in improving. Our main focus this session will be using a mixture of tenses, as well as the present subjunctive, imperfect subjunctive, present perfect subjunctive and the pluscuamperfecto subjunctive.

TWO-WEEK WORKSHOPS

BASIC WORKSHOP "SER AND ESTAR"

This conversation workshop is open to complete beginners, as well as students who have completed Basic I here at CASA de ESPAÑOL. During this workshop, we will be focusing on pronunciation, vocabulary acquisition and sentence formation to improve one’s ability to have a basic conversation. Conversations will center around meeting someone for the first time and talking about oneself and his or her family. We will also cover the verbs “ser” and “estar” (two verbs meaning “to be”) and practice the appropriate uses of each verb in basic conversations.

BASIC/HIGH BASIC “TRAVEL SPANISH”

Designed for Basic and High Basic students interest in travel, this conversation workshops focuses on the essential words and phrases needed for travel abroad. Students will review greetings and introductions and will focus intensely on the crunch verbs (i.e. puedo comer, necesito dormir, quiero pagar etc.) allowing students to form more complex sentences to express needs, wants, abilities and more. The vocabulary seen during this two week workshop will provide students with the necessary verbal tools to navigate markets, restaurants, hotels and basic directions for getting around town.

HIGH BASIC/LOW INTERMEDIATE "VERBOS COMO GUSTAR"

This conversation workshop is open to beginners with some experience of the language, as well as students who have completed Basic II here at CASA de ESPAÑOL. During this workshop, we will be focusing on pronunciation, vocabulary acquisition and sentence formation to improve one’s ability to have a basic conversation. Conversations will center around talking about professions and describing the physical and personality traits of oneself and others. We will also cover the verbs “gustar” and other similar verbs such as “encantar,” molestar” and “fascinar,” incorporating them into conversations to describe likes and dislikes, as well as demonstrate possession.

HIGH BASIC/INTERMEDIATE "GETTING AROUND ON VACATION AND POR VS. PARA"

This conversation workshop is open to students entering Basic III, Intermediate I and Intermediate II, meaning they have taken the courses leading up to said classes here at CASA de ESPAÑOL or tested into the workshop via our placement exam. During this workshop we will be focusing on pronunciation, vocabulary acquisition and sentence formation to build upon students’ abilities to have a basic conversation in a variety of daily situations. Vocabulary will center around different places one would find in a town or city such as: el banco, la tienda, la biblioteca, and el cine. Conversations will focus on on giving directions and will utilize por vs. para, as well as verbs specific to directions and transportation.

INTERMEDIATE I/II "POWER VERBS AND POR VS. PARA"

This conversation workshop is open to students entering Intermediate I, Intermediate II and III; meaning they have taken the courses leading up to said classes here at CASA de ESPAÑOL or tested into the workshop via our placement exam. During this workshop, we will be focusing on pronunciation, vocabulary acquisition and sentence formation to build upon students’ abilities to have a basic conversation in a variety of daily situations. Conversations will center around food and the market place in the present tense. We will see power verbs, a handful of irregular verbs, as well as cover por vs. para as we enhance our ability to speak comfortably at the market and dinner table.

HIGH INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED "PRETERITE VS IMPERFECT"

This conversation workshop is open to students entering Intermediate III, Advanced I and Advanced II, meaning they have taken the courses leading up to said classes here at CASA de ESPAÑOL or tested into the workshop via our placement exam. During this workshop, we will be focusing on pronunciation, vocabulary acquisition and sentence formation to improve students' abilities to converse about a variety of topics in the past tense. This workshop will allow students to practice speaking about past events, people, and other popular culture topics using both the preterite and and the imperfect tenses.

HIGH INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED "CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT PASTIMES

This conversation workshop is open to students entering Intermediate III, Advanced I and Advanced II, meaning they have taken the courses leading up to said classes here at CASA de ESPAÑOL or tested into the workshop via our placement exam. During this workshop, we will be focusing on pronunciation, vocabulary acquisition and sentence formation to improve students' abilities to converse about a variety of topics in both the present and past. This workshop will allow students to practice speaking about past events, focusing on childhood and adolescent “pasatiempos.”

HIGH INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED "PAST EVENTS AND FAMILY HISTORY"

This conversation workshop is open to students entering Intermediate III, Advanced I and Advanced II, meaning they have taken the courses leading up to said classes here at CASA de ESPAÑOL or tested into the workshop via our placement exam. During this workshop, we will be focusing on pronunciation, vocabulary acquisition and sentence formation to improve students ability to converse about a variety of topics in both the present and past. This workshop will allow student to practice speaking about past events. Our major topic will be talking about our families and family history.

HIGH ADVANCED/SUPERIOR "HISTORICAL AND CURRENT EVENTS"

This conversation workshop is open to students entering Advanced III or Advanced/Superior Conversation Seminar meaning they have taken the courses leading up to said classes here at CASA de ESPAÑOL or tested into the workshop via our placement exam. During this conversation workshop, students will be presented with brief articles addressing historical and current events from various perspectives. Students will then express their opinions in a round table format.

HIGH ADVANCED/SUPERIOR “SPANISH AND LATIN-AMERICAN POETS OF THE 20TH CENTURY

This conversation workshop is open to students entering Advanced III or Advanced/Superior Conversation Seminar meaning they have taken the courses leading up to said classes here at CASA de ESPAÑOL or tested into the workshop via our placement exam. During the workshop, students will be presented with biographies and poetry of four great 20th Century Spanish and Latin-American poets. Students will then analyze the work and express their opinions in a round table format.