When introducing a new language to a beginner, PGCC uses a highly practical approach: We teach Spanish the way it is used in everyday life -- day-by-day. Our first and primary objective is to
learn to communicate with Spanish-speaking peoples -- at home or abroad, for
work or for leisure -- not to learn the mechanics of a language’s morphology,
grammar and syntax – although that may
come later. Our initial focus is the functional content of the language to
build and develop relationships with people who communicate differently. Topics
will include pronunciation, vocabulary, and cultural distinctions though practice
dialogues and role-playing that brings real life situations into the classroom
to help you have fun and enjoy the learning process.
LGE-380. A Taste of Spanish. This pre-introductory Spanish course is specifically designed for participants who have little or no prior knowledge of the Spanish language. It provides a basic overview of Spanish language speaking patterns and enough basic vocabulary to “get by.” The emphasis will be on oral communication with an introduction of basic grammatical concepts toward the development of future reading and vocabulary skills.
LGE-370. Spanish, Level 1. Having completed this introductory level,
students will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and
very basic phrases aimed at concrete topics and needs. They will have the tools
to introduce themselves and others and to ask and answer questions about
personal details; such as where one lives, people they know and things they do.
Students will be able to interact in a simple way when the other talks slowly,
clearly and is prepared to help.
LGE-328. Spanish, Level 2. This level focuses on increasing Spanish vocabulary and comprehension
through interactive dialogue and role-play. Students that finish this level will
be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions, such as basic personal
and family information, shopping, local geography and employment. They will be
able to communicate through direct exchange of information on routine matters
using simple terms and to describe matters of immediate need.
LGE-345. Spanish, Level 3. In this third course in the series, students will learn further language
structures, vocabulary, and idioms to help increase comprehension and speaking
ability. While students are
still likely to have to “translate” internally and will
make errors in grammar and word choice, they will be able to conduct a
structured exchange on a range of subjects.Through
continued practice, students will be able to produce simple connected text on
topics that describe events and experiences and give brief explanations for
opinions and plans.
LGE-330. Spanish Conversation. At
the conclusion of this course students will have an intermediate level of conversational
fluency and will be able to interact with a degree of spontaneity that makes regular
interaction with native speakers possible without undue strain to either party.
Students will be able to understand and engage in conversations on familiar
matters regularly encountered in work, school and leisure and will be able to
address most situations likely to arise while traveling in Spanish-speaking
regions. They will be able explain their viewpoints on abstract concepts with
only limited pauses or breaks so the other person can comprehend with minimal
difficulty even in a full immersion setting. Classroom delivery, 6 sessions, 18 hours, $130.
LGE-521. Speed Spanish, Part 1. If you’re in a hurry to learn Spanish, this course gets results pronto. You'll focus on the vocabulary you need in real life – while traveling, at restaurants, on the phone, in emergencies. Then, you’ll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form basic sentences. In no time at all, you'll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and communicate! ¡Qué Bueno!
LGE-522. Speed Spanish, Part 2. Would you like to feel more comfortable
among Spanish-speaking people and to be able to have an actual discussion with
them? You will expand your vocabulary by hearing new words pronounced properly
and have opportunities to practice your own pronunciation. You'll learn new
recipes to help you glue words together into sentences, complete thoughts, and
finally into a whole conversation. You'll see an immediate improvement in
fluency from the very first lesson.
LGE-523. Speed Spanish, Part 3. Master your
ability to speak, understand, and read Spanish by taking the final installment
in this series. In this advanced-level course, you'll learn the final recipes
that serve as templates to create almost any sentence. Guided practice will
include new vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and speed drills. This series
has not just taught you how to speak Spanish, but to speak Spanish
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