Pequeños classes are carefully designed to challenge but not stress the young mind. At this stage children are beginning to understand the difference between their first language and the target language. Teachers carefully create lessons that are engaging and capture their imagination. A typical class consists of themed lesson plans and simple conversation. Every week we introduce a new theme and build on previously learned material, with this group repetition is key! Our goal is to get these Pequeños to begin producing simple sentences and communicate in Spanish.
There are 2 levels within Pequeños classes, Pequeños l and ll. Children will be placed in either class depending on their Spanish knowledge, exposure, and their ability to produce and understand the language. Teachers will decide when a child is ready to 'move up'.
Students are encouraged to take on advanced vocabulary and more complex phrases. At this stage teachers introduce reading and writing and make it a part of each lesson. Chicos work towards producing connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. We continue to practice everyday Spanish themes including, family, foods, days of the week, animals, etc. By incorporating social activities into each lesson, we aim to develop useful conversational skills. Chicos are separated by 2 levels, Chicos l and Chicos ll.
Level l - In this class we focus on getting the student familiar with the Spanish language. At this level Chicos will learn to recognize and produce everyday Spanish words and phrases. Before completing this level students should understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, weather, likes and dislikes). Reading and writing lessons
are a core part of this level.
Level II- In this level students will be taught to communicate routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar or previously learned matters. Students are expected to understand the main points of clear input on familiar matters regularly encountered at home and in school. During this time student's oral and written expression and comprehension are expected to improve greatly.
This group of learners can now sit through an entire class without losing focus. We take advantage of that by offering a greater range of activities that require focus and commitment. Activities such as reading and writing are a fundamental part of each lesson. In each class we incorporate activities that encourage the development of intellectual, motor, and social skills. These activities include, reading comprehension and fluency, conversational interactions, and real life situation games. Grandes sessions provide meaningful lessons that help children develop confidence and positive feelings about learning a foreign language. Grandes classes are divided by 2 levels. Grandes l and ll
Grandes l - Our goal for Grandes l is not only for students to recognize and produce vocabulary but to apply it to real life related sentences and begin the "conversation" process. Exposure to themed vocabulary occurs in multiple contexts and a combination of speaking and writing activities are used .We strongly focus on communication in the target language. By the end of this level students should be able to produce connected text and conversation on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
Grandes ll - At this level students can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction quite possible without strain. Students can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Level ll students can read, write, and comprehend detailed text on a wide range of subjects.
One on One-
Private classes allow the teacher the ability to create a curriculum specific to your child's individual needs. We work one on one with your child for 45 minutes to an hour depending age, fluency, and goals.
Simply gather a group of children who are around the same age. Pick a day, time, and frequency and we'll come to you!
* Learning takes place in the comfort of your own home
* Age appropriate activities designed to meet group needs.