"What I like most about GCN? – the teachers. They are native speakers and so qualified to not only teach but to bring a special life to the language through occasional personal stories and perspectives that immeasurably enhance the experience. From time to time, my first teacher shared personal moments in her life, reflecting the culture of Mexico. My current teacher, (who brings the interesting perspective of a lawyer), sometimes uses YouTube videos of events from his home –Colombia, to make points about language in a way that is quite fascinating." John, Current Student
Please read below for detailed descriptions on each class. If you are registering for Beginning 2 or higher, please use this online assessment to determine your level. Register online or call us at 612.436.8279. All class sessions last for 2 hours.
At the end of the course the student should be able to identify himself/herself and others (origin, occupation, physical and personality features, and age). Express emotions, state of mind and possession. Talk about daily activities using regular -ar, -er, and -ir ending verbs. Describe locations of people and things and express obligation. Assumes no prior exposure to Spanish. Placement testing is not required for Beginning 1 classes - just register!
Students will learn how to communicate their likes and dislikes and talk about their plans, hobbies and pasatimes. In this class, students will increase their vocabulary to be able to communicate and become more confortable talking about daily activities and routines. Irregular verbs will be introduced as well as the future tense using ir + a + infinitive.
The student will be able to express with confidence daily, routine activities using the present tense (regular and irregular verbs) and talk about ongoing actions (Present Progressive). Students will recognize and use Direct and Indirect Direct Object Pronouns to replace information that is already known by the speaker and listener. Students will increase their vocabulary related to daily life (market/ shopping, weather / clothing). By the end of the course, the student will be able to talk past experiences using the Preterite and Imperfect tenses.
Register for an Intermediate Class if you scored between 20-40 on the online assessment.
Develops a sophisticated understanding of the differences between preterit and imperfect verb tenses, the use of por and para, and formal and informal commands. The class emphasizes pronunciation, vocabulary and reading. By the end of the course students should be able to read, write and converse adequately in Spanish.
Introduces and expands upon present subjunctive tense. Students will learn how and when to use the subjunctive in adverb, adjective and noun clauses. The instructor will incorporate grammar lessons with cultural themes and background to give students a broader understanding of Latin American issues. During the course, students will be expected to work on advanced grammar.
Develops knowledge of past subjunctive, conditional tense and relative pronouns. The course includes various exercises in reading, writing and conversation to develop a complete understanding of the proper use of all grammar forms.
Register for the Advanced Class if you scored a 40 or more on the online assessment.
This advanced grammar course prepares students to focus on accuracy, fluency and use of grammar structures in context. Review of the structures taught in the Intermediate levels. There is a special focus on complex sentences. Emphasis is placed on grammar skills such as coherence, transitions, and control of tense shifts.
This course helps students identify their own errors and weaknesses, develop strategies to correct them in order to increase accuracy and fluency. A variety of authentic materials and homeworks assigments are employed in the course.
This class focuses in improving vocabulary, talking about more complex topics. Reviewing of tense and mood (Preterite and Imperfect). Use of direct and indirect speech. Practicing writing with complex constructions. Introduction of passive voice.
Explore the Latin American historical context through its contemporary literature, improve your knowledge of the language. We will read short stories of writers like Borges, Vargas Llosa, Maria Luisa Bombal,and Gracía Márquez among others. The assigned stories and additional material must be read before class in order to be able to do presentations, discussions and comments. To complement the core of the class, we review grammar: tenses and mood. Learn new expressions and idioms to expand your vocabulary. Immersion teachers welcome!
*All students registering for this class must complete placement testing before registering. This class is designed for more advanced Spanish students.