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"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.


Beginner Classes
Register for a Beginner Class if you scored between 0-20 on the assessment.

Spanish Beginner 1   

AAt the end of the course the student should be able to identify himself/herself and others (origin, occupation, physical  features and personality characteristics).  Express emotions, state of mind and possession.   Talk about daily activities using regular -ar ending verbs.  Describe locations of people and things and counting.  Assumes student has no prior exposure to Spanish.

Spanish Beginner 2

In this class, students will increase their vocabulary to become more comfortable talking about daily activities and routines (regular and irregular verbs). Communicate their likes and dislikes, hobbies and pastimes. Express time and obligation. Talk about family. 

Spanish Beginner 3

Students will be able to talk about their plans (using ir + a + infinitive).  At the end of this class the student will be able to confidently express daily routine activities (including reflexive verbs) using the present tense (regular and irregular verbs) and talk about ongoing actions (present progressive).  Students will recognize and use direct object pronouns to replace information that is already known by the speaker and listener. 

Spanish Beginner 4

By the end of this course students should be able to talk about daily activities with an ample vocabulary related to daily life (market/shopping/weather /clothing/hygiene).  Make comparisons. Communicate past experiences using the preterite (regular verbs).

Intermediate Classes

Register for an Intermediate Class if you scored between 20-40 on the online assessment.

Spanish Intermediate 1

Learn to confidently discuss your daily activities. This class focuses on expressing past experiences by reviewing the Preterite tense (learned in Beginner 4) and introducing more ways to talk about the past using the imperfect and present perfect tenses. Participants will practice descriptive speech and talking about the future. Topics will review and expand vocabulary about people, places and habits.

Spanish Intermediate 2

Continue to enhance your skills in talking about the past. In this class you will learn to ask people to do things directly and indirectly using both commands as well as the subjunctive, and to give suggestions and recommendations using the conditional. Topics will review and expand vocabulary regarding interpersonal relations, health and ecology.

Spanish Intermediate 3

This course will cover how to express behaviors and activities under specific conditions. Students will review and practice using ‘if’ clauses with the past subjunctive and the conditional verb tenses. Students will also learn how to use the passive voice and will be able to retell a story using an indirect speech style. Topics such as work conditions, professions and making appointments will be covered.

Spanish Intermediate 4

This course will cover expressing possibilities and probabilities, using the impersonal ‘se’, and reviewing direct and indirect pronouns. Students will talk about trips, shopping and traditional celebrations, and will also practice telling anecdotes.

Advanced Classes

Register for the Advanced Class if you scored a 40 or more on the online assessment.

Spanish Advanced 1

Acquire more confidence talking about past experiences by adding more details to stories using the past tenses. Participants will practice talking about their feelings in specific situations, and talking about hypothetical situations. Topics will review and expand vocabulary about interpersonal relations, food, health and technology.

Spanish Advanced 2

Students will talk about social and mass media resources and how these types of publicity impact people’s lives. The course will focus on relative clauses and review word formation processes. The use of discourse connectors such as además, por eso, aunque, como will also be discussed.

Spanish Advanced 3

Students will discuss interests, travel and jobs while reviewing the use of the indicative and subjunctive moods and learning more about dependent clauses. Special attention will be paid to the uses of the verbs ser and estar, when is used next to a past participle. 

Spanish Advanced 4

Topics covered in this course include weather, art, literature and some aspects of crime. Students will learn more about the passive voice, word formation and relative clauses while expanding their vocabulary of the topics covered.

Advanced Conversation

The instructor will introduce topics for this class. It could be topics related to Hispanic culture (a specific genre in literature, history, music, political life, economics issues, social processes, indigenous American societies, arts, current events, etc.) from Latin American and/or Spain. Each session will have different curriculum. The goal is to practice, improve, acquire cultural knowledge and expand your vocabulary.

We will practice some advanced grammatical points (preterite/imperfect; ser/estar; imperfect present and past subjunctive; etc.) The instructor will provide readings and materials for the student to work on outside of the classroom. Student will come to class prepared to discuss or present those materials.

*All students registering for this class must complete placement testing before registering. This class is designed for more advanced Spanish students.