New: Intermediate Spanish for Professionals Posted by meaghan on Mar 30, 2023 in For Businesses, For Learners, Learning Material Updates
Push past the plateau. Make deeper personal and professional connections in Spanish with the Intermediate Spanish for Professionals Course.
Progress from CEFR A2 to B1 with 80+ hours of vocab, grammar, conversations, and culture.
And if you’re starting from scratch—combine it with the Beginner Spanish for Professionals for the most comprehensive 165-hour acquisition course available online for self-teaching.
Get functional faster
For beginners, nothing builds proficiency faster than learning the most useful, high-frequency vocabulary. That’s still true for intermediate learners. But what’s “most useful” becomes more complex: more vocab depth, idioms, domain-specific terminology, etc.
Learning vocab in topical lists (like “office supplies” or “directions”) actually hurts your ability to retain what you’re learning due to semantic interference. It’s also just not very fun.
Instead, when we develop lessons, we think of a common scenario a Spanish learner might find themselves in. With Spanish-speaking work colleagues. Among Spanish-speaking friends. Then we tell a story about it. What are you likely to be doing? Who are the people you’ll interact with? What conversations would you have?
This approach lends itself to more natural speech you might not find in a textbook approach, as well as other retention tactics like spiraling (resurfacing previously learned material) and interleaving (reinforcing material in multiple modalities and contexts).
It also allows grammar patterns to pop up naturally, so you can learn them in context before being introduced more explicitly.
A lesson about technology can weave in office terms, occupations, comparison words, etc. in a more effective and memorable way. You’ll learn faster. And retain it longer.
What you’ll learn
This 80-hour course has 10 units, covering topics adults will encounter in everyday and workplace scenarios, such as:
- Using a computer
- Working from home
- Opening a bank account
- Hosting a holiday party
- Looking for an apartment
- Going to a doctor’s appointment
Each unit includes 3 types of lessons, for a total of:
- 30 conversation lessons: 60-minute exercises based on the unit theme. For example, in the technology unit, Maurizio reaches out to his colleague Fabiana to see if he’s fallen victim to a phishing email scam.
- 83 vocabulary lessons: 30-minute exercises that build vocabulary needed to understand the theme and the conversations. In the technology unit, supporting vocab lessons teach words and phrases about using a computer, searching the web, and social networking.
- 70 grammar lessons: 5-minute exercises that expand on grammar patterns seen elsewhere in the unit. In the conversation lesson, Fabiana says “lo primero que debes hacer es” (the first thing you should do…). The corresponding grammar lesson teaches you how to form would, could, and should using the conditional form of irregular verbs.
Ready to reach B1 in Spanish? Learn more about the course here, including where to try it free and how to add on tutoring for faster progress.
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