PRESENTATION

 

Hi my name is Juan Pablo. Spanish is my first language, as I am from Colombia and have studied it in depth. I have been teaching Spanish since 2012 in Philadelphia and even though I didn't go to college to become a Spanish teacher I am proud to tell that I have great experience with the language and also teaching and you can see that it is not only my opinion but the opinion of others. Feel free to check other student’s opinions here or here.


INFORMATION ABOUT

 

Online Classes. http://www.meetup.com/Philadelphia-spanish-classes/pages/Online_classes/

Group Classes. This is a very good option for those who are not able to pay for private classes. http://www.meetup.com/Philadelphia-spanish-classes/pages/Group_Classes/

Student Specials. http://www.meetup.com/Philadelphia-spanish-classes/about/

Private Classes. http://www.meetup.com/Philadelphia-spanish-classes/pages/Private_classes/

 

IMPORTANT:

Please do not expect me to answer your first presentation when you sign up for the group. I receive questions every day from different students and it is difficult for me to reply to the presentations, if you have any questions please go to the left part of the screen where it says “contact” and send me your questions. You may also contact me directly at 2157766149 by texting or calling.

It is also very important that you check the calendar that you may find on the left part of the screen, just click on “our calendar”. Here you will find all the events with the dates, hours and the level of the class. For more information just click on the event and there you will find with more detail all the information you need. This is an important tool that will help you plan your schedule accordingly with anticipation. Also please remember to RSVP three hours before any of the events. This will help to avoid misunderstandings and improve communication which is very important for a great service and success.

This meetup is not intended as a social meetup or as an extra activity. This is a tutorial meetup that follows a course and for this it needs perseverance and discipline in order for the student to learn.

I am very flexible with my schedule and I provide many alternatives to my students, from online courses, different locations and one to one classes. If the meetups held on meetup.com do not work for you please text me or call me at 2157766149 in order to set up a different time or day or regarding any questions and I will answer them as soon as I can.

Also looks like there has been a misunderstanding with the information provided on the meetups. To clarify better, no one needs to pay in advance through paypal.com before class. This is only in special occasions and I always let the students know with anticipation.

 

Please be advised that if you decide to take any of the tests or have already taken one, you shouldn’t expect to be in an advanced level since this course does not only include conversation, but also writing, reading and comprehension skills. This is an intense course that has the purpose of teaching a high level of Spanish that could be used either at a professional or informal level. Also please understand that writing and getting into a conversation are both different since Spanish is not always written in the same way as we talk; this applies for example to the use of the “h,s,c and z”, first because “h” is silent, “s” and “c” have the same pronunciation some times, and “z” and “s” in South America sound the same. This is one example, but there are more and as any language it has many grammatical rules with their own exceptions.

Another misunderstanding which is very common between English speaking people is when they try to translate from English to Spanish and the problem is that many times the expressions we use in Spanish are not the same in English, so when someone talks he/she can make himself/herself understood but doesn’t mean always that the person is using the language correctly. For all these reasons you may not be in the level you are expecting and it is essential that if you subscribe to this meetup, that you are committed to learn a high level of Spanish which is different from Spanish slang language. So if I advise anyone to start from a lower level than the one they expected, I want everybody to understand that it is in order to provide a better service.



SUGGESTIONS:

 

You are welcome to try first and second levels without the need of taking a test and if you think that you may be more advanced you are welcome to take any of the tests available following the instructions first given in this introduction (for this please check the information provided in the tests events when you go to the calendar).As an advised please keep in mind that Spanish or any other language is not something that can be learnt in just six months or a year; it takes perseverance and discipline as anything we want to be good at.

One of the reasons why I created group classes was with the purpose of lowering the price and making it more affordable for people, but I also offer private classes. If you are interested in private classes either online or in person, just click on the link already provided at the beginning. You may also contact me or text me at 2157766149, or email me at philadelphiaspanishclasses@gmail.com.

 

IMPORTANT: Remember to bring a note book, a pen or pencil and a dictionary. Remember I will only speak in Spanish and I will provide copies of the lessons that we will follow during class. These will be simple classes and everything is included in the lessons I will provide, so do not be afraid if you do not understand or speak Spanish, this course is designed for level one and two students. The reason I will only speak in Spanish is that you get used to think in Spanish and relate the meaning of the words through pictures that are included in the lessons. Try to ask questions related to lessons that will be provided, please be patient that more advanced information will be provided later on. Pay attention to the picture that I provide so you can find me in the café. You do not need to attend all classes.

 

This is the first level program that will last for 3 months for a total of 48 hours, 4 hours, two times per week. Every class will last for 2 hours:

 

1. Pronunciation guide

2. Preparatory lessons

3. Part one: Structures and verbs

4. The noun and the definite article (singular)

5. The noun and the definite article (plural)

6. The present indicative tense: Regular AR conjugation

7. The present indicative tense: Regular ER and IR conjugations

8. Simple negative; interrogative words

9. The indefine articules: un, una, unos, unas

10. An introduction to Hispanic culture in America

11. Cardinal numbers: 1-31, time, days, months, dates, seasons

12. Irregular verbs of the present indicative tense

13. Uses of the preposition a

14. Uses of the preposition de

15. Ser to be

16. Estar to be; contrasting uses of estar and ser

17. Puerto Rico, free associate state of the United States

18. Descriptive adjectives and limiting adjectives

19. Cardinal numbers 31- 1000

20. Ordinal numbers; shortening of adjectives bueno and malo

 

Second level

 

1. Ordinal numbers; shortening of adjectives bueno and malo

2. Formation and use of the direct commands

3. Possessive adjectives

4. Our Mexican Americans; Spanish in American English.

5. Demonstrative adjectives

6. Common adverbs; exclamatory !que….!

7. Stem-changing verbs of ar and er infinitives

8. The complementary infinitive. The infinitive after ir a, tener que, and para

9. Prepositional pronouns

10. Part one: Discoverers, conquerors, and explorers of America

Part two: Spain’s influence in the daily life of Latin America

11. Direct object pronouns

12. Indirect object pronouns

13. Gustar to be please, to like

14. The preterit indicative; regular verbs

15. The preterit indicative; irregular verbs

16. Nunca, nada, nadie in Emphatic and unemphatic negation

17. Stem changing verbs of ir infinitives

18. Part one: Our closest Latin-American Neighbor

Part two: Mexico’s Story

 

 

3th and 4th Levels

 

For these levels everybody will have to pass a test, and everybody will have 2 h to finish it, no exceptions.

 

For 3th level you will need a minimum of 75% in order to pass the test, if you get a 90% you will be able to get the test for 4th level, less than 75% means that you will need to get to second level and less than 50% means you will need to get to first level.

 

For 4th level the same 75% to pass, lees than this means 3th level, 50% less means 2th level and 25% means first level. For the ones that get 90% or more, will be able to get to advance.

3th Level

The 3th level consists of 10th chapters that will last for about 10 weeks. Here is.

1. La naturaleza

Interrogative words: Conocer and saber.

2. En la playa

Stem-Changing verbs

3. En la joyería

Negative and affirmative expressions

4. El fin de semana

Formal and informal commands

5. Cartas al periódico

Adjectives and adverbs

6. Por la mañana/Por la noche

Reflexive verbs; passive SE

7. Una historia policiaca

Preterit tense

8. Las vacaciones

Imperfect tense

9. ¿Cuando?

Imperfect and preterit tenses compered

10. Los deportes

Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns

4th level

4th level consist of 11th chapters for a total of 11 weeks. Here is

1. En la tienda de ropa

Direct-object pronouns

2. Vivimos en la ciudad

Indirect-object pronouns

3. En la farmacia

Double-object pronouns; pronouns after preposition

4. En la mueblería

Cardinal and ordinal numbers

5. La superstición

Verbs with spelling changes; verbs with orthographic changes

6. Las maravillas del reino animal

Compering people and things

7. ¿Cual sera tu profesión?

Future tense of regular verbs

8. La exploración del espacio

Future tense of irregular verbs

9. La personalidad

The conditional tense

10. Hacemos un viaje

Past participles; present perfect tense

11. La ecología

Present subjunctive

 

Advance level: Conversation.

Note: This is an advance level and is design for people that can talk and understand Spanish. And is for people who want to practice their Spanish and improve it. As level 3 and 4 you will need to pass a test, look levels 3th and 4th for more information, and on top of that you will have to proof your conversation skills.

The conversation classes will include topics that I will read first in Spanish and the students will have to make oral comments about the topic, this is to improve their ability to listen and understand, second they will have to read loudly in front of the group a topic of their choice and we will do the same process as before, this with the objective of improve their reading ability and comprehension, and third they will have to write 1 0r 2 paragraphs about any topic they want and at the end I will look for the mistakes of every student and learn grammatical rules that will explain better how to write, make correct sentences and have a good pronunciation.

Advance level online: Conversation.

First class: You may pay through PayPal or with the credit card, the next class will be given when I receive the payment. Remember I will only speak in Spanish. The reason I will only speak in Spanish is because this class is intended as a conversation class, if there is something you do not understand, do not worry I will try to explain to you through images or at the end of the class I will take notes and later send you information through email for you to study.

The online conversation classes will be the same as the normal conversation classes before, the only difference is that will need an Skype account (this is a free way of doing multiple video  conversations online). Please keep my phone number handy (215 776 6149) if there is any inconvenient or you if you need to ask me something before the meet up.

 

 

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