FW: Course clarification

From: Herbert H.
Sent on: Saturday, December 31, 2011 1:12 PM

For those who might be interested in knowing more about the course, I’ve asked Maria many questions, and she has been gracious in her explanations as you can see from her response to my emails. Like Pamela, I plan to take advantage of the course.

 

Herberto

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Casa de español
Sent: Friday, December 30,[masked]:30 PM
To: Desktop at Herbert P. Holeman, Ph.D.
Subject: Re: Course clarification

 

Oh, if you do decide to take the course here are the Enrollment Forms.

Gracias,

María 

On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 4:27 PM, Casa de español <[address removed]> wrote:

No problem. It sounds like you are interested in a refresher course so that you can be functionally conversational in Spain. Be able to order, ask directions, have a basic conversation that sort of thing. Basic 2 is perfect for that. If I've misunderstood and you want to also get into the past tenses then Intermediate I might be a good fit as well. It seems that you have had Spanish before and that you understand the fundamentals of how to conjugate in present, future and present progressive. If you are looking to have an intense course on practicing just these three tenses then go for Basic 2, if you want to take on the past tenses, then choose Intermediate I. Either way you can decide to change classes the first week if you like.

 

Yes, we provide you with a textbook, Practice Makes Perfect Complete Spanish Grammar, 2nd Edition (Basic 2) and Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses, Second Edition (Intermediate I). I also provide a lot of supplemental materials because I haven't found one textbook that has everything, the way I like it. Also, we do oral and reading practice both from online and in-class sources.

 

Finally, once a week each student has a conversation with a native speaker for about 5-10 min, while I work with individual groups. They don't have an accent from Spain, but we provide students with a standard Spanish that is understood anywhere in Spanish-speaking countries. Also, for students interested in learning Spanish from Spain, I direct you toward resources to help you. For example: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/ep01.shtml, a language learning series that helps you learn the basics and become familiar with Spanish lingo. After you've checked out this episode try watching this one: http://www.learner.org/series/destinos/watch/index.html?ep3. If you can follow the Spanish level used in the second then you are probably at the Intermediate level. If you are in between both then Basic 2 is a great start.

 

As for price, right now we are giving new students 20% off the first course. So the course would be $240 instead of $300. You are more than welcome to come the first day and check it out. Just let me know which class you've decided to come observe.

 

Gracias,

María

 

2011/12/30 Desktop at Herbert P. Holeman, Ph.D. <[address removed]>

Mi nieto tiene que estar en escuela en españa en el primavera, y estoy yendo para un visitar. (As you can see I just string the words that I have in my very limited vocabulary together J )

One of my grandsons is spending a college semester abroad in Madrid, so in May I plan to join him in Madrid to tour the tapas bars, etc.

 

I realize that I’m plaguing you with questions, pero tengo que apprender español rapidamente.

So, am I correct that if I were taking the $300 two month course, I would be attending two classes a week? And as I have the time, I could also take advantage of the online teaching material. Also, does your methodology employ texts, workbooks, etc?

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Casa de español
Sent: Friday, December 30,[masked]:17 PM

To: Desktop at Herbert P. Holeman, Ph.D.
Subject: Re: Course clarification

Of course. Both include all materials, the $150 class is 2 1/2 hrs per week and the $90 class is 1 1/2 hrs per week. It really depends on your availability to practice away from class. In the longer class, we cover the same amount of material, but do more in-class activities for retention. I offer a lot of online practice for students, who have more time at home to go over the material. Are you interested in the classes for work or personal development?

Gracias,

María

2011/12/30 Desktop at Herbert P. Holeman, Ph.D. <[address removed]>

Hola María.

Thank for your prompt reply, and yes I would be in Basic 2.

So as I understand it, the course consists of two classroom sessions held each week for the cost of $150 or $90 per month, depending on which days of the week the classes are held.  

Can you tell me the difference between the $150 and $90 per month programs?

Thank you for your indulgence.

Herberto J

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Casa de español
Sent: Thursday, December 29,[masked]:17 PM
To: Desktop at Herbert P. Holeman, Ph.D.
Subject: Re: Course clarification

Hi Herbert,

Each course is 8 weeks, if you choose to take a course that is once a week then there would be 8 classes total, we also offer classes twice a week which would be a total of 16 classes. Are you interested in the Basic I, 2, Intermediate I or Advanced I class? Many students have some trouble identifying the right level for them. If you've had some Spanish in the past, then I would start you at least in Basic 2 unless it's been a very long time or you would like to take your time. This course is a refresher for those students, who need practice and a two month review. We go over the present tense, future tense and the present progressive (Yo como, yo voy a comer, yo estoy comiendo). That class is offered on Tues and Thurs at 7pm and Wed and Fri at 8:30 pm. If you feel that you would only need a three-week review of these three tenses and are ready to delve head first into the verbos como gustar and past tenses, then you are ready for Intermediate I. This class is offered on Tues and Thurs at 5:30 pm and 8:30pm, and Wed and Fri at 7. Please feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have.

Gracias,

María

On Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 5:49 PM, Desktop at Herbert P. Holeman, Ph.D. <[address removed]> wrote:

The description for the adult course says it lasts two months. How many class sessions are there in the course?

 Thank you.

 Herbert

 

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