23 West 36th Street, 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10018




T. 212 630 9960

F. 212 630 9989

info@bergesinstitutespanish.com

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 10 AM to 6 PM

Overview

At Berges Institute we use our own teaching approach: the Graf Method. It is a logic-based system that takes advantage of your already developed speech skills in your native language to teach you Spanish. We show you how the language works. You will learn a simplified set of tools that will make you able to express yourself in about every topic and every tense in a relatively short amount of time.

The complete Graf Method at Berges Institute is divided into 5 courses. These courses last 10 weeks (meeting once a week) or 5 weeks (meeting twice a week). Before registering you are required to take the placement test, either online or at Berges Institute (unless you are a beginner; in that case you do not need to take the test). According to your test results you will be placed in the level that best suits your current skills.

You can sign up for classes online, and register for a section according to your schedule and skills. You can also register by phone, by email or in person at the Institute. After you are registered, you can pay anytime before the first class, either online, by phone, by mail or in person at Berges Institute (checks, cash or credit card).

These are the 5 courses:

  • Beginners

    If you don’t have a Spanish background at all, this is the place to start. We use the Graf Method, our very own teaching approach that focuses on learning fast communication skills. We also have great teachers that will make coming to class fun and exciting. You will learn conversational and writing skills in the present and past tenses in a variety of topics. You will develop the ability to introduce yourself, talk about your personal and daily life, and ask other people about their life and habits.

    Tuition: $339. No registration fee. We provide all materials.
    Program duration:
    Regular: 10 weeks, meeting once a week for 2 hours.
    Intensive: 5 weeks, meeting twice a week for 2 hours.
    We have morning, evening, night and weekend sessions.
    Classes are limited to 10 students max.

  • Level 2

    If you are already familiar with the present tense, you can introduce yourself, talk a little bit about yourself, ask other people about themselves, and you know some basic vocabulary (family, parts of the body, everyday objects...), then you are ready for Level 2. In this level you will work on the Past Tenses, especially the Pretérito Perfecto. You will improve your vocabulary as you learn how to tell stories of what you or other people did in the past.

    Tuition: $339. No registration fee. We provide all materials.
    Program duration:
    Regular: 10 weeks, meeting once a week for 2 hours.
    Intensive: 5 weeks, meeting twice a week for 2 hours.
    Classes are limited to 10 students max.

  • Level 3

    If you are comfortable, for example saying what you did last week in Spanish you should register for Level 3. In this level you will work on the Pretérito Imperfecto, its uses and its differences with the Pretérito Perfecto and how to use both past tenses combined. You will also start working on Direct Object Pronouns, the future tenses, and of course, expand your vocabulary.

    Tuition: $339. No registration fee. We provide all materials.
    Program duration:
    Regular: 10 weeks, meeting once a week for 2 hours.
    Intensive: 5 weeks, meeting twice a week for 2 hours.
    Classes are limited to 10 students max.

  • Level 4

    If you are totally comfortable using Pretérito Perfecto and Pretérito Imperfecto tenses, you can register for Level 4. In this course, you will work deeply in the Direct Object and Indirect Object Pronouns, as you expand your vocabulary, review the past tenses, and work on the future. You will learn the impersonal voice and start working on the progressive and compound tenses.

    Tuition: $339. No registration fee. We provide all materials.
    Program duration:
    Regular: 10 weeks, meeting once a week for 2 hours.
    Intensive: 5 weeks, meeting twice a week for 2 hours.
    Classes are limited to 10 students max.

  • Level 5

    If you are confident speaking in the past, present and future, and have a wide vocabulary you should take Level 5. In this level you will work hard on the compound tenses, and learn the Subjunctive Mood, the conditional and the commands.

    Tuition: $339. No registration fee. We provide all materials.
    Program duration:
    Regular: 10 weeks, meeting once a week for 2 hours.
    Intensive: 5 weeks, meeting twice a week for 2 hours.
    Classes are limited to 10 students max.

  • What happens after level 5?

    If you are done with all 5 levels of Spanish or if you tested out, the next way to go is to take weekly Private Lessons and/or join a Conversational Class. You know the basics needed for communication more than well enough, and now you need to practice and practice!

  • Auxiliary Private Lessons at reduced price

    If you think you would benefit from extra instruction while you are registered for a group class, if you have missed a session, or if you would like to explore your one-on-one conversational skills, you can always buy extra Private Lessons offered at a reduced price ($30/hour) to matriculated students. You can schedule them at your convenience at anytime on weekdays or weekends.