Our Program

Five grammar courses. Four conversation levels. Several single-day workshops. All in one place.

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Grammar

Beginners Level: Spanish for Absolute Beginners

If you don’t have a Spanish background at all, this is the place to start. We use the Graf Method, which is our very own teaching approach that focuses on quickly learning communication skills. We have great teachers that will make class fun and exciting. You will learn conversational and writing skills in the present tense 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.

Dan, from Berges Institute, teaching Spanish language class
Grammar

Level 2: The Past Tense and Other Topics

If you are already familiar with the present tense, 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, and some everyday objects), you are ready for Level 2.

In this level, you will work on the past tense (it's called pretérito perfecto). You will improve your descriptive vocabulary as you learn how to tell stories of what you or other people did in the past.

Dan, from Berges Institute, teaching Spanish language class
Grammar

Level 3: The Imperfect Tense

If you are comfortable with telling simple stories from the past, 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 tense, its uses, and its differences from the pretérito perfecto. You will learn how to use both past tenses combined. You will also start working on direct object pronouns and the future tense (using verb ir), and of course, you will expand your vocabulary.

Dan, from Berges Institute, teaching Spanish language class
Grammar

Level 4: Object Pronouns, Future Tense and Verb Haber

If you are comfortable using pretérito perfecto and pretérito imperfecto tenses, you should register for Level 4.

In this course, you will work deeply on direct object and indirect object pronouns as you expand your vocabulary, review the past tenses, and work on the future tense. You will also learn the compound tenses, read stories that will be discussed in class, and write challenging assignments.

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Conversation

Basic Conversation

Basic Conversation is an immersion course, taught 100% in Spanish, that aims to practice all the basic simple and compound indicative tenses as students acquire vocabulary and gain confidence. Group activities, debates, articles, and relaxed conversation make this course an excellent way of improving your conversational skills.

Please note that, because we all learn at a different pace, 10 sessions at the Basic Conversation level may not be sufficient to reach an Intermediate Conversation level. Students should consider re-enrolling on the Basic Conversation level to further improve fluency and proficiency before considering a higher conversational level. If you need help deciding, please request an oral assessment with us (it’s free!) and we’ll give you our insight.

Please also note that our instructors tend not to review grammar rules in conversation classes, as the most important thing is to keep the conversation flowing! If you want to review specific grammar topics, it’s best to take one of our regular L1-5 classes and/or private lessons :)

Dan, from Berges Institute, teaching Spanish language class
Grammar

Level 5: Subjunctive, Conditional and Imperative

If you are confident speaking in the past, present and future tenses and have a wide vocabulary, you should take Level 5.

In this level, you will work hard on the subjunctive mood, the conditional structure, and the commands. You will learn how to approach complex sentences and you will be reading and writing at a relatively high complexity level.

Dan, from Berges Institute, teaching Spanish language class
Conversation

Intermediate Conversation

Intermediate Conversation is an immersion course for the intermediate student who is comfortable speaking solely in Spanish but doesn’t feel ready for Advanced Conversation yet.

You will read, write, listen and speak in Spanish for ten weeks as you slowly but surely improve your vocabulary and your confidence. You will also have to prepare and give two presentations (in Spanish, of course!).

Please note that, because we all learn at a different pace, 10 sessions at the Basic Conversation level may not be sufficient to reach an Intermediate Conversation level. Students should consider re-enrolling on the Basic Conversation level to further improve fluency and proficiency before considering a higher conversational level. If you need help deciding, please request an oral assessment with us (it’s free!) and we’ll give you our insight.

Please also note that our instructors tend not to review grammar rules in conversation classes, as the most important thing is to keep the conversation flowing! If you want to review specific grammar topics, it’s best to take one of our regular L1-5 classes and/or private lessons :)

Dan, from Berges Institute, teaching Spanish language class
Conversation

Advanced Conversation

Advanced Conversation is an immersion course for the advanced student who is confident in his/her Spanish grammar knowledge and aims to improve oral and aural skills in the language through reading, debating, creating, and analyzing.

The course features individual presentations, discussions, and metalinguistic conversations in a ten-week setting that will dramatically improve your speaking and comprehension abilities.

Please note that, because we all learn at a different pace, 10 sessions at the Intermediate Conversation level may not be sufficient to reach an Advanced Conversation level. Students should consider re-enrolling on the Intermediate Conversation level to further improve fluency and proficiency before considering a higher conversational level. If you need help deciding, please request an oral assessment with us (it’s free!) and we’ll give you our insight.

Please also note that our instructors tend not to review grammar rules in conversation classes, as the most important thing is to keep the conversation flowing! If you want to review specific grammar topics, it’s best to take one of our regular L1-5 classes and/or private lessons :)

Dan, from Berges Institute, teaching Spanish language class
Conversation

Master Conversation

Master Conversation is our most advanced course. It’s aimed for students with almost bilingual fluency who feel they could still widen their vocabulary and improve their Spanish language skills in general.

In this course, students will be doing the same activities that are usually done in lower-level conversation classes (discussion, presentations, etc.), but at a native-speaker level.

Please note that, because we all learn at a different pace, 10 sessions at the Advanced Conversation level may not be sufficient to reach a Master Conversation level. Students should consider re-enrolling on the Advanced Conversation level to further improve fluency and proficiency before considering a higher conversational level. If you need help deciding, please request an oral assessment with us (it’s free!) and we’ll give you our insight.

Please also note that our instructors tend not to review grammar rules in conversation classes, as the most important thing is to keep the conversation flowing! If you want to review specific grammar topics, it’s best to take one of our regular L1-5 classes and/or private lessons :)

Dan, from Berges Institute, teaching Spanish language class
Single-Day Workshops

Verb Bootcamp - Present & Past

Become comfortable using the five super important irregular verbs and all the basic regular verbs in the present and pretérito perfecto tenses for once and for all! In this single-day, ninety-minute workshop you’ll review the uses of the two tenses along with their typical time expressions, you’ll drill all the conjugations both orally and in writing, and you’ll practice through conversation in present and past tense using all your verbs properly.

Dan, from Berges Institute, teaching Spanish language class
Single-Day Workshops

Verb Bootcamp - Preterit & Imperfect

Review the conjugations for both past tenses and get better at using them! In this single-day bootcamp, you’ll go over the conjugations in the pretérito perfecto and pretérito imperfecto tenses for regular verbs, super-important irregular verbs, and important-but-not-super-important irregular verbs, as you practice them through different exercises and activities.

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Single-Day Workshops

Verb Bootcamp - Irregular Verbs in the Preterit

As we all know, the pretérito perfecto tense is a pain, as it has so many irregular forms. (The pretérito imperfecto and the future with ir are such a breeze, in comparison!). Take this workshop and be able to finally understand and master all those irregular past tense conjugations!

Dan, from Berges Institute, teaching Spanish language class
Single-Day Workshops

Stories from the Past

In this workshop we’ll attempt to clarify the uses of the two past tenses when telling stories. The preterite is very straightforward, but the imperfect, as you’ll know if you have taken Level 3 with us, has two main uses: an easy-to-understand one (habits in the past: I used to do something, I would always do something) and a hard-to-understand one (thoughts, states, descriptions of a scene). This workshop focuses on the latter.

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Single-Day Workshops

Expresiones Idiomáticas

Las expresiones idiomáticas o modismos son palabras o conjuntos de palabras que expresan un significado diferente (figurado) del que tendrían si las tomáramos de manera literal, y son de uso común en la realización oral de la lengua. Suele decirse que estas expresiones dan color a un idioma porque rompen con la secuencia semántica formal de los enunciados al mismo tiempo que dotan de naturalidad una conversación. Son también una manifestación cultural importante de la creatividad popular.

¡Apúntate a este seminario y aprende nuevas expresiones!

Dan, from Berges Institute, teaching Spanish language class
Single-Day Workshops

Accentuation & Pronunciation

Improve your pronunciation and writing skills by learning how syllables and accents work, what diphthongs, triphthongs and hiatus are, and how consonants and vowels behave when combined with each other in Spanish. In this workshop, you will practice syllable separation and phonetic and graphic accentuation through oral and written exercises. Upon completion, you’ll be able to understand the logic behind tildes when you read texts in Spanish, and you’ll become more comfortable pronouncing long and/or difficult words.