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COSTA RICA IMMERSION EXPERIENCE 

Prepare yourself for Spanish immersion, cultural exploration, and lots of fun in the sun! 

ADULT COURSE OBJECTIVES

For our Beginning and Intermediate courses, we use the textbook Plazas: Lugar de Encuentros, 4th Edition (ISBN 9780495913795). It can be economically purchased online at, among other places, Cheaptextbooks.com, Textbookx.com, and Chegg.com. Both hardback and digital versions are available.

BEGINNING
Course Functional Language Objectives Grammar Objectives
PLAZAS BEGINNING COURSE A (Preliminary Chapter and Chapter 1) Greeting and meeting people, numbers 0-30, classroom vocabulary, colors, university campus buildings, academic courses and foreign languages, telling time and the days of the week. Subject pronouns, the present tense of the ver SER, the verb form HAY, question words, definite and indefinite articles, gender of nouns, pluralization, the present tense of -AR verbs.
PLAZAS BEGINNING COURSE B (Chapters 2 & 3) Family relations, describing physcal features and personality, nationalities, numbers 30-100, leisure time activities and sports, places in and around town, months and seasons. Expressing possession with DE, common uses of the verb SER, noun-modifier agreement, present tense of -ER and -IR verbs, the verbs TENER, GUSTAR and IR, verbs with irregular YO forms, the verbs SABER and CONOCER, the personal A, expressing weather with the verbs HACER and ESTAR.
PLAZAS BEGINNING COURSE C (Chapters 4 & 5) Home, furniture and appliances, household chores, numbers 100-1,000,000, the human body, health care. The present tense of stem-changing verbs, affirmative TÚ the verb ESTAR and the present progressive, reflexive verbs, ACABAR DE, SER vs. ESTAR, demonstrative adjectives.
CARBÓN Greetings, farewells, food Definite and indefinite articles, demonstrative adjectives, the verbs SER and ESTAR, present progressive, how to express possession, and some important irregular verbs
AZUL spatial relationships, family Regular verbs, negation, how to form questions, the irregular verbs QUERER, VENIR, DECIR, OÍR, and PODER.
ROJO Describing things, body parts Adjectives, noun-modifier agreement, the verbs ser (to be), ir (to go), present progressive, demonstrative adjectives, and the prepostions POR and PARA.
AMARILLO Shopping, numbers, time, days of the week, months, seasons The verb TENER (to have), TENER QUE (to have to), expressions that use TENER, regular verbs, pluralization, accents, possessive adjectives, negation, interrogative sentences
INTERMEDIATE
Course Functional Language Objectives Grammar Objectives
PLAZAS INTERMEDIATE COURSE A (Chapters 6 & 7) Food, beverages, table utensils, dining out, weights and measures, clothing and fashion, shopping. Comparatives and superlatives, regular and irregular verbs in the preterite tense, stressed possessive adjectives and pronouns, Direct object pronouns, the imperfect tense.
PLAZAS INTERMEDIATE COURSE B (Chapters 8 & 9) Parties and celebrations, the beach and the countryside, airline travel, hotels. Interrogative words, the preterite vs. the imperfect, affirmative and negative expressions, Hace + period of time + que, indirect object pronouns, double object pronouns, prepositions of location and relevant expressions, formal commands and negative tú commands.
PLAZAS INTERMEDIATE COURSE C (Chapters 10 & 11) Personal relationships, receptions and banquets, professions and trades, the office, work, and the job hunt, personal finances. The present perfect tense, reciprocal constructions with se, nos and os, adverbs and adverbial expressions of time and sequencing of events, relative pronouns, por vs. para, the subjunctive mood, the present subjunctive with statements of volition.
VERDE Asking for and giving directions, making complaints about goods and services Prepositions, stem-changing verbs, present and past tenses
MORADO Talking about the future, the body Future tense of regular and irregular verbs, preterite tense of irregular verbs
ANARANJADO Shopping, emergency situations Comparison of adjectives and adverbs, the intricacies of definite articles, verbs ending in -cir, -cer
ESMERALDA Food, earth science Preterite and imperfect tenses
CELESTE Talking about likes and dislikes, using direct and indirect object pronouns Using direct and indirect object pronouns, the verb gustar
CAFÉ Commands, daily routines The imperative mood, reflexive constructions
LAVANDA Health, talking about the past Preterite and imperfect tenses of regular and irregular verbs
PAPAYA Talking about the past, daily routines Preterite and imperfect tenses of regular and irregular verbs, reflexive constructions
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ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE

This level covers the gaps between our INTERMEDIATE classes and our ADVANCED discussion class. Students do weekly assigned readings (short stories, articles) and discuss them in class along with whatever other interesting topics arise. Grammar covered commonly includes the perfect tenses, progressive tenses, the subjunctive, the imperative, irregular verbs, prepositions, direct and indirect object pronouns, preposition use, and the passive voice.

Advanced Intermediate courses feature readings on and discussions of a variety of contemporary issues, with supporting vocabulary lists and corresponding grammar units.

Please contact us for more information: ethan [at] lenguarica.org.


NEXT ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE COURSE (Start date TBD)
POBRE MANOLITO
Pobre Manolito

Advanced Intermediate students will read selections from the collection of children's stories "Pobre Manolito" by Spanish author
Elvira Lindo. Copies can be ordered through local independent booksellers Orca Books and Last Word Books.
(The preferred editions are ISBN 9788420449098 or 3150198577.)
Please contact us  for more info.
  • ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE SPANISH SYLLABUS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2022
  • Students should read each story IN ADVANCE of the class in question.
  • For Class 1: "El Bueno, Feo y el Malo"
  • For Class 2: "Un fallo mortal"
  • For Class 3: "Mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos"
  • For Class 4: "Vencedores y vencidos"
  • For Class 5: "Los cochinitos"
  • For Class 6: "El efecto mancebo"
  • For Class 7: "La conciencia tranquila"
  • For Class 8: "El nene no está calvo"


SUBSEQUENT ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE COURSE (Start date TBD)
SELECTED READINGS FOR DISCUSSION
Each week Advanced Intermediate students will read material selected for the purpose of inspiring thought and conversation. There is an assignment for the first class. Please contact us for more info.

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ADVANCED

Advanced courses feature study and discussion of literature, film, and current events. Activities include continued review of the perfect tenses, progressive tenses, the subjunctive, the imperative, irregular verbs, prepositions, direct and indirect object pronouns, preposition use, and the passive voice.

Please contact us for more information: ethan [at] lenguarica.org.


NEXT ADVANCED COURSE (Start date TBD)
EL CARTERO DE NERUDA (AKA Ardiente paciencia)
BY ANTONIO SKÁRMETA

el cartero de neruda

Over the course of 8 classes, Advanced students will read this novel about a fictional postman, his romance, and his relationship with Pablo Neruda in late 1960s Chile.
    PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND USE THIS VERSION OF THE BOOK FOR USE IN THIS COURSE.



SUBSEQUENT ADVANCED COURSE (Start date TBD)
TED TALKS EN ESPAÑOL
Students will watch, listen to and read the transcript for these short, powerful talks presented in Spanish.
  • Students are asked to write a response paper related to the talk for classes 2, 4, 6 and 8.
  • Please contact us  for more info.

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    KIDS' CLASSES

    We work with any pre-formed group of up to ten children of similar developmental level to provide a customized class that is age appropriate. In addition, we offer private group classes for families.
    Rates:
    • 1-2 people $50/hour
    • 3-6 people $60/hour
    • 7 or more people $10/person/hour

    Please call or email us (ethan [at] lenguarica.org] for more information.
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    LENGUA RICA
    Certified Spanish Language Instruction,
    Interpretation, and Translation Services
    P.O. Box 792
    Olympia WA 98507
    (360) 359-3751
    ethan [at] lenguarica.org
    This page was last modified: 17 December 2021.