Spanish for Travelers

January 14, 2021 to March 18, 2021
10 weeks / 13.3 class hours
Thursdays 1 hour 20 minutes
7-8:20pm Eastern; 6-7:20pm Central, 5-6:20pm Mountain, 4-5:20pm Pacific

Instructor: Michelle
Location: Online via Zoom
Level: Intermediate
Age: Adults
Class Size: Minimum 4 students; Maximum 8 students

Materials Needed: None. All material will be provided.

How do I know this level is right for me? What am I expected to know already? What are the prerequisites?
This course is geared towards students with intermediate to advanced proficiency in the Spanish language. Students should have basic knowledge of gender and number between articles, nouns, and adjectives, the present and past tenses of verbs, the verbs “ser” and “estar”, numbers, and basic vocabulary on food and general surroundings.

**If you still aren’t sure whether this level is right for you and want to confirm before signing up, feel free to reach out to us at LaurensLanguageLessons@gmail.com and we can help assess your level to make sure it’s a good fit!

What can I expect to learn?
As part of the homework assignments, students will be researching different aspects of potential countries they would like to visit. The main focus is to learn and improve on vocabulary relating to vacationing or doing business in selected countries of Latin America or Spain as well as travel planning. All prerequesite topics will be reviewed, and we will introduce useful grammar, restaurant etiquette, various cultural nuances between Spanish-speaking countries, and regionalisms. We will also work on language comprehension and improved ease of expression. Students will be informally assessed via interactions with the instructor as well as by way of dramatized dialogues based on possible scenarios among students.

Cost: $140

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Payments options are as follows:
Pay in full by December 31, 2020: $140
Hold your spot today and pay the rest by December 31, 2020: $150 ($50 deposit. Additional $100 paid by December 31, 2020.)
Hold your spot and pay the rest by January 8, 2021: $170 ($50 deposit now. Additional $120 paid by January 8, 2021).

Payment is accepted by credit card, Venmo, Zelle, Google Pay, and Paypal.

Use discount code YEAREND10 to receive 10% off!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Michelle was born and raised in Puerto Rico, speaking Spanish as her first language, and gained fluency in French as a child. She has a BA in French from Boston College, a MA in French Literature from Tufts University, and a MA of Music and Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music.

Michelle worked as a court room language interpreter for the Massachusetts judicial system for over 4 years and held membership in the American Translators Association. Over the last 20 years, she has taught French and Spanish at several universities and institutions including Roxbury Community College, Boston Language Institute, Newton Community Education program, Brookline Adult Education program, Framingham State University, Emerson College, Lasell College, and several others. She currently works as a Spanish Instructor at Arlington Community Education, and worked before this year’s pandemic as a French Instructor at Newton Adult education program and Newton North High School, a French and Spanish instructor at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and an interpreter and translator of French/English/Spanish in Massachusetts.

Michelle is passionate about language and music. When not teaching, Michelle also pursues her career as a musician and has released several albums in various styles of music. She has also worked as a private language and diction coach for classical vocalists since 1995.

Michelle completely lost her sight by the age of 5 and has had the opportunity to contribute to research and projects to help the visually challenged community. She published a paper in 2009 on Disability and foreign language teaching and served as a speaker/lecturer at NERRALD conference (New England Region Association of Language Lab Directors) on the use of adaptive technology for the visually challenged.