BSL Spanish School wants to know your Spanish level in advance. Therefore, when booking on-line or on arrival the first day, we ask you to undertake an oral and written assessment to identify your level, what you need to learn or improve and your major interests.
The organization of our courses follows the general sequence of the rest of the Spanish Schools’ programs. This enables you to continue your studies in other cities of Argentina, South America and Spain.
Every week you can complete a level. You decide how many weeks you will be studying at BSL and at the end you will receive an Attedance Certificate indicating the level reached.
Based on the program carried out by the Philosophy and Language School of the University of Buenos Aires, all levels of BSL programs include the River Plate variety of the Spanish language (argentinean regionalisms), neutral Spanish with different latinamerican varieties and Iberian Spanish.
Therefore, our spanish courses comprise the various Spanish varieties for the student to have a general knowledge of the language as well as an ability to distinguish specific features of it and communicate beyond
BASIC I & II
When students start a basic Spanish course, they expect to grasp the most useful communication tools to satisfy their needs as soon as possible.
For this reason, besides the academic work at school, basic levels emphasize hands-on experience outings to practise what they have learnt.
With the company of a teacher and previous work at school, students visit different shops, hotels, information desks, etc. and experience their first steps on language through real situations.
Basic I is the first level of Spanish. Students starting at this level do not have any previous knowledge whit the language and need to start from the very beginning.
Goals: At the end of this level, students are able to make and answer personal questions and introduce themselves to other people quite fluently. They handle simple communication rules and vocabulary (greetings, numbers, days of the week, etc.) They are able to deliver a simple physical description of a person, talk about their family and professions. They can use spanish in almost all situations at school and start to deal with some simple situations of real life (buying food, ordering at restaurants, buying bus tickets, etc.)
Once students are capable of introducing themselves and handeling a limited set of expressions, they are prepared to start Basic II.
Goals: When this level ends, students are able to deliver simple productions with the vocabulary restricted to the present tense. They start to manage themselves quite confidently in real situations. Students are able to express feelings and sensations. They acquire experience on real situations such as buying in a shop, booking a room, requesting information, etc.
INITIAL I & II
Students at this level are able to deliver simple productions in present tense, express fellings and sensations, describe people and places and handle real situations using simple phrases and requests.
Goals: This level gives the students many more tools and vocabulary to build their own expressions in present tense. At the end of Initial I, they can talk about their daily routine, likes and interests and express their opinion in a fluent way. They start to deal with future and continuous tenses. Their wider diversity of verb modes and tenses let them express more complex ideas in both written and oral productions.
Students starting this level at BSL, use present, continuous and future tenses. They can deal with simple situations and make their own written and oral productions. They are capable of talking about their daily rutine, likes and interests and hold simple conversations with fluency.
Goals: At this level students acquire more complex skills that make their productions sophisticated and increase their comprehension. They are able to use three of the four past tenses, acknowledge their differences and combine them with accuracy. The complexity of this level requires lot of practise. The use of reading material becomes vital. Written productions are now more frequent to strengthen their speaking skills.
INTERMEDIATE I & II
Students who start Intermediate I has enough linguistic elements so as to retell either present or past situations, as well as to express expectations towards the future. They are able to communicate themselves in daily situations without difficulties. They can read newspaper articles and some pieces of Latinamerican literature.
Goals: One of the aims of this level is to strengthen students’ skills and work on their weaknesses, specially those related to past tenses. Students are expected to make more complex and accurate written and oral productions. They can express expectations towards the future and unreal situations. They learn to give commands and make requests. Their ability to retell and describe becomes accurate and fluid.
Students deepen their skills on grammar and vocabulary to participate in communicative situations which prove to be more complex than daily events.
Students who start level Intermediate II at BSL, has enough linguistic elements so as to retell either present or past situations, as well as to express expectations towards the future, make requests and give commands. They are able to participate in complex conversations, though occasionally they may have certain difficulties in comprehension.
Goals: This level focuses on Subjunctive. This mode will enable students to express ideas, opinions, expectations and unreal events. Students start to incorporate transference of subjects, express conditions, probabilities and doubts. They comprehend the several subtleties of Subjunctive as compared with Indicative.
Students that finish this level know Spanish Grammar thoroughly. They can accurately express complex ideas either by writing or speaking. Their reading and oral comprehension is good enough to participate in fluid conversations even when they are amongst more than two people.
ADVANCED I & II
When students start this level, they are able to say whatever they want to express. They have a wide vocabulary and is familiar with the main features of Spanish grammar. They can participate in fluid conversations without difficulties.
Goals: Advance I is a level to learn past tense Subjunctive. This enables students to make hypotheses and regrets of the past events. They use conditional expressions that combine modes and tenses according to their meanings.
Advanced students are able to report conversations, use impersonal “se” and passive voice.
Their listening comprehension has turned increasingly sophisticated, as well as their oral and written expression. They are able to listen to radio and TV programs, movies and songs almost without difficulty. At this level students participate freely in real communicative situations of several complexities and are completely able to manage themselves in a spanish speaking environment.
Students who start this last Spanish level at BSL, know Spanish Grammar completly. They participate freely in real communicative situations of several complexities without difficulty. They can hold fluid conversations among a group of people. Only tiny mistakes in grammar, vocabulary or pronunciation make them different from a native Spanish speaker.
Goals: This last level is to strengthen and practise everything that has been learnt. It focuses on personal production and listening comprehension through diverse audiovisual material. Students participate in debates with locals. They use classic Spanish literature to learn certain expressions.
They learn more about regionalisms and focus on Argentinian and Latin American culture and history.