Teaching Methods

It is important to clarify beforehand that the time necessary to learn a language is determined by a variety of factors, such as: age, educational level, previous experience with learning another language, personal motivation, the amount of time dedicated to studying, and the student's commitment to practicing the spoken language. An additional consideration is that maintaining and improving a language is a continuous process.

The following table of study levels provides an idea of the approximate time it takes to learn Spanish at CPI. Please note that with CPI's Spanish courses you are not required to sign up for any minimum amount of time. We welcome students who would like to spend just one week with us learning Spanish; in fact, you can come for as long (or as short) as you want!

CPI offers four base levels of Spanish: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Superior. Within this framework there are three sub-levels within each base level below Superior, making a total of 10 available levels at CPI; these parameters concur with the ACTFL guidelines.  The CPI program is designed to help students achieve a new sub-level every two to three weeks, always taking into account the ability and linguistic experience of the individual student. If you are fast learner, you may be promoted to a new sub-level in less time.

How long will it take to learn Spanish?

Basic

Basic Beginner
Duration

Average: 1 - 2 weeks

Description of the level

If you are a complete beginner, within two weeks at CPI you should be able to communicate with simple structures in present, past and future tenses, manage basic vocabulary about everyday life and be able to ask simple questions. At this point students are considered to have reached the level of: Basic Beginner.



Intermediate Beginner
Advanced Beginner

Intermediate

Beginner Intermediate
Duration

Average: 1 - 2 weeks


Description of the level

The next two weeks of study enable you to reach the level of Beginner Intermediate . A mid beginner student is able to ask more complicated questions with greater confidence, expand the Spanish verb base, and can communicate in present and past tenses more precisely, as well as read and comment on newspaper articles.


Intermediate
Advanced Intermediate

Advanced

Beginner Advanced
Duration

Average: 1 - 2 weeks

Description of the level

A further two weeks of study translates to the level of Beginner Advanced, at which point students have more security and confidence to maintain longer conversations without interruptions. Students have an increased capacity to read and understand literature, and are able to comprehend messages in Spanish from native speakers with a wide variety of accents and dialects.



Intermediate Advanced
Advanced

Superior

Superior

Duration

18+ weeks


Description of the level

To achieve and maintain the next level – Superior – is a timeless goal! A Superior student knows the subtleties of the language and can express him or herself like a native-speaker with very sporadic errors that could remain unnoticed by native-speakers. Reading comprehension, as well as understanding films, television programs and song lyrics in Spanish, becomes less and less difficult; and students have the ability to elaborate on complex written work based on abstract or concrete subjects, whether previously known or completely new to the student.


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