Fluency Fast Denver Classes
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Denver Public Schools PDU requirements
Which Spanish class should I take?
Classes available in other cities
What people are saying about Fluency Fast classes
What hosts are saying about hosting a class
Upcoming training opportunities for language teachers
June 25-June 29, 2018 Denver Summer Spanish Language Institute
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday -- Beginning and Intermediate-High
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday -- Intermediate and Advanced
Evening activities: Wednesday and / or Thursday
Monday 8am-11:30am Beginning (Karen Rowan) / 1pm-4:30pm Intermediate-High (Karen Rowan)
Tuesday 8am-11:30am Beginning (Karen Rowan) / 1pm-4:30pm Intermediate-HIgh (Karen Rowan)
Wednesday 8am-10am-Beginning (Rowan) / 11am-1pm - Intermediate (Rowan) /
Wednesday 2pm-6pm -Intermediate-High (Jason Fritze) / 2pm-6pm - Advanced (Jason Fritze)
Thursday 8am-11:30am Intermediate (Karen Rowan) / 12:30pm-4pm Advanced (Jason Fritze)
Friday 8am-11:30am Intermediate (Karen Rowan) / 12:30pm-4pm Advanced (Jason Fritze)
Beginning plus Intermediate = 2 classes for $299.00 (Maximum 18 hours plus additional optional activities)
Intermediate-High plus Advanced - 2 classes for $299.00 (Maximum 18 hours plus additional optional activities)
Enter at your level, 3-5 days for the same price. 9-18 hours of classes.
Mandatory final meeting for Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced PDU, May 7, 2018
These are not your typical language classes! We use brain research to rapidly increase the amount of language you can understand, knowing that, just as a baby learns, we cannot speak before we have something to say.
WHICH LEVEL SPANISH CLASS SHOULD I TAKE?
Here's what the courses are like:
Beginning Spanish is for true beginners. It teaches the 200 highest frequency words in Spanish. It starts with stand up / sit down / walk / the boy walks to the door. This is the right level for true beginners or anyone who has limited Spanish that they can't yet put into any kind of sentences. By the end of this 15-20 hour course, they will be able to read a book in Spanish and have some limited ability to tell simple stories and ask and answer simple questions.
Intermediate Spanish focuses on communication in the past tense to be able to tell what just happened and communicate in the present and past tenses. Some people take this class even thought they are just BARELY past beginning -- which is fine. They will understand a lot but communicate less. Some people take it because they are not ready for Advanced. The majority of our students take Intermediate multiple times. The content is always different. Students read one text in class together and another out of class that is appropriate to their level. This class accepts the broadest levels. It is our multi-level class.
Advanced Spanish is designed for students who are beyond Intermediate and have a pretty solid grasp of communication in the past and present all the way up to non-native Spanish teachers of lower level Spanish classes. We explore the trickier parts of the language like imperfect subjunctive and conditional and future grammatically, but also explore more interesting topics because we can discuss more topics freely and communicate more naturally. We focus on vocabulary expansion. There is no class reader, but all participants read at their own level, selecting from a variety of available readers in the library. At this level there is still lots of input, but students are more conversational. The outside of class requirements are higher and suggestions for prep work are sent by email at the end of May (watching Netflix series in Spanish with subtitles in Spanish, reading, etc.)
HOWEVER -- none of this matters that much because the 3 classes are intentionally simultaneous. Those who are not sure should sign up for the class above their level and stay for the first hour. If after an hour the class seems too difficult, they can pop down and only have missed the first hour of an easier class. Moving up is more difficult than moving down. If you think you think you're between Beginning and Intermediate, sign up for Intermediate. If you think you're between Intermediate and Advanced, sign up for Advanced. You're looking for the level that feels comfortable and comprehensible, so that you understand everything easily. If you want more of a challenge, you can always increase your reading.
If you still aren't sure, call our office and we can tell you in less than 5 minutes. 719-633-6000
Tuesday & Thursday 7:00- 8:15 pm
Dunn Middle School, Santa Ynez Valley
What people are saying about Fluency Fast classes:
What hosts are saying about hosting a class:
"I was completely out of my element trying to figure out how to bring a Fluency Fast class to my church, but I had taken a course in Denver and was really eager to get both more training as a teacher and to learn more Spanish, so I bit the bullet. I sent emails to all of the other churches in Austin . The need for Spanish is so high here that we filled one class last year and another this Spring and we’re going to do it again."
– Cindy Singleton, Brentwood Christian School , Austin , Texas
"Our school’s Spanish-speaking population has increased by so much in the last few years that I knew that bringing a Spanish class to our teachers would be beneficial to everyone. The school let us send out information to the school email list. Our first class last January had 120 people in it, so they sent us two teachers. The second class in April had over 90, and they sent two teachers again. The teachers are happy, so we’re scheduling another class for the Fall ."
- Diana Noonan, Denver Public Schools , Denver , Colorado
Thanks again for coming! I'm still getting emails from those who attended... all positive! I'm also getting the video from the TV station that came out to film the class and will send to you.
– Jan Coone, Grant Coordinator, North Platte, Nebraska
The need for Spanish in Worthington, Minnesota is at an all-time high. Our first class had over 200 people. Teachers, firefighters, nurses, police officers and general members of the community who wanted to be able to communicate with Spanish-speaking residents. We’ve just held our second class and are looking forward to another one next summer. We held the class at the school and I emailed all of the teachers in our district and the surrounding districts and sent publicity out locally, as well. The local newspaper and news station covered the class. People who took the class are ready for more and interested in signing up again the next time Fluency Fast is here.
– Deanna Rowe, Worthington, Minnesota
If you are interested in bringing a Fluency Fast class in Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Arabic or Russian or any other language to your city, please let us know. We look forward to working with you! 719-633-6000