Course Descriptions

Beginning Arabic
Course Description — Introductory Modern Standard Arabic taught through Total Physical Response®, Story Based Methods and other comprehension based methods.  Students can expect to acquire the 100 highest frequency words in Modern Standard Arabic through stories and action as well as crucial cultural information.  There is no pressure to speak or perform.  This class is popular with teachers, business professionals in technology, military personnel and peacekeepers. Students are invited to take this class more than once because although the curriculum changes each time, the pace will always stay comfortable so that your experience is effortless and fun. Class materials include handouts, stories, reference materials and podcasts of stories in Arabic. See handouts from previous classes.

Beginning Chinese
Course Description — Introductory Mandarin Chinese taught through Total Physical Response, Story Based Methods and other comprehension based methods.  Students can expect to acquire the 100 highest frequency words in Mandarin through stories and action.  There is no pressure to speak or perform.  This class is popular with tourists, travelers, business professionals and people who have previously taken Chinese. Students are invited to take this class more than once because although the curriculum changes each time, the pace will always stay comfortable so that your experience is effortless and fun. See handouts from previous classes.

Beginning French
Course Description — Introductory French taught through Total Physical Response®, Story Based Methods and other comprehension based methods.  Students can expect to acquire the 100 highest frequency words in French through stories and action.  There is no pressure to speak or perform.  This class is popular with tourists, travelers, business professionals in technology and people who took French in high school years ago but can't speak a word today.  Students are invited to take this class more than once because although the curriculum changes each time, the pace will always stay comfortable so that your experience is effortless and fun. See handouts from previous classes.

Beginning German
Course Description — Introductory German taught through Total Physical Response, Story Based Methods and other comprehension based methods.  Students can expect to acquire the 100 highest frequency words in German through stories and action.  There is no pressure to speak or perform.  This class is popular with tourists, travelers, business professionals, descendents of German ancestors, and people who took German in high school years ago but can't speak a word today.  Students are invited to take this class more than once because although the curriculum changes each time, the pace will always stay comfortable so that your experience is effortless and fun. Class materials include handouts, stories, reference materials and podcasts of stories in German. See handouts from previous classes.

Beginning Russian
Course Description — Introductory Russian taught through Total Physical Response®, Story Based Methods and other comprehension based methods.  Students can expect to acquire the 100 highest frequency words in Russian through stories and action.  There is no pressure to speak or perform.  This class is popular with travelers, business professionals, teachers and parents of adopted children from Russia. Students are invited to take this class more than once because although the curriculum changes each time, the pace will always stay comfortable so that your experience is effortless and fun. The course materials include hand-outs, podcasts of stories in Russian and the book Bedanya Ana. See handouts from previous classes.

Beginning Spanish
Course Description — Introductory Spanish taught through Total Physical Response, Story Based Methods and other comprehension based methods.  Students can expect to acquire the 100 highest frequency words in Spanish through stories and action.  There is no pressure to speak or perform.  This class is popular with tourists, travelers, elementary school teachers, health professional, natural health care practitioners, business professionals and people who took Spanish in high school years ago but can't speak a word today.  Students are invited to take this class more than once because although the curriculum changes each time, the pace will always stay comfortable so that your experience is effortless and fun. Read a detailed class description and required reading list.

Intermediate Spanish
Course Description — Intermediate Spanish taught through Total Physical Response®, Story Based Methods and other comprehension based methods.  An intermediate Spanish course aimed at the rapid achievement of an intermediate level of proficiency (using the ACTFL scale) through interesting reading, engaging storytelling and personalized discussions. Students can expect to acquire the 100-200 highest frequency words in Spanish in the past tenses, preterite and imperfect, as well as to acquire the present tense through reading.  There is no pressure to speak or perform, but opportunities for conversational Spanish are provided.  Students are able to participate in interviews, brief conversations, to re-tell stories and to suggest plot information as stories are told. This class is popular with tourists, travelers, elementary school teachers, health professionals, natural health care practitioners, business professionals and people who took Spanish in high school years ago but can't speak a word today.  Students are invited to take this class more than once because although the curriculum changes each time, the pace will always stay comfortable so that your experience is effortless and fun. Students with previous Spanish exposure are guided through the process of reactivating latent vocabulary. True beginners are guided through the process of beginning language acquisition in a low pressure, low-stress environment.

Advanced Spanish
Course Description
— Advanced Fluency Fast Spanish for non-native Spanish teachers is a course that was developed in response to requests from Spanish teachers who wanted to improve their fluency while taking a course taught through Total Physical Response®, Story Based Methods and other comprehension based methods. The class is intended for French teachers who are required to teach Spanish with just a long-ago minor in Spanish or Spanish teachers who are competent teaching levels 1 and 2 in a school setting but lack confidence teaching levels 3, 4 or AP. The course uses precisely the same method that is used in our beginning methods, but the content is different.

Students are invited to take this course more than once. Each year the curriculum changes in anticipation of the class and also changes during the class as the instructor adapts the class to the needs of the students in the class. 


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