FALL 2023 GROUP CLASSES SCHEDULE
For the 2023 Fall term, we are offering a limited number of classes
Beginners I Spanish (B1P) 5.45 – 7.15 p.m. In-person
Beginners I Spanish (B1P) 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. In-person
Advance Conversation (ADCONP) 5.45 p.m. – 7.15 p.m. In-person
Beginners 2 Spanish (B1P) 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. in-person
Advance Conversation (ADCONP) 9.30 a.m. – 11 a.m. In-person
Beginners I Spanish (B1P) 10.45 a.m. – 12.15 p.m. In-person
In-person and online courses are 8 sessions of 1.30 min. each. In-person courses are taught at 45 Prospect St. Cambridge, in Central Sq. next to the Central Sq. Red Line stop. Free street parking is available after 6 p.m. Online classes are delivered via Zoom. Please contact us for intermediate Spanish or for our one-on-one tutoring sessions schedule. Holy day breaks: October 31, November 10, 22, 23 and 25. Our curriculum is based on the book ‘Tu Diras’ 4th edition, ISBN 10: 1413028101 ISBN 13: 9781413028102, usually on sale at Amazon for $10 - $20, used new for $120
The Greater Boston Spanish Group (GBSG) provides an integrated Spanish-language curriculum consisting of classes that cover grammar, conversation, and cultural competency. Our in-person and online classes provide an interactive, educational and fun opportunity for students to learn Spanish together through study and conversational practice. Our teachers are seasoned Spanish Instructors and Cross-Cultural Trainers that provide classes with a strong level of cultural awareness.
GBSG is a teacher-owned school that offers classes that emphasize building Spanish conversational competency in day-to-day situations while also building solid foundations in grammar and vocabulary. GBSG also offers a selection of different products related to the Spanish language and US Latino / Latin American cultures: medical Spanish classes, Spanish interpreting, customized intensive classes, cross-cultural trainings, translations, corporate groups, and one-on-one tutoring. Contact us to learn more about our pricing and group discounts. Take a look at our offerings and contact us to learn more.
BEGINNING SPANISH I
In this introductory course, we'll explore the basics of the Spanish language. The student will learn basic grammar and vocabulary, as well as basic conversation such as introductions, numbers, dates, and how to ask and answer questions. From this class you’ll learn: how to meet, introduce, greet people, spell words using the Spanish alphabet, understand how written accents work, identify and order drinks, breakfast, dinner, and snacks, talk about yourself and activities, indicate where people and things are from, read a restaurant menu, select and order food, to identify and describe personal items, express possession of items, ask and answer yes/no questions, discuss your studies and interest, express likes and dislikes, ask and answer questions about who, which, what, where, and when, identify family relations, describe yourself and others in terms of physical characteristics and personal qualities, ask questions about why, how, how much and how many and point out individuals and things. We’ll review specific grammar points such as the verb “to be” (Ser vs Estar) as well as direct and indirect articles. In addition, this class will provide the student with a basic understanding of cultural differences and nuances among US Latinos and Latin Americans. This course is one of our most popular offerings and tends to fill up quickly, so we recommend signing up for this course as early as possible. If you’re unsure about your level, please take our self-assessment test or reach out with any questions... (Book Chapters 1-2)
BEGINNING SPANISH II
In this course, we'll master the basics of the Spanish language. The student will learn and practice the conjugation and use of both regular verbs and key irregular verbs such as Ser vs Estar (to be), Ir (to go), and Gustar (to like). From this class you’ll learn: to identify parts of a house and furniture, to say what you and others have to do or feel like doing, provide information about someone’s age, physical and emotional condition, identify places in a city, count up to a million, express location, read a schedule with day and time, using the verbs Saber and Conocer, ask and tell the time, describe daily activities, talk about the near future, describe actions in progress, ask and respond to weather condition questions and make comparisons and contrasts. This class will also give the student a basic understanding of cultural differences and nuances among Latinos and Latin Americans. If you’re unsure about your level, please take our self-assessment test or reach out with any questions. (Book Chapter 3-4)
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
In this class, we’ll explore a wide variety of grammatical structures and develop more extensive conversational capabilities in day to day situations. After taking this class you’ll walk away with learning how to provide information about sports activities, talk about something that started in the past and continues into the present, talk about actions completed in the past, inquire and provide information about activities in the past, talk about the immediate past, indicate how long ago something happened, provide information about sporting events in the past, inquire about the cost of items, purchase items, inquire about and purchase food products, bargain with vendors over prices, plan a meal discussing food products and quantity, inquire about the purchase of clothing and narrate what happened in the past. Grammatically we’ll cover: elapsed time structures (describing past events); the past tense of regular verbs (with -ar, er and ir endings) as well as basic irregular verbs (such as hacer, ser and ir); and will compose sentences describing past actions and events. We will then learn the past tense of additional irregular verbs, as well as, demonstrative pronouns and present perfect tenses. (Book Chapters 5-6).
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
In this class, we’ll learn a series of grammatical structures while emphasizing their use in conversation. After taking this class you will learn: how to describe accidents and injuries, talk about habitual actions and describe situations in the past, identify others’ personality traits and states of mind, express conditions that result from a previous action, inquire and provide information about common symptoms and illness, talk about health professionals and the services they provide, visits to medical centers, and treatments and remedies for common ailments. Grammatically, we will learn how to describe physical and mental health issues; use adjectives to express conditions; use the imperfect tense of regular and irregular verbs; and practice using past-tense and imperfect-tense in everyday conversations. We’ll also cover indirect object pronouns, review advanced forms of Ser and Estar, with intensive interactive conversational practice. (Book Chapter 7)
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH III
This is a semi-advanced class designed for students with a solid grasp of Spanish. In this class we will learn: how to talk about environmental issues in both rural and urban settings and possible solutions, create a narrative of the past, discuss types of news media and their headlines, describe events happening prior to a specific point in the past, discuss the characteristics and functions of various personal electronic devices, talk about computer equipment and how to use the internet, describe different past events and activities, describe types of music, musical instruments and musicians, compare and contrast your past and present musical interest and talk about the movie-going experience. Grammatically we will review: the preterite and imperfect tenses, using direct and indirect object pronouns together, the past perfect tense, direct and indirect object pronouns with infinitives, and present participles. We’ll conduct an overall review of all forms of past tense: preterite, imperfect, present perfect and past perfect. We will also cover reciprocal actions, the personal ‘a’, the impersonal ‘se’, reflexive and nonreflexive verbs, ‘se’ to express unplanned events, affirmative and negative expressions. (Book Chapters 8-9).
ADVANCED SPANISH I
This class is ideal for returning students with a high command of the language in need to get back into speaking the language. From this class you’ll walk away with learning how to make and discuss travel arrangements, talk about the airport and about departures and arrivals, indicate the position/location of objects or people, talk about hotels, and their services, express conjectures and make a hypothesis, talk about study abroad programs, describe people and objects in detail, look for and select an apartment, understand and give commands to others, describe services provided by banks, give instructions and commands to others. The grammatical points to cover in this class will be verb expressions to describe future events, the future tense, prepositions of place, por vs para, special uses of the future tense, lo + adjectives, review of verbs like gustar and advanced tense formations, relative pronouns, tense development with formal usted and ustedes, informal tu commands, commands with direct and indirect object pronouns, review of formal and informal commands. (Book Chapters 10-11).
ADVANCED SPANISH II
This course is mostly based on the subjunctive and because of it is one of our most popular classes, please check with us for availability before registering. You’ll walk away from this class with the following: talking about friendships and what personal characteristics friends do and do not possess, express needs, wishes, and requests, describe the different stages associated with romantic relations, express opinions, and emotional responses, talk about different types of professions and jobs, express willingness and other emotional responses, describe and evaluate the plastic arts, express opinions and react in belief or disbelief to the opinions of others, discuss and evaluate interpretive arts and architectural structures, describe ideal items and situations, discuss and share preferences regarding different types of folk arts and handicrafts, express the circumstances in which actions take place, and talk about future actions or occurrences. In this class, we’ll cover the following grammatical elements: the subjunctive of regular and irregular verbs, the subjunctive with expressions of wish and desire, the subjunctive with expressions of emotion, the subjunctive and impersonal with expressions of emotion, review of the subjunctive, and more expressions of emotion using subjunctive with reflexive verbs, the subjunctive with expressions of doubt and uncertainty, expressions of certainty, the subjunctive and impersonal expressions of emotion, conjunctions with the subjunctive and with infinitives, and the subjunctive with an adverbial expression that indicates future actions.. (Book Chapter 12-13)
ADVANCED III / CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH
This is our most advanced class and includes a large conversational element. In this class, we will cover: describing the literary elements of novels and short stories, discuss the life and works of writers, discussing the life and works of writers, inquire and provide information about the present and past request, describe the literary elements of poetry and poems, discuss and share preferences regarding poetry, speculate about the present and past actions or situations, report what others have said, describe the literary elements of plays, identify dramatic techniques, and hypothesize and express contrary-to-fact elements. The following grammatical structures will be covered: a review of the present subjunctive, the imperfect (past) subjunctive, the conditional, the conditional as the future of the past, ‘if’ clauses with the conditional + the imperfect subjunctive, and the subjunctive and the sequence tenses.. (Book Chapter 14)
ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING CLASSES AND IMMERSION PACKETS, WE HAVE THE BEST PRICES IN GREATER BOSTON FOR TUTORING PACKETS, CHECK AND COMPARE OUR PRICES FOR DETAILS!
Our individualized tutoring programs are geared toward Beginners, Intermediate, or Advanced conversation depending on your needs. This is the most effective way to learn and practice your Spanish. These are customizable sessions that either meet at our space, a public place, your home or place of work. Packet prices: 1 hour: $60, 5 hours: $250, 10 hours: $475,
DO YOU NEED TO LEARN SPANISH QUICKLY? Our immersion packets are designed to expose and teach students Spanish in a short amount of time. We offer two packets, however, we can customize them according to your timing and cross-cultural needs: Immersion Packet 1: 3 hours, 4 times per week, 3 weeks, total 36 hours = $1,600. Immersion Packet 2: 3 hours, 5 times per week, 3 weeks, total 45 hours =$2,000, Customizable Immersion Packets: minimum 3 hours per day, about $45 per hour
LEARN SPANISH IN 2 WEEKS! Intensive Spanish for Beginners: $300, 10 CLASSES, 90 min. sessions, small groups; eight or fewer students. Gift cards available.
A beginner's course created for students with little to no knowledge of Spanish. After this course you will have a basic understanding of the language: learn everyday vocabulary, and conversation, and a solid understanding of the present tense, basic future, and intro to the past tense
Regular Groups: $250 per student, 8 sessions, 90 minutes each. Groups are 8 students or fewer allowing for personalized instruction. Students may enroll in both Spanish I & II for a total cost of $450, which is a 10% discount compared to enrolling in each class separately..
If for some reason you are not satisfied with any of our courses, please let us know, we'll be happy to return your payment within the first week of the course.
OUR TEACHING SYSTEM, PHILOSOPHY, AND PROCESS
Our teaching philosophy is hands-on! We understand that Spanish, as the second most spoken language in the US, is an important professional and personal tool, therefore our teaching approach is based on day-to-day situations. Our instructors focus their teaching style on grammar and common situations emphasizing the fact that understanding the message is equally important as understanding the grammar component. Our teaching curricula is based on the Spanish teaching system book ‘Tu Diras’ 4th edition, ISBN 10: 1413028101 ISBN 13: 9781413028102. ‘Tu Diras’, a well-respected college textbook system and curriculum, is designed for teaching Spanish to adult English speakers and focuses on teaching language that can be applied in practical day to day situations. 'Tu Diras' 4th edition is usually on sale at Amazon for $10 - $20 used and new for $120.
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MEDICAL SPANISH COURSES
Are you a healthcare provider? Don't get an interpreter, take our class! We are the ones that introduced Medical Spanish to the Boston area! In 2007 GBSG’s founders started the medical Spanish program at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, then brought the approach to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Understanding and effectively treating your Latino / Hispanic patients requires more than just speaking Spanish – we also provide cultural awareness and competency training to help providers interact with this population group effectively. GBSG offers Medical Spanish classes that will help you to:
Understand and use a Spanish vocabulary, general and medical terms
Confidently interview patients, take histories, conduct exams, prescribe medication, and give follow-up instructions in Spanish
Have spontaneous dialogues in Spanish using verbs in the past, present, future, and command forms
Become aware of major cultural characteristics that will help you to assess your patients more effectively. In this class you will learn to identify differences among specific subgroups in the US Latino and Latin American populations; and understand considerations related to recent immigrants vs 2nd or 3rd generations; as well as socioeconomic vs cultural differences. For more details please see the 'other services' or contact us
CROSS-CULTURAL AND COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
At GBSG, we are seasoned communicators and cross-cultural trainers. Since 2002, our sister company, Viceversa Communications (www.latinoad.com), has been helping healthcare providers, government agencies, non-profits & the biotech industry to effectively communicate with the Massachusetts Latino / Hispanic / Latinx community. Please visit www.latinoad.org to check out work samples and case studies.