Language courses programs and Spanish as Foreign Language (ELE)

          The curricula are in all cases adapted to the levels of linguistic competences provided for by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

INTERNATIONAL EXAMS:

In all the programs is available a complementary preparation course for international exams accrediting Spanish language level (CELU, DIE) and others (Cambridge exams, TOEFL, TOEIC, DELF, DALF, etc.)

 

In addition, CODE has become the Buenos Aires examination center for the Diploma Internacional de Español –DIE- submitted to the FIDESCU, Foundation for the Research and Development of the Spanish Culture, which is recognized by the Pontifical University of Salamanca. This Diploma is obtained by means of an examination prepared following the guidelines of the European Reference Framework and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). For further information, please consult:  http://www.fidescu.org

COURSES ORGANIZATION:

CODE offers language courses throughout the year for all levels of learning. The curriculum is determined by the student’s needs, abilities and level of learning. Classes are organized with a flexible schedule.

    TYPES OF COURSES

    • individual courses
    • semiindividual courses
    • group courses (from 3 to 8 students)

    METHODOLOGY:

    1. Student Profile

    After an initial interview, a student profile is created. This includes personal information and the results of a questionnaire that assesses the students’ language experience and their goals, as well as how they plan to use the language.

    All students with previous knowledge of the language will sit for a level test to determine placement. Based on these elements, the program to be developed is customized to the students and/or managers of the sector of the company/embassy requesting the course.

    Teachers maintain a log of student progress and a file is later completed with an evaluation report giving details of the student’s progress and level reached. 

    Click here to complete the student file online. 

    2. Goals

    Oral comprehension and expression: 

    These skills are developed through: 

    • activities performed to develop understanding mechanisms
    • transition activities from comprehension to the formation of short answers
    • transition activities from short answers to complex sentences

    Students will be faced with everyday situations where they will be required to actively participate in conversation using the linguistic tools learned (emphasizing on familiar, colloquial, business or professional scenarios according to the priorities of each particular case).

    Fluency in oral expression will be as important as a correct intonation and pronunciation.

    Gramatical assimilation: Grammar structures will be introduced in corresponding levels of complexity and will be applied to oral and written language. A grammatical approach will be actively performed through mechanical exercises of comprehension and expression, specific situations, activities on dialogues, debates, etc.

    Written comprehension and expression: the student will be progressively prepared -through vocabulary and structures assimilation- to comprehensively read texts of different kind and complexity level. He will also be trained to write summaries, letters, emails, reports.

    3. Evaluation:

    Teaching will be student-centered. Instructors will take into account the students’ motivations, linguistic needs, learning curiosities. and their answer. The student will be encouraged to reflect on language and to become conscious of it.

    From these elements the course will be evaluated:

    • semiannually
    • upon completion of any course which duration shall have been less than six months, or courses where completion of a level shall have not been contemplated, by means of a review with different kinds of exercises regarding the contents transmitted. The results of this task are included in an Evaluation Report.

    This evaluation will allow teachers to monitor and continuously adapt the contents and methods of learning to the progress of each student.

    MATERIAL

    Students will be provided with dynamic and progressive instructional materials, specially selected according to the level and the characteristics of the course.  In addition, other text books, exercise books, CDs, DVDs, CDRom, authentic material and material adapted from newspapers and magazines as well as material from specific Internet sites will be used in class.

    RATES

    Rates vary depending on the features of the course. Please e-mail us (info@codesl.com.ar) for information regarding prices and special offers. This information shall be provided as soon as possible.