Learn Spanish through our innovative curriculum and interactive model. Truly speak the language! Many students go from beginner to advanced level.

Note: Not all courses offered each session

1(a) of each language only offered for 12-week sessions (fall and spring)

The grammar concepts and vocabulary modules incorporated into our Beginner Spanish curriculum come to life in real life cultural contexts through a film trailer chosen for each course!

Spanish I (A): This course follows a standard curriculum for the complete beginner. Students will learn about greetings and introductions, pluralizing, subject pronouns, the informal and formal registers (tú/usted distinction), numbers, articles, telling the time and date, possessive adjectives, etc., while covering basic present tense –ar, –er, and -ir verb conjugations. Using structures such adjectives, regular and irregular verbs such hay, ser, and estar, and tener students will gain skills in describing la familia, Spanish speaking countries, nationalities, geography, as well as the home . Students will practice these vocabulary and grammar topics through exercises paired with the trailer for the film El espíritu de la colmena (Víctor Erice, 1973).

Spanish I (B): This course is for those students who have taken Spanish I (A), or for those who have had some exposure to their target language, typically 20-30 hours, or up to one semester. The course will begin with a review of Spanish I (A), and furthers students’ familiarity with the present tense indicative verb conjugations. Students then proceed to as emotions, food, cooking, weather, and daily routines. Grammar points such as the present progressive, the ser vsestar distinction, the present progressive, idiomatic expressions using tener, adverbs, reflexive verbs, and the present perfect using haber will also be covered. Students will practice these vocabulary and grammar topics through exercises paired with with the trailer for the film Como agua para chocolate(Alfonso Arau, 1992).

Spanish II (A): This course begins with a review of the main points of what is taught in the Spanish I (A) and (B) sequence. Students enrolling in Spanish II (A) can expect to build upon their knowledge and to move on to more complex tenses and structures. Throughout twelve weeks, students will learn vocabulary regarding the body, health and the doctor’s office, childhood, and professions. While implementing their growing knowledge of vocabulary, they will begin to master Spanish grammatical structures such comparing using prepositions correctly, talking about past actions using the preterite and imperfect tenses together, learning about irregular preterite conjugations, and using negative expressions and questions in the past tenses. Throughout the course, students will enrich their knowledge of vocabulary themes and grammar topics through exercises with the trailer for the film Alamar (Pedro González-Rubio, 2009).

Spanish II (B): This course begins with a review of the main grammar points covered in the previous course. Students of Spanish II (B) will learn how to implement direct and indirect object pronouns in conversation, how to give simple commands, and the future tense. They will supplement their grammatical structures with vocabulary modules such as food, transportation, and shopping. Throughout the course, students will gain ample communicative practice through various exercises centered upon the trailer for the film Diarios de motocicleta (José Rivera, 2004).

Spanish Recap: Get the best review of our beginner sequence courses — Spanish I(A), I(B), II(A), and II(B), or the equivalent of 1+ years of college-level instruction — in an entirely new, culturally relevant context and format! Using our signature, 21st-century multimedia approach, will prepare students for our intermediate-level courses, which use feature-length films. Like all of our courses, Spanish Recap will focus on improving students’ speaking proficiency while still practicing all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Grammar topics will range from a review of tenses (present, preterite, present perfect, imperfect, future) and grammar concepts (pronouns, articles, etc.) while covering high-frequency vocabulary important to everyday language. Our Spanish Recap course uses the telenovela Celia or La Reina del Sur as its cultural context (depending on the session).

The intermediate sequence, comprised of IIIs and IVs, brings language to life predominately through the use of modern film across a variety of genres. Films provide meaningful real-life context through an entertaining medium, while offering a solid foundation in all 4 language skills:

  • Dialogue (text for Reading Skills)
  • Role-play (Speaking skills)
  • Film (Listening & comprehension skills)
  • Engaging activities (Writing skills)

Films are not only an entertaining medium for building fluency, but they provide the “5th skill”, cultural competency. This intermediate sequence will begin with a review of narration in the past (preterite vs. imperfect) and future, and is designed to move the student toward more advanced nuances of the language such as the conditional and subjunctive modes.

Spanish III (A): Volver , 2006. Pedro Almodóvar’s tells the story of an eccentric family living in Spain’s wind-swept La Mancha region. Raimunda, a working-class woman, must go to great lengths to protect her daughter, Paula; Raimunda’s mother comes back from the dead to tie up loose ends. A curated list of vocabulary modules will enrich grammatical lessons and guide students’ exploration of the film’s cultural and linguistic material: Spanish cinema and the career of Pedro Almodóvar, contemporary history and traditions of Spain and La Mancha, flamenco, regional expressions, and crime and justice. In discussions of the film students will incorporate the following grammatical structures: a review of the preterite; the recent past using acabar de; reviewing the future and near future; expressions with tener; the conditional, the imperfect, and the pluperfect; object pronouns and superlatives.

Spanish III (B): La historia oficial, 1985. Luis Puenzo’s La historia oficial follows an upper middle class couple living in Buenos Aires with their illegally adopted child. The mother comes to realize that her daughter might be the child of adesaparecido, a victim of the forced disappearances that occurred during Argentina’s military dictatorship during the 1970s and 1980s. Students will discuss the film’s historical, cultural, and political significance through our vocabulary modules: Argentine dictatorship and politics, social and family tensions, violence, feminism, and film criticism. Through the grammar points presented in this course, students will be able to express complex thoughts and opinions. In Spanish III (B) students can expect to cover the following: the imperative mood; the present subjunctive mood; the past subjunctive mood; servs estar; and relative pronouns.

Spanish IV (A): Machuca, 2004. Set in 1973 during Chile’s socialist government and Augusto Pinochet’s military coup, the film tells the story of two friends involved in a school integration project. Students will discuss the film’s historical and culturally relevant material through carefully curated vocabulary modules: the figures of Salvador Allende and Augusto Pinochet; the Chilean education system; Chilean society in 1970s; poverty in Chile; and the Chilean Upper Classes. The following grammar presentations will aid students in expressing their ideas, opinions, and reactions to Machuca: a review of present and past subjunctive moods; using the subjunctive with conjunctions of time; using the subjunctive with conjunctions of contingency; double object pronouns; the passive voice; and lo + adjetivo

Spanish IV (B): Diarios de motocicleta, 2004. Based on Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s self-authored memoirs, Diarios de motocicleta recounts Guevara’s 1952 trip across South America with his friend Alberto Granado. Students will discuss the film’s historical and culturally relevant material through carefully curated vocabulary modules: the life and death of Che Guevara; Francisco Pizarro and the conquest of Perú; Cuzco (Qosqo) Perú; Che Guevara’s diary; land and revolution; and national vs global politics. The following grammar presentations will aid students in expressing their ideas, opinions, and reactions to Diarios de motocicleta: the present and past subjunctive mood; preterite vs imperfect; por vs para; compound past tenses; hypothetical “if” clauses; and connectors.

These classes are perfect for those students who already feel comfortable with the major grammar topics, but want to keep reinforcing their target language through interesting class discussions and real language exposure. Through a multi-media approach using film, literature, art, and music, we will discuss great (and sometimes infamous) figures as well as important moments in this history of Spanish speaking countries across the globe. The course will emphasize discussion and communicative skills while building the fifth skill: cultural competency. Students will engage in guided discussion and vocabulary building. They will also improve reading and writing skills through text analysis and translation, as well as their listening comprehension through song, video, and film while developing an in-depth cultural understanding.

Spanish V (A) Advanced — Grandes personajes del mundo hispanoparlante

Through the course’s four units, students will become familiar with the great (and sometimes scandalous!) figures in this history of the Spanish speaking world. “Unit 1” covers famous speeches and discourses throughout history, with particular attention paid to Fidel Castro and Evo Morales. In “Unit 2” students will discuss urban art, bloggers, and popular icons such as Yoani Sánchez and Condorito. Explore the “bad boys and girls” of popular music in “Unit 3 with songs from Calle 13 and Rita Indiana Hernández. “Unit 4” focuses on the “glocal” (global + local) aspect of Hispanic Culture in Austin, TX through students’ final presentations and a social activity!

Spanish V (B) Advanced — Social Movements, Trends, and Civil Rights

Through the course’s four units, students will become familiar with social movements, trends, and civil rights throughout the Spanish speaking world. “Unit 1” covers “La movida madrileña” Spanish counterculture movement since Spain’s transition to democracy after the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. In “Unit 2” students will discuss feminism and great feminist figures through the topic of “Ni sumisas, ni obedientes: mujeres libres e independientes”. “Unit 3” will familiarize students with issues of money, politics, and power in Latin America through the “Escándalos y corrupción” module. Finally, “Unit 4” will discuss the politics of music through the module “Hipsterlandia (o la reapropriación de la música urbana).

Spanish V (C) Advanced — Special Topics in Latin America

This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn in depth about Latin America using Freestyle’s engaging and innovative methodology. Previously learned grammar concepts like the use of the preterite vs the imperfect, and the past and present subjunctive mood will come alive through comprehensive reading and listening activities, videos, art analyses, social networks, mass media, and class discussions. After taking this class, you will be able to discuss complex subjects as well as sustain an argument in Spanish. The in-class presentations will give you the practice and exposure you need to get your spoken Spanish to the next level! Unit topics include: the role of indigenous peoples in Latin American identity; nationalism and regional integration; art and the interpretation of reality; and religious syncretism.

Spanish Literary Circle – Following the advanced series, our students continue perfecting their Spanish language through this literary-based survey of history, culture and literature. Read more here!

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12 Week Session

$ 635

Per Session
  • 23 classes, each 1.25 hours
  • All Saturday ‘Cafes’ during a session
    (11 Saturdays = $330 value!)
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