Journey offers 10 distinct class levels:

  • Four beginning level classes
  • Four intermediate level classes
  • Two advanced level classes

We use a conversational approach in every class, with a maximum of eight students. All instructors are certified with years of teaching experience.

The following course overviews will help you determine your current level.  Though this example utilizes Spanish, it is applicable to all our languages (French, Italian, English, German, and Portuguese).


BEGINNING 1

Students will be introduced to Spanish pronunciation exercises. A 35 word vocabulary will be provided for use during this term. With these words and the guidance of our instructors, you will be able to learn the basic grammatical structure of Spanish including the use of nouns, adjectives, and articles as well as the use of the verbs "ser"/"estar" (to be). Songs, funny games, and basic conversational exercises will be performed during the class.

BEGINNING 3

In this level, students will study the possessive form, telling the time of day, adjectives, prepositions, and idioms. We will also continue studying and reinforcing the present tense using regular and irregular verbs. This in addition to discussing cultural topics and more complex dialogs of various subjects. (appropriate for the beginning level).

BEGINNING 2

Students will review the use of "ser" and "estar" (to be), adjectives, and articles. Students will learn the present tense using regular and irregular verbs such as "gustar" (to like) and "vestir" (to dress), the numbers 1-100, and prepositions.

BEGINNING 4

Students will learn the reflexive verbs, the present progressive tense, the personal “a”, the verb "ir" (to go), and vocabulary relating to the parts of the body. We will have interactive exercises which include how to make hotel reservations and what to expect when you are in a restaurant. Upon completion of the Beginning program you will be able to speak in Spanish using a basic language fluency. You will be able to describe, in Spanish, a place, a situation, a book, a movie, your friends, your daily life, your wishes, and expectations. You will also be able to communicate in different situations such as in the grocery store, a hospital, or a restaurant.


INTERMEDIATE 1

Students will review the present tense and the verbs "ser"/"estar" (to be). The past simple tense will be introduced using regular verbs.  Students will learn the use of the verb "volver" (to return), prepositions, and the numbers from 100 -1000. Students will study idioms and common expressions as well.

INTERMEDIATE 2

Students will learn direct object pronouns,  the indirect object pronouns, and past simple tense using regular and irregular verbs. We will study cultural topics and listening exercises with dialogue. 

INTERMEDIATE 3

Students will learn the imperfect past tense using regular and irregular verbs, conjunctions, comparatives, and adverbs.  Students will learn verbs in the present perfect tense, as well as exercises that focus on the simple past tense vs. past imperfect.

INTERMEDIATE 4

Students will use more complex sentences using the preterit, past imperfect, and the past perfect tenses. Students will learn how to give directions using formal and informal commands.


ADVANCED 1

Students will practice both writing and advanced conversation through the use of interactive exercises, debates, and skits. Students will learn idioms and a bit of slang. The grammar topics include the future tense, the conditional tense, and the use of the verb “haber".

ADVANCED 2

Students will learn the use of the present and past subjunctive. We will have more cultural topics, writing exercises, and essays. We will have fun games and interactive exercises that involve role playing. Students will learn business and legal terminology and they will use them in dialogues for different situations and scenarios.