Beginning Spanish Intensive
Your Spanish vocabulary is limited to hola, gracias and adios or maybe you took Spanish classes a long time ago but need to start from scratch. The beginner class is for you! This class will help develop your basic oral and written skills in Spanish, while also learning about Ecuadorian Culture. In this class, you will cover:
Intermediate Spanish Intensive
You can hold a basic conversation in Spanish and are able to say some things in the past and future. Your Spanish is rusty but with a little work you can jump back into it. In this course, you will continue to build upon what you learned in introductory Spanish by refreshing verb conjugations while simultaneously moving on to higher levels of grammar, vocabulary and improved written and oral skills.In this class, you will cover:
Advanced Spanish Intensive
You’re not scared by the subjunctive (being a little scared is OK, it’s pretty hard) and your conversational skills can get you past the basics. You’ve kept up with your Spanish over the years and feel comfortable with it. This course is designed for students who can communicate with ease and confidence and are looking to cement their Spanish learning. You will cover all grammar points before focusing on the more difficult aspects of the Spanish language.Grammar points to cover:
Latin American Culture Intensive
This course is immersed in everyday Latin American culture, which ranges from family customs, religion, politics, economics, health, entertainment, socio-cultural expressions and, of course, the food! You’ll have the chance to attend certain lectures at the University of Cuenca and various expositions on Latin American culture. Although the course will offer a general overview of Latin American culture as a whole, it will naturally have a certain Ecuadorian touch.
Medicine Course Intensive
For professionals and students wanting to learn medical Spanish, working in the medical field or those who are doing a medical internship in Latin America. This course is designed to teach Spanish terminology and vocabulary necessary in Latin American medicine. Course can be given in groups or individually.1 month program (min.)
DELE Exam Prep Intensive
The DELE exam (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera) is for advanced students who are wanting a worldwide recognized title of Spanish proficiency, backed by the Instituto Cervantes. You should consider taking this exam if you are wanting to teach in higher education, plan on living in a Spanish speaking country or are using it to further your education. The course is for students who wish to prepare for the DELE exam, focusing on the writing, reading, listening, and speaking aspects of the test. (Due to the intensive prep time needed to complete this course, this is a stand alone course).
First, you’ll have to choose when you’re coming to Cuenca! SAC has a range of different programs all filled with different experiences and different themes. While SAC’s Spansh Intensives are always included in the seasonal cultural programs listed below, (and will largely stay the same), each cultural program offers you something unique, as well as volunteer opportunities where you can help improve the lives of others and/or animals, and practice your Spanish!
Cuenca Independence & Day of Diffused :
The Day of the Diffused is a time for many Ecuadorians to honor their heritage with gifts of flowers and the preparation of traditional foods. You’ll also be able to take part in the various cultural, academic, gastronomic, artisan, and literary activities throughout the city. Cuenca celebrates its independence, now in its 199th year, during this time. This program is perfect for those looking to explore the mix of culture and history.
You won’t want to miss:
Que viva! Carnival :
March 6-April 2
Que viva el carnaval! Carnival is a special time in Cuenca, as the festival kicks off on March 4-5. The event takes place the week before Lent, 40 days before Easter. You’ll be able to witness the parades, parties in the street, and typical Cuencan food like durazno and mote pata. Cuencans pride themselves on making the festival unique but also giving it a familial, small town feel.
Corpus Christi and Inti Raymi:
June 3-June 28
Summer ‘SOL’ Course:
Artistic Activities & Summer Closure: August 5-30
Int’l Film Festival La Orquidea Cuenca: September 30-October 25