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Spanish Classes & Cultural Immersion Programs

SAC CORE Spanish Courses

Beginning Spanish  (CORE course)

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:

  • Grammar focus: present & past tense
  • Essential vocab, pronunciation help, and conversational practice
  • Included: 1 Cultural Immersion Intensive of your choice

 

Intermediate Spanish  (CORE course)

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:

  • Grammar focus: Present perfect, pluperfect, future tense, conditional propositions
  • Develop fluidity & confidence to  engage in more advanced conversational topics 
  • Included: 1 Cultural Immersion Intensive of your choice


Advanced Spanish (CORE course)

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:

  • Recap of all tenses & subjunctive; learn to connect on a deeper level
  • Learn commonly used idioms and sayings and how and when to integrate them into a variety of fun and  challenging conversational situations
  • Included: 1 Cultural Immersion Intensive of your choice


Course of Latin American Culture (CORE Course)

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.

  • Available for both intermediate and advanced Spanish speakers
  • Improve skills in listening, understanding and speaking in different social  situations
  • Included: 1 Cultural Immersion Intensive of your choice


Medicine Course (CORE course)

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.) 

  • Expand Latin American medical vocab knowledge
  • Visit hospitals and other medical institutions
  • ;Included: 1 Cultural Immersion Intensive of your choice


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, sign up for the Cultural Immersion Program  is excluded).

  • Personalized instruction; preparation for all aspects of the test
  • Study skills help; test tips and tricks
  • DELE Proficiency: Internationally recognized and valid for your lifetime
  • Included: Daily group activity (11am-12-noon) 

Upcoming Immersion Programs

 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 core classes are always included in the 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!


November 4-29  Independence of Cuenca & Day of the Diffused Program: 

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:

  • The Day of the Dead, Colada Morada, local events and games
  • Cuenca’s Independence Celebration! 
  • Included: 1 CORE Spanish course

Que viva! Carnival Program: 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.

Program highlights:

  • The presentation of the Carnival King!
  • The Parade of the Comparsas, El Jueves de Compadres
  • Included: 1 CORE Spanish course

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Independence of Cuenca & Day of the Diffused Program: November 4-29

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:

  • The Day of the Dead, Colada Morada, local events and games
  • Cuenca’s Independence Celebration! 
  • Included: 1 CORE Spanish course


Carnival Program: 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.

Program highlights:

  • The presentation of the Carnival King!
  • The Parade of the Comparsas, El Jueves de Compadres
  • Included: 1 CORE Spanish course


Corpus Christi and Inti Raymi Program: June 3-June 28

The Corpus Christi festival is a nearly 500 year old tradition where the city comes alive. The streets are filled with bright colors, traditional dances, music, and amazing fireworks. Head out of the city to partake in Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun), where locals look to renew their relationship with mother nature. Religion plays a strong role in the daily life around Ecuador and you can come see it first hand. You’ll also be in Cuenca for International Music Day, a great time to head to the streets and listen to music from all over the world.

You won’t want to miss:

  • Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun)
  • International Music Day
  • Included: 1 CORE Spanish course 

 

Summer ‘SOL’ Course: July 1-26

Summer is the perfect time to be in Cuenca. Summer is a wonderful time to walk around the city and explore it on your own time. There are numerous outdoor activities to partake in, such as holiday camps, concerts, festivals, and more. Summer is also an ideal time to volunteer in and around Cuenca. 

Program Highlights: 

  • The Comet Festival, and hot on a bike for Ciclopaseo! (Urban Biking), 
  • Trek around Cuenca’s new public parks while taking in all the sights and sounds! 
  • Included: 1 CORE Spanish course


Artistic Activities and Summer Closure Program: August 5-30

Each corner of Cuenca offers something unique and different, which can inspire you to dive deep into the culture and all Cuenca has to offer. Not just Cuenca, but Ecuador as a whole. During August, many Cuencans travel to various parts of the country or just outside the city, taking part in new activities and exploring new places. One such event is the Festival de la Luz in the capital, Quito, celebrated every year and welcomes thousands of visitors annually. 

You won't want to miss:

  • The Festival de la Luz, Cuencan Workshops 
  • Take part in the local sport of Indor and the Summer Closing Party
  • Included: 1 CORE Spansh course 


Int’l Film Festival La Orquidea Cuenca Program: September 30-October 25:

Cuenca is oft-called the cultural capital of the country, where poetry, music, film, and dance come together. This will all be on display during the La Orquidea Film Festival, celebrating its 8th edition this year. Spanning over a week, the festival welcomes many prominent Latin American film figures, showcasing their newest projects or participating in panel discussions. You’ll be able to visit the film festival to see many different shows or performances!

Program Highlights:

  • La Orquidea Film Festival; Latin American movie screenings
  • Outdoor concerts and live dance performances!
  • Included: 1 CORE Spanish Course

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