Boston Area Spanish Exchange:
Located in downtown Crossing, Boston, MA, Boston Area Spanish Exchange, (BASE), is a teacher-founded and teacher-run Spanish school providing small-group Spanish tuition and private Spanish lessons with a conversational focus. We are bilinguals, linguists and experienced Spanish teachers passionate about languages, teaching and learning. We have over ten years of experience in language instruction. Boston is an exciting place, particularly culturally and linguistically, and we are pleased to present BASE to you in search of your Spanish language acquisition, and bridging cultural and linguistic gaps in the Boston area.
BASE's Spanish program has truly small groups, a maximum of 8 students, and consists of the following levels: preliminary, basic, intermediate, advanced. The curriculum for your Spanish study in Boston Area Spanish Exchange draws from a number of resources, allowing for personalized learning, and will be guided loosely by a textbook that is used over the span of the small-group program, from introductory to conversational, encouraging as much independent study as possible outside the classroom, enabling us to focus on the contextualization of what is being studied, by introducing the material and vocabulary into speaking/listening and reading/writing skills practice.
Your Spanish classes with BASE are communicative, meaning: what you learn is in context, which is how one naturally learns any language as a child. This is a practical, perfomance-based, results-oriented method. There will be small groups of no more than eight students in order to maximize genuine oral production (speaking) and conversational skills in Spanish, while continuing to maintain an affordable cost for tuition, motivating Spanish language learning in the Boston area. You will be placed in a group with students whose needs, personalities, interests, learning styles and schedules are compatible with yours. Some students' needs change or have different learning style, and these points are taken into account in order to continually evaluate small-groups' compatibility and adjust them when necessary.
The main BASE program has a duration ranging from four to twelve courses depending on the intensity: four Intensive courses, seven Semi-intensive courses, or twelve Weekly courses. The names of the levels are references of structural knowledge and proficiency in order to maximize small-group compatibility and conversational opportunities:
Básico - The foundation ("la base" in Spanish) is set at this level in order to break down inhibitions and fears of actually using Spanish. You will learn to be able to use a great deal of practical vocabulary and how to ask and answer questions. You will be able to use greetings and introductions, get by in a restaurant or café, describe your and others activities, and identify and describe people and things, express likes and dislikes, describe emotions, request information, talk about schedules and holidays, and give directions. In a communicative context, there will be a focus on cognate identification, agreement, regular and irregular verbs in the present tense; there will be a brief overview of verb forms.
Intermedio - You will build upon your previously-gained knowledge of the Spanish language with gaining fluency with describing daily routines, your plans, past events and times (e.g. your childhood), giving advice/recommendations, and an introduction to idiomatic usage. All of this builds on structure developed in the contexts of various lexical groups ranging from exercise, to historic and current events.
Avanzado/Conversacional - Having already acquired fluidity, this level has the objective of maintaining the level you have acquired, as well as reaching a fluent conversational level. With more confidence and a broader range of skills further complexities in the Spanish language are learned in the contexts of students' particular interests, as well as culture. Students will be able to express opinions in not only real-life contexts, but also in hypothetical contexts. As with in the Intermediate level, you may personalize your learning further with a particular non-program elective, such as film, music, phonetics, grammar, literature, current events, etc.
Culture courses - Students at an intermediate or advanced level can take advantage of further opportunities to maintain and improve their Spanish with BASE's Culture courses.
Private classes, one-to-one, or up to three students with similar needs and learning styles. Dates and schedules for private classes are determined according to your convenience.
Spanish for Specific Purposes:
Customized programs and curriculae are develped for groups in the following (not limited to) fields:
- Social Work
- Law Enforcement
Culture & Conversation Courses:
Participants will gain valuable linguistic and/or cultural exposure. Cuture & Conversation courses serve as an opportunity to maintain, practice and perfect the use of the Spanish language, as well as a rich cultural resource as some courses are also arranged in English about the same topics. Through BASE's main Program, and Culture & Conversation courses we aim to bridge cultural gaps by connecting language learning and cultural exposure, as a result offering language acquisition opportunities.
Spanish Language Culture & Film:
The objective of this course is to improve Spanish conversation skills through the discussion of four films. Students will achieve this goal by exploring and analyzing various current cultural, political, and social events in Latin America through film; conversations will be in Spanish and in a casual environment.
In-city Spanish Immersion Program:
If you don't have the time or the resources to travel abroad, but you want to maximize your exposure, BASE's "In-city Immersion" program is for you. Immerse yourself with a full day or weekend of exposure with classes and activities. In addition to learning in your communicative classes, we offer vocabulary-building activities, and more. Enhance your skills with in-city excursions, dance salsa, have a mojito, visit a restaurant for authentic Latin American and Spanish cuisine or snacks.
Corporate Language Training / Workplace Programs:
We offer Spanish classes specific to your organization's needs. The following types of organizations have either sponsored, or referred employees to BASE:
- Housing Administrative Offices
- Non-profit organizations
- Investment firms
- Law Enforcement Agencies
- Construction Companies
- Energy/Gas Companies
- Religious groups/organizations
- Homeless shelters
- Call Centers
- Law Offices
Distance Learning Spanish Program:
Are you too busy to register in a course? BASE will design a curriculum for your study pace at the time you choose. Private classes are recommended to accompany your self-study.
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