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SPANISH CURRICULUMS

Spanish Grammar

Vistas, 5th Edition

Vistas, 5th Edition, has become the most successful introductory Spanish program in more than a decade. This 18-chapter textbook provides everything students need to progress from novice to intermediate Spanish speakers. In the United States university system, chapters 1-6 are used for Spanish 101; 7-12 for Spanish 102; and 13-18 for Spanish 201. Each chapter in the Vistas system progresses from Contextos – learning vocabulary in context, to Fotonovela – continuing short films centered on a student’s year spent abroad, to Cultura – cultural lessons from different Spanish- speaking countries, to Estructura – grammar focus and practice, to Adelante – specially focused lessons for practicing Spanish writing, listening and speaking skills, along with an introduction to a Spanish- speaking country. The use of such a multifaceted program makes Vistas the leading choice for Spanish learners.

Facetas, 4th Edition

Facetas, 4th Edition, is an intermediate Spanish program designed to provide students with an active and rewarding learning experience as they strengthen their language skills and develop their cultural competency. Facetas takes an interactive, communicative approach. Its six chapters focus on real communication in meaningful contexts to develop and consolidate students’ speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Facetas also stresses cultural competency, which plays an integral role in language learning. It features a fresh, magazine-like design that is engaging and integrates thematic, cultural, and grammatical concepts within every section. Facetas was designed as the continuation curriculum to the Vistas system and follows a similar chapter concept using the titles: Contextos, Fotonovela, Enfoques, Estructura, Cinemateca, and Lecturas. In the United States university system Facetas is used for Spanish 202.

Spanish Conversation

Spanish Daily is a conversational Spanish curriculum designed to help foreign students learn, understand and speak colloquial Spanish. This program, written, recorded and taught by native Spanish speakers, uses themed conversations, stories, videos and other multimedia to present the living Spanish language outside of the grammatical restrictions of a textbook. This is the actual Spanish students will hear and use on the street, in the market, making new friends and participating in events with native Spanish speakers. Spanish Daily classes are highly interactive with the main focus being conversation and interaction through participation in themed conversations, stories, articles, videos conversation topics, debates and language exploration.

Dance Classes

OLSA International offers 75 minute Salsa dance classes six days per week on-location. Classes are taught by professional Salsa teachers.

Language Exchange

Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 9:00 OLSA International works with Duolingo to sponsor a language exchange for foreigners and Colombians. During this time students and others from the community enjoy conversation in English and Spanish as we play games and participate in other activities. Food and drinks are available to be purchased from the OLSA café, located on-site.

Housing Program

Optional housing is included for participants in our Accredited University Program and our One-Week Colombia Immersion Package and is located within walking distance of the OLSA campus, shopping and restaurants. 

CURSOS y CLASES DE INGLÉS

Clases Conversacionales de Inglés

INGLÉS CONVERSACIONAL – EL 100% DE LOS PROFESORES SON DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS!  Inglés Conversacional es un programa de conversación en inglés inmensamente participativo.  El programa está diseñado para que los estudiantes enriquezcan el vocabulario, la fluidez, la pronunciación y la habilidad de escuchar y entender inglés hablado; logrando pensar en inglés (en vez de traducir).  Este programa escrito, grabado y enseñado por hablantes nativos de América del Norte, utiliza conversaciones temáticas, historias, videos, canciones, juegos y otros formatos multimedia, para presentar el INGLÉS VIVO, fuera de las restricciones gramaticales de un libro de texto.  Es el inglés real que los estadounidenses escuchan y emplean TODOS LOS DÍAS en el mercado, haciendo nuevos amigos, participando en eventos… en su cotidianidad.

Cursos Instructivos de Inglés

INGLÉS INSTRUCTIVO – EL 100% DE LOS PROFESORES SON DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS!  La meta con OLSA International es que nuestros estudiantes sean capaces de comunicarse oralmente en el idioma inglés.  Sin embargo, entendemos que varias personas no cuentan con las bases (o confianza) suficientes de poder iniciar con nuestras clases conversacionales y necesitan un curso de preparación para poder lograr un nivel de confianza e iniciar con las clases conversacionales que ofrecemos y nos enfocamos.  Así, hemos desarrollado un programa dinámico y altamente interactivo pedagógico para los principiantes o para aquellos que tienen inglés básico. Los estudiantes aprenden el idioma inglés, incluyendo la gramatica, temas de cultura del mundo estadounidense y la solucion de problemas cotidianos, por medio de conversaciónes vivenciales, literatura del mundo anglohablante y varias actividades lúdicas. Trabajamos en grupos pequeños e individualmente para lograr una practica variada y eficiente.