Intensa Learning System

  • Intensive oral practice is the key to achieving conversational proficiency, so our methodology focuses on the speaking and listening skills during class time.

  • Short readings provide different thematic contexts while the writing skill is developed after class at homestay.

  • While we offer a variety of conversational tasks for each lesson, the students are challenged to rely less and less on accompaying written material.

  • In the step by step process, you will role play practical situations in the classroom such as talking about yourself, ordering a meal, taking a cab, buying tickets, filling a prescription, giving directions, exchanging money, and cashing checks.

  • Instructors limit their explanations to the necessary so that students have the most oral practice time possible. The small number of students allotted to each group allows teachers to give personalized attention to the individual student.

  • Our over-riding goal is to enable students to communicate their thoughts and feeling in a variety of situations, at home, in public, at school and professionally.

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Estimated time of completion for the Spanish program

20 hours / week

  • 1 month – Basic A1

  • 1.5 months – Intermediate A2

  • 2.5 months – Advanced I B2

  • 1 month – Advanced II C1 / C2

15 hours / week

  • 1.5 months – Basic A1

  • 2 months – Intermediate A2

  • 3 months – Advanced I B2

  • 1.5 months – Advanced II C1

Proficiency levels comparison

ACTFL CEFR AP USA INTENSA DESCRIPTION OF SCOPE ESTIMATED CONTACT HOURS (*)
Distinguished
Superior
C1/C2 5 Advanced
High
You are able to understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. You know how to restructure information and arguments from various sources, whether in spoken or written language, and present a coherent summary.

You can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and with a degree of accuracy that allows you to differentiate finer shades of meaning even in complex situations.

86 hours
Advanced
high
B2 4 Module 13 You are able to understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, even if they are of a technical nature, provided they are within your field of expertise.

You can interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity, so that communication is possible without strain for either party.

You can produce clear, detailed texts on various subjects, and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the pros and cons of various options.

46 hours
Advanced
mid
B1/B2 3-4 Modules 11 – 12 You are able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to relevant and familiar areas (basic information about yourself and your family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.).

Can communicate when carrying out simple and repetitive tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on issues that are familiar and routinely.

Can describe in simple terms aspects of your past and your environment as well as issues related to your immediate needs, ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

46 hours
Advanced
low
B1 3 Modules 9 – 10 You are able to understand the main points of a text, if it is written in standard language and it is about familiar matters regularly encountered, either in situations at work, school or leisure.

Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Able to produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or in which you have personal interest.

You can describe experiences and events, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

106 hours
Intermediate
HighIntermediate
MidIntermediate
low
A2

A2

A1/A2

2

4

3-4

Module 8

Modules 6 – 7

Module 5

You are able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to relevant and familiar areas (basic information about yourself and your family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.).

Can communicate when carrying out simple and repetitive tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on issues that are familiar and routinely.

Can describe in simple terms aspects of your past and your environment as well as issues related to your immediate needs.

126 hours
Novice high

Novice mid

Novice low

A1 1 Module 4

Modules 2 – 3

Modules 1

You are able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions of frequent use, as well as basic phrases aimed at satisfying immediate needs.

You can introduce yourself and others and ask and give basic personal information about home, your belongings and people you know.

You can interact in a simple way, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

86 hours

(*) Estimated contact hours needed to reach specific levels may vary according to individual achievement and if students are mono or multi-linguistic.