SPECIAL LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATIONS COURSES

ABOUT OUR SPECIAL COURSES
These courses allow you to focus on a specific skill such as writing, reading, listening or speaking – or on multi-skills.

Each course is usually offered at least once per year. Due to limited space and funds, we cannot offer all of these special courses every term.
Please check our website for information about special courses offered during the current term:
- in English at http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/sds/lcp/UNLCP/english/mast-sched.html
And
- in French at http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/sds/lcp/UNLCP/french/mast-sched.html

We welcome your suggestions for courses to offer in the following term – and for any courses not listed here that you would find useful.

 

Arabic

For more information
Contact Samia Montasser, Arabic Language Coordinator:
montasser@un.org
(212) 963-9506, M-14037D

Focus on Writing

Arabic Calligraphy
Participants study the different scripts of Arabic Calligraphy with some historical background. Then they practice writing in one of the
scripts each term.

The aim is to develop handwriting skills and understanding the art of calligraphy and to familiarize them with the different calligraphy used.
This class also helps participants learn specific strategies for producing their own artistic works.

Duration
Two hours per week for 10 weeks

Prerequisite
Arabic Calligraphy I: Levels 6, 7, 8 Arabic Calligraphy II: Level 9 and above

Professional Writing and Editing

This course is designed to help students of advanced levels to improve their writing and editing skills. Students are required to write short reports, official letters, comments and evaluations. They will also work on editing authentic texts chosen specifically to train them for editing. The course is for staff members who work in UN radio and TV, verbatim and translation services.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Advanced knowledge of Arabic, and the approval of the coordinator

Focus on Reading

Advanced Reading in Arabic

Participants familiarize themselves with well known Arabic writers and different writing styles. The passages chosen help participants to develop their reading comprehension and their knowledge of the Arab culture.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 9 and above

Arabic Through Reading UN Documents

This course focuses on the reading of Arabic excerpts of the United Nations documents such as: Charter, daily briefings, statements, United Nations reports, including reports of the Secretary-General. By reading these documents that deal with peace and security, human rights, economic and social development, international law and the different affairs of the UN, participants develop their reading fluency, vocabulary and overall proficiency needed to perform their duties at the UN. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to improve their oral and writing skills.

Duration
One two-hour class per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
An advanced knowledge of Arabic, and the approval of the coordinator.

Reading Comprehension

Students will read authentic Arabic material in different fields. The aim is to teach them techniques for reading speeches, interviews, meetings, short stories, etc. while focusing on the most important points and information. Some of the material covered will be of the same topics covered in the Listening Comprehension course to promote and enhance the use of the vocabulary and the different structures in the language. In class, students will improve their reading skills and learn different techniques for reading, sorting and analyzing information.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 9 and above

Focus on Listening and Speaking

Arabic Listening Comprehension

Participants watch and listen to video and audio programmes that include interviews, meetings, and songs. The aim is to develop skills in listening as well as vocabulary and to familiarize participants with the different approaches used by the broadcasting services of the different Arab countries. This class also helps participants learn specific strategies for retaining information. Students registering for this course are advised to register for Advanced Readings, as they are parallel courses.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 9 and above

Focus on multi-skills

Arabic at the Cinema

Participants will improve their skills in recognizing and understanding cultural cues, recognizing and differentiating between “Fusha” (standard Arabic) and “Ammia” (spoken Arabic), recognizing Arabic idiomatic expressions and differentiating between linguistic registers in different situations.

Duration
Two hours per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 7 and above

Arabic Culture through Proverbs

Participants will improve their linguistic skills and understanding of the Arabic language (standard and colloquial) and Arab culture. The course will help them understand Arabic idioms, and differentiate among linguistic registers in different situations. Proverbs will be analysed linguistically, stylistically, and historically to investigate the patterns of life, culture, politics, ethics, society, religion and history of the Arabs. The origins of these proverbs and their different interpretations will be discussed; some Arabic proverbs that have parallels in western tradition will be included.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 9 and above

Arabic Refresher Course

Participants will review the structures of Arabic grammar, and reinforce their knowledge of the Arabic language and its intricacies.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Passed LPE

Media-assisted Arabic Course I

Participants practise reading newspapers, articles, and excerpts from books and listening to different Arabic TV and Radio news and programmes to build their vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions, on topics that are current in the news.

Duration
Two hours per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisites
Level 6 and above

Media-assisted Arabic Course II

Participants continue building the skills they started in Media-assisted Arabic Course I.

Duration
Two hours per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 9 and above

Dardasha, Egyptian Dialect

Egyptian Arabic (Egypt) is widely understood and used. This course will enable students to understand and master the Egyptian dialect and improve their communication skills. The course will also expose students to Egyptian culture by watching TV programs, films and other programs produced in Egypt.

Duration
Two hours per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisites
Level 7 and above

MaHkeyyee, Levantine Dialect

This course is to familiarize students of the Levantine Arabic, spoken daily across (Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Jordan). It is the form that is predominantly used for daily oral communication in all informal context. This course will facilitate speaking with natives of these countries.

Duration
Two hours per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 7 and above

Chinese


For more information
Contact Yong Ho Chinese Head Teacher:
ho@un.org
(212) 963-2481, M-14029

Chinese Pronunciation Class

This course is designed for students at all levels in their Chinese language study. It will be focused on pronunciation to the exclusion of grammar, reading and writing and will help students improve their speaking skills - articulation of sounds, pronunciation of words, tones, stress and intonation in the context of learning to handle such common situations as greetings, self-introduction, time and date expressions, birthday celebrations, shopping and so on.

Our goal is to help students achieve both accuracy and fluency in everyday expressions so that they can converse in Chinese with more confidence and ease. This course differs from a conversation class in that the emphasis is on the articulation of sounds rather than the communication of ideas.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
None

Chinese Composition Through Typing

This course is designed to teach an alternative way to compose in Chinese-writing, through typing on a computer. This course is individualized such that the instructor works with students individually to provide support in structure, paragraph development, vocabulary and grammar. Each week students will select a topic from our bank of graded composition titles with associated vocabulary and expressions to complete a composition.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 3

Chinese Refresher Course

Participants reinforce their knowledge of Chinese language and culture using the four skill areas (reading, listening, writing, and Speaking). Authentic materials are used.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Advanced knowledge

Chinese Through Multimedia

This course teaches the Chinese language and introduces Chinese culture, poems, movies, music, painting, and operas through various media such as the Internet, TV, radio, newspaper and magazines. Students will learn Chinese computer input and word processing, web surfing through Chinese search engines, and reading and composing Chinese e-mail. Live class discussions on current events after watching TV news and listening to radio news are also included. Students will use media lab equipment to record and practice speaking Chinese.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 5

Summer Study Programme in China

Sponsored by the Chinese government, the UN Chinese Language Programme offers an annual three-week intensive summer study programme at Nanjing University in China. All students taking classes with the Chinese Language Programme at Headquarters or Offices away from Headquarters are eligible to apply. Priority for participation in this programme will be given to students placed at the intermediate and advanced levels. Tuition and housing are covered by the Chinese government. Staff members in the Secretariat can apply for Special Leave With Pay subject to the approval of their supervisors. To request an application, please call (212) 963-2481 or email ho@un.org.

English


For more information
Contact Kathryn Good, English Language Coordinator:
good@un.org
(212) 963-3820, M-14037A

Focus on Writing

Correspondence Writing

Participants learn to draft work-related e-mail, letters and memoranda that follow United Nations’ formats and that is simple clear, concise, action-oriented and accurate.

Duration
One two-hour class per week for 10 weeks; and two half-hour tutoring sessions per student

Prerequisite
Level 7 and above

Principles of Report Writing

Participants learn about and use the format and style guidelines in the United Nations Editorial Manual; and techniques for producing writing that is clear, concise, well-organized and reader-friendly. Participants analyse excerpts from UN reports – including from those they are currently writing - and practice proof-reading and editing techniques.

Duration
One two-hour class per week for 6 weeks, and up to 3 tutoring sessions per student

Prerequisite
Level 7 and above, and must currently write UN reports in English, or manage the writing of others

Summary and Précis Writing (basic and advanced)

Participants focus on the skills needed to write clear and concise summaries of written texts and précis (summaries texts originally spoken, such as speeches and presentations). This course is useful for those taking the G to P exam. An advanced version of this course is available for those who have already taken the basic course, but would like more pracise.

Duration
One two-hour class per week for 6-9 weeks, followed by up to three individual sessions with the instructor

Prerequisite
Level 7 and above

Writing for the Web

Using the book Letting Go of Words: Writing Web Content that Works, participants learn and discuss how to write more effectively for the Internet, and then apply it to websites that they are currently contributing to.

Duration
One two-hour class per week for 8 weeks, and 1 tutoring session per student

Prerequisite
Level 7 and above, and must currently contribute to a UN website

Writing Skills Workshop

This twelve-week course is designed to intensively focus on two or three very specific aspects of writing which often prove problematic for writers. Possible topics (which vary by term) include: the writing process; identifying reader and purpose; global revision; constructing paragraphs; constructing clear and grammatical sentences; punctuation and mechanics.

Duration
One two-hour class per week for 6-9 weeks; followed by individual sessions with the instructor

Prerequisite
Level 7 and above

Department-Specific Writing Workshop

For most staff, the above-listed courses, all offered three terms per year, are sufficient for improving their work-related writing skills. However, for staff who perform writing tasks that differ from what other UN staff need to do – due to specific guidelines, templates or other considerations – we can, in partnership with your department and for a minimal cost – develop targeted materials for and teach a course or workshop. Contact the English Language Coordinator to request a course tailored to meet your department’s needs.

Netiquette: Using E-mail More Effectively in your Department

Participants will review guidelines for using e-mail at the United Nations and will learn to avoid common pitfalls. The course is organized at the request of an Office or Department. Contact the English Language Coordinator to request a departmental course tailored to meet its specific needs.

Focus on Reading

Reading for Work

Participants will read United Nations documents to develop reading strategies to increase reading speed, improve comprehension and learn new vocabulary.

Duration
Two one-hour lessons (or one twohour lesson) per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 7 and above

Focus on Listening and Speaking

Discourse Strategies, Parts I and II

Participants learn how to be more effective when speaking at work – in meetings, presentations or formal gatherings - by using grammar, pronunciation, and common expressions that affect politeness. Since there is too much content to cover in one 12-week course, it has been divided into two parts, part I and part II.

Duration
Two one-hour lessons (or one twohour lesson) per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 6 and above

English Through Media

By watching and listening to media broadcasts such as excerpts from radio, television and film, participants develop their abilities to comprehend spoken English in authentic contexts and expand their knowledge of contemporary vocabulary.

Duration
One two-hour class per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 6 and above

Presentation Skills

To develop skills for public speaking, participants learn to analyse an audience, organize information, use memorable language, become aware of non-verbal communication, and handle questions. Participants watch and analyse videotaped presentations of speakers at the UN and also develop their own presentations.

Duration
One two-hour class per week for 4 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 6 and above

Pronunciation Skills

Through diagnostic work, participants identify areas of pronunciation such as sounds, rhythm, pauses and intonation patterns that interfere with their understanding others being understood in English. Through in-class exercises and individual projects, participants are directed in how to improve their English pronunciation.

Duration
One 1.5-hour class twice per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 6 or above

Focus on multi-skills

Advanced Language Skills: the Work of the United Nations

Each of us knows a lot about our own “corner” of the UN community--but there is much of the “big picture” left to learn. Using a specially created set of online materials, participants expand their knowledge of the history and work of the UN while also expanding their knowledge of the English language. All readings, listening passages, grammar exercises, and videos have a UN theme. The class also functions like a symposium, with each participant contributing information about his/ her work or special interest in the UN community.

Duration
One two-hour class per week for 12 weeks OR one two-hour course for 6 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 6 and above

Language Proficiency Examination (LPE) Preparation

Participants learn and practice strategies for doing better on the LPE – for each section fo the exam: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, vocabulary, the composition and oral interview.

Duration
One 1.5-hour or two-hour class per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 8 or above

French


For more information
Contact Jérôme Quentin, Coordinateur de français:
quentinj@un.org
(917) 367-2693, M-14028C

Focus on Writing

Professional Writing Workshop

This workshop is designed to focus intensively on three very specific aspects of professional writing which often prove problematic for writers: e-mails and faxes, summaries of speeches and presentations, memoranda.

At mid-term, this flexible program adjusts to your professional needs: the topics and writing formats rotate and combine the macro aspects of writing to activities tailored to your work specific duties.

Duration
Two One and a half-hour classes per week for 6 weeks

Prerequisite
Levels 8 and above

Focus on Reading and Speaking

Book Talks

This course is designed for those interested in reading and sharing viewpoints on contemporary French literature. Short stories and novels are read at home and discussed in class, the course focuses primarily on oral interaction. Students will also be listening to or watching documents on the authors presented in class.

Duration
Two One-and-a-half hour classes per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 8 and above

Focus on Listening and Speaking

Preparation for interviews

This programme is helpful for candidates preparing for competency based interviews held in French. Within the UN competency framework participants receive key interviewing skills and refresh best practices in delivering evidence of experience.

Duration
Two One and a half-hour classes per week for 6 weeks

Prerequisite
Levels 8 and above The Competency-based Selection and Interviewing Skills programme (see Interviewing and Selection section of Leadership, Management and Organizational Development) is mandatory for all interview panel members. In addition, several Career Development Workshops (see Career Support) are helpful in preparing applicants for the job application and interview process.

Listening and Speaking in Context (Intermediate)

Through listening to authentic audio and video materials (e.g., interviews, news reports, commercials, short films, film clips), develop listening strategies and improve global oral reception. Then, through diverse oral interaction activities (e.g. role-plays, debates, simulations), use the models to communicate in a professional French speaking context: small talk with French-speaking colleagues (e.g. in the cafeteria, in hallways, in elevators, before of after meetings) and meeting new people (e.g. at a party, on mission, at work).

Duration
Two one-hour classes per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Levels 4 to 6

Listening and Speaking in Context (Advanced)

Using authentic audio/video materials and interactive activities (role-plays, debates, simulations), students develop listening strategies and improve their speaking skills.

Duration
One two-hour class per week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisite
Level 7 and above

Focus on multi-skills

French for International Relations

Share ideas and opinions on a range of global topics: international geopolitical issues, economics, finance, energies, defence, and culture.

Duration
Three one-hour classes per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Levels 8 and above

French media

News presented by the French TVs, radios and newspaper. Come to study the different point of view of French media on News and to discover caricature and satirical press!

Duration
Two One and a half-hour classes per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Levels 8 and above

Introduction to diplomatic language specificities

Better understand a range of the documents related to diplomacy (statements, press conference, letters, telegrams, etc.), and become more comfortable with the linguistic specificities (grammar and vocabulary) of the diplomatic language in French. This course is specifically made for UN civil servants and for mission personnel to the UN who have to deal with diplomatic documents in French.

Duration
Two one-hour classes for 3 weeks

Prerequisite
Levels 8 and above

Listening and Speaking in Context (Intermediate)

Through listening to authentic audio and video materials (e.g., interviews, news reports, commercials, short films, film clips), develop listening strategies and improve global oral reception. Then, through diverse oral interaction activities (e.g. role-plays, debates, simulations), use the models to communicate in a professional French-speaking context: small talk with French-speaking colleagues (e.g. in the cafeteria, in hallways, in elevators, before of after meetings) and meeting new people (e.g. at a party, on mission, at work).

Duration
Two one-hour classes per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Levels 4 to 6

Grammatical Reinforcement (Intermediate)

Feeling rusty? Don’t worry: French is like riding a bike, you never forget! Refresh your knowledge by reviewing all the contents from the level 1 to the level 6. Then, consolidate your grammatical knowledge through practical activities and group discussions. Speak French with confidence! Ready to bike?

Duration
One two-hour class per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Levels 6 and 7

LPE Preparation

For advanced students wishing to better understand the process of evaluation through multiple-choice questions and to be better prepared to take the Language Proficiency Examination (LPE). LPE registration procedures, check at http:// www.un.org/exam/lpe

Duration
Three one-hour classes per week for 6 or 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Levels 8 and above

Simulation of international meetings

This three day workshop is designed to simulate a coordination meeting of the European Union (EU). During the simulation you will play the role of a delegate from an EU Member State. As part of your role you will define the position of your European government about a specific UN related issue, present the position and negotiate with participants representing other EU member states.

Duration
Three four-hour classes for 3 consecutive days

Prerequisite
Levels 8 and above

Francophonie writers as witnesses

It is a course on francophone literature. It will be based on discussion on books but also on the themes in Francophone literature. Therefore we will compare this texts to articles, movies and other categories of texts.

A the end of the course, you should be able to discuss about the link between literature and society and you will have explored the concept of the author as a subjective witness of History. You will also have gained understanding of francophone literature from Africa as well as the themes of colonisation, decolonisation, image, heritage and the importance of French language linked to these concepts. You will have gained a lot of vocabulaire on society and history.

Duration
Two-hour classes per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Levels 8 and above

Russian


For more information
Contact Alla Padalka, Russian Head Teacher:
padalka@un.org
(212) 963-7063, M-14029B

Focus on Writing

Russian Writing Workshop

This course is aimed at improving participants’ skills in specific areas of writing, related both to job and to everyday life activities, which often prove problematic for writers. Assignments include techniques for getting started, organization of text, Russian paragraph structure, unity, coherence and style, spelling and punctuation.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Advanced knowledge

Focus on Reading

Advanced Reading in Russian

Participants familiarize themselves with well-known Russian writers and different writing styles. The passages, chosen from authentic texts, are accompanied by a variety of exercises aimed at developing students’ reading comprehension skills. The course also helps students to broaden their knowledge of the Russian culture.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Advanced knowledge

Russian Through Reading UN Documents

The course is designed to read Russian excerpts of United Nations documents, such as: the UN Charter, daily briefings, statements, UN reports, resolutions, etc. By reading such documents (dealing with peace and security, human rights, and economic and social development), participants develop the reading fluency, vocabulary and overall proficiency needed to perform their duties at the UN. They will also have the opportunity to improve their oral and writing skills.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Advanced knowledge of Russian

Focus on Listening and Speaking

Media-assisted Russian Course

Participants sharpen their listening comprehension skills by listening to radio and television news broadcasts and build their active vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions, on topics that are current in the news. Participants gain practice in understanding Russian by analysing videotaped television news and improving reading comprehension by reading transcripts of broadcasts.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Advanced knowledge

Russian Conversation 1

At the end of the course, participants are expected to talk about themselves (family, work, origin, education, hobbies, etc). Students will also practice a variety of daily life situations through role-plays. They will have an opportunity to engage in casual exchanges in a relaxed and confidence-building atmosphere.

Duration
One-hour session per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Beginner/Intermediate knowledge

Russian Conversation 2

By engaging in role-play and various other simulations, participants will have the opportunity to practice Russian in a free-flowing, guided conversation. They will be able to discuss various topics like education, politics, Russian culture and society. They are expected to give descriptions, directions and respond to instructions, express likes and dislikes, etc.

Duration
One-hour session per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Intermediate/Advanced knowledge

Focus on multi-skills

Russian At the Cinema

By viewing videotapes of Russian films, participants gain practice in deciphering fast-spoken Russian by analysing common speech reductions of native speakers and distinguishing formal and informal speech. Participants add more idiomatic and colloquial expressions to their vocabulary and develop a greater understanding of Russian cultural and social settings.

Duration
One 2-hour session per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Advanced knowledge

Russian Language Proficiency Preparation Course

Strategies for taking all sections of the Russian LPE (listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, composition and oral interview) are presented and practised in the classroom and through websites.

Duration
One-hour course per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Level 9 and above

Russian Refresher Course

Participants reinforce their knowledge of Russian language and culture by reading authentic Russian texts, listening to audio recordings of native speakers, and watching videotapes of Russian television programmes. Participants also review the major grammatical structures of the language.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Advanced knowledge

Russian Through Multimedia

The course is designed to teach Russian language and culture through various media, such as Internet, TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. Students will learn Russian computer input and word processing, web surfing through Russian search engines, as well as reading and composing Russian email. The topic for each session is different so that students can enlarge their vocabulary. All these activities will help in creating a much enriched environment for students to learn the Russian language and understand Russian culture.

Duration
One hour per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisite
Advanced knowledge

Spanish


For more information
Contact Felipe Martin-Sarachaga, Spanish Language Coordinator:
martinsarachaga@un.org
(212) 963-3329, M-14033D

Focus on Listening and Speaking

La música latina. Audiciones y conversación

Este curso está dirigido a estudiantes que deseen conocer los tipos de música más representativos de los países hispanos, así como sus cantantes y grupos más representativos. El curso incluye actividades comunicativas combinadas con la audición de canciones y extractos de canciones con el objetivo de desarrollar y reforzar la competencia comunicativa y cultural de los estudiantes mientras escuchan y conversan.

Duración
1 hora semanal durante 12 semanas

Requisitos
Para estudiantes de nivel 4, 5 y 6

Cursos intermedio y avanzado de conversación

Los dos cursos van dirigidos a estudiantes que quieran mejorar la capacidad comunicativa oral, desarrollar estrategias útiles al hablar con otras personas, poner en práctica el español que se aprende en los niveles 4, 5 y 6 (curso intermedio) y en los niveles 7 y 8 (curso avanzado), así como lograr una mayor confianza al expresarse en español. Las actividades del curso incorporarán lo siguiente:
• Debates
• Presentaciones breves
• Temas culturales de los países hispanohablantes
• Entrevistas
• Juegos y canciones
• Revisión de vocabulario y gramática

Duración
1 hora y media semanal durante 12 semanas

Requisitos
Para estudiantes de nivel 4, 5 y 6 (curso intermedio) y de nivel 7, 8 o con un nivel lingüístico superior (curso avanzado)

Focus on multi-skills

Clases complementarias

El Programa de Español ofrece a sus estudiantes la oportunidad de recibir una sesión de una hora de clase semanal como complemento a nuestros cursos regulares. Este servicio está destinado a:
• Estudiantes que necesitan o quieren reforzar su proceso de aprendizaje.
• Estudiantes que quieren revisar contenidos ya estudiados.
• Estudiantes que no pueden seguir uno de nuestros cursos regulares y desean seguir estudiando español con un curso más breve.

El Programa de Español tiene abiertos tres grupos en sus clases complementarias: clases complementarias de nivel 3 y 4, clases de nivel 5 y 6, y clases de nivel 7 y 8.

Duración
1 hora semanal durante 12 semanas

Requisitos
Para estudiantes del nivel 3 al 8 y para aquellos que han finalizado el programa de español

La actualidad en los medios de comunicación hispanos.
Debates

Este curso está dirigido a aquellos estudiantes que quieran comentar y debatir la actualidad internacional recogida en algunos de los medios de comunicación más importantes de los países hispanos (prensa, radio, TV…). El curso pretende desarrollar y reforzar la competencia comunicativa de los estudiantes mientras comentan, leen y escuchan noticias en español, ampliando su vocabulario en los temas que determine la actualidad del momento. Los debates del curso tienen lugar en el aula presencial y en un blog virtual.

Duración
2 horas semanales (1 hora de clase presencial + 1 hora de debate online) durante 12 semanas

Requisitos
Para estudiantes de nivel 6, 7 y 8

Festival de cine en español

El objetivo del curso es potenciar la práctica de la comprensión auditiva y la expresión oral, así como familiarizarse con diversos contenidos culturales y diferentes acentos de la lengua española. Las actividades, además del visionado de las películas, incluyen micro-tareas durante la clase, debates, críticas, presentaciones orales, intercambio de opiniones, relatos de películas vistas fuera de clase, etc. que se verán reforzadas con lecturas y visitas a páginas Internet.

Duración
2 horas semanales durante 12 semanas

Requisitos
Para estudiantes de nivel 8 o que posean un nivel lingüístico superior

Comunicación y Gramática

El curso está dirigido a aquellos estudiantes que han finalizado el nivel 8 del Programa de Español y quieren continuar desarrollando su competencia comunicativa. En el curso se aprenden nuevos contenidos gramaticales y se ponen en práctica en situaciones comunicativas auténticas y se trabaja con muestras auténticas del español (películas, canciones, noticias, entrevistas…)

Duración
2 horas semanales durante 12 semanas

Requisitos
Para estudiantes que ya han finalizado los 8 niveles del Programa de Español