Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Spanish Course

After a somewhat turbulent start, the language course is going well. After I was placed with the interview that I didn’t know was a placement interview, I wasn’t too happy with my class. I felt that the placement was not done on the right terms and I was a little worried I had not been placed in the right class. These classes are not cheap and I didn’t like the thought of being at the wrong level since my goal is to learn loads and quickly. 

Lucas had the same experience as me with the placement “interview” and he also thought he might not be at the right level. So together we went back to the dreaded office to see if we could get another interview and placement evaluation. Me because I felt that the level of my class was very basic. The scary teacherlady was just as intimidating and wouldn’t hear of it so we decided to give it a few days. 

According to CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference) there are 6 levels in language learning: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 y C2.
A1 is absolute beginner (and C2 is native) and I was placed in A2. Before arriving I didn’t know of this classification but now, after this first 1,5 week I know that this is the right one for me. The first week everything we did was things I already knew, but now I am learning new things and that’s great. 

I often go to the beach after school (everything is closed anyway…) and catch some of those lovely rays while doing my exercises and homework.
When I went home the temperature monitor showed 34 degrees! And that at 7:30 pm, after the sun had set. I could get used to this!





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