Course Descriptions

There are four levels of instruction. At each level there is a grammar/foundation course and at the same level, there is a skill develop or conversation course.

Foundation Courses

There are four levels that develop the use of the verb tenses and basic grammar. In the Warren Hardy Method students work in pairs while facilitated by instructors.

  • Each course is 2-1/2 weeks long.
  • Class meets from 9 to 12 noon Monday, Wednesday, Friday or 9 to 12 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
  • There is a 15-minute complimentary coffee and tea break at 10:30.
  • You’ll have approximately one hour of homework for each classroom hour.

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Skill Development/Conversation Courses

These courses develop the skill to interact with Spanish speakers.. At each level the conversation class takes the knowledge taught in the Foundation Course and develops the ability to use those particular skill sets. Each level moves the students a significant step ahead.

  • Study dialogues and then practice role plays in class.
  • Go into the city of San Miguel with the teacher to do activities.
  • Read and tell stories in a guided conversation setting.
  • Class limit – ten  students

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FOUNDATION COURSES

Level 1: Power Verbs

Level 1 is the grounding course. It teaches you to function in Spanish. Besides teaching social protocol, you learn to combine the 100 most common verbs with the six power verbs: need, want, can, going to, have to, and like.

This empowers you to make hundreds of sentences so you can get the things you need or want when you want them.

Learn social protocol, numbers, time and days of the week.

Level 2: Preterite & Object Pronouns

Level 2 takes you to the high functional level so you can obtain information about past events. It teaches word order, the use of the Direct and Indirect Object pronouns, and the Preterite past tense.

Level 3: The Seven Indicative Tenses

Level 3 takes you into the conversational level so you can begin to express your personality and thought patterns in Spanish. After this course you will know seven tenses..

Here are the tenses taught in the I form:

I speak – Present, I spoke – Preterit, I used to speak – Imperfect, I will speak – Future, I would speak – Conditional, I am speaking – Present Progressive, I have spoken – Present Perfect.

There are integration exercises using all the tenses so you learn to go from one tense to another without confusion.

Level 4: Present & Past Subjunctive

Warren Hardy Level 4 Study BookLevel 4 develops you to the high conversational level so you can use all the Spanish tenses. It teaches the Present and Past Subjunctive, reflexive verbs, and then integrates the nine Spanish verb tenses.

Once this course is completed you will know all nine verb tenses and the basics of Spanish grammar. You will be equipped to develop speaking and understanding skills  l through practice with native Spanish speakers.

You will be able to easily succeed in any total immersion program or develop skills by practicing Spanish in any native speaking environment. All students should take this course before entering any total immersion study program.


Skill Development Courses

Basic Communication Skills

Learn to introduce yourself, spell your name, give your address and phone number, give and take directions, make a Doctor’s appointment, take a taxi, shop in the markets, learn Mexican foods, and how to order in a restaurant.

  • Prerequisite:Level 1 Power Verbs or Present tense
  • Two days a week, 1.5 hours per class, six classes
  • Tuition:$95.00 USD
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The Carolina Dialogues

This is a reading comprehension and vocabulary enrichment course to be taken after Level 1 Foundation. Students learn the Present Tense.and then read aloud from a bi-lingual reader written completely in the Present Tense. The Carolina Dialogues is a delightful story of Carolina’s experiences setting up life in San Miguel de Allende. Rich in vocabulary The Dialogues take her from the airport, to the museums, to the bus stations, the bank, finding an apartment, a doctor, etc.

  • Prerequisite:Level 1 Power Verbs
  • Three days a week, 1.5 hours per class, eight classes
  • Tuition:$120 USD
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Storytelling

This is a transitional course from Level 2 to Level 3. The first part of the course has a grammar component that teaches the Imperfect tense and reviews the Preterite tense. Students learn to combine the Preterite and the Imperfect to tell and understand stories and anecdotes.

  • Prerequisite:Level 1 Power Verbs
  • Three days a week, 2.5 hours per class, eight classes
  • Tuition:$225 USD
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Level 3 Conversation

After Level 3 Foundation you have a knowledge of seven tenses. Now you have to use them in context and expand your vocabulary. In this course Students read the content before class and answer the questions. Then during the class, the teacher, through guided conversation engages the students in a dialogue about the content. The content is Mexican History, Mexican culture, Traditions, Foods, etc.

Nine Tense Integration

After you have studied the nine Spanish tenses you will need to work on integration. Those are a lot of forms to recall quickly. Nine Tense Integration uses exercises where you practice going from tense to tense in all forms. You also do short readings and have discussions. Students read the content before class and answer the questions. Then during the class, the teacher, through guided conversation engages the students in a dialogue about the content. The content is Mexican History, Mexican culture, Traditions, Foods, etc.

Soap Opera of Carolina

This is an intermediate conversational course for anyone who has completed Level 3.

The course comes with a bilingual reader and audio.

The reader is full of rich historical content about San Miguel de Allende and well as the classic eight chapters of the Soap Opera of Carolina.

As a companion to the workbook, there is a beautiful radio show production of the Soap Opera. This was recorded in studio with professional voices.

This a delicious and whimsical story of Carolina, a middle aged woman that comes to Mexico on a vacation alone. On the airplane she meets Guadalupe, who takes her to San Miguel de Allende. This is where the adventure of romance and intrigue begins. There are ten characters in this play. In class, each student takes a role as the play is read a loud and discussed. The book is full of Mexican cultural anecdotes and historical references about Mexico and San Miguel de Allende. This is fun, fun, fun.

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