El Centro

Spanish conversation classes

We offer scheduled conversation classes that are free for students, faculty and staff, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Classes are put together according to the level of Spanish of each group: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Classes meet twice a week 45 minutes each time. They are short, relaxed and a lot of fun! There are no tests, no grades, no stress! If you are not sure what level you should sign up for, give as a call and we will help you. 


Group classes are an engaging and constructive way to learn a language and the teacher-student interaction is as productive as it is fun. Although we focus on conversational skills, here you can find a tentative table of contents in classes so you can have an idea of what you can learn on each level. 

NEW BEGINNER: for students who have never taken Spanish classes or who know just a few words or expressions

Grammatical Structures

  • Rules of pronunciation
  • Identification of gender of nouns
  • Present tense of regular verbs
  • Common regular verbs
  • Making affirmative, interrogative and negative sentences
  • Irregular verbs: to be, to have, to go
  • Basic structures: to have to, to go to
  • Possessive adjectives: mi, tu, su

Communication and Vocabulary

  • The alphabet and introductions
  • Greetings and presentation
  • Numbers, days of the week, months
  • Seasons and the weather
  • Time
  • The Family
  • Clothes
  • Food

BEGINNER LOW: for students who already know the present tense of regular verbs, and are able to ask basic questions in Spanish

Grammatical Structures

  • Review of New Beginner
  • Irregular verbs
  • Comparatives and superlatives
  • Demonstrative adjectives
  • Direct object pronouns
  • Like / dislike

Communication and Vocabulary

  • The house
  • Travel reservations
  • The hotel
  • The airport
  • Asking for directions
  • The bar, the restaurant, ordering drinks and food
  • The house
  • Colors and shapes

BEGINNER MID/HIGH: for students who are able to communicate using regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, and able to have a basic conversation

Grammatical Structures

  • Review of present regular and irregular verbs
  • The verb to Be
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Present continuous
  • Saber vs Conocer
  • Past Simple
  • Por vs Para

Communication and Vocabulary

  • Everyday activities
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Physical and personality characteristics
  • Countries and nationalities
  • The body

INTERMEDIATE LOW / MID: for students who have seen the simple past but who need to learn how to use it in combination with the imperfect. More conversational type of class

Grammatical Structures

  • Review of simple past tense
  • Imperfect tense
  • Prepositions
  • Past continuous
  • Direct and Indirect Pronouns
  • Accents

Communication and Vocabulary

  • Buying clothing/food
  • Interaction at a party or restaurant
  • How my life was when I was…
  • Past actions
  • Routines in the past

INTERMEDIATE HIGH / ADVANCE LOW : for students who can have regular conversations and have seen past tenses and future tenses. More conversationl type of class 

Moreover, if you are having trouble finding a time to join the classes or with your regular Spanish courses, El Centro also offers individual and group work and conversation sessions. Stop by El Centro and one of our staff will be happy to help you.