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FAQ

What level is right for me?

The following is an indication of the competencies expected to enrol in a particular level. If in doubt please complete the following Level Assessment Test or contact us to recommend which would the most suitable level for you.

Travellers

I am going to a Spanish speaking country and I want to pick up some basics to help me get by: Enrol in Spanish for Travellers

Beginners 1

Beginners 2

  • I can understand and use very basic familiar everyday expressions such as greetings. I can introduce myself and talk about personal information, as well as describe places: Enrol in Beginners 2
  • I have done at least 15 h of formal study: Enrol in Beginners 2

Beginners 3

  • I can understand and use very basic familiar everyday expressions such as greetings. I can introduce myself and talk about personal information, as well as describe places, ask for and give directions, order at a restaurant, go shopping and talk about my daily routine: Enrol in Beginners 3
  • I have done at least 30 h of formal study: Enrol in Beginners 3

Beginners 4

  • I can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). I can communicate in simple routine task requiring simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters: Enrol in Beginners 4
  • I have done at least 45 h of formal study: Enrol in Beginners 4

Pre-Intermediate

  • I can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). I can communicate in simple routine task requiring simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, including past tense : Enrol in Pre-Intermediate
  • I have good conversational Spanish from travelling/living in Latin American or Spain or from previous studies and I would like to revise grammar (particularly past tenses) before starting at an Intermediate level: Enrol in Pre-Intermediate
  • I have done at least 60 h of formal study: Enrol in Pre-Intermediate

Lower Intermediate

  • I can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). I can communicate in simple routine task requiring simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. I can describe in simple terms aspects of my background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need, including talking about the past: Enrol in Lower Intermediate
  • I have done at least 60 h of formal study: Enrol in Lower Intermediate

Upper Intermediate

  • I can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure, etc. I can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling. I can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. I can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and give reasons or explanations for opinions: Enrol in Upper Intermediate
  • I have done at least 120 h of formal study: Enrol in Upper Intermediate

Advanced 

  • I can understand input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure, etc. I can deal with most situations likely to arise when travelling. I can communicate on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. I can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and give reasons or explanations for opinions. I want to practice and advance my skills. Enrol in Advanced 
  • I have done at least 160 h of formal study Enrol in Advanced 

Do I need a textbook? Check our price list for price details.

Yes, we believe that it is important to have a resource to go back to for revision and practice.

Beginners (A1):
For beginners 1-4 levels we use the textbook Aula Internacional 1 New Edition (Corpas, García, Garmendia, Soriana, Difusión, 2014) wich you can purchase from us at $60 (textbook and CD). This textbook is used levels 1-4 (a year of study).

Pre-Intermediate (A2):
For Pre-Intermediate Levels we use the textbook Aula Internacional 2 (textbook +CD)

Lower Intermediate (B1):
For Lower Intermediate courses we use  Aula Internacional 3 (textbook +CD)

Upper Intermediate (B2):
For Upper Intermediate courses we use Aula Internacional 4 (B2.1) and Aula Internacional 5 (B2.2)

Advanced (C1):
For Advance courses we use El Ventilador (Textbook +CD +DVD) 

Other courses:
No textbook required for Spanish for Travellers courses (Farolito Spanish for Travellers Booklet provided), Grammar Gym, Culture courses or conversation classes.

I have enrolled but I can’t do the course, can I defer my studies?

Credit options are available in case of extreme circumstances (E.g. sickness) in the first week of a course, a $40 administrative fee applies. Enrolments are non-refundable, please choose carefully before enrolling. See terms and conditions for details.

If I enrol in a level and I find it too hard/too easy, can I change?

We will make our best to recommend you the right level. However, we understand that sometimes it is difficult to find your feet on the right level. Changes are possible within the first week of the course you have enrolled in. Please contact us to discuss your options. Changes will be subjected to availability as places are limited. For a level assessment please complete the following Level Assessment Test  or  contact us.

How long would it take me to learn Spanish at Farolito?

Answering this question is not easy, as it would vary according to individual skills and ability, previous language learning experiences, dedication and motivation for learning. However, experience suggests that in a non immersion situation, as it is learning in Australia 1.5 h a week, you will be able to have a simple conversation with native speakers and manage to perform routine tasks with confidence after a year of study. The more you practise the better you will get at it; Farolito Spanish Language School is here to support your learning from first steps to fluency.

Where can I find material to review/ extend my practice?

With our Farolito ‘student’s only’ website Farolito Spanish-Nuestra comunidad you will have access to class materials, extension exercises and other learning suggestions.

Can I make up for missed classes?

If you missed a class you are also entitled to attend another one on that same week (at the same or lower level) to maintain the contact with the language (subject to availability, please contact us before attending a make up class). Missed classes are non-refundable.