Spanish for Social Movements Summer Intensive Beginner Spanish Course
Algarabía Language Co-op/The Center for Language Justice and the People’s Forum are offering a summer intensive Spanish course to folks who have little to no prior knowledge of the language. Through weekly social justice themes, and using a communicative and integrated skills approach, participants will improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the target language. Special focus will be given to learning vocabulary and community organizing terminology relevant to contemporary social movements in the U.S., and Latin America.

At Algarabía Language Co-op/The Center for Language Justice, we see language learning as a meaningful, collaborative and transformative process reflected in our training in hands-on communicative and task-based language teaching approaches and our use of popular education in the language classroom. We seek to support the holistic development of all language learners—and, in particular, working-class folks of color— as they become competent multilingual speakers. We devise classroom activities and use textbooks and other original didactic materials that meet our participants’ needs and that represent the linguistic and racial/ethnic diversity of the Spanish-speaking worlds.

– TRUE BEGINNER: Saturdays 9:00AM-3:00PM (1-hour lunch from 12-1pm)
Dates: July 6th - August 31st, 2019 (5hrs/week; 45 hrs.)

* Each session can hold up to 15 participants.
* The course contribution is $300 (Sliding-scale option available***). This includes all course materials.

***As part of Algarabía's mission to make our courses accessible to working class people of color, we have sliding-scale rate options and payment plans available to folks who fulfill the following requirements: 1) Are not able to afford the full class contribution; 2) Identify as any of the following: heritage speaker of Spanish, Latinx/ Black/Native/Arab/person of color, working class, long-term NYC resident or LGBTQI+ folks and 3) Come from or work directly with Spanish-speaking communities. Once you complete the application and are selected, you will be given the opportunity to apply to these discounted rates individually.


July 6th, 2019—Full contribution is due. First day of class
July 13th, 2019 — Full refund deadline for withdrawing from course (No refunds beyond this date)

Only selected participants will be contacted by the instructor.
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First Name:
Last Name:
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Place(s) of origin:
Please indicate membership or identification with any of the following:
What neighborhood do you currently reside in?
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Have you studied Spanish before? If so, please tell us when and where.
What is/are your first language(s)? (Mother tongue[s])
Do you speak other languages?
If you have attempted to learn a second/foreign language in the past: What kinds of things and activities have helped you improve your language skills? For example, watching movies, watching television, reading, talking with friends, etc.)
Have you lived in a Spanish-speaking city/country other than NYC before? If so, for how long?
Why do you want to learn Spanish?
Please indicate what language and class you want to register for:
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***Please note that there is no placement test for our True Beginner class because it starts from 0.
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What do you currently do for work? Please note where Spanish would be helpful.
What is your educational background? What did/do you study?
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What skills would you like to work the most on?
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Listening to native speakers
Speaking Spanish fluently
Writing in Spanish
Reading in Spanish
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How do you want to use Spanish?
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Social (talking to family and friends)
Work (communicating in the workplace)
Organizing (in multilingual communities/social justice spaces)
Travel (to other Spanish-speaking cities/abroad and meet people)
Academic (participating in class discussions)
Giving presentations (work/community/school)
Listening to or reading the news
Telephone or Email
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How much time do will you have to study Spanish outside of class?
What types of issues or hobbies interest you? For example, social justice issues, popular culture, music, art, etc.
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Do you have experience using the internet?
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