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Advanced Conversation

44 reviews

Advanced Conversation is an immersion course for the advanced student who is confident in his/her Spanish grammar knowledge and aims to improve oral and aural skills in the language through reading, debating, creating, and analyzing.

The course features individual presentations, discussions, and metalinguistic conversations in a ten-week setting that will dramatically improve your speaking and comprehension abilities.

Please note that, because we all learn at a different pace, 10 sessions at the Intermediate Conversation level may not be sufficient to reach an Advanced Conversation level. Students should consider re-enrolling on the Intermediate Conversation level to further improve fluency and proficiency before considering a higher conversational level. If you need help deciding, please request an oral assessment with us (it’s free!) and we’ll give you our insight.

Please also note that our instructors tend not to review grammar rules in conversation classes, as the most important thing is to keep the conversation flowing! If you want to review specific grammar topics, it’s best to take one of our regular L1-5 classes and/or private lessons :)

Prerequisites:

Please note that, in order to register for this course, you should have scored at least 24 points on our Online Placement Test.

Please select timezone and location

Adv. Conversation (Code OL-0301G)

2022-03-01 - 2022-05-03
Tue 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CT
$299

Adv. Conversation (Code OL-0308E)

2022-03-08 - 2022-05-10
Tue 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CT
$299

Student Reviews


  Lili Torok | New York | 10/21/2018
Maybe I just got lucky, but there was a great group dynamic, and we opened up quite a bit in each others' company. We touched on some remarkably profound conversation topics for the level of Spanish we knew. If anyone switched to English, the others nudged her back to Spanish. In no small part, of course, as always, this was thanks to Alejandro, who was good at facilitating and prompting people to talk about engaging topics. I'm a little sorry I didn't get my classmates contacts so we could stay in touch. It's rare that I am in such a diverse group, in terms of professional and personal backgrounds.

  Patrick Herring | New York | 9/1/2018
The Advanced Conversation class, at Berges Institute, was a great resource and opportunity to refine my Spanish speaking skills. Jennifer Guedes was an excellent professor throughout the course, pushing us to enhance our speaking abilities. She created a comfortable environment that is essential to grow as a language learning.

  Anonymous | New York | 8/31/2018
very friendly instructor and group, laid back atmosphere, fun discussions

  Jessica | New York | 7/19/2018
I definitely enjoyed this course, overall! Nelson clearly enjoys teaching and the members of our class clicked in a great way. He asks interesting questions and conversation flowed relatively easily throughout our time together. I also appreciated that Nelson did not try to enunciate so clearly all the time. It felt more organic and real and forced me to use context clues to figure out what he was saying. All of that said, I think there were areas where several of us struggled (the typical ones - por/para, ser/estar, subjunctive) and it would have been helpful to take a step back sometimes for a quick grammar lesson (like 2-5 minutes). Nelson would pose hypothetical questions to try to get us to use certain tenses, which made for fun and interesting conversation, but often did not accomplish the objective. I think it would be valuable to have more strategies to intentionally incorporate practice with certain grammar stumbling-blocks more often because I did not feel I improved in these areas throughout the course.

  Anonymous | New York | 7/18/2018
We had interesting conversation. Nelson made sure to introduce the use of various tenses. He also corrected our vocabulary and conjugations The class itself had a good group of students.

  Anonymous | New York | 7/18/2018
I definitely get a lot of practice understanding and speaking Spanish with advanced vocabulary, conjugations and grammar. One suggestion I would make is for the HW to be more functional and engaging, and by giving so many choices of topics to read for discussion it is too much and often not practical for the teacher to go over in class. I also think it would be better if the individual teacher assigned HW for each class. Perhaps just watching one episode of a TV show in Spanish on Netflix.

  Anonymous | New York | 6/8/2018
This was a great class. The instructor was very skilled, helpful, and engaging. I liked the format of open dialogue on a number of different topics. The book was not the most exciting in the world, but it helped me learn a lot of new vocabulary. On the downside, I think Berges may need a better system for assigning people to their correct level for conversation. I also think that in conversation classes, instructors could do more to help folks with pronunciation, rather than only vocabulary and grammar.

  Anjelica M. | New York | 5/8/2018
I feel like I learned a lot and became more confident in my ability to speak spanish.