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Our Color Belt System

Our Spanish program in is composed of 9 conversational belt levels ranging from white (complete beginner) to black (ultimate Spanish master). The ranks are useful for monitoring progress and matching you with Spanish students of comparable ability.

Belt levels
As our focus is to help you improve your conversational skills, it makes a lot of sense that the most important criteria we take into consideration when suggesting starting levels, is what we perceive is your current ability to use the language verbally. We have a pretty good idea of what that ability is based on our interpretation to your responses to a few questions included on our application form. Then, as you get started attending your classes, a brief Spanish evaluation, completed within the first three sessions, ensures that you are assigned the correct belt level. After the first three Spanish classes you are ratified on your belt level or recommended a change to a different level. When you surpass the minimum standards assigned to the next belt level on all variables considered, congratulations! You are granted a new color belt.


The following table lists the standard requirements to assign each of our conversational color belt levels:

Key Benefit SpanishBlackBelt Beginner Levels

Key Benefit SpanishBlackBelt Intermediate Levels

Key Benefit SpanishBlackBelt Advanced Levels

 

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Requirements for
Beginner Spanish Belt Levels

 

Command of speaking dynamics:
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Pronunciation:
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Speed of conversation:
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:

White Belt
(Beginner I Spanish)

Command of speaking dynamics:
None
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
None
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
None
Pronunciation:
Non-Spanish accent
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
None
Speed of conversation:
N/A
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:
None

Yellow Belt
(Beginner II Spanish)

Command of speaking dynamics:
Speaks with script in front. Needs prior preparation.
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Knows and uses well phrases such as Yo como (I eat), Yo estoy comiendo (I am eating), and Yo voy a comer (I am going to eat).
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Limited to most common verbs, nouns and adjectives.
Pronunciation:
Good pronunciation of vowels.
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Limited understanding of slow-paced speech.
Speed of conversation:
Very slow.
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:
Spanish sentences use subject, verb and object, and time expression

Orange Belt
(Beginner III Spanish)

Command of speaking dynamics:
Speaks going back and forth to script. Needs prior preparation.
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Knows and uses well phrases such as Yo comí (I ate) and Yo comía (I used to eat), along other phrases from prior levels.
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Limited to common verbs, nouns, adjectives and most common adverbs.
Pronunciation:
Good pronunciation of syllables.
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Good understanding of slow-paced speech. Limited understanding of regular-paced speech.
Speed of conversation:
Slow.
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:
Sentences use up to two verbs and two clauses.


Requirements for
Intermediate Spanish Belt Levels

 

Command of speaking dynamics:
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Pronunciation:
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Speed of conversation:
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:

Green Belt
(Intermediate I Spanish)

Command of speaking dynamics:
Speaks without looking at script. Needs prior written preparation.
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Knows and uses well phrases such as Yo comeré (I will eat), and Yo he comido (I have eaten), along other phrases from prior levels.
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Includes a good balance of verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs.
Pronunciation:
Good intonation.
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Excellent understanding of slow-paced speech. Good understanding of regular-paced speech.
Speed of conversation:
Medium-low.
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:
Uses well indirect object pronouns.

Light Blue Belt
(Intermediate II Spanish)

Command of speaking dynamics:
Is able to improvise. Establishes good eye contact during entire conversation.
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Knows and uses well phrases such as Yo había comido (I had eaten), Yo habré comido (I will have eaten), Yo estuve comiendo and Yo estaba comiendo (I was eating), and Yo estaré comiendo (I will be eating), along other phrases from prior levels.
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Includes a very good balance of verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs.
Pronunciation:
Very good intonation.
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Good understanding of regular-paced speech. Limited understanding of fast -paced speech.
Speed of conversation:
Medium.
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:
Uses well direct object pronouns.

Navy Blue Belt
(Intermediate III Spanish)

Command of speaking dynamics:
Is able to improvise. Establishes very good eye contact during entire conversation.
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Knows and uses well phrases such as Dudo que el coma (I doubt that he would eat) and Dude que el comiera (I doubted that we would eat), Si yo fuera,... (If I were ...), Yo comería (I would eat), along other phrases from prior levels
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Includes an excellent balance of verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs.
Pronunciation:
Excellent intonation.
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Excellent understanding of regular-paced speech. Very good understanding of fast -paced speech.
Speed of conversation:
Medium-high.
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:
Uses well reflexible pronouns.

 

Requirements for
Advanced Spanish Belt Levels

 

Command of speaking dynamics:
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Pronunciation:
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Speed of conversation:
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:

Purple Belt
(Advanced I Spanish)

Command of speaking dynamics:
Is able to improvise. Establishes excellent eye contact during entire conversation. Observes good command of facial expressions and body language.
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Knows and uses well phrases such as Dudo que el este comiendo (I doubt that he is eating), Dude que el estuviera comiendo (I doubted that he was eating), and Yo estaría comiendo (I would be eating), along other phrases from prior levels.
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Includes an excellent balance of verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs.
Pronunciation:
Excellent intonation.
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Excellent understanding of regular-paced speech. Limited understanding of fast -paced speech.
Speed of conversation:
Medium-high.
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:
Medium-high.

Brown Belt
(Advanced II Spanish)

Command of speaking dynamics:
Is able to improvise. Establishes excellent eye contact during entire conversation. Observes very good command of facial expressions and body language.
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Knows and uses well phrases such as Dudo que el haya comido (I doubt that he had eaten), Dude que el hubiera comido (I doubted that we had eaten) and Si el hubiera..., yo habría comido... (If he had...,I would have eaten....) along other phrases from prior levels.
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Includes industry or activity-specific jargon.
Pronunciation:
Excellent intonation.
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Excellent understanding of regular-paced speech. Good understanding of fast -paced speech.
Speed of conversation:
High.
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:
High.

Black Belt
(Advanced III Spanish)

Command of speaking dynamics:
Is able to improvise. Establishes excellent eye contact during entire conversation. Observes excellent command of facial expressions and body language.
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Knows and uses well phrases such as he estado comiendo (I have been eating), había estado comiendo (I had been eating) and habré estado comiendo (I will have been eating) along other phrases from prior levels.
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Observes high command of country-specific jargon.
Pronunciation:
Excellent intonation.
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Excellent understanding of regular-paced speech. Very good understanding of fast -paced speech.
Speed of conversation:
Very high.
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:
Very high.

 

Ascending through the belts requires accumulating Spanish tutoring session time to hone your skills. Purple Belt, for example, requires the successful completion of 16 hours. So will any other level. In addition to successfully completing the required hours you will need to pass an Spanish examination and meet minimum score requirements to move up to the next belt.

 

Are you still unsure about your level?

Please give us a call so that we can help you assess your level over the phone, or just apply and we will suggest you a starting level based on the information you include on your application

 


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