Intensive Conversational Spanish, Weeks 1 & 2

July 29, 2013 - August 11, 2013


Intensive Conversational Spanish, Weeks 1 & 2

Workshop ID: G13SW752
Dates: July 29, 2013 – August 11, 2013 Price: $650.00

A two-week intensive course where small groups learn and practice skills in Spanish through structured oral activities and informal conversation with seasoned instructors. Knowledge of basic Spanish is recommended. Morning, afternoon, evening sessions and cultural activities over 12 days. Note: Because of the fullness of days, the class will break at mid-point after lunch on Saturday and resume class on Monday morning. This time can be used for relaxing and exploring the Ranch.

From the instructors:
Bienvenidos al curso de español. Welcome to the Spanish course.

Sharon and Margo are happy to invite you to be a part of our varied offerings of Spanish classes in 2013. Whether you attend a weekend session or the 2-week program, the intensive nature of the language experience will stimulate your abilities in Spanish. The intent of the weekend sessions to refresh your grammatical knowledge and provide occasions for practice. The 2-week program will accomplish the same, and-withthe extended time-will increase your comfort level in Spanish, and offer more cultural and linguistic opportunities.

Each of the weekend sessions is geared to one level-beginner or intermediate. During the 2-week program, students are placed in small groups according to their level, from beginner (with previous study) to advanced. The small groups meet for three hours in the morning and for shorter session in the afternoon. The evenings are devoted to cultural activities with the entire group. Our focus is always communication in Spanish. This entails practice with grammatical structures, vocabulary, and conversation. We employ: games, role-play, theme-based discussion, practice exercises, readings, film, speakers, and music.

We can’t promise that you will speak like a native after this course, but you will make progress! We work hard and we have fun!

“Poco a poco se llega a Roma.” OR “Slow and steady wins the race.”

Student Testimonials:

  • “The leadership, materials, and presentation were excellent and provided for a very pleasing experience.”
  • “Excellent instructors, good immersion!”
  • “Everything was well-organized.”
  • “Timing of our day was good and the teachers were the very best. High quality.
  • “I learned so much!”

View a chart of your lodging options for this 6-night workshop –  Rates include meals. If you are attending both weeks, double the lodging/meals rate for the 6-nigh to calculate the 12-night fee. The bridge night (Sunday) with meals is free.


SharonFranco_250Sharon Franco was born in Chicago. Sharon lived in Mexico for five years working as a translator of films and articles. She currently teaches at the Santa Fe Community College and leads private literary discussion groups in English and Spanish. She has taught language and literature for over 30 years at various levels, from middle school through university and beyond, and has translated several books. She was a teacher and director in the former Intensive Conversational Spanish program at Ghost Ranch from 1985-2002.

margoChavez_square_02701Margo Chavez was born in Las Cruces and now lives in Santa Fe. She teaches interdisciplinary classes in the Honors College at UNM in Albuquerque. She has taught Spanish and French at the Santa Fe Community College and at Ghost Ranch. Her special interests are literature, intercultural communication, and the history of ideas. One of her favorite things to do is dance and she always wishes she could have been a conga player in a salsa band.

Need more info? Call us at (505) 685 – 4333 ext 4152

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, HC77 Box 11, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to: [email protected]
  2. Register by telephone at 877-804-4678, extension 4152 or 4155 — available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. MST.
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