4 week spanish speaking program
A more holistic approach to improving your Spanish at the intermediate and advanced levels
“I know so much grammar and I score high on level assessments, but when I start to speak in Spanish, everything becomes jumbled in my brain and I feel like a 3-year old.”
“People tell me that I should just start speaking Spanish with others but it makes me nervous to have an unscripted conversation because I want time to prepare my thoughts.”
“I’m ready to move out of the grammar books and start using my Spanish to talk about real-life topics but I don’t know where to start and I still really like having the guidance of a teacher.”
Do any of these resonate with you?
Have you put the time into learning Spanish? Have you devoured books, smoothed out grammar concepts, and memorized vocabulary and yet, your speaking ability still lags behind?
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
My 4-week Spanish Speaking Program will help you fix that problem. That’s because it’s specifically designed to focus on developing your active Spanish skills of producing and expressing your ideas - both written and spoken - through weekly writing/speaking assignments and one-to-one live conversation practice.
I was able to learn the process of formulating a thought and then communicate it in Spanish.
“I really enjoyed the speaking prompts. They were difficult enough to challenge me but not too hard that I felt overwhelmed. My favorite part, though, was listening to myself speaking Spanish in the recordings. I noticed simple errors that I was making. Now when I go back and listen to my first recording I can hear how much I have grown. After completing this program, my ability to speak increased so much that I signed up for another four weeks!”
~ Kelly, Sacramento, California
During the 4 weeks you will:
Stay engaged with your Spanish learning through topics based on your interests
This program is grounded in interest-based learning as you get to choose the weekly topics. Interest-based learning is a powerful learning tool. That’s because the things we learn through genuine interest stay with us longer which means the Spanish you pick-up during this program will stick.
Save time by quickly figuring out your Spanish “holes” and filling them with focused study
For the seasoned Spanish student, you may not be sure where you are weakest with your Spanish. Through your writing, speaking and individualized correction from me, your Spanish holes will come through naturally.
Feel supported and encouraged through weekly feedback from me
During our 4-weeks together you will have constant feedback from me on everything from your grammar, to vocabulary, to syntax, to pronunciation.
Build new vocabulary and identify grammar concepts you struggle with the most through self-correction and discovery
This program takes you through a natural self-discovery process to help pinpoint the concepts you need to work on most.
Feel confident and prepared for conversation practice sessions with pre-selected questions
There will be no surprises during our conversation sessions - you will have plenty of time to look over and prepare your thoughts beforehand.
Fit in Spanish at a time that is convenient for you with an asynchronous program design
Most of the work, outside of our 45-minute live session, will be done asynchronously giving you the flexibility to fit in your Spanish at a time that works for you.
READY TO GET STARTED?
The program gave me the confidence I needed to get back to where I used to feel with my Spanish.
“My situation was slightly different in that I was looking for a refresher so I would say the course was exactly the right level. The audio recordings are really neat and innovative. I found myself looking forward to sending those off the most. I also felt like my pronunciation improved a lot.”
~ Trent, Mission City, Kansas
Each week you will have:
- One writing prompt unique to your level for a total of 4 different prompts over the 4 weeks
- Detailed edits of your writing with comments, suggestions and supplemental links to improve on certain grammar and vocabulary topics
- Personalized audio feedback on your pronunciation each week
- One 45-minute conversation practice session with me per week for a total of four sessions over 4 weeks
Time commitment per week
This program requires a time commitment of about 5 hours per week, including the weekly live conversation session.
READY TO GET STARTED?
It's a less traditional learning style but sometimes you just need to get out of the books and play around with the language.
The program really helped me step away from the workbooks. The writing prompts didn’t feel like homework and through Dominique’s corrections, I could see where and why I went wrong. I learned so much through reviewing and looking up vocabulary and the conversation sessions gave me more confidence in my speaking skills.
~ Karina, Sacramento, California
1. What level of Spanish do I need to do this program?
You should have an intermediate level of Spanish to do this program. Most importantly, you should be able to conjugate in the past tense and have a comfortable conversational level of Spanish. If you are unsure of your level, we can do an assessment together.
2. I’m not sure if this is the right program for me and if I feel comfortable with the format. Can I meet with you before committing?
Absolutely! I can meet with you via Zoom to answer any questions you might have. Just send me an email and we can schedule a time.
3.) Do I have to start the program on a certain day of the week or date of the month?
No! You can start your 4-weeks on any day.
4.) What if I get behind on writing and recording?
I highly recommend that you pick a time of the year where you have the 5 hours per week to dedicate to the program before committing. But, I also understand that life happens. If you get behind on the pre-work (i.e. the writing and recording) we can always push out the conversation session an extra week to give you more time. However, the course is designed to be intensive to see real progress.
5.) I loved the program! Can I do it again?
Yup! As there are 40 different topics to choose from, you can repeat the program several times - you will just choose 4 new topics each time we start a new session. You can roll into another 4 week session back-to-back or take a break and come back to do another one later.
After 4-weeks, I can really see my progress.
"I dedicate a minimum of 4-6 hours a week to do all of the work. I think it’s intensive and the right amount to push me past my comfort level and learn more. I really like being able to choose topics that I’m interested in. After 4-weeks, I can really see my progress.”
~ Austin, Sacramento, California
MEET THE TEACHER
Hola, soy Dominique
I became fluent in Spanish in the my 20s and I'm on a crusade to help others believe that language proficiency in later life is possible.
10 years ago, I took the big leap to start learning Spanish as an adult when I moved to Spain. I, like many of you, was a monolingual, English-speaking adult with little-to-no previous exposure to other languages. I remember feeling a little out my league next to my European classmates at my language school in Barcelona. I felt like they had a real leg-up as, for many of them, Spanish was their 3rd or 4th language. But I was determined to learn. And so, I rolled my sleeves up, put my head down and got to work.
Trust me when I say that I UNDERSTAND what it’s like to learn this material from the ground up. That’s because I, too, spent hours upon hours wrapping my head around the same concepts you will be seeing in this course. I'm excited to start this journey with you!