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Our Belt System

Our program 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 your kids with students of comparable ability.

A brief evaluation, completed within the first three sessions, ensures that your kids are assigned the correct belt level. After the first three sessions your kid is ratified on her belt level or recommended a change to a different level. When she surpasses the minimum standards assigned to the next belt level on all variables considered, congratulations! She is granted a new color belt.

Language delivery requirements

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

Language Delivery Requirements for
Beginner Spanish Belt Levels

 
White Belts
Yellow Belts
Orange Belts
Command of Spanish speaking dynamics None
Speaks with script in front. Needs prior preparation.
Speaks going back and forth to script. Needs prior preparation.
Spanish Verb knowledge and usage while speaking None
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).
Knows and uses well phrases such as Yo comí (I ate) and Yo comía (I used to eat), along other phrases from prior levels.
spanish Vocabulary usage while speaking None
Limited to most common verbs, nouns and adjectives.
Limited to common verbs, nouns, adjectives and most common adverbs.
Spanish Pronunciation Non-Spanish accent Good pronunciation of vowels. Good pronunciation of syllables.
Understanding of others' speeches while listening None Limited understanding of slow-paced speech. Good understanding of slow-paced speech. Limited understanding of regular-paced speech.
Speed of conversation N/A Very slow. Slow.
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking None Sentences use subject, verb and object, and time expression Sentences use up to two verbs and two clauses.

 

Language Delivery Requirements for
Intermediate Spanish Belt Levels
 
Green Belts
Light Blue Belts
Navy Blue Belts
Command of Spanish speaking dynamics Speaks without looking at script. Needs prior written preparation. Is able to improvise. Establishes good eye contact during entire conversation. Is able to improvise. Establishes very good eye contact during entire conversation.
Spanish verb knowledge and usage while speaking Knows and uses well Spanish phrases such as Yo comeré (I will eat), and Yo he comido (I have eaten), along other phrases from prior levels. Knows and uses well Spanish 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. Knows and uses well Spanish 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
Spanish vocabulary usage while speaking Includes a good balance of verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs. Includes a very good balance of verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs. Includes an excellent balance of verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs.
Pronunciation Good intonation. Very good intonation. Excellent intonation.
Understanding of others' speeches while listening Excellent understanding of slow-paced speech. Good understanding of regular-paced speech. Good understanding of regular-paced speech. Limited understanding of fast -paced speech. Excellent understanding of regular-paced speech. Limited understanding of fast -paced speech.
Speed of conversation Medium-low. Medium. Medium-high.
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking Uses well indirect object pronouns. Uses well direct object pronouns. Uses well reflexible pronouns.

 

Language Delivery Requirements for
Advanced Spanish Belt Levels
 
Purple Belts
Brown Belts
Black Belts
Command of Spanish speaking dynamics Is able to improvise. Establishes excellent eye contact during entire conversation. Observes good command of facial expressions and body language. Is able to improvise. Establishes excellent eye contact during entire conversation. Observes very good command of facial expressions and body language. Is able to improvise. Establishes excellent eye contact during entire conversation. Observes excellent command of facial expressions and body language.
Spanish verb knowledge and usage while speaking Knows and uses well Spanish 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. Knows and uses well Spanish 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. Knows and uses well Spanish 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.
Spanish vocabulary usage while speaking Includes an excellent balance of verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs. Includes industry or activity-specific jargon. Observes high command of country-specific jargon.
Pronunciation Excellent intonation. Excellent intonation. Excellent intonation.
Understanding of others' speeches while listening Excellent understanding of regular-paced speech. Limited understanding of fast -paced speech. Excellent understanding of regular-paced speech. Good understanding of fast -paced speech. Excellent understanding of regular-paced speech. Very good understanding of fast -paced speech.
Speed of conversation Medium-high. High. Very high.
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking Medium-high. High. 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. In addition to successfully completing the required hours, and doing suggested at-home activities, your kid will need to pass an examination and meet minimum score requirements to move up to the next belt.

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