Levels

• Phrases that can be used in very concrete and predictable situations.

• Can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to help.

• Can ask for very specific things and inform others about their location.

• Can make an introduction and use basic greetings and leave-taking expressions, ask how people are and react to news.

• Can participate in conversations in a simple way and make themselves understood, although they do not provide clarifications in relation to temporality of events and they commit frequent mistakes.

• Use repetitions at a slower rhythm, reformulations and repair.

• Can understand very short simple texts.

• Can handle a limited repertoire of simple verbal and non-verbal resources.

• Basic syntactic structures (that include memorized phrases and formulae).

• Very general knowledge on social conventions and cultural references in the Spanish-speaking world.

• Can communicate in a clear and understandable way, although it is evident they have a foreign accent.

• Can identify the topic being spoken about if the others express themselves slowly and clearly.

• Can handle short texts that contain instructions and simple information.

• Texts published in communications media (press, television, etc.)

• Need frequent reformulations and repetitions and visual supports to ensure understanding.

• Wide repertoire but simple in vocabulary, structures and memorized formulae.

• Put into play general knowledge about the Spanish-speaking world (cultural references, norms and conventions of a sociocultural character).

• Communicate appropriately in a neutral register, although with sufficient flexibility to adapt self to different situations. • Express themselves with reasonable accuracy, although they hesitate and pause to think about what they are going to say and make mistakes (especially in pronunciation)

• Know how to ask someone to clarify and develop further what they have just said.

• Have sufficient verbal and non-verbal resources to maintain communication and behave appropriately in social situations in which they participate.

• Have a reasonable knowledge of vocabulary, structures and memorized formulae.

• Can handle authentic texts produced by native speakers, at a standard language level.

• Need the discourse to have a clear structure, and if it is orally transmitted, that it is articulated with clarity and with a normal accent.

• Degree of fluency, accuracy and comfort sufficient so that the interlocutors do not have to make a special effort.

• Are sufficiently conscious of language to permit them to avoid mistakes that could lead to misunderstandings and utilize sufficient resources to avoid ambiguous situations and to clarify what the interlocutor wanted to say.

• Consider the effect their comments produce and keep in mind both the communicative situation and the interlocutors to adapt the register and degree of formality in different situations.

• Are capable of sustaining a conversation or debate by showing the ability to cooperate: react appropriately to statements and deductions that the other speakers make and contribute to the development of what is being said.

• During the course of a professional meeting or seminar, they can follow the rhythm of animated debates and identify arguments of the different points of view.

• Express their ideas and opinions with accuracy.

• Can handle any type of text that deals with concrete topics or abstract themes, including technical debates in their specialty.

• Understand films and theatre plays as long as the register used is standard.

• Can identify important details in long and complex texts, and identify rapidly the content and the importance of the information and decide if a deeper analysis is necessary.

• Can make summaries, in which clear structuring and sequencing are used and where they analyze points of view. Can take notes in lectures on specialized topics, although they tend to get stuck on words and miss part of the information.

• Can communicate with fluency and naturalness, almost effortlessly, with few hesitations, even in complicated situations or in adverse circumstances with noise and interferences.

• They use an appropriate register in every type of situation and they communicate in a coherent and consistent way in different registers.

• Make arrangements by telephone.

• Recognize registers; capture the meaning implicit in what they hear and read, given that they understand the connotative weight of idiomatic expressions, set phrases and colloquial expressions, although they might need to confirm details, above all if the accent is unfamiliar.

• Humor.

• In work or academic spheres, they are able to make presentations and write clear, detailed and well-structured reports on complex topics, at certain length, highlighting the main ideas and defending a point of view.

• Can handle a wide range of long and complex texts in their social, professional or academic lives.

• Are capable of recognizing a wide range of idiomatic and colloquial expressions and of appreciating changes in register.

• Can transmit the content to other people with great precision, through notes, paraphrasing and summaries.

• All types of situations, including unforeseen, and complications in which the speakers find themselves involved.

• Can express themselves with accuracy, propriety and ease in the use of the language and are capable of transmitting subtle nuances of meaning.

• Can communicate without problems in different registers and have a good command of idiomatic and colloquial expressions.

• Have a good command of idiomatic and colloquial expressions and know how to appreciate levels of connotations of meaning.

• Are conscious of the implications of a sociolinguistic and sociocultural character in the use of the language by native speakers and know how to react appropriately.

• Can mediate effectively between speakers of Spanish and their community of origin taking into account sociocultural and sociolinguistic differences.

• Can understand any interlocutor, even when dealing with abstract and complex themes of a specialized character.

• Participate fully in work and academic life, without great disadvantage compared to native speakers.

• Can handle any kind of text, transmitted orally or written, received live or retransmitted.

• Can understand lectures and specialized presentations even though they contain a high degree of colloquialism, regionalisms or infrequently used terminology.

• They understand practically any type of text, including abstract ones or ones with a complex structure or literary or non-literary texts with many colloquialisms.

GSD teachers are trained in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language, and all hold to these principles to elaborate their teaching syllabus.

• Avoid rigidness: There should be a certain amount of negotiation with the students in deciding what are the specific contents of the course.

• Oriented towards action.

• Consider the language as an element that we use that helps us carry out concrete tasks.

• Establish contents and dynamics that facilitate the use of the language from an instrumental position.

• Objective: that the students communicate the best way possible and know how to resolve successfully communicative situations.

• That they learn outside the classroom, over the course of their lifetimes, in an independent way.