The Spanish language program offers seven levels of language learning for adults wishing to learn, improve, and practice their Spanish language skills. Four terms are offered per year (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Intensive) and inter-session workshops. The courses are student-centered, interactive, and taught in an intimate, casual, and professional learning atmosphere with an average of 12 students per class. Teachers are trained in the Communicative Language Teaching methodology and use a variety of teaching strategies and activities to encourage student participation and engagement. For more information about class levels, read the Class Level Descriptions.

2016 Class Sessions and Workshops

Workshop: Preterit vs Imperfect
Concentrated practice to understand the subtle differences between the preterit and imperfect; here is an opportunity to master the differences between the two!

  • March 22, 24, 29 and 31
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.(8 hours)
  • Cost: $80
  • Target levels: Beginning 3 – Intermediate 2

Spring 2016

  • April 12 – June 16, 2016 (10 weeks)
  • Testing/Registration April 5, 6, 7 at 6:30 p.m. (no appointment necessary)
  • Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday or  Thursday evenings, depending on level, from  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $200

Workshop: Subjunctive Mood
This workshop will hone your skills in applying the subjunctive, a mood that is rarely used in English, but it is widely used in Spanish.

  • June 21, 23, 28, and 30
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (8 hours)
  • Cost: $80
  • Target levels: Intermediate 2 – Advanced

Summer Intensive

  • July 12 – August 11 (5 weeks)
  • Testing/Registration July 5, 6, 7 at 6:30 p.m. (no appointment necessary)
  • Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $200

Workshop: Cultural Communication
Learn colloquial expressions, idioms and slang from various Spanish speaking countries, the “do’s and don’ts” of incorporating slang into speech, false friends and social etiquette.

  • November 29, December 1, 6, and 8
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (8 hours)
  • Cost: $80
  • Target levels: High Beginning – Advanced


  • $200 per semester/session (20 classroom hours) – payment is required to reserve your place in class.
  • $80 workshops (8 classroom hours each)
  • $25 one-time, new student registration/testing
  • $25 textbook – available at front desk. One book covers 3 levels
  • Payment may be made in cash, checks made out to the International Institute of Minnesota, or by credit card (VISA or MasterCard only) at the front desk or over the phone

Class Schedule: All classes meet one day per week from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday:  Beginning 1, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2
  • Wednesday:  Beginning 1, Beginning 2, Beginning 3, Advanced
  • Thursday:  Beginning 2, Intermediate 3

Additional Information:

  • Classes meet once per week for 10 weeks (20 hours) during academic school year
  • Summer Intensive classes meet 2 evenings a week for 5 weeks (20 hours)
  • Grammar Focus Workshops meet 2 evenings a week for 2 weeks (8 hours); no assessment necessary – open to mixed levels
  • Students must be 18+ years old for Fall, Winter & Spring Sessions, 16+ for Summer Intensive
  • New students with previous Spanish language experience must take assessment/placement test to determine correct level
  • Assessments offered 3 evenings prior to class start dates – no appointment necessary
  • When registering, indicate level and  preferred evening for attendance (exception Summer Intensive); classes offered depending upon enrollment, all efforts are made to accommodate personal schedules
  • Refund policy: 50% of the class fee if notified 5 days after class start date; 0% thereafter
  • All instructors are experienced and are native speakers or have earned advanced degrees in Spanish with an emphasis in Education, Latin American Studies, or relevant areas of study
  • Students not letter graded; classes are pass/fail
  • Certificates of Completion provided at final class; CEUs from MN Department of Education also provided upon request
  • Free tutoring for enrolled students (depending on availability)
  • All classes and workshops are held on site: 1694 Como Ave St Paul MN, central location between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, on bus route 3A/3B, across from MN State Fairgrounds
  • Free parking
  • Each level incorporates cultural lectures and discussion, current events, art, music, and practices speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar
  • For more information about class levels, read the Class Level Descriptions

If you would like further information or to enroll in the course, please contact Dominique Winders at 651-647-0191 x 340 or fill out the form below:

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