Spanish Language Classes

Spanish as a Second Language Program 

The Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) Program is an all-volunteer program that provides Spanish language instruction to adults (ages 18 and up) during three semesters each year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Language instruction is provided at Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 classes are held at St. Matthew’s Education Center, 1726 N Street, NW. While the SSL Program seeks to provide Spanish language instruction to persons engaged in serving their brothers and sisters in the Hispanic communities of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the Program also accepts students who are interested in learning Spanish solely for their personal enrichment.

Summer Semester 2016 Online form for Pre-registration: (Online pre-registration is currently closed, please register in person) Please note, this pre-registration form is a new initiative of the planning team to speed up the in-person registration process. However, each student must come in person to be tested and placed into a level. Pre-registering online does not guarantee a spot in the program.

 

The following is information regarding the Summer 2016 semester:

Summer Semester 2016 

The 10-week Summer semester will run from June 7 to August 10. During this period, classes will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm, with optional pre-class tutoring between 6:00 and 6:30pm. Language instruction will be provided at Level 1 (Beginner) through Level 5 (Advanced). Students may register in person, starting Thursday, June 2, between 6:00 and 8:00pm, at St. Matthew’s Education Center, 1726 N Street, NW. At registration, each student will be assessed to determine the appropriate class level in which he/she will be placed. Student registrations will be accepted until June 29. The cost of the 10-week semester is $25. For more information, please contact Molly Egilsrud at stmattsesl@gmail.com.

Online form for Pre-registration: Please note, this pre-registration form is a new initiative of the planning team to speed up the in-person registration process. However, each student must come in person to be tested and placed into a level. Pre-registering online does not guarantee a spot in the program.

Click here for the online pre-registration form.

End of Semester Celebrations

On the last day of each semester, all the students and volunteers of the semester gather in one of the Cathedral’s large conference rooms to celebrate their achievements. During this “End of Semester Celebration”, each student is conferred an official “Certificate of Participation” to acknowledge their participation in the SSL Program. The celebration is a “potluck” event, where each student and volunteer is invited to bring a dish of food, desert, or beverage of their choice to share with their fellow classmates and volunteers. Family members and friends of the semester’s students and volunteers, as well as alumni of the SSL Program (i.e., former students and former volunteers) are welcome to join us for this celebration. 

Volunteer Teachers Needed for SSL Program

We are looking for volunteers to serve as teachers one night per week (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) in the Summerl semester of the SSL Program, which will extend from June 7 to August 10. Please see above for more details. While volunteers are not required to have formal training in teaching Spanish as a second language, we expect their native language to be Spanish. Classes will be taught in Spanish only. If you are not comfortable teaching a class on your own, we can pair you with a more experienced teacher. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Peter Bihl at stmattsssl@gmail.com

Important: All Fall semester volunteers (new and returning) will be required to attend the pre-semester “Preparation, Planning and Orientation” meeting on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. SSL Program meetings are held at St. Matthew’s Education Center, 1726 N Street, NW. 

Se solicita maestros voluntarios para el Programa SSL

Estamos buscando voluntarios para servir como maestros una noche por semana (martes, miércoles o jueves) durante el semestre de Primavera del Programa SSL que se impartirá del 7 de junio al 10 de agosto. Por favor ver arriba para más detalles. No es un requisito que los voluntarios tengan una capacitación formal como maestros de español como segundo idioma, sin embargo esperamos que la lengua materna de los voluntarios sea el español. Se espera asimismo que los voluntarios cuenten como mínimo con un título universitario. Las clases serán impartidas sólo en español. Si usted no se siente a gusto dando la clase por sí solo podemos acomodarlo junto con algún maestro con más experiencia. Si usted está interesado en participar como voluntario por favor póngase en contacto con el Dan Horning, en la dirección stmattsssl@gmail.com

Importante: Se pedirá a todos los voluntarios del semestre de Primavera (nuevos o que regresan para continuar sirviendo) que se reúnan como equipo el miercoles 17 de septiembre, de 6:30 a 8:00 pm. Las reuniones del Programa SSL se llevan a cabo en el St. Matthew’s Education Center (Centro de Educación de San Mateo), que está ubicado en 1726 N Street, NW.