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 and Level 2 and 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.  Priority registration the first week of each semester is reserved for those students who are parishioners of St. Matthew’s currently involved in a ministry. 

The following is information regarding the Spring, Summer and Fall 2014 semesters:  

Spring Semester 2014

The 13-week Spring semester will extend from January 14 to April 10. During this period, classes will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Language instruction will be provided at Level 1 and Level 2. Students registering for Level 2 instruction must have the prior approval of the Level 2 lead instructor and priority registration for both levels, which will take place through the first week of classes, will be reserved for those students who are parishioners of St. Matthew’s and currently involved in a ministry. Students may register, in person, starting Thursday, January 9, between 6:30 and 8pm, at St. Matthew’s Education Center, 1726 N Street, NW. Student registrations will be accepted until February 5 or until capacity is reached. The cost of the 13-week semester is $80. For more information, please contact Dan Horning at stmattsssl@gmail.com

Summer Semester 2014 

The 10-week Fall semester will extend from June 3 to August 6. During this period, classes will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Language instruction will be provided at Level 1 and Level 2. Students registering for Level 2 instruction must have the prior approval of the Level 2 lead instructor and priority registration which takes place during the first week will be given to those students who are parishioners of St. Matthew and currently involved in a ministry. Students for both levels may register, in person, starting Wednesday, May 28, between 6:30 and 8pm, at St. Matthew’s Education Center, 1726 N Street, NW. The cost of the 10-week semester is $50. There will be no classes the week of July 1 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday. For more information, please contact Dan Horning at stmattsssl@gmail.com.   

Fall Semester 2014 

The 13-week Fall semester will extend from September 16 to December 11. During this period, classes will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Language instruction will be provided at Level 1 and Level 2. Students registering for Level 2 instruction must have the prior approval of the Level 2 lead instructor and priority registration for both levels, which will take place through the first week of classes, is reserved for those students who are parishioners of St. Matthew’s currently involved in a ministry. Students for both levels may register, in person, starting Thursday, September 11, between 6:30 and 8pm, at St. Matthew’s Education Center, 1726 N Street, NW. The cost of the 13-week semester is $80. There will be no classes the week of November 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information, please contact Dan Horning at stmattsssl@gmail.com.   

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 Fall semester of the SSL Program, which will extend from January 14 to April 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. Also, volunteers are expected to have at least one university degree. 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 Dan Horning at stmattsssl@gmail.com

Important:  All Spring semester volunteers (new and returning) wi