Phone: 206.239.4780

Spanish Language Classes

Our Spanish classes are held at our downtown Seattle campus. Spanish is a Romance Language, closely related to French, Italian  and Portuguese. There are many linguistic variations in the Spanish-speaking  world; Spain alone has several dialects. These differences are mostly confined  to pronunciation and vocabulary. Language structure and grammar are fairly  standard throughout the Americas and Spain. With a little experience, all varieties are mutually intelligible.

Granada, Spain. Photo courtesy of Susan Hussey, Senior TESOL Faculty


Beginner level (Levels 1-6)

Spanish is spoken starting from the first day of class. Throughout the beginner level, the students learn expressing their needs, understanding and using daily and frequently used expressions such as simple sentences which are aimed at meeting immediate needs. The student also learns how to describe, in simple terms, aspects from the past and the environment. Short dialogues can be established and describing daily life issues by using simple sentences, writing postcards, writing simple letters as well as writing short stories.
Levels 1-3 (A1) are intended to help students acquire the following skills:

  • To recognize basic, commonly used words and expressions about oneself, one’s family and the immediate environment, when the language is spoken slowly and clearly.
  • To participate in a simple conversation, provided that the other person collaborates and is willing to repeat what they have said or express it in other words and more slowly, about specific needs, descriptions of people or the place where they are from.
  • To write short, simple cards, for example greeting cards.
  • To complete forms with personal information (name, nationality, address).

Levels 4-6 (A2) are intended to help students acquire the following skills:

  • To understand commonly used phrases and expressions related to areas of experience that are particularly relevant to them (basic information about themselves and their family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.)
  • To communicate when carrying out simple, everyday tasks that only require a simple, direct exchange of information about familiar or everyday topics.
  • To describe in simple terms their past and environment, as well as anything related to their immediate needs.

Intermediate Level (Levels 7-10)

The student is able to use communicative strategies to maintain conversations related to the past and the future in different contexts and situations. The student is able to read general texts and simple literary texts as well as writing letters and essays about general aspects of daily life.
This level of study is intended to help students acquire the following skills:

  • Understand the main ideas in clear texts written in standard language, if they deal with familiar topics, such as situations related to their jobs, studies or leisure activities.
  • Manage most situations that might arise when travelling in a Spanish-speaking area.
  • Write simple, coherent texts about familiar topics or those in which they have a personal interest.
  • Describe experiences, events, desires and ambitions, as well as briefly justify their opinions and explain their plans.

Intermediate Spanish Conversation

Prerequisite: Instructor’s  permission or placement.
Designed for students at the intermediate to low advanced level.  The focus is on increasing comprehension and fluency in the language,  vocabulary building and revision of grammar points. Discussion on topics of  interest helps students to express their ideas correctly, clearly and  effectively. The course is customized to fit the needs of class members. Great  for travelers too!

Spanish Film Conversation

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 5 or placement.
In this course, students will watch, study, and discuss a series of Spanish-Language films. The featured films will be the foundation for acquiring new vocabulary and expressions, learning and applying grammatical concepts, and building cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will also use and discuss supplementary materials related to contexts, themes, and linguistic content of the films.

The minimum requirement to enroll in this course is completion of Spanish Level 4 at WAL, or a placement interview demonstrating an appropriate intermediate proficiency. Participants in this course may be of varying proficiency levels, so strong efforts are made to accommodate different learners’ needs.
Required Textbook: Cinema for Spanish Conversation, Third Edition by Mary McVey Gill, Deana Smalley, and Maria-Paz Haro. ISBN: 978-1585103744


Any registrations received after the deadline will be charged a $25 late fee

-Classes must have a minimum of 4 students to run. Shared private lessons and custom programs are also available

*Classes falling on holidays will be rescheduled.

Summer Session B: August- September

Higher level classes require the previous class or a placement. New students may request a placement here. Placement requests are due Monday, August 7th if you would like to take Spanish 2.

Registration Deadline: Monday, August 14th.

Course Teacher Days Time Start date End date
Spanish 1 Lissette Baptista T/Th 6:30 – 8:30 PM 8/22/2017 9/21/2017
Spanish 2 Lissette Baptista M/W 6:30 – 8:30 PM 8/23/2017 9/27/2017

Holidays: 9/4 (Monday)

Register here.

Fall Session: October- December

Fall registration will open on August 25th. If you would like a notification when the schedule is up, you may enter your email here.

Custom Program

WAL can design a special language program for you or your group.  Custom classes are planned with your needs and objectives in mind. WAL has the materials and instructional staff to provide you with an outstanding experience! Choose the number of hours you want to study and the dates of your study and we will design a program just for you.

Custom Programs may be contracted in 10-hour blocks that must be used within 5 weeks. Request a Custom Program here.

Corporate Programs

Communication is always key, especially in the world of business. Our experienced instructors are ready to come to your office with a tailored, industry-specific approach to language instruction. Program content is customized to meet the needs of individual companies.

Instruction requires a minimum of 10 hours total and a minimum of 1.5 hours per lesson.  Programs are generally scheduled on weekdays. Meeting dates and times are flexible. Instruction can be delivered at corporate sites or at our downtown office.

Please contact us at 206-239-4789 or for more information or to receive quote.


Class Type Cost per Term
Evening & Day Classes $350 (effective 7/1/2017)
Custom Programs $700/10 hours (effective 7/1/2017)
Shared Custom Programs $450/10 hours per person (2-3 students)
Specialized Programs $750/10 hours