Spanish: Language offered by HELPCAT Malaysia

Spanish

  • Spanish, also called Castilian, is a Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native-speakers across the world.

    Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. It is also used as an official language by the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Union of South American Nations, and by many other international organizations.

    It is estimated that more than 427 million people speak Spanish as a native language, which qualifies it as second on the lists of languages by number of native speakers. Instituto Cervantes claims that there are an estimated 472 million Spanish speakers with native competence and 567 million Spanish speakers as a first or second language—including speakers with limited competence—and more than 21 million students of Spanish as a foreign language.

    Spanish is the official or national language in Spain, Equatorial Guinea, and 19 countries in the Americas. Speakers in the Americas total some 418 million. In the European Union, Spanish is the mother tongue of 8% of the population, with an additional 7% speaking it as a second language. Spanish is the most popular second language learned in the United States. In 2011 it was estimated by the American Community Survey that of the 55 million Hispanic United States residents who are five years of age and over, 38 million speak Spanish at home.

    In HELP CAT-Aula Cervantes, we offer Spanish short course according to the Common European Framework of Reference for

    Languages:

    The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels; for each level, it describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing. These levels are:

    Level group Level group name Level Level name Description
    A Basic user A1 Breakthrough or beginner
    • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
    • Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have.
    • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
    A2 Waystage or elementary
    • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
    • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
    • Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
    B Independent user B1 Threshold or intermediate
    • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
    • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
    • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
    • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
    B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
    • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
    • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
    • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
    C Proficient user C1 Effective operational proficiency or advanced
    • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning.
    • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
    • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
    • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
    C2 Mastery or proficiency
    • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
    • Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
    • Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

  • Open the doors to communicate with the 400 million Spanish speakers of the World

    Spoken by an estimated 400 million people worldwide, Spanish is currently the 4th most spoken language in the world.

    Communicate with Spanish speakers in your own community

    If you are from the United States, in many cities and rural areas you may be able to have frequent contact with native Spanish speakers.

    Make your travel experiences more exciting and rewarding

    There are 21 countries in the world that have Spanish as an official language. Knowing the language will make your travel experiences in beautiful Spain and Latin America much easier. A good grasp of the Spanish language will be a valuable window into helping you learn about the true culture of the areas you visit, which will truly enhance your travel experience.

    Make yourself a more desirable employee and increase your job prospects

    Knowledge of a foreign language can help open doors to job opportunities that you might not have had access to before. There are a number of jobs that require a basic proficiency in another language. In this global world, the more people that you can communicate with, the more valuable you are as an employee. You may even earn a larger salary because of your Spanish knowledge!

    Prepare yourself for study abroad experiences

    There are many universities, colleges, high schools and other organizations that offer a variety of study abroad programs and exchanges. You may be required to have a year or a semester of language study in order to participate. Even if a study abroad program does not require prior knowledge of Spanish, you will be at a great advantage when you study abroad if you have studied the language before arriving in the country. It will make it easier to make friends, shop for groceries and clothes, eat in restaurants and do many other essential things to help you enjoy your experience while abroad.

    Improve your knowledge and understanding of your own language

    English and other European languages have many words of Latin origin. Spanish, one of the Romance languages, comes from Latin. Since Latin roots are the basis of so many English words, especially scientific and technical words, knowledge of Spanish will help English speakers and, to an extent, other European language speakers, not only to expand their vocabulary, but also to better understand the words of their own language.

    Make learning your next language easier

    While language learning takes a lot of practice, hard work and dedication, the learning process actually develops a number of mental and social skills. These skills are transferable to other aspects of life and it has been said that once you become bilingual and have learnt one language, the next language you learn is easier to master.

    Gain a greater appreciation for Spanish-speaking cultures

    If you want an insider’s view of Spanish and Latin American cultures, a knowledge of Spanish is essential. When you can read and understand Spanish, whether on the street, in the metro, on television or in the newspaper, not only will it make your life much easier, but it will allow you to gain a greater understanding of the culture. Knowledge of Spanish will also open up the world of literature, and an understanding of the history of the Spanish speaking countries will help you to understand the historical influences that still affect the culture today.

    Enjoy Spanish music, theatre, film and literature in their original Spanish forms

    Understanding Spanish will also open up the world of Spanish theatre to you, allow you to read great works of literature such as Miguel de Cervantes´ Don Quixote in their original forms, and watch Spanish language films without all the distracting subtitles. If you learn Spanish it will allow you to simply enjoy the films in their natural language. Oscar-winning films in Spanish include: Belle epoque (1993), All About My Mother (1999), The Sea Inside (2004) and Pan´s Labyrinth (2007). Famous Spanish-speaking actors include: Antonio Bandaras, Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayak.

    There is also lots of wonderful Spanish and Latin American music. Popular Spanish-speaking musical artists include: Cuban Gloria Estefan, Colombian Shakira, Spanish Julio Iglesias as well as his son Enrique Iglesias, Puerto Rican Ricky Martin, and American Jennifer Lopez. Don’t just limit yourself to this list; there are many websites online where you can listen to many different and exciting types of Spanish and Latin American music.

    Meet many new people and make friendships that will last a lifetime

    When you learn a new language, such as Spanish, it opens up a whole new world of people that you can talk to that you may never have been able to communicate with before. This can give you many exciting opportunities to learn about other people’s cultures and form lifelong friendships.

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    DELE Spanish Short Courses Intake 2017

    DELE Syllabus/ Recognized Worldwide/ Teaching Quality Guaranteed

    At AULA CERVANTES-HELPCAT, we provide Spanish courses which align with the syllabus for the preparation of DELE Exam, which is organized by the Spanish government and recognized worldwide. Moreover, all our Spanish lecturers are academically qualified, therefore our teaching quality is guaranteed. We hope that you will enjoy the Spanish study experience with us!

    First Semester (Please register by 31 December 2016)

    (A) Class Day:
    January 14, 21 / February 4, 11, 18, 25 / March 4, 11, 18, 25

    (B)   Levels offered:

    Level Time Venue
    Spanish Level A1.1 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 533
    Spanish Level A1.2 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 534
    Spanish Level A2.2 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 516
    Spanish Level B1.1 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 533
    Spanish Level B2.1 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 521

    Second Semester (Please register by 1 April 2017)

    (A)   Class Day:
    April 15, 22 / May 6, 13, 20, 27 / June 3, 10, 17, 24

    (B)   Levels offered:

    Level Time Venue
    Spanish Level A1.1 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 533
    Spanish Level A1.2 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 534
    Spanish Level A2.1 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 521
    Spanish Level A2.2 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 516
    Spanish Level B1.1 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 533
    Spanish Level B1.2 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 534
    Spanish Level B2.2 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 521

    Third Semester (Please register by 1 July 2017)

    (A)   Class day: July 15, 22, 29 / Aug 5, 12, 19, 26 / Sep 9, 23, 30

    (B)   Levels offered:

    Level Time Venue
    Spanish Level A1.1 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 533
    Spanish Level A1.2 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 534
    Spanish Level A2.1 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 521
    Spanish Level A2.2 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 516
    Spanish Level B1.1 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 533
    Spanish Level B1.2 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 516
    Spanish Level B1.3 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 534
    Spanish Level B2.3 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 521

     

    Forth Semester (Please register by 23 September 2017)

    (A)   Class day: Oct 7, 10, 21, 28 / Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 / Dec 9, 16

    (B)   Levels offered:

    Level Time Venue
    Spanish Level A1.1 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 533
    Spanish Level A1.2 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 534
    Spanish Level A2.1 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 521
    Spanish Level A2.2 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 516
    Spanish Level B1.1 9:30am – 12:30pm Room 514
    Spanish Level B1.2 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 516
    Spanish Level B1.3 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 534
    Spanish Level B1.4 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 533
    Spanish Level B2.4 2:00pm – 5:00pm Room 521

    DELE Preparation Workshop (Please register by 1 April 2017)

    Level Dates (Thursday) Time Venue Fees (RM) (+GST)
    DELE A1 Apr 20, 27 7pm – 9:30pm Room 521 583
    DELE A2 Apr 20, 27 7pm – 9:30pm Room 533 583
    DELE B1 Apr 20, 27 7pm – 9:30pm Room 534 583

    DELE Preparation Workshop (Please register by 13 October 2017)

    Level Dates
    (Thursday)
    Time Venue Fees (RM) (+GST)
    DELE A1 Nov 2, 9 7pm – 9:30pm Room 521 583
    DELE A2 Nov 2, 9 7pm – 9:30pm Room 533 583
    DELE B1 Nov 2, 9 7pm – 9:30pm Room 534 583

    Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are official titles certifying degree of competence and mastery of the Spanish language, granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain.

    The Instituto Cervantes organizes examination sessions, while the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain designs the exams, and is in charge of corrections and the final evaluation of all exams.

    Payment of Fees

    You will have to pay the (A) Lecture Fees & Material Fees (compulsory),  (B) Textbooks (compulsory, according to level). And if you would like to access to our library which contains Spanish book, you may pay the Library Access Fees.

    Fees (Compulsory)

    Level Lecture Fees
    (RM) (+GST)
    Material Fees (RM) (+GST)
    Spanish Level A1.1 800 10.60
    Spanish Level A1.2 800 10.60
    Spanish Level A2.1 800 10.60
    Spanish Level A2.2 800 10.60
    Spanish Level B1.1 820 10.60
    Spanish Level B1.2 820 10.60
    Spanish Level B1.3 825 10.60
    Spanish Level B1.4 825 10.60
    Spanish Level B1.5 830 10.60
    Spanish Level B1.6 830 10.60
    Spanish Level B2.1 835 10.60
    Spanish Level B2.2 835 10.60
    Spanish Level B2.3 840 10.60
    Spanish Level B2.4 840 10.60
    Spanish Level C1 860 10.60
    Spanish Level C2 880 10.60

    Textbooks (Compulsory)

    Level Textbook and CD Payment (RM) (including GST)
    Spanish Level A1.1 Aula Internacional 1 + CD 170.00
    Spanish Level A1.2
    Spanish Level A2.1 Aula Internacional 2 + CD 170.00
    Spanish Level A2.2
    Spanish Level B1.1 Aula Imternacional 3 + CD 170.00
    Spanish Level B1.2
    Spanish Level B1.3
    Spanish Level B1.4
    Spanish Level B1.5
    Spanish Level B1.6
    Spanish Level B2.1 Aula Imternacional 4 + CD 170.00
    Spanish Level B2.2
    Spanish Level B2.3 Aula Internacional 5 + CD 170.00
    Spanish Level B2.4
    Spanish Level C1 TBC TBC
    Spanish Level C2 TBC TBC

    Library Access (Optional)

    RM 106 (valid for one calendar year)
    RM 30 deposit if book is borrowed
    Operation hour of library:
    Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:30pm / Sunday: 9:00am – 1:00pm / Venue: 7th floor

    PAYMENT

    Payment by hand at HELP CAT

    You can only pay the fees by cash or cheque (payable to: HELP COLLEGE OF ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY SDN BHD) upon registration in HELP College of Arts and Technology, level 6, Registry (open from Mondays to Fridays 9am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm).

    WAZE: HELP College of Arts and Technology

    Address: Jalan Metro Pudu, Fraser Business Park, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur,

    Online payment

    To register online, you just have to bank in the fee (CIMB Bank Berhad- account no.:8000379321), scan and send by email (language.inquiry@helpcat.edu.my). Registration will not be completed until payment is settled. Please fill in the registration form attached above.

    IMPORTANT

    For each level, the class will only be started if there is at least 4 students in the class. If there is not enough students for a semester in which you register, your fees paid will be brought forward to one semester if the class has at least 4 students, and you will be able to start attending the class. If the level you prefer to study does not have 4 students for two semester, your fees paid will be refunded to you. Once you register, we presume that you accept this term and condition.

    Venue

    All class will be conducted at HELP College of Arts and Technology

    WAZE: HELP College of Arts and Technology

    Address: Jalan Metro Pudu, Fraser Business Park, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.

  • Please download the academic calendar for Spanish DELE short courses here.

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    Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are official titles certifying degree of competence and mastery of the Spanish language, granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. The Instituto Cervantes organizes examination sessions, while the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain designs the exams, and is in charge of corrections and the final evaluation of all exams.

    DELE Exam and Enrolment Dates for 2017 

    Call for exam in May 2017 (all the levels):
    May 13th, 2017 (Saturday)
    Last day of enrollment: March 29th, 2017.
    Call for exam in November (all the levels):
    November 25th, 2017 (Saturday)
    Last day of enrollment: October 11th, 2017.

    DELE for school students (DELE escolar): May 12th and November 24th (same last dates of enrollment as in the general DELE exams case).
    Inquiry on DELE Exam and Enrollment:  aula.kualalumpur@cervantes.es 

    DELE Exam Workshop International Spanish Exam. DELE Preparation Workshop (Please register by 1 April 2017)

    Level Dates
    (Thursday)
    Time Venue Fees (RM) (+GST)
    DELE A1 Apr 20, 27 7pm – 9:30pm Room 521 583
    DELE A2 Apr 20, 27 7pm – 9:30pm Room 533 583
    DELE B1 Apr 20, 27 7pm – 9:30pm Room 534 583

    DELE Preparation Workshop (Please register by 13 October 2017)

    Level Dates
    (Thursday)
    Time Venue Fees (RM) (+GST)
    DELE A1 Nov 2, 9 7pm – 9:30pm Room 521 583
    DELE A2 Nov 2, 9 7pm – 9:30pm Room 533 583
    DELE B1 Nov 2, 9 7pm – 9:30pm Room 534 583

    Inquiry on DELE Exam Preparation Workshop: language.inquiry@helpcat.edu.my

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    YEAR OF SPANISH LANGUAGE (YSL) BRIEFING

    Date: 8th April 2017 (Saturday), Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

    Venue: Room 531, Level 5, HELP College of Arts and Technology

    Interested to know more about Spanish courses?

    Please come for the Year of Spanish Briefing by our Spanish lecturer Ms Aracelis Mata, and Aula Cervantes coordinator Ms Mireia. If you have any questions about Spanish course and DELE exam and qualification, feel free to ask them.

    LUNCH will be served*

    Schedule:

    12:30 Arrival of students

    12:45 Lunch

    13:15 Introduction of Spanish Short Courses at HELP CAT by Aracelis

    13:30 Presentation by Mireia Moreno

    “The Importance of Obtaining a Certificate of Spanish Language from Aula Cervantes”

    13:45 Welcome note by Dr Choong Yeow Wei, the President of HELP College of Arts & Technology

    14:00 Registration

    * Lunch menu (buffet)

    Mixed Salad

    Breaded Fish Fingers with Potato Wedges

    Creme Caramel

    World Book Day (23rd April)

    Write an essay with around 500-800 words to describe a Spanish book you have read and which you love the most. Tell us why you love it. Submit your writing only in Spanish. Please write manually by hand, no typing by computer. Make sure that your writing is legible and no plagiarism is allowed.  Your writing will be evaluated in these aspects: content, language, organization and logic. Please submit your writing by 3rd April 2017 to language.inquiry@helpcat.edu.my. Results will be announced on 12th April 2017. The winner will be invited to the World Book Day 2017 celebration lunch and award ceremony on either 20th or 21st April 2017 (TBC). For the public: contestants only limited to Malaysian. If you are non-Malaysian, you may join only if you are registered in any courses at HELP College of Arts and Technology. Prize for Champion: RM 800 cash. For inquiry, email language.inquiry@helpcat.edu.my

    What is “World Book Day”

    World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright. In the United Kingdom, the day is recognized on the first Thursday in March. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

    In Spain, to celebrate this day, Cervantes’s Don Quixote is read during a two-day “readathon” and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize is presented by the Spanish king in Alcalá de Henares.

    In Catalonia, Spain, St. George’s Day has been ‘The Day of the Rose’ since 1436, and involves the exchange of gifts between loved ones and respected people – it is analogous to Valentine’s Day. Although World Book and Copyright Day has been celebrated since 1995 internationally, books were exchanged on ‘The Day of the Rose’ in Catalonia since 1929, in memory of Cervantes.

  • Spanish Holiday Course

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