Language levels

Llama Education has standard levels named after the most important volcanoes in Arequipa. These levels give you some idea how much you can learn and how good you can get at Spanish in our courses.

Pichu Pichu level (one week)

A one-week program focused solely on the present tense. Students learn at least 250 of the most important Spanish words and their uses.

These lessons are very basic and allow the student to learn and practice only what is essential for them to be able to travel more easily through Peru, for example:

  • Asking for and buying things
  • Booking tickets for, and traveling on, public transport
  • Arranging accommodation and sightseeing tours

Misti level (two weeks)

A two-week program studying the present tense, and also introducing future and past tenses. Students´ vocabulary increases to around 500 words.

During this program students gain more expressions to express their feelings and learn to communicate better using the present, past and future tenses. In the course of their study students learn more about the customs and history of both Arequipa and the Peruvian culture, allowing them to gain a better insight into the country and its people.

Chachani level (4 weeks)

A four-week program studying past tenses in more depth.

Students´ vocabulary increases to between 1,000 and 1,500 words at this level.

At this level there is more time in class for students to interact, practice and to immerse themselves in Spanish to gain a better understanding of the language. In the grammar section of their classes, students study eight Spanish tenses. There is also time for conversation practice and listening/pronunciation exercises which allow students to improve their speaking and listening skills. At the end of this program students should be able to be hold conversations with local people as they travel through Peru.

Ampato level (6 weeks)

A six-week program covering all tenses: past, present and future.

Student vocabulary increases to between 1,500 and 2,000 words.

At this level students are able to read newspapers and to interact easily with local people, making it easier to understand more about the country. As part of their grammar instruction, students learn all twelve Spanish tenses. They have the opportunity to apply and improve their vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening and speaking skills. This is done through the study of Peru, giving students a better understanding of its culture and customs, including those of its different regions – the coast, mountains and jungle.

Coropuna level

The subjunctive (el subjuntivo) can be tricky to grasp for English speakers, as it’s rare in your language. 

Throughout this course of the subjunctive in Spanish  we will cover the main aspects of this modal verb and work with its different forms, and uses as well as the specific difficulties that it brings up.

  • Contact us to learn more about our advanced Coropuna level course.

Language proficiency

According to international language learning standards there are 6 levels of language learning. After discussing your personal language learning program with you we can tell you where you currently stand and how long it will take to reach a certain level.

LEVEL A1 Beginner

Level A1 of Spanish Language is aimed towards students who do not have any prior knowledge of the language. The aim of this level is for you to be able to interact in a simple way, ask and answer questions about yourself, the place you live, the people you know and your possessions.

Furthermore, you will be able to construct simple statements about your immediate needs or daily issues. You will be able to introduce yourself and others, ask for and give basic personal information on your residence, your belongings and persons you know.

LEVEL A2 Elementary

At the end of the Level A2 course, you will be able to interact in simple and common situations of daily life (in shops, at the bank, etc.). You will be able to talk in simple terms about your past, your surroundings, as well as about topics related with your immediate needs in your trip. 

You will be able to understand frequently used sentences and expressions related to areas which are relevant to you (basic information on yourself and your family, shopping, interesting places, hobbies, etc.).

LEVEL B1 Intermediate

At the end of the Level B1 course, you will be able to interact and to be understood in a great variety of situations: exposing a problem, expressing your opinion, asking for explanations, set out a complaint, talking about the past and explain future events and projects,  conditional, tenses imperfect and projects.

You will be able to to write simple and coherent texts on issues you are familiar with. You will be able to describe experiences, events, wishes or ambitions, as well as explaining briefly your opinions and future plans.

LEVEL B2  Advanced

The aim of the Level B2 is that you will be able to explain and defend your opinions during a debate, expose the advantages and disadvantages of an issue, speculate on possible situations, and converse naturally, fluently and efficient

You will understand the principal ideas of a complex text which deals with both abstract and practical issues, taking into account your area of specialization. You will be able to communicate with native speakers with a sufficient grade of fluency and spontaneity.

LEVEL C1 Superior

At the end of the Level C1, you will have a linguistic repertoire that will allow you to have a fluent, wide and precise communication. You will be able to adapt yourself to different registers, and thus to communicate in different environments (social, professional and cultural, etc.).

Furthermore, you will be able to write clear, structured and detailed texts on issues of a certain complexity, making correct use of the different mechanism of organization, articulation and cohesion of the texts.

LEVEL C2  Proficiency 

You will be able to understand easily almost everything you read or hear you will be able to reproduce information and arguments from different sources, whether written or verbal, and present them in a brief and coherent manner. 

You can reconstruct the information and arguments coming from different sources, both spoken and written, and present those in a coherent and concise way. You will be able to express yourself spontaneously, with a great fluency and precision which will allows you to differentiate between the nuances of the language and interact in more complex situations.