Spanish at Bard
Bard College offers a number of study abroad opportunities for students. While some programs have a strong focus on basic language acquisition coupled with an intensive program abroad, other programs allow exploration in advanced liberal arts courses through affiliated or independent institutions.
Spanish Tutoring at Bard
In the tutorials we usually play language games to go over the content from class. Activities consist of performances, memory games, puzzles, or the "hot potato." The tutorials are a part of the students' final grades. This work is helpful for pupils, especially when they need to practice or when the content taught in class is particularly complex.
Spanish Language Resources
These resources can aid when writing a paper that calls for the use of a standardized style in written Spanish.
- ehubsoft This free translator can translate between common languages in the world. Keywords: A1-A2, B1-B2, C1-C2, Multilingual Dictionary, All
- Busca palabras It's a word finder, it's good especially for writing activities and even creative writing. You can look for words that rhyme, with certain letters. Also antonyms, synonyms, definitions, etc. Keywords: A1-A2, B1-B2, C1-C2, Monolingual Dictionary, All
- Lingro – Webreader + Dictionary Read German Websites with this awesome dictionary that allows you to click on words and get their translation. On the main page, choose the respective languages (i.e.Spanish –English) , insert the website you want to read! Keywords: A1-A2, B1-B2, C1-C2, Web Reader, Multilingual Dictionary
- Linguee Finds ways phrases and idioms have been translated to and from English. Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, French, Chinese, Japanese. Keywords: B1-B2, C1-C2, Sayings/Phrases Dictionary, Multilingual Dictionary
- Linguee – Editorial Dictionary A unique translation tool combining an editorial dictionary and a search engine with which you can search billions of bilingual texts for words and expressions. It contains about 1,000 times more translated texts, which are displayed in full sentences while professional editors are working continuously on adding new entries and enhancing the quality of the dictionary. Keywords: B1-B2, C1-C2, Web Reader, Multilingual Dictionary
- Real Academia Española Official dictionary of the Spanish Language: monolingual Spanish dictionary with definitions in Spanish Keywords: A1-A2, B1-B2, C1-C2, Monolingual Dictionary
- Rimaro.io Welcome to the new version of RhymeZone for poems and compositions of the Spanish language. This resource includes a dictionary of rhymes and a thesaurus. Both classify millions of words and phrases, and organize the results en a list that can be organized and filtered by the quality, popularity, and metrics of the rhyme. Keywords: A1-A2, B1-B2, C1-C2, Word Finder, Thesaurus, Monolingual Dictionary
- SpanishDict Helpful, user-friendly, and overall great website for translating and conjugating between English and Spanish. Also provides examples and breaks down multiple possible definitions of words. Keywords: A1-A2, B1-B2, C1-C2, Pronunciation Dictionary, Monolingual Dictionary
- Spanish Checker Great online tool to check grammatical and spelling errors. Keywords: A1-A2, B1-B2, C1-C2, Grammar Checker
Test Your Language Level
The following resources will help you determine your language level, practice for exams, or understand the certificates you need to attend Spanish Colleges and Universities.
Most exams to apply to undergraduate or graduate schools are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the international standard for describing language ability. Find out what level you are or need to have.
Everybody who wants to study in Spain will have to pass the Spanish entrance examination, called Selectividad.
Language Proficiency Quick-Test
The following placement test will allow you to evaluate your level of Spanish online so that you can enroll for the most suitable course for you.This test follows the same proficiency scale as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
- TrueNorth Test
This program allows for a student's level of Spanish to be assessed against common proficiency scales such as the TOEFL and the CEFR simply by having the student listen to sentences and repeat them. View a demo here! Faculty can log in here.
- WebCAPE Placement Test
Bard's Language Center, upon faculty request, provides Spanish students with access to the WebCAPE language placement exam which is designed to accurately and efficiently place students in the first two years of college language courses.
Required Exams to Study Abroad
- CELU (Language and Use)
CELU is a proficiency test of Spanish as a foreign language. It can be taken by any foreigner whose mother tongue is not Spanish and who wants to prove his or her ability to use Spanish as a second language in working and academic contexts. The format of the exam is divided in an oral and a written part. You can practice here.
Exam meant for those who want to start a graduate education in Dominican Republic. The exam includes grammar, math, reading, and writing portions. This test will validate your capacity to study in private schools. For more information, click here.
In a major change to the system of undergraduate admissions for Spanish universities, a royal decree recently removed the Selectividad exam as a mandatory entrance requirement for foreign students.
The official accreditation of the degree of fluency of the Spanish Language, issued and recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. The exam of level B2 is the most appropriate for those wanting to study in Spain. The format of this exam is divided in reading comprehension, written paper, listening comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, and an oral exam.
There are also exams in other levels:
Diploma de español A1 –Exam training and additional practice material
Diploma de español A2 - Exam training and additional practice material
Diploma de español B1 - Exam training and additional practice material
Diploma de español C1 -
Diploma de español C2 - Exam training and additional practice material
- CELU (Language and Use)
Grammar and Vocabulary
- Anki - Flashcards
Anki is a free program that allows you to create your own flashcards from which to study vocabulary, conjugations, or grammar. Flashcards can be downloaded from Quizlet, and Anki can be used on multiple devices, so you can practice on the go! The program allows you to categorize the cards by how well you know the information, presenting cards you are less familiar with more frequently and helping you learn more quickly!
Fun and easy games to practice grammar and vocabulary with both multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank settings. Corrects your work and provides explanations for missed questions.
Free and easy tool to create flashcard sets, tests and study games tracking learning progress in any language. Includes class room settings, natural voice audio files for all flashcards, and adjustable reading speed for dictation exercises. Accessible on the go from anywhere.
Helpful, user-friendly, and overall great website for translating and conjugating between English and Spanish. Also provides examples and breaks down multiple possible definitions of words.
- Anki - Flashcards
Listening and Comprehension: Podcasts
- Notes in Spanish
About 100 well organized podcasts where native speaker Marina speaks with non-native speaker, Ben about culture, current events, and history.RSS
Length: 10-12 min.
- Tell it to me Walking
This podcast is dedicated to Spanish language learning, Latin America travel, and on-the-ground education.
Length: 10-15 minutes.
Podcast explaining the meanings behind several colloquial Spanish phrases.
Length: 10-20 minutes
- Planeta Arte Radio
A podcast discussing advances in the art market, galleries, art fairs and expositions.
Length:20 to 60 minutes
- La Milana Bonita
Podcast aired since 2010. La milana bonita encourages the love of reading in sound format (audiobooks). Features reviews and summaries of books. Length: 90 minutes; Level: B1-C1
- La Biblioteca del Té
Mother and daughter Aurora and Mónica talk about recent books they’ve read during tea time. Length: 30 minutes; Level: B2-C2
- Guines Adaptados
Do you prefer the book over the movie version? This podcasts goes in-depth about the books that inspire the movies. Length: 2 hours; Level: B2-C2
Covers the year-long investigation of a decades-old murder in Mexico. Each installment recreates the events for listeners through testimonies from real people involved with the case. The final episode reveals the missing puzzle piece in the unsolved mystery.
Length: 13-22 minutes
Levels: B2 – C2
- El Reciclaje
A short intro to recycling and reducing our over-consumption of resources.
Length: 9 minutes
Level: A2 - B1
Podcast solely dedicated the issue of global warming from scientific and ethical perspectives.
Length: 10-20 minutes
- Mujeres de cine
An exploration of cinema through renowned women in acting and stories
Length: 9 - 10 minutes
Level: B2 - C1
- Sucedió Una Noche
Short podcasts about classic cinema and actors
Length: 8 – 12 minutes
Levels: B2 – C2
- Mejor vete, Christina
The gripping true story of Cristina Martínez, an undocumented Mexican chef who fled her home to save her life.The title (“You better leave, Cristina”) comes from her family’s pleas for her to leave Mexico to escape her abusive ex-husband. After overcoming huge obstacles, Cristina opened her first restaurant, South Philly Barbacoa, which became a critical sensation and was named one of the 10 best in the country. Length: 16-27 minutes; Levels: B2-C2
- Radio Ambulante
Spanish-language podcast telling uniquely Latin American stories. Length:30-60 minutes; Levels: B1-C1
- Radio Bilingue
The only US distributor of Spanish-language public radio programming. Its mission is to serve as a voice to empower Latinos and other underserved communities. Features stories relevant to the Latino community. I listen to this every week; it’s short and sweet with an interesting focus on immigration, politics, and civil rights.
Length: 14 minutes; Levels: B1-C1
- Retazos de Historia
A short narrative that centers on different historical and humanistic events, focusing on those occurred in the ancient times.
Length: 15 - 30 minutes
Levels: B2 - C2
- Historias Perdidas
This entertaining series narrated by Mexican journalist León Krauze examines historical enigmas such as the whereabouts of lost Nazi loot, the truth behind the legend of the mad monk Rasputin, and the resting place of Noah’s Ark. Length: 10-15 minutes; Levels: B2-C2
- Hablando en Plata
Short podcast about different words, how to use them and common misconceptions. A great way of learning new vocabulary while being exposed to Spanish. Length: 3 - 4 minutes; Levels: B1 - C1
- Sofá Sonoro, con Alfonso Cardenal
Each space is a monograph that reviews the life and work of a key figure of twentieth-century music. Features sit specialists and voices authorized to immerse ourselves in the legend of artists such as Amy Winehouse, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Van Morrison, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, etc. Length: 60 minutes; Levels: B2-C2
Pop, rock, reggaeton, electronics or urban sounds are the styles that have more strength in Spain, but what about the women who succeed in them? What challenges do they face? In each episode we have several outstanding artists of the genre and experts who will help us understand how their careers develop in an industry that is still very male-dominated. Length: 30-45 minutes; Levels: B2-C2
- Weekly News in Slow Spanish
A discussion of the Weekly News, Spanish grammar, and Spanish expressions, and much more at a slow pace so that you can understand almost every word and sentence. You can choose to listen to Spanish from Spain or Latin America. Length: 2 - 4 minutes; Levels: A2 - B1
- Lyrik Line
This website allows you to listen to poems from a huge selection of languages and countries read by their authors. It also provides written translations in several languages depending on the poem. An excellent resource for all language learners to improve listening and reading skills.
- Lo que la política esconde
“Lo que la política esconde” covers the national and international political and economic reality, trying to go beyond the politically correct news. Length: 10-90 minutes; Levels: B1-C1
- La ContraCrónica
A program that starts where others end. International politics, economy, analysis and opinion with Fernando Díaz Villanueva. Length: 20-120 minutes; Level: B1-C1
- "A Telón Abierto" ZARZUELA,MUSICALES,TEATRO,REVI
Streaming theatre productions from Spain.
Length: 60-90 minutes
- Notes in Spanish
Speaking and Conversation
- Pronunciation Guide
Comprehensive pronunciation guide including vowels, consonants, and diphthongs. Includes audio examples of pronunciation.
- Alphabet Pronunciation
Explains letter by letter how to pronounce the Spanish alphabet.
- PHONETICS SITE
University of Iowa. A marvelous resource! This site contains animated libraries of the phonetic sounds in German. Available for each consonant and vowel is an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and audio-video of the sound spoken in context.
Level: All levels
- ielanguages.com (Spanish) – Pronunciation
This is a website that provides pronunciation lessons – divided by level – to assist with everything from basic phrases to tenses and vocabulary. Most of the lessons come with audio.
Level: All levels
- Pronunciation Guide
Reading and Writing
- Learn Spanish
Grammar, vocabulary and other useful resources for people who are begining to learn the language as well as those who still struggle with things like accents.
Level: A1 - B2
Lang-8 is a free language-exchange social network. Just write a journal entry in any language you’re learning, and it will appear to native speakers of that language. They’ll correct it and leave useful comments and feedback. In return, you check other users’ journals written in your native language.
Level: A1 - C2
- LanguageTool – Proofreading Tool
LanguageTool is an Open Source proofreading program for English, French, German, Polish, and more than 20 other languages. It can be added to your browser as an add-on.
Level: A1 - C2
- Learn Spanish
Advanced Spanish Language Resources
The following resources include bibliographies and citation help, research databases for locating scholarly publications as well as selected online journals in fields from poetry and music to history and journalism.
Resources for Teaching and Tutoring
These resources are mainly meant to help teachers and tutors to prepare for daily classes - from creating and/or printing ready-made worksheets to integrating the newest Google tools into language and literature classes. Bard's Foreign Language Tutors are invited to upload their favorite activities to this website by writing to email@example.com Students are welcome to use these resources to study, help a classmate, or teach other language learners.
General Teaching Resources
Formespa offers countless activities for all language levels. covering a variety of Spanish vocabulary and grammar concepts!
It provides precise, short and fun to read news about Hispanics people in the United States. Also it has a section on different commonly say expressions and idioms by the Latino community.
LanguagGuide offers many groups of vocabulary words which can be studied with colorful images and autitory pronunciations!
marcoELE has a massive archive of detailed lesson plans for all levels of Spanish language learners! All of the materials are organized according to language level and through a chronological system. A variety of supplemental materials are also offered. This is an impressive website and will definitely help you teach any Spanish lesson you desire!
Collect resources for learning about the target culture with this virtual bulletin board; create a class board, where all students can "pin" images or websites that could later be used to spur discussion. See this example of German Teaching with Pinterest
StudySpanish offers thorough and comprehensive lessons for Spanish pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and verbs.
Tour Builder is a tool to tell a story. It is a new way to show people the places you've visited (literally, virtually or in a text) and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.
Really simple for people to make a blog and put whatever they want on it. Stories, photos, GIFs, TV shows, links, quips, dumb jokes, smart jokes, Spotify tracks, mp3s, videos, fashion, art, deep stuff. Tumblr is 229 million different blogs, filled with literally whatever.
Create your own fill-in-the blank worksheets quickly- this webpage has a similar tool
This website, especially in the art and literature sections, has resources you can take to the classroom.
Current news divided by levels (those of the Common European Framework) can read and listen to real news, and many also have comprehension / grammar or vocabulary activities at the end. There is also a section on grammar and music.
Profe de ELE
It has very clear explanatory videos of grammar and vocabulary, and online activities to both at home or in class. Also podcasts, etc.
This website has teaching materials, planned classes, web resources, a lot of everything
This folder contains worksheets with fun games for students at varying language levels!
Vocabulary & Grammar Folder
This folder contains a variety of worksheets and charts covering vocabulary and grammar for students at varying language levels!
Literature & Culture Folder
This folder contains activities, worksheets, and other files pertaining to cultural topics such as music, politics, general knowledge, and more!
An online recording tool. Record your voice and improve!
con c de cine
They offer didactic guides of films, they are very complete and are divided by levels. They also organize a short film contest that is quite good.
Monday–Friday: 8:00 am to 11:00 pm
Saturday: 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Contact: Stephanie Kufner