idEvento: 4508
Estado: En curso
Fecha de inicio:
Fecha finalización:
Duración: 64 Horas.
Inversión: $4,650,000

La inversión incluye material, certificado y el 1.5% por concepto de la estampilla Pro cultura, según el Acuerdo 155 de mayo 19 de 2005, expedido por la Alcaldía Municipal de Cali. Los descuentos se aplican sobre el valor sin estampilla.


The objectives of the Spanish as a Foreign Language Program (SFL) are based on the design, coordination and implementation of specific educational strategies that seek to enrich the teaching and learning processes for international students of Spanish as a foreign language.

The SFL program offers a communicative approach which focuses on teaching that promotes oral and written interaction while adapting to student requirements.  It reaches its objectives through in-and-out of the classroom activities that are set out to develop learning with everyday Spanish putting forward communicative skills and the cultural attributes of Colombia.

The program is divided into 4 levels that go in line with the Common European Framework (CEFR).  These are: Spanish A1 (beginner level); Spanish A2 (elementary level); Spanish B1 (intermediate level); and Spanish B2 (upper intermediate level).  These levels go hand in hand with the linguistic, social, academic and cultural requirements of those students who are participating in the Spanish as a Foreign Language program.

Classes are available at all levels: Spanish A1 is for students who are beginning to study Spanish; Spanish A2 is appropriate for those who have basic knowledge of the language and want to progress towards an intermediate level; Spanish B1 and B2 enable students to strengthen their knowledge of the language with an extensive vocabulary in the regional Latin American cultural context, and the local perspective of south-western Colombia.


All non-native speakers of the Spanish language living in and outside of Colombia who want to experience the face-to-face language-learning program.

Exchange students from countries from all over the world.

SFL teachers from other universities.

Non-Spanish speaking Latin American students.



Francia Elena García Mera

Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DSFL) examiner certified for Spanish B1 and B2 from Instituto Cervantes, Spain (2018). BA in Social Communication and Journalism from the Universidad del Valle, Colombia (2015). Certified Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language fro Universidad La Rioja, Spain (2014). Francia has ten years of experience with on-site and on-line Spanish teaching.  She also has experience with the development of business presentations in Spanish for non-native speakers and the creation of didactic materials for Spanish as a Foreign Language Programs (Spanish A1 to Spanish C2) in the United States, Spain and Colombia.

Iván Gómez

MA in Spanish as a Foreign Language Teaching from Universidad de Sevilla, Spain (2018). BA in Modern Languages from Universidad del Valle, Colombia (2013). Ivan particularly takes interest in the connection between the teaching-learning process and peoples social-emotional skills. Furthermore, his professional and academic experiences in Colombia, the United States and Spain have allowed him to adopt new perspectives with respect to the influence of cultural factors in education, and students individual characteristics and world view while learning a second language.

María Ximena Hoyos Mazuera

MA in Colombian and Latin American Literature from Universidad del Valle, Colombia (2009). BA in Social Communication from Universidad del Valle, Colombia (1994). BA in Modern Languages from Universidad del Valle, Colombia (1988). María Ximena is a Language, Literature and Latin America Culture professor with thirty years of experience in teaching foreign languages, and designing courses and didactic materials in languages and academic writing. She has twelve years of experience in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language in different universities and institutes in Colombia, Ecuador, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Grupo A

Wed and Fri

  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

16 weeks
Lugar: Instalaciones de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Calle 18 No. 118 - 250, Avenida Cañasgordas).  


The Spanish as a Foreign Language Course follows the communicative approach that develops the four communicative skills of language learning: speaking, writing, reading and listening.  Students frequently use the language they have acquired to carry out a host of communicative activities in order to develop their skill-set further.  The course promotes the university’s teaching model that seeks to place the student at the center of the learning process. Our teaching methods go in line with both this approach and the given proficiency level.

The communicative approach focuses on the student’s ability to use different language functions such as: describing in a variety of contexts; expressing preferences and wishes; expressing apologies, making compliments and giving suggestions; giving reasons and explanations; giving and asking for advice;

exemplifying and comparing; and debating, disagreeing, agreeing and persuading.


Examples of classroom activities include: games; group and pair-work activities; interviews; role plays and dramatized scenes; student-to-student conversations about their background, beliefs, habits and culture; topical written text comprehension activities; music-based activities; and movie-based activities.


Our Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL) Program focuses on the development of listening, reading,  speaking and writing skills with in-and-out of the classroom activities including various artistic, cultural and sporting ones offered by the university within its grounds.

The interaction with other people from different disciplines and accents can help the student of Spanish to develop a better understanding of the language and to improve their communications skills. Gestures, Facial Expressions, Eye Contact and posture from Salsa Lessons and Sports provide motivation to improve their communication skills.

In addition, the work of crafts such as wood carving, painting or stained glass, will help the participant to develop their listening comprehension, as well as to promote the exercise of reading and writing.


Spanish A1
Students will be able to interact with reasonable oral and written fluency in standard Spanish using simple, short and coherent language related to their personal, social, cultural and academic environments.  Students will be competent in giving personal and 3rd person introductions while asking and answering questions provided the Spanish used is of an appropriate speed and clarity.
Spanish A2
Students will have sufficient knowledge of the Spanish language in order to participate in a Spanish-speaking environment that is of most immediate relevance. They will be able to communicate properly with enough flexibility to adapt to different situations while having sufficient linguistic capacity to express themselves in a number of simple and routine tasks.
Spanish B1
Students will know how to communicate fluently with little hesitation in any number of given familiar scenarios by resorting to the receptive and productive skills required.  They will be able to grasp the main concepts behind topics of common interest and common situations that a traveller may face.
Spanish B2
Students will be able to understand specific topics commonly used on popular social media and communications sources.  They will also be able to deal with complex texts on a large variety of topics while being able to express him/herself fluently and spontaneously in a discussion or debate with native speakers.

Spanish A1 - Beginner
  1. Personal Descriptions and Daily Routines
  2. Describing Family and Parts of the Body
  3. Homelife and Eating Habits
  4. Inter-personal Relationships and Education
  5. Shopping and Travelling
Spanish B1 - Intermediate
  1. Personal and Student Related Experiences
  2. Leisure, Customs and Traditions
  3. Latin American Music, Cinema and Literature
  4. Fashion and Advertising
  5. Work and Fair Trade
Spanish A2 - Elementary
  1. Feelings and Personalities
  2. Story Telling
  3. The City and the Countryside
  4. Transport and Tourism
  5. Outdoor and Indoor Sports
Spanish B2 ¿ Upper Intermediate
  1. The Regions of Colombia
  2. Communications and the Latest Technology
  3. Politics and the Environment
  4. Latin American Culture and Arts
  5. Social Controversies