Adult Education

Czech and Slovak Language Courses for Adult Learners

2016-17 Classes Currently in Progress:

  • Slovak Complete Beginner, Wednesdays 6-7:30PM (Semi-Private)- Starting March 1, 2017 (1 spot still available)
  • Slovak Complete Beginner, Wednesdays 4-5:30PM (Private)-Starting  March 1, 2017

2016-17 Upcoming Classes:

  • Czech Complete Beginner (Group), Fridays 7:40-9:40pm, (2 spots available)

Classes are taught in the Bohemian Hall building at 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, NY 11102

Directions to our building: Take a subway train W or N towards Ditmars Boulevard and get off at Astoria Blvd. Walk one block along 31st St toward 24th Ave. (Staples will be on your right). Make a left onto 24th Ave. Bohemian Hall will be the 2nd building on your right.

Types of Courses:

Group: Most popular. Courses are once a week, they are 8 weeks long, 2 hours per session. Minimum requirement is at least 4 students per class.

Mini Group (Semi-private): Courses are once a week, they are 8 weeks long, 1.5 hour per session. 2-3 students per class.

Private: Courses are tailored to target the needs of individual students. Please, contact us to discuss your goals. Courses are once a week, 11 hours per session.

Textbook Information

Students purchase textbooks separately from the the course fee. However once purchased, textbooks are used continuously for a number of courses. No need to purchase a new textbook before each course. We realize the high cost of today's learning materials and we strive to keep the cost down by finding and informing our students of the most affordable online stores or suppliers.

Czech courses use New Czech Step by Step set by Lida Hola. Publisher: Akropolis. The set includes a textbook, workbook, and a CD. Sets can be purchased through Czech-Books.com, bohemiabooksusa.com, Amazon.com.  

Slovak courses use Krížom krážom A1-B2 series published by Studia Academica Slovaca. Textbooks can be purchased through Martinus.sk. slovczechvar@yahoo.com. Please, contact the center or the teacher to find out what book your class will be using.

2015-16 Tuition Fees

Group Couses (4+ students): Non-members $237.50 per course; BCBSA members $206.50 per course

Semi-Private Courses (2-3 students): Non-members $340.50 per course; BCBSA members $309.50 per course

Private Classes (1 student): Non-members $587.50 per course; BCBSA members $556.50 per course

Pay-As-You-Go Classes (Private-2 hours/class): Non-member $103.50 BCBSA members $98.50 per course

Late payments (6 days or less) are subject to a 10% price increase.

Registration and Payment 

Register and pay HERE. Please, read Cancellation Policy below.

Accepted Payments (Due 7 Days Prior to the Start of the Class)

PayPal, cash, check, or money order made out to "BCBSA". Submit your payment in person or via post mail (checks and Money Orders only) to the following address:

Bohemian Hall
CZSKCC/Adult Education
29-19 24th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11102

Cancellation

CANCELLATION POLICY (Language Program for Adult Learners)
 

If a class is cancelled by the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center (“Center”), a full refund will be given. Courses at the “Center” are non-refundable after the registration deadline (7 days or less before the class begins). 3.5% handling fee will be subtracted from the total price if the student cancels before the registration deadline . Private lessons cancelled by the student (including "no-shows") may be made up only if notice is given by the student by email to Center” czskschool@bohemianhall.com and cc the teacher. The student must send an email to cancel at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled class or by noon Friday for any classes scheduled on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. If student fails to cancel on time, full tuition must be paid for the missed class. Group and semi-private classes must be cancelled by all students enrolled in class. Cancellation by just one student (in semi-private or group classes) is not accepted and does not release that student from paying for missed class. Missed group or semi-private classes may only be made up if the same level is offered on another day and the class is not at full capacity. Once received by the student, books and other materials are the property of the student. Once distributed, the “Center” does not accept returns and makes no refund for such materials. Refunds will be issued within 30 days of receipt of written notification from the student.  

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):

Guildline that describes achievement for learners of foreign languages. Its goal is to provide methods of teaching, learning, and assesing foreign languages. Assessment is divided into 6 proficiency levels. Each level takes approximately 200 hours to achieve.

WHAT LEVEL ARE YOU?

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 him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • 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 his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

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 his/her field of specialisation.
  • 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.

C1 (EFFECTIVE OPERATIONAL PROFICIENCY OR ADVANCED)

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise 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 organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 (MASTERY OF PROFICIENCY)

  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

 Source: The Common European Framework of Reference of Languages