Spanish Language School in Barcelona, Spain

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  1. Where is the school located?
    Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean, south of the border to France. It is very easily accessed by plane from Europe, or any major airport in the world. Our Partner School is located in the centre of the city, less than 5 minutes walking from Plaza Cataluña. The 6-story triangular shaped building is located on Trafalgar, at its intersection to Ortigosa; and featuring a very decorative main entrance, much natural light, high ceilings, and a marble stair case.
  2. How long are your programs and when can I start?
    1. The Spanish courses are designed to be flexible; we offer courses of study for only one week to as many weeks or months you may require. New courses begin every Monday for students with previous knowledge or on specific dates for beginners. Specialty courses may begin on specific dates as well.
  3. What Spanish programs does the school offer?
    Spanish immersion courses are provided under group instruction and individual tutoring. Intensive group courses take place for 4 academic hours per day and can also be combined with afternoon workshops on Spanish Culture, and Pottery, Sculpture and Ceramics. Individual tutoring lessons can be arranged from two hours per day and on, for one-on-one tutoring, or 2 students attending with the same instructor.
    Specialty Spanish courses are also available, for whatever purpose you wish to learn Spanish. For professionals, we offer the Business Spanish course. For university students or students looking to perfect their knowledge of the language, we offer DELE Preparation courses and the Academic Year and Spain University Preparation program. For mature students who prefer to study and socialize with other students of their own age, we offer the program Over 50s.
    For non-native Spanish teachers, we offer special Refresher courses and new Methodology courses. Also, for both native and non-native fluent Spanish speakers who are looking to become certified for teaching Spanish as a foreign language, we offer Spanish Teacher Training.
  4. What is the average age range of students who usually attend the courses?
    Students of all ages are welcome to attend, but the minimum age requirement for students to join any group class is 16. The majority of students who attend throughout the year are in their 20s and 30s, followed by students in their 30s and 40s. A smaller number of students who attend are in their 50s and over, and an even smaller number are younger than 16, though they attend mainly in the summertime. The school also welcomes students from all over the world, being majority students from the European Union, North American, and Asian.
  5. What are the class schedules?
    Spanish classes take place Monday through Friday in the mornings, from at 9:30 a.m. to 1:30; 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Executive); and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Over 50s course). Individual lessons can be scheduled at any time throughout the day. Each academic class hour lasts 50 minutes, and all classes include breaks in-between.
  6. How many levels of Spanish do you offer, and how large are your classes?
    Spanish classes are available for all learners, from absolute basic to proficient. A level assessment is administered prior to begin classes on the first day to make sure you are placed in a level suitable to your skills, and with other learners of your same ability (if taking group courses).
    Classes quickly advance due to the fact that they are entirely in Spanish, with the main purpose of improving students' communicative skills. All instructors are properly trained and constantly attend workshops to be always up-to-date on the most effective teaching techniques. Additionally, all instructors are skilled at blending conversation with grammar to meet every student's individual needs.
    Groups are never larger than 10 students, as classes are intentionally kept small to enable us to give more attention to your needs and to create a better dynamic in the classroom.
    Individual lessons are one-on-one, but for students attending with a friend, relative or significant other and who share the same Spanish skills; we can also arrange private classes for two persons with the same tutor upon request!
  7. What are your options for accommodation and what does each option include?
    For accommodation you can choose from staying with a Spanish family as part of the Homestay program, staying in the Student Guest House, in a Shared Apartment with other students, or in a Hotel or Hostel.
    The homestay program includes your individual bedroom, cleaning and laundry service once per week, and either your daily breakfast only or your daily breakfast and dinner (In Spain dinner is served later than you may be accustomed to, rarely before 9 P.M).
    Lodging at the student guest house includes your individual or shared room, and the option to a meal plan of breakfast only or half board. Each room has a wardrobe, a desk, and there is wireless internet available for students who bring along their computer. Common areas include a living room with a T.V., dinning room, and a kitchen.
    Shared apartment accommodation includes your individual bedroom, and is self-catering (meals or cleaning is not included).
    For hotel and hostel options, please contact us.
  8. How long is accommodation arranged for?
    Accommodation is arranged for 7 days and 6 nights, starting one day before your program begins and concluding on the following day upon completion of your course (i.e. Sunday through Saturday). You can also request to have additional accommodation nights arranged, should you wish to arrive earlier or depart later.
  9. Is Barcelona a safe place?
    Cosmopolitan and multi-cultured as it is, Barcelona is one of the best cities to visit in all of Spain. It is considered safe for locals and tourists alike, but as when visiting any other large city in the world precautions are always recommended. Keep your belongings in sight at all times and avoid carrying unnecessary items. Incidents as pick-pocketing and bag-snatching can occur.
  10. What do the programs include?
    Welcome orientation meeting on the first day of classes
    Social and cultural activities program (Spanish cooking, salsa dancing, films in Spanish, among other activities)
    Language Exchange with native speakers every Friday
    Guided city tours (entrance fees not included)
    Arranging of weekend excursions
    Internet access (WiFi and at the school computers)
    Material and one course book
    Certificate of completion
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