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The School utilizes the interactive method of teaching based on learning by practice. This means that grammar is covered, but as much as possible is taught in the context of practical situations. Speaking and actively using the language is central to the continuous interaction between teacher and student. The center has refined the communicative teaching method continuously through years of experience and constantly evaluating and applying student suggestions.

Use of overhead projectors, video and other audiovisual materials complement the instruction. Films and documentaries will also be screened, songs played and menus read. In addition, students will give participate in discussions and take part in role-play situations.

A successful implementation of the interactive method depends completely on the personal attention the teacher is able to give the student. As such, group classes never consist of more than 8 students. The school determines the makeup of the group according to the results of placement tests taken on the first day of class.

On the first Monday students are expected at school at 8.00 in the morning. Beginner level students start the lessons immediately. Students at higher Spanish levels will take an oral and written level test first in order to be placed at the right learning level. The lessons then start immediately afterwards.

Throughout the course, students will receive the didactic and study materials needed. The study materials have a support function and are often presented in the form of practical activities and exercises to facilitate understanding and speaking. Individual study outside of class is expected and should take about 1 hour daily. All lessons have a duration of 50 minutes each.

Four classification levels and learning objectives that have been set by E.U. guidelines are offered:
  •   Beginner
  •   Elementary
  •   Intermediate
  •   Advanced

Course Descriptions

Intensive Course 20 hours per week. Lessons are taught Monday through Friday for 4 hours daily. Subjects covered in the course depends on the language level and include:

  • Everyday situations such as meeting people, telephone conversations, etc.
  • Vocabulary and idiomatic expressions
  • Styles of language use
  • Grammar: forming words, sentence structure, spelling and word sounds
  • Cultural Factors: meaning of words in different contexts, gestures and body language, intonation, etc.

In addition, one extra class per day on special topics is included in the cost. Topics include Gastronomy, Spanish history, Spanish Lifestyles, etc. These classes are optional and taught in Spanish.

The lesson schedule will either be in the morning 9:00-13:00 (1:00PM) and/or in the afternoon 15:00 (3:00PM) - 19:00 (7:00PM) depending on the number of groups. Schedules will be assigned upon the first day of class.

Medical Spanish Program This course was designed for doctors, medical students, registered nurses and others who work (or intend to work) in the medical sector.

Structure and content: you will have 20 lessons during the first week to improve your knowledge of Spanish and 10 additional classes consisting of terminology and phrases appropriate to this field, which will increase to 20 classes in the second week.

Objective: improve your Spanish and develop skills and knowledge to improve communication with Spanish-speaking patients. The program also includes a hospital visit.

Course content:

* Essential grammar (reflexive verbs, to hurt & to like, comparison of adjectives, pronouns, imperatives, verb + infinitive, key verbs.)
* Alphabet, numbers, dimensions, colors, time expressions, useful greetings / expressions.
* Spanish for Nurses and Laboratory Technicians (blood test, etc)
* Orthopaedics and rehabilitation.
* Conversation with patients.
* Parts of the human body.
* Laboratory procedures.
* Admission data.
* Medical history.
* Physical terminology.

Tutor Course Tutor 20 hours per week. The Tutor Course consists of 4 hours a day of Spanish lessons with a Tutor one-on-one, Monday through Friday. The teachers are rotated weekly in order to give students the maximum exposure to the varieties of spoken Spanish.


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 18 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study program should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. schools consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

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Certificates & Exams

At the end of their course, each student receives a certificate of participation noting that he/she has taken part in at least 90% of the lessons. The following will be recorded on the certificate:

  •   The course attended
  •   The length of the course
  •   The subjects taken
  •   The goals and level of Spanish where the student has been classified
  •   The number of hours the student was present in class.

If the student takes the internal examination at the end of the course then the level he/she has reached will be shown in the form of a grade.

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