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Programs & Activities - San Sebastian, Spain  



Programs are structured in 8 levels, from beginner to advanced. Two teachers, university graduates specializing in teaching Spanish, coordinate each group's classes together with the school's Director of Studies.

Students who already have some knowledge of Spanish will sit for an oral and written test at the start of the course in order to establish their level. Language levels are defined as follows:

  •   Beginner: The student has either no knowledge or only knows a few words and occasional expressions.
  •   Elementary: The student can exchange basic information with simple structures. He/she knows the present tense and has a vague idea of the past tense.
  •   Intermediate: The student can hold a simple conversation on a one-to-one basis, but is limited by errors and lack of vocabulary. He/she is at ease using the present tense, and has a general knowledge of the past tense.
  •   High Intermediate: The student can communicate in normal situations, but has difficulty with precision due to a lack of words and expressions. He/she knows the subjunctive and uses it in certain typical structures.
  •   Advanced: The student can communicate easily, but has difficulties with more complicated structures.

Intensive Program
20 hours per week
The Intensive Program is the school's standard Spanish program. There are 4 to 12 students per class with 20 hours per week. The program is designed to promote the student's ability to communicate. Classes are held in the morning or afternoon, which the school will determine upon the student's arrival.

Super Intensive Mini-Group Program -Summer Only
30 hours per week.
The Super Intensive Mini-Group Program is available only during the summer. It is designed for professionals and those who have specialized vocabulary needs. From 3 to 6 students maximum form the class size and 6 classes are held per day. The program includes creating real working situations, reinforcing the student's formal Spanish. Classes are scheduled in the morning.
Group & Culture Program
The Intensive Program + 8 Culture lessons per week. Elementary level required.
The Culture Program is a specialized courses that enables the student to improve his/her knowledge of the Spanish culture. There are 8 culture lessons per week and each week students study a different subject:

  •   Spanish Art in the 20th Century: The life and works of Chillida, Picasso and Dali
  •   Modern Spanish History: The civil war to the present
  •   Spanish Literature: The Generation of 1927, with a focus on Larca in Spanish Literature and Marquez in Latin American Literature.
  •   The Social & Political Situation in Spain: Youth today, the educational system and journalism.
  •   Basque Language and Culture: An introduction to the language and the political and social situation in the Basque region
  •   Cinema: Different periods of Spanish cinema
  •   Writing Skills: Different types of documents and different writing styles
  •   Business Spanish: C.V.'s, interviews, formal letters, and business language

Culture Course is available on request, and at additional cost.

Executive Program Tutor

Tutor 40 hours per week.
Specifically designed for professionals and executives, this program consists of 40 hours per week of private one-on-one classes. The student learns a faster pace and the content covers subjects that pertain to his/her profession and field, such as presentations of products, lectures, negotiations, etc.

The program includes 4 lunches and 1 dinner with the teacher per week.
Methodology & Culture
30 hours per week, 2 weeks. High Intermediate level required.
This course is intended for nonnative Spanish teachers that want to learn about new teaching ideas and discover new material to use in the classroom. Topics included in the course are:

* Analysis of Language: Ideas and teaching materials, subjunctive, ser and estar, por and para, prepositions, future tenses and phrases used in everyday speech.
* Teaching Methods & Materials: Typical structure of a class; Teaching materials and how to explain them; Ideas and methods to teach, when and why to use them.
* Past Teaching Experience, Culture, Debates: Situations in class, how to motivate and discipline; Educational system in Spain and other countries; Basque society; The Spanish Autonomies; Spanish Cinema; Presentation.
Junior Summer Course
(14 - 17 years old) The tuition includes 5 hours Spanish lessons per day, single room and full board accommodation in host families , airport transfer and a varied and supervised program of activities and excursions.
*Half-day activities with a monitor on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
*Full day excursion on Saturdays. Expenses during the excursions are included in the price.)

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Basque Language Tutor Private lessons
20 hours per week, 2 weeks. Intermediate Spanish level required
A two week introduction to an ancient language and culture with deeply rooted traditions. Topics include:

* Basque Language: Origin of the language; Characteristics; Modern Basque language.
* Basque Culture: Traditions and customs; Distinguished Basques; Mythology; Nationalism; Modern Basque society.

Spanish & Surfing
Take advantage of San Sebastian's beautiful beaches and surf with our Surfing Course. Monday to Friday, with 1 hour daily lessons under the instruction of an expert. All materials are provided (board, wetsuit, and a hot shower in the winter). This course is offered from June 6 to September 30.

Spanish & Cooking
Students may add this cooking course to any intensive Spanish course. The course is led by a professional chef at our "Sociedad Gastronomica" for 2 hours per day, Tuesday through Friday. The first day will include shopping for ingredients in a local market and an introductory visit to the Sociedad.

Starting dates: Between June 7 and September 27: any Tuesday; Rest of the year: every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

For more information about this program, contact us!


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 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.

For more information about academic credit in Spanish speaking countries, please click here.
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Certificates & Exams

A diploma will be issued to each student at the end of the course, indicating the level of proficiency they have attained, how many hours of group course and of private tuition they have followed, and mentioning any specific content.

The DELE diplomas are official diplomas given by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science which recognize the candidate as having a certain skill level in the Spanish language. Preparation classes for the following DELE exams is offered at additional cost and are held on specific start dates:

1. Diploma Básico

2. Diploma Superior

Program Overview (PDF)

Intensive Program
Super Intensive Mini-Group
Group & Culture Program
Executive Program Tutor
Methodology & Culture
Junior Summer Course
Basque Language Tutor

Admissions & Academic Credit
Certificates & Exams

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