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The aim of our school courses is to help the student to communicate more confidently and effectively in Spanish. The main focus is the development of listening and speaking skills through communicative activities. However, grammar is not neglected and each day includes a lesson focusing on an area of grammatical relevance. Other aspects covered are vocabulary development, reading, and writing. More advanced classes focus on idiomatic usage, appropriate and register. The lessons are tailored to meet the interests and needs of the class.

Every morning there are four lessons. One lesson concentrates on grammar, vocabulary development and appropriate practice activities. The rest provide an opportunity to put new language to communicative use and provide an integrated approach towards developing listening, speaking, reading, writing and pronunciation skills. An introduction to Spanish culture is also given in the courses.

In the afternoons per week there are activities based on topics of interest and projects chosen by the group such as talks, discussions, films, communicating by telephone, the media, meetings with Spanish students, visits and other activities outside the classroom. These activities and visits offer additional opportunities to improve spoken Spanish by collecting and exchanging information, discussing ideas, etc.

There is a short break between classes. Consequently a "class hour" is 55 minutes. Each group class has a maximum of 10 students and a placement test is given on the first day to assess the students language level so they can be placed in the appropriate group. The courses are divided up into 6 different levels: from beginner to advanced levels, based on the Cervantes Institute programme, under the directives of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

No matter what your level of Spanish, you will always find a class that is suitable for you.

Standard Course Group 20 hours per week. This course is designed for students who wish to learn the language and have free time to participate in Spanish culture and life, and make friends. There are 4 classes per day, during the morning or afternoon.

Intensive Course Group 25 hours per week: Group 20 hours + 5 Spanish for communication classes. The students taking this course will have 20 lessons per week of general Spanish in the morning and 5 hours per week of communcation class per week of talks, discussions, visits to town, meetings with Spanish students.

Superintensive Course 30 hours per week: Group 20 hours + Tutor 5 hours + 5 Spanish for communication classes This course consists of 20 morning lessons per week of general Spanish in the Intensive Course and 5 hours per week of private lessons. The course is designed for those students who wish to make quick progress and/or have special needs or interests. It also includes 5 hours of Spanish for communication classes


Admissions & Academic Credit

Españole welcomes students age 16 years and older regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study at Españole 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 all students will be given a certificate, which indicates the number of hours they have studied and the level of ability they have reached.

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 for the following DELE exams is offered at additional cost:

1. Diploma Incial

2. Diploma Básico

3. Diploma Superior

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