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The school offers 8 levels of study: Initial, Basic, Elementary, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced, Proficiency. Students normally upgrade one level every 4 weeks.

The teaching methodology is based on the study of linguistic skills as well as in the study of the socio-cultural aspects of Spanish culture. In the courses the 4 skills of the language are focused on: oral comprehension, reading comprehension, oral expression and written expression, in which the grammar structures needed to reach the communicative competence are studied. To learn a language is to live a language, that is why students need to be immersed into the culture. Spanish culture is always present in classroom instruction.

On the first day of class at 9:30 non beginners are required to take an oral and written test in order to accurately determine their level of Spanish. Beginners who have never studied Spanish before are not required to take the placement test. Each lesson lasts 55 minutes.

General Spanish Courses
Group 22 or 30 hours per week. General Spanish Courses take place during the whole year with no limit in length. Students may start any Monday of the year except for complete beginners who should start on specific starting dates. Class sizes are small, having an average of 5 students per class and a maximum of 8. Students will have two different teachers every day, making the courses very dynamic

Every week 2 hours out of the General Spanish Courses are dedicated to specific subjects, such as:
  •   Spanish Civilization: Culture, traditional "fiestas", gastronomy, free time, folklore.
  •   Literature: Spanish and South American writers and their work.
  •   Art: Spanish architecture, painters and main sculptors.
  •   History: From the Spain of the Catholic King and Queen up to the present.
  •   Commercial Spanish: business letters, presentations.
  •   Legal Spanish: types of companies in Spain, labor law.
  •   Preparation for the DELE. (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language).
  •   Debates and Conferences on various current topics, such as: the institution of the Monarchy, Spanish films, Women in the Work Place, Past and Present of South America, Spain in the European Union and many more that can be of the interest of the students.

Golden Age Course 50+
15 hours per week Group Spanish + excursions and activities. This program will concentrate on traveling through the art and culture of Spain according to the students requirements including regular visits within Marbella and sites around the city, to give the students a practical view of Spanish culture. Spanish gastronomic and cooking lessons will be taught as well as flamenco dancing classes. A minimum of 10 participants is required for the program to be held.

Spanish & Flamenco
This Spanish & Flamenco program enables you to combine a Spanish course with the discovery of the world of Flamenco. This unique program offers exciting hands-on dance classes, meaningful cultural immersion, and an enriching language program.

Flamenco is a gypsy art form with its origins in Spain's southern region, Andalusia. It combines acoustic guitar playing, singing, dancing and staccato hand clapping to transmit life's profound sufferings and joys.

The flamenco dancer performs with passion and fervor, exuding grace and dignity with intense expressions, beautiful arm movements and intricate, clacking footwork. Come share the stage with professional dancers and learn the technical and cultural aspects of this incredible art form.

All of our flamenco dance teachers are highly trained professionals with years of experience teaching foreigners how to dance and understand flamenco.

Program includes 8 Flamenco lessons per week.

Christmas Course
This course consists of two weeks of lessons (20 lessons per week) and is designed to accommodate those who may wish to utilize their holiday time studying. The course also includes excursions and cultural activities such as visits to typical Spanish Christmas scenes, nativity exhibitions as well as the Epiphany parade. As it is offered in an off-peak period, museums and other sites of interest are often less crowded than at other times of the year. There are always lots of typical Christmas activities in which you can participate that allow a full immersion in Spanish culture and the traditions of the season. We do not close for the Christmas/holiday season. Our schools do observe the 25th of December, the 1st of January and other local/special holidays. Special holidays are set by Provincial and local governments so can be subject to change by location but, in all cases we guarantee you 20 lessons per week.


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 16 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. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

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Certificates & Exams

At the end of the course, students will be given a school certificate stating the number of hours received as well as the attained level. They will also obtain a pedagogical report issued by the Director of Studies specifying the progress attained in the different language skills.

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. The exams are held in May and November. When starting the DELE course students should have the immediately lower level to the exam they are going to take. Examination fees are included in the DELE course fees. Deadline to register for the examination is 6 weeks before the examination date.

Preparation courses for the following DELE exams is offered at additional cost:

1. Certificado Inicial: low intermediate Certificate. Exam date: beginning of May

2. Diploma Basico: upper intermediate Diploma. Exam date: beginning of May and middle of November

3. Diploma Superior: proficiency Diploma. Exam date: middle of November

Program Overview (PDF)

General Spanish Courses
Golden Age Course 50+
Christmas Course

Admissions & Academic Credit
Certificates & Exams

Cultural & Excursion Activities


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