To enhance the teaching of the language, we combine our professional experience with the most up-to-date methods and techniques (tapes, videos, overhead projector materials, new technology and the Internet), paying particular attention to present day Spanish (through the use of newspapers, magazines, books, photos and other up-to-date materials in class).
- Studies and methodology: The intensive study program is divided into six learning levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). The courses consist of four to six hours of classes per day, and can last from 2 to 24 weeks (the length of the course can be extended to 32 weeks depending on the specific needs of the students).
Courses for students with some prior knowledge of Spanish begin every Monday. Total beginners should consult course start dates. The student is continually assessed in class and, in addition, takes a test every two weeks to allow them to follow their own learning progress.
A tutor from the center is available to students to answer any questions or doubts about their studies. Classes can be held in the mornings or in the afternoons, depending on the plan drawn up by the Center. One hour class is equivalent to 50 minutes real time. Our courses are designed so that students can undertake an intensive course of study focusing on communication skills, without neglecting the necessary study of linguistics.
- The courses:
* Intensive Spanish Course: General Spanish Civilization and Language course.
* SuperIntensive Spanish Course: Intensive Spanish Language and Civilization course for university students and professionals.
* "One to One" Intensive Individual Course: "Made to measure" courses catering to the specific interests of the student.
* Club 50 + Course: A two week cultural experience with activities included.
* Spanish for Specific Purposes.
* Business or Tourism Spanish Courses.
- Courses designed for university students and professionals:
* Spanish Literature Course: Designed for book lovers who wish to gain an historic perspective on our literature.
* Spanish Civilization Course: For students interested in deepening their knowledge of Spanish history, society, geography and art.
* Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera. DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language): This is the official exam accredited by the Cervantes Institute and the Spanish Ministry of Education.
* Courses for Spanish Teachers: This program aims to bring teachers of Spanish as a Second Language (ELE).
* Spanish Courses + University Studies: Spanish in Spain - Open University offers students from all over the world the opportunity to learn our language and culture and to follow university courses.
- Other Spanish Programs:
* Courses For Junior Groups - Mini Stays.
* Extensive Spanish Courses: Aimed at people who are living in Spain for at least a month.
* Spanish + Flamenco
* Spanish + Salsa
* Spanish + Tennis
- Levels and objectives:
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of an immediate type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details, such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided that the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g., very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
On the first day of course, students are given a written classification test and an oral interview to allocate them to the group best suited to their level. It may be that there is just one student at a given level. In such a case, we would offer him/her a smaller number of private class hours, to a total amount equivalent to the established rate for that course level.
Approximate number of hours per level: A1: 40, A2: 40, B1: 80, B2: 80, C1: 160, C2: 160
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