Teaching methodology at our school has been continually updated to incorporate the latest techniques and thus ensure that our students enjoy a range of methods that are adapted to their needs. Our Spanish teacher training department’s mission is to homogenize our methods and educational principles in order to meet the demands and needs of our students.
Our main aims are:
- Classes entirely in Spanish orientated towards the communicative development of our students;
- Skills integration with special emphasis on listening comprehension and oral expression as well as learning and communication methods;
- Lesson planning based on our fixed Spanish program combined with our students' needs and their diverse learning styles;
- A varied Spanish program which makes the most of the school's resources, as well as help for those students who are studying Spanish for specific purposes;
- Our classes are based on the communicative approach and use the latest task based learning methodology. We are conscious of the need to use a variety of methods as our students come from a range of backgrounds and ages and have varied learning styles and needs.
Activating communicative skills means planning classes taking into account linguistic objectives, sociocultural backgrounds, learning skills and communication with special emphasis on sentence construction and appropriate language. Rather than teachers who get their students to repeat structures and constructions teacher based) our teachers aim to help their students think in Spanish learner based).
Our school ensures that your Spanish level is well assessed from the beginning of your Spanish course. After a thorough oral and written language assessment is undertaken the first day of class, we issue an initial report describing your strengths and weaknesses.
The organization of our courses follows the description provided within the Reference European Common Frame for Languages: Learning, Teaching, and Evaluation as well as the design of study program levels carried out by the Philosophy and Language School of the University of Buenos Aires, as regards its considerations to the River Plate variety of the Spanish language. Therefore, our Spanish courses comprise the various Spanish varieties for the student to have a general knowledge of the language as well as an ability to distinguish specific features of it. We have organized our courses into 6 different levels.
- Basic I & Basic II (A1 & A2):
A student with a Basic I level starts his Spanish course without any previous knowledge of the language. At times, he handles a limited set of expressions (greetings, numbers, days of the week, etc.). A student with a Basic II level starts his Spanish course with an elementary Spanish knowledge. He is able to deliver simple production with a vocabulary restricted to the present tense. He is acquainted with communication rules to satisfy specific needs (such as to request information, place orders, or invite people).
- Intermediate I & Intermediate II (B1 & B2):
The student who starts the Intermediate I Spanish course has enough linguistic elements so as to retell either present and past situations, as well as to express expectations towards the future. He is able to communicate himself in daily situations without difficulties. The student who starts the Intermediate II Spanish course has a grammar control that lets him participate in communicative situations which prove to be more complex than daily events. His ability to retell and make descriptions acquires more accuracy and fluency.
- Advanced I & Advanced II (C1 & C2):
The student who starts the Advanced I Spanish course participates freely in real communicative situations of several complexities. He has a wide vocabulary and is familiar with the main features of the Spanish grammar. The student who starts the Advanced II Spanish course is able to argue and persuade as well as to express himself creatively. He participates in several communicative situations without difficulties in his comprehension.
Each level lasts 60 hours of individual training and 80 hours of group classes. Enrolling on a 4-week intensive Spanish Course of 20 hours of class per week will help you get to the next level. Although your teachers will give you constant feedback on your strengths, weaknesses and areas that need improving in order to keep up the progress; at the end of the course, they will deliver a written report describing your performance in the different skills addressed in your Spanish course: Listening, Speaking, Grammar, etc.
* Our courses:
- Intensive Program:
As our method focuses on oral communication skills, we want you to speak in the language you are learning. Our school aims at its students being deeply immerse in the Spanish language and culture; therefore, our Spanish courses have five students maximum. Our training entails that all our students are carefully evaluated from the program’s very inception, both on the oral and written level, in order to determine the existing Spanish language ability and then be able to form homogeneous groups, based not only on the students’ Spanish level but also their needs, goals and ages. Intensive Program (4 hours a day of group classes), (1 - 8 weeks): 140 – 1120 $US.
- Super Intensive Program:
The Super Intensive Program ads 2 class hours per day to our Intensive Program. Super Intensive Programm(6 hours a day of group classes), (1 - 8 weeks): 210 – 1680 $US.
- Our school's Immersion:
Need to learn Spanish immediately? Then, this is the ideal Spanish course for you. Our immersion is structured in 8 hours of classes per day. A typical day starts at 9:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm. These Spanish courses are given by 5 teachers of the staff, who will work together to help you achieve your training goals in the required time.
Teachers working in the Immersion program have daily meetings after the class to comment and decide on the topics for the following lesson. This Spanish course will keep you speaking and thinking in Spanish all day long! Our Inmersion (8 hours a day of group classes), (1 - 8 weeks): 340 – 2720 $US.
- Group + You Program:
You have a third option: you can choose our Group + You program offering you the possibility of adding to your group training, two hours of one to one Spanish classes. This course is ideal for students who need to improve their Spanish skills and also work on specific vocabulary in the fields of business, law, medicine and other specific aspects of the language not addressed in a general course. Group + You Program (4 hours of group classes + 2 hours of one to one classes a day), (1 - 8 weeks): 270 – 2160 $US.
- Spanish + Tango:
Tango has become an international culture. It has become popular in many countries of the world. But Tango is Argentine. And no one could teach you better than us everything there is to know about this dance, its sensuality, its essence. This course is ideal for Tango lovers and for those who still do not know much about it but can imagine it.
Spanish and Tango combines Spanish classes and Tango lessons that start at 2:00 pm and are given by expert “tangueros” (Tango dancers) and practiced at the best “Milongas” (Tango houses) in Buenos Aires. This course also includes the best Tango shows. You have the mornings off since nights are long. Spanish + Tango (20 hours of Spanish classes + 9 hours of tango classes a week), (1 - 8 weeks): 300 – 2400 $US.
- One to One Classes:
We design and deliver a tailor-made Spanish training program taking into account your training needs and start level. Generally, two or three teachers run this tailor-made Spanish course, and each of them teaches the different subjects according to the established language program. Some of the advantages of individual Spanish training are listed below. One to One Classes (Flexible hours): 15 $US per hour.
- Our Business Spanish Program:
Our Business Spanish Program develops contents that will enable attendees to learn Spanish in a specific context: the area of business and trade. Having this objective, all materials to be used are related to Economy and Business in Latin America i.e. economy sections of the main Spanish-speaking newspapers, recordings of radio programs related to Economy and the like. Our Business Spanish Program (2 weeks - 40 hours): 500 $US.
- Our Conversation Course:
Our Conversation Course develops contents that will enable attendees to improve their knowledge of Spanish having conversation as a starting point. Having this objective, all materials to be used will be related to current affairs and topics of general interest which enable students to argue points, give opinions, express preferences, and / or dislike, among other communicative functions. To achieve this aim short readings, photographs and /or recordings providing a starting point and a reason for conversation will be used. Our Conversation Course (3 weeks - 60 hours): 600 $US.
- Spanish Teacher Training Program:
The Teachers Training program is a preparation course for people who are willing to teach Spanish in different social contexts. This course is designed for non-native speakers of Spanish who have reached an advanced level of Spanish. The approach of the program is theoretical and practical. It includes class observation and Spanish class planning for Foreign Students. Spanish Teacher Training Program (4 weeks - 80 hours): 880 $US.
- Argentinean History and Culture: Development Program:
This program is designed for students with an advanced knowledge of Spanish who are interested in learning about the fundamentals of Argentinean history and culture. This way, Argentinean history and Culture are studied in order to develop the students linguistic skills: oral production, written production and listening comprehension.
Authentic materials such as films, radio programs, historic documents and literary productions are used throughout the course. Outings and excursions to different areas of Buenos Aires are organized. Argentinean History and Culture: Development Program (4 weeks - 80 hours): 800 $US.
- DELE Preparation Program:
Starting August 2005, we have joined a Partner Spanish School Network with AISICOM in Córdoba and Sin Fronteras in Baroiloche, Patagonia. Our students can easily combine their study of the Spanish language among our quality Partner Schools with guaranteed continuity and progression in the learning process.
They can choose to split their Spanish course in three different cities of Argentina: They can immerse themselves in the university atmosphere of Córdoba and have fun with its numerous tourist attractions full of opportunities for outdoor activities and sports. They can also explore the cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.
Or they can enjoy the natural wonders of Patagonia in Bariloche. And go back home after having acquired a fluent knowledge of Spanish and a real view of Argentina’s multiple aspects. DELE Preparation Program (3 weeks - 60 hours): 600 $US.
All our Spanish courses are complemented by what we call “The putting into practice”. After the class, a team of coordinators will take you shopping, will go with you to buy tickets for a show, take the subway or book a table at a restaurant.
- Host families:
We recommend all our students to take advantage of the possibility of staying with local families, “porteños” (as those born in Buenos Aires are typically called). Sharing day-to-day life with a local family is ideal for practicing all the Spanish everything you are taught in class and also learning about the local culture. All our host families are carefully selected by the Staff and have to meet our quality standards.
- Home stays characteristics:
We select houses and apartments only a short walk from the School. You can enjoy your walk through the streets of Palermo neighborhood. Our choice of your home stay is based on your preferences (smoking/non-smoking; couple with children/no children; etc) and your specific requirements (specific diet, no pets, etc.).
All our students choosing this kind of accommodation have their own room with a private bathroom and even, a private balcony or terrace. Students staying with host families have total freedom to come and go as they please since they have their own house key.
- Furnished apartments:
This is chosen by those students who are more of the independent kind. All the apartments are full equipped and are located at residential areas such as Palermo, Belgrano, Recoleta and Barrio Norte. All of them great areas of the city located close to the School.
- Design hostels and bed & breakfast:
An option for those who are attracted by design and sophistication. A new possibility offered by Buenos Aires city in its most modern neighborhoods: such as Palermo Soho, which is at a walking distance from the school.
- Hotels and apart hotels:
Another alternative is to stay at a hotel or apart hotel. Many are located near the School. Prices vary according to their categories.
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