We offer Spanish courses for small groups (2 to 5 students per group). We have 5 different levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (MCRE): Spanish for beginners with no previous knowledge of the language (A1), Low - Intermediate Spanish (A2), Intermediate (B1), Advanced (B2), and Superior (C1/C2). Each level is 50 hours of class (45-minute/hour) covered in 2 weeks, except for the advanced and superior levels, since the progress at the levels tends to be slower.
Group lessons are scheduled from 8:3 am to 1:00 pm. 3 days per week, we have a different excursions to the beaches or places of interest of Margarita Island.
Students without previous knowledge must check the starting date for beginners. Those with previous knowledge may start the lessons any Monday of the year.
In order to determine the level of the student, the school will send a placement test via e-mail. Once the course has finished, students receive the school certificate. The International Spanish Diploma (DIE) from Fundación Fidescu and Universidad Pontífica de Salamanca can be taken at the school. DIE has international recognition
Level A1 (Beginners):
This course is intended for students with no previous knowledge of the Spanish language. It is quite comprehensive as it deals with the basis of Spanish grammatical structures. The content is: pronunciation, gender and number, verbs "ser" and "estar", regular and irregular verbs of the present tense, the future with "ir a", and some of the basic verbs in the past tense. Everyday vocabulary is also taught on this course. Once the learners have completed the course, they will be able to: give and receive basic information, speak about their daily routine in Present Tense, buy and order in a restaurant, speak about them, book a trip, etc.
Level A2 (Intermediate A):
This course is designed for students with a basic understanding of the language and essential vocabulary who are not familiar with the past tense. The content is: the past tenses (indefinido, imperfecto) and their usages, the future, the conditional, the imperative with pronouns and prepositions and its usage in everyday life. Once the learners have completed the course, they will be able to: speak about past actions and activities, give and receive orders, ask for permission, speak about future plans, give advice, make conjecture, etc. They will also be able to explain simple situations, as well as read and write straightforward texts in Spanish; however, they may still make mistakes common for this level.
Level B1 (Intermediate B):
This course is aimed at students with a wider knowledge of most of the Spanish tenses but who require revision and further studies. The students will review the most important tenses, and they will work on widening their vocabulary. Intermediate texts will be discussed, and the subjunctive mode will be introduced. Once the students have completed the course, they will be able to: manage themselves properly in common life situations, express opinions about politics, society, culture, and leisure time.
Level B2 (Advanced)
Students at this point know and have a good command of Spanish grammar and they wish to improve their fluency and command of the language. Common mistakes and errors are worked on in this level through small projects that emulate everyday situations such as planning a trip, writing a letter of complaint, going to a job interview, planning a party, making an oral presentation about their country, and so on. Once the students have completed the course, they will have improved their Spanish fluency and their knowledge of Hispanic culture.
Level C1 and C2 (Superior):
At this level, students have a great command of the Spanish language; the content of the course is agreed upon with the students according to their needs, interests, skills and cognitive styles. The lessons will deal more with writing texts, reading and understanding opinion, and literary texts.
All skills are practiced in all levels: listening, writing, reading, and speaking. In Level A1, acquisition and function of the language is paramount in order to allow a better and more creative oral performance in the future. This usually happens after the first week of the course.
The contents of the course of Spanish for Specific Purposes are available on the page dedicated to each specific course: medical Spanish, spanish for business, Spanish for lawyers and Spanish course with political content.