Our methodology


All our teachers agree that the best way to learn a language is to use it. You will acquire new concepts in class through the use of the language, not through unending lectures. Our teachers offer dynamic classes with a fun and relaxed atmosphere, where you will feel at ease and happy to participate in all activities. Our groups are reduced, so your teacher can give you all the attention you need. Tutors in the school will make sure all your needs are covered and they will cater for your needs specifically.

Apart from in class, you’ll be able to practice your Spanish in the cultural activities and excursions that the school organises. Thus, you’ll be able to order your food and drink in real Spanish and practise with the bartenders whenever we go for tapas, you will be able to learn how to salsa with native teachers and show off not only your moves, but also your language skills with whomever you’re dancing.

We’ll watch movies in original version every week (either at the cinema or the school) and we’ll chat about them after. We’ll also offer talks about culture, history and multiculturality in Spain and Latin America

We believe there is nothing that beats learning a language in the country that it is spoken because you get to learn the language but also breath its smells, soak up its colours, adapt to the new timetables, eat and enjoy its food, … all in all, you’ll live like a Spaniard would!


Levels


The different levels that the School offers are the following
(following the European Framework of Reference for Languages):

Spanish LevelsDELE LevelsCatalan Levels


LEVEL B1. Formerly Beginner

Level B1 certifies that candidates already have a level of Spanish which places them at a slightly higher than beginner level.

This Diploma accredits language users’ capacity to:

1. Understand the main points of texts spoken and written in standard varieties of Spanish that are not excessively local, provided that they involve well-known topics related to work, studies or everyday life.

2. Deal with most situations and contexts involving these uses.

3. Produce simple, coherent texts about well-known topics or issues of personal interest, such as describing experiences, events, wishes, plans, and aspirations, or expressing opinions.

The DELE B1 examination consists of different texts, organized in three groups:

• Group 1: Reading comprehension (40 minutes) and written expression (50 minutes).

• Group 2: Grammar and vocabulary (40 minutes).

• Group 3: Listening comprehension (30 minutes) and oral expression and interaction (10 minutes).

A “passing” grade is required for each of the group of tests that a candidate sits during the same examination session.

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points. A minimum score of 70% is necessary for each group in order to receive an overall “passing” grade.

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL.

IMPORTANT: In the writing test, you must follow the instructions strictly given in the statement of the test, about number of words and text format.

Level B2

Level B2 provides candidates with the certainty that they have reached an advanced level of Spanish which enables them to communicate successfully both orally and in writing.

This Diploma accredits language users’ capacity to:

1. Understand the gist of complex spoken and written texts, including those about abstract topics, presented in diverse varieties of Spanish, or of a technical nature, especially if they are about specialized areas of knowledge with which they are familiar.

2. Interact with all types of speakers, with sufficient fluency and spontaneity, so that communication does not constitute an effort for either interlocutor.

3. Produce clear and detailed texts about diverse topics, including those involving dialectic analysis, debate or defending a point of view.

The DELE B2 examination consists of different tests, organized into three groups:

• Group 1: Reading comprehension (60 minutes) and written expression (60 minutes).

• Group 2: Grammar and vocabulary (60 minutes).

• Group 3: Listening comprehension (30 minutes) and oral expression (10-15 minutes).

A “passing” grade is required for each of the group of tests that a candidate sits during the same examination session.

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points. A minimum score of 70% is necessary for each group in order to receive an overall “passing” grade.

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL.

IMPORTANT: In the writing test, you must follow the instructions strictly given in the statement of the test, about number of words and text format.

Level C1. It´s time to move up!

Since November 2011 the Level-C1 DELE examination (DELE C1), which was launched in November 2010, changes and improves the format of its tests.

The DELE C1 guarantees that the progress of the student in the language has been a success, and certifies more than an advanced level of Spanish.

This diploma certifies sufficient linguistic competence to:

1. Understand a wide variety of long, quite demanding texts, as well as recognise implicit meanings in them.

2. Express themselves fluently and spontaneously, without any obvious effort to find the right words.

3. Use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes.

4. And be able to produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on topics having a certain level of complexity, with correct use of mechanisms for organising and articulating a cohesive text.

The DELE C1 examination consists of four tests, classified in two groups (Group 1: Test 1 and test 3. Group: 2: Test 2 and test 4):

• Test 1: Reading comprehension and use of language (90 minutes).

• Test 2: Listening comprehension and use of language (50 minutes).

• Test 3: Integrated skills. Listening comprehension and written expression and interaction (80 minutes).

• Test 4: Integrated skills. Reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction (20 minutes) (and 20 minutes for preparation).

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points. A minimum score of 33 is necessary for each of the two groups in order to receive an overall “passing” grade.

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL.

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Level C2. Mastery

Make it to the top!

In November 2011, the Level-C2 DELE examination (DELE C2) changed its format to comply with the Common European Framework of Reference.

DELE C2 is the highest and most advanced of the six learning levels established in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It certifies the level of Mastery.

The DELE C2 certifies sufficient linguistic competence to perfectly handle any kind of situation, proving a spontaneous capacity of adaptation to any context, with a great deal of semantic and grammatical precision. The language users express themselves fluently, with a high degree of specialization and complexity.

The DELE C2
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consists of three tests:

• Test 1: Use of language, reading and listening comprehension (105 minutes).

• Test 2: Integrated skills: Listening and reading comprehension, and written expression and interaction (150 minutes).

• Test 3: Integrated skills: Reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction (20 minutes) (and 30 minutes for preparation).

A “passing” grade is required for each of the tests that a candidate sits during the same examination session. The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points, and a minimum score of 70% for each of the three tests is necessary.

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL.

IMPORTANT: In the writing test, you must follow the instructions strictly given in the statement of the test, about number of words and text format.

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