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The school uses the Direct approach to teaching languages. Teachers introduce easy vocabulary and questions avoiding grammar, and progressively build up a practical vocabulary until students can take part in easy conversations. Grammar is explained later in Spanish.

Students learn by practicing from the beginning. The main text is the school's own, using the Direct Method, but exercises are from a variety of sources. Teachers use dictation, discussions using an overhead projector to show pictures and cartoons, and dialogues to put vocabulary and grammar into practice. Written exercises are given daily as homework. A complete Spanish course normally lasts 12 weeks and can last up to 16 weeks depending on the student's proficiency.

Each lesson lasts 50 minutes. The school is open during Easter and only closes on national holidays. The classes for those days are taken earlier or later in the week. Total beginners start the first Monday of every month; beginners with little knowledge could join that group one or two weeks later. After 4 weeks the group can be considered as Intermediate I and after 8 weeks as Intermediate II.

Group Program Group classes are held from 9:00 to 13:00, Monday through Friday, with class size ranging from 6 to a maximum of 13 (average 6-9). Hours are reduced for smaller classes; if a group has less than 6 students, class will be held for 3 hours daily.

Tutor Program One-on-one Tutorial class consists of 10 hours within a 1 week time period. All Tutor classes are held in the afternoon. The program is particularly useful for those of intermediate and advanced levels wishing to expand their general language skills or focus on specific topics.

Children, Family & Non-Student Options Students can be accompanied by and share a room with a person not participating in the course. Gran Canaria can also provide baby-sitting service for accompanying children.


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. schools consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

For general information on academic credit, please click here.


Certificates & Exams

Because of the close contact between teacher and student, grades are based on daily observation rather than examination.

1. A Certificate of Attendance is given for all beginners studying at least 8 weeks.
2. Diploma Grado Medio is given after 8 weeks of study
3. Diploma Grado Superior is given after 12 weeks of study.

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