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Programs & Activities - Puerto de la Cruz, Spain  


 

Programs

The interactive method of teaching based on learning by practice is applied at the school. This means that grammar is covered, but as much as possible taught using practical situations. Speaking and actively using the language is central to the continuous interaction between teacher and student. The school has refined the communicative teaching method continuously through years of experience and constantly evaluating and applying student suggestions.

Use of overhead projectors, video and other audiovisual materials complement the interactive method. Films and documentaries will also be screened, songs played and menus read. In addition, students will give talks and take part in role-play situations.

A successful implementation of the interactive method depends completely on the personal attention the teacher is able to give the student. A group never consists of more than 8 students. The makeup of the group is determined according to the student's abilities - ascertained from placement test results.

On the first Monday students are expected at school at 8.00 in the morning. Beginner level students start the lessons immediately. Students at higher Spanish levels will take an oral and written level test first in order to be classified at the right learning level. The lessons then start immediately afterwards.


Throughout the course, students will receive the didactic and study materials needed. The study materials have a support function and a large part is presented in the form of practical activities and exercises to facilitate understanding and speaking. Individual study outside of class is expected and should take about 1 hour daily. All lessons have a duration of 50 minutes each.

 
Course Descriptions
 

Intensive Course 20 hours per week. Lessons are taught Monday through Friday for 4 hours daily. The lesson schedule will either be in the morning 9:00-13:00(1:00PM) and/or in the afternoon 15:00(3:00PM)-19:00(7:00PM) depending on the number of groups. Schedules will be assigned upon the first day of class.

Subjects covered in the course depends on the language level and include:

  •   Everyday situations such as meeting people, telephone conversations, etc.
  •   Vocabulary and idiomatic expressions
  •   Styles of language use
  •   Grammar: forming words, sentence structure, spelling and word sounds
  •   Cultural Factors: meaning of words in different contexts, gestures and body language, intonation, etc.

In addition, one extra class per day on special topics is included in the cost. Topics include Gastronomy, Spanish history, Spanish Lifestyles, etc. These classes are optional and taught in Spanish.

Superintensive Course 30 hours per week. Classes are taught Monday through Friday for 6 hours daily. The lesson schedule will either be in the morning and/or in the afternoon depending on the number of groups. Schedules will be assigned upon the first day of class.

Subjects covered in the course depends on the language level and include:

  •   Everyday situations such as meeting people, telephone conversations, etc.
  •   Vocabulary and idiomatic expressions
  •   Styles of language use
  •   Grammar: forming words, sentence structure, spelling and word sounds
  •   Cultural Factors: meaning of words in different contexts, gestures and body language, intonation, etc.

In addition, one extra class per day on special topics is included in the cost. Topics include Gastronomy, Spanish history, Spanish Lifestyles, etc. These classes are optional and taught in Spanish.

Teacher Refresher Course

2 weeks, 20 hours per week. The school offers a 'Curso de Repaso' for teachers of Spanish. The main purpose of this 2 week course is to support teachers of Spanish by bringing their theoretical knowledge and their teaching methods up to date. Emphasis is to revitalize linguistic and didactic abilities and refreshment of social-economic and political-cultural knowledge of Spain. There is a maximum of 16 students per class and lessons are scheduled Monday through Friday.

Course content includes:

* Didactic methods: 10 hours

* Grammar: 8 hours

* Workshops: 2 hours

* Observing classes within don Quijote: 4 hours

* Current social-economic subjects, communication: 6 hours

* Teaching of the Spanish language and new techniques: 2 hours

* Visit to monuments and historic buildings: 4 hours

* Extracurricular activities: 4 hours


This course meets the requirements for a LINGUA grant which teachers of Spanish within the European Community can take advantage of.




Day - At - A - Glance

Morning Schedule

9:00-10:45 Class
10:45-11:15 Break
11:15-13:00 Class

Afternoon Schedule

15:00-16:45 Class
16:45-17:15 Break
17:15-19:00 Class



* Day-At-A-Glance is a sample day and will vary depending on enrollment, time of year, lodging, etc. It is designed to show content rather than precise scheduling


 

Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 18 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 more information about academic credit in Spanish speaking countries, please click here.
For general information on academic credit, please click here.


 

Certificates & Exams

1. At the end of their course, each student receives a school certificate of participation noting that he/she has taken part in at least 90% of the lessons. The following will be recorded on the certificate:

  •   The course attended
  •   The length of the course
  •   The subjects taken
  •   The goals and level of Spanish where the student has been classified
  •   The number of hours the student was present in class.

If the student takes the internal examination at the end of the course then the level he/she has reached will be shown in the form of a grade.

2. The school offers a preparation course for the DELE Exam. The exam is officially recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. Three levels are available:

  •   Certificado Inicial de Español (C.I.E.)
  ◊   Start in May and November: 3 weeks before examination date
  •   Diploma Básico de Español (D.B.E.)
  ◊   Start in May and November: 2, 3 or 4 weeks before examination date
  •   Diploma Superior de Español (D.S.E.)
  ◊   Start in May: 4 weeks before examination date

This course is at additional cost. Please contact NRCSA for more details.

 
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Intensive Course
Superintensive Course
Teacher Refresher Course

Admissions & Academic Credit
Certificates & Exams

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