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Programs & Activities: Palma de Mallorca, Spain  


 

Programs

The main objective of the Spanish courses is to improve the student's communicative skills. The emphasis of classroom activities is therefore the development of the student's ability to speak and understand spoken Spanish. For this reason, classes are conducted entirely in Spanish and students are given plenty of opportunity to practice the sort of language they are likely to need outside the classroom. While the atmosphere in the classroom is generally relaxed and informal, students should be prepared to work hard and participate fully.

Due attention is also paid to grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing skills, and a wide variety of materials is used including published materials from many different sources as well as materials which have been written by the school's own teachers. All materials that the students need to work with are provided free of charge. This includes a Spanish Grammar book which is given to students at the beginning of their course. Students who attend private classes will have course materials designed specifically to meet their particular needs.

The teaching and the course program are carefully supervised by the Director of Studies who is also responsible for ensuring that students are placed in the appropriate level and that their progress is satisfactory. On the first day of the course, each student with any prior knowledge of Spanish is given both an oral and a written entry test so that their level of ability can be ascertained and they can be placed in the most appropriate group.

A wide range of levels are offered, from absolute beginners to very advanced. Students will normally need at least 40 hours tuition at any one level before advancing to the next course. The names given to each level are as follows: Beginners, Elementary, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Intermediate 3, Advanced 1, Advanced 2, Advanced 3, Proficiency.

Intensive Group Course

The Group Course Program is located in the center of the city on the first floor of a modern apartment building. The school has seven classrooms and a common room with computers which are free to use for students.

The program includes 4 hours of Spanish lessons per day in groups of 6 to 12 students per class. Classes are usually held from 09.30 to 13.30 (although some classes may take place from 16.00 to 20.00). The course takes place between March 14 to September 12, and classes are offered for all language proficiency levels. The minimum age for the program is 16.

Students can choose to take lodging in host families (single room with 2 meals per day included) or in student apartments (single or shared rooms, no meals). Most accomodation is less than 20 minutes from the school on fot or by public transport.

The school also organizes a program of special activities for students. The program includes visits and excursions to places of interest in and around Palma, video films in Spanish, concerts by local musicians, and "intercambio" sessions where students can meet and converse with other students at the school learning English or German. Interested students are also taken out to experience the local nightlife in Palma.


Senior Course

These two-week courses are designed for students over the age 0f 50 who prefer to stud and socialise with people of their own age.

The courses consist of 3 hours a day of Spanish classes, which take place from 10.00 to 13.00, Monday to Friday. Classes are given in groups with a maximum of 12 students and all levels are available, including complete beginners.

The course also includes a special programme of activities and excursions specifically for this age group, featuring an evening visit to a show, a full-day excursion to the famous Drac Caves, a tour of the Modern Art Museum, as well as a meal in a typical Palma restaurant.



 

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.

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Certificates & Exams

At the end of their course all students will be given a certificate, which indicates the number of hours they have studied and the level of ability they have reached.

 
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