STUDY SPANISH IN GRANADA (SPAIN)
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is Granada a good place for studying Spanish?
WITH ITS MANY ATTRACTIONS AND YOUTHFUL POPULATION, GRANADA MAKES A GOOD PLACE TO STUDY SPANISH. YOU WILL NOT BE THE FIRST ONE TO DISCOVER IT, THAT IS SOMETHING YOU CAN BE CERTAIN OF. YET, THE CITY STILL HAS A FAIR NUMBER OF WELL KEPT SECRETS, ISOLATED HILLY STREETS AND AGED ALLEYS AS TO MAKE YOU FORGET YOU ARE IN THE FOURTH MOST VISITED SPANISH CITY.
THE WORLD FAMOUS ALHAMBRA, THE MOST VISITED MONUMENT IN SPAIN, DOMINATES THE SKYLINE FROM ITS HILL-TOP PERCH FROM WHERE THE VIEWS ARE SUPERB. THE FASCINATING ALBAYZIN, THE OLD ISLAMIC QUARTER, ALSO RISES ABOVE THE CITY ONLY TO OFFER EVEN BETTER VIEWS OF THE ALHAMBRA AND SIERRA NEVADA, THE ALMOST YEAR-ROUND SNOWY GRANADA'S BACKGROUND.
BUT DO NOT BE MISTAKEN, FULL OF HISTORY, AS IT IS, GRANADA IS ALSO A MODERN, VIBRANT CITY AND THANKS TO ITS UNIVERSITY IT ALSO BOASTS A HECTIC CULTURAL LIFE AND A TERRIFIC NIGHTLIFE. GRANADA IS A WEALTHY CITY WITH AN INTERNATIONAL FEEL. YOU WILL LOVE IT AND WILL FIND NO BETTER PLACE TO STUDY OUR LANGUAGE.
What kind of courses do you offer?
I OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF PERSONALIZED COURSES DEPENDING ON THE STUDENT'S NEEDS AND AVAILABLE TIME.
SOME STUDENTS COME TO GRANADA TO PRACTICE THEIR SPANISH JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS, TO HAVE A FIRST CONTACT WITH OUR LANGUAGE AND COUNTRY OR TO REFRESH WHAT THEY LEARNT AT THEIR SCHOOLS, WHILE OTHERS STAY WITH US A WHOLE YEAR EVENTUALLY GETTING TO SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE FAIRLY WELL.
SOME ARE JUST INTERESTED IN PRACTICING EVERY DAY SPANISH BY HAVING CONVERSATION CLASSES WHILE OTHERS WOULD WANT TO TAKE A COURSE LEADING TO A FORMAL CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCE SUCH AS THE DIPLOMA DE ESPAÑOL COMO LENGUA EXTRANJERA (DELE)
WHATEVER YOUR GOAL IS, MY CLASSES WILL BE CAREFULLY, REALISTICALLY AND HONESTLY PREPARED IN ORDER TO HELP YOU ACHIEVING IT IN THE AVAILABLE TIME.
I want to learn Spanish. How long does it take?
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. NO QUESTION WORRIES STUDENTS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES MORE THAN THIS. LANGUAGE SCHOOLS KNOW IT AND DO NOT HESITATE TO OFFER AMAZING "WITHOUT EFFORT" COURSES THAT WOULD EVENTUALLY GET YOU TO SPEAK SPANISH, CHINESE OR JAPANESE IN THREE MONTHS WITHOUT OPENING, LET ALONE BUYING, A BOOK.
IT SEEMS THIS IS WHAT EVERYONE WANTS NOWADAYS: TO ACHIEVE IMPORTANT THINGS WITHOUT EVEN MOVING A FINGER.
IF IT IS NOT LONGER NECESSARY TO PLAY SPORTS TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE. IF YOU NO LONGER NEED TO STOP EATING FAT AND SWEETS TO BE SLIM. WHY SHOULD YOU STUDY TO LEARN A LANGUAGE?
I HAVE STUDIED FOUR LANGUAGES MYSELF AND, BELIEVE ME, I CAN ONLY RECOMMEND YOU A METHOD THAT REALLY WORKS: BE CONSTANT, STUDY AS MANY HOURS AS POSSIBLE, READ SPANISH NEWSPAPERS, WATCH SPANISH TELEVISION (YES, I KNOW, IT IS HORRIBLE, BUT WATCH IT IF ONLY FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR LEARNING) AND TRY TO SPEAK IN SPANISH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE IN SPAIN. YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE SUCH A GREAT CHANCE OF practicing it EVER AGAIN.
Many people teach Spanish in Granada. Are they all really teachers?
beware of people with no teaching qualifications or experience offering spanish lessons.
with Europe's highest unemployment rate and so many foreigners wanting to learn our language it comes to no surprise that so many Spaniards are trying to make their way in life by teaching their own language. unfortunately for you, not every NATIVE speaker of spanish is a teacher of spanish.
YOUR TEACHERs SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS. THERE ARE MANY RECOGNIZED UNIVERSITIES AND PRIVATE TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOLS ALL OVER THE WORLD. SOME ARE BETTER KNOWN THAN OTHERS. THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE AND INTERNATIONAL HOUSE ARE REPUTEDLY AMONG THE BEST.
YOUR TEACHER SHOULD ALSO HAVE A HIGH CULTURAL LEVEL. ALL KIND OF TOPICS WILL ARISE IN YOUR CLASSES AND YOU SHOULD CERTAINLY BE WITH SOMEONE ABLE TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT THEM.
YOUR TEACHER SHOULD ALSO SPEAK FOREIGN LANGUAGES, IF NOT NECESSARILY YOURS, BECAUSE NO ONE WILL UNDERSTAND YOUR DIFFICULTIES AND THE WHOLE LEARNING PROCESS BETTER THAN THOSE THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED IT BY THEMSELVES.
FINALLY, DEMAND A CLASSROOM. A SPACE DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY FOR TEACHING. TAKING LESSONS ON GREEN PARKS, COFFEE SHOPS, BAR TERRACES OR SOMEONE'S LIVING ROOM IS NOT SERIOUS, NOR PROFESSIONAL EITHER AND WILL DEFINITELY PREVENT YOU BOTH FROM SWITCHING INTO THE NECESSARY CLASSROOM MOOD.
Some teachers offer big discounts if I pay in advance. What do you think?
i think that you should never pay in advance if you do not know well who you are paying to. if you are offered a two or three month Spanish course and you are asked to pay all the money beforehand please think twice as you could easily be giving your money away.
a qualified teacher would never ask you to pay any money in advance. furthermore, you should be offered to have one or two free lessons so that you both can get to know each other before working together.
beware of people with no teaching qualifications or experience offering Spanish lessons. with Europe's highest unemployment rate and so many foreigners wanting to learn our language it comes to no surprise that so many Spaniards are trying to make their way teaching their own language. unfortunately for you, not every native speaker of Spanish is a teacher of Spanish.
private lessons are expensive. definitely not as much as in Japan, Britain or usa, but do not think that you will get anything but a very bad quality tuition if someone is giving you one to one lessons at, say, 6 € per our.
we have a saying here is Spain: "LO BARATO A LA LARGA SIEMPRE SALE CARO" (cheap is always expensive in the long term)
think about it.
Where about do your lessons take place?
I GIVE SPANISH LESSONS TO FOREIGNERS IN GRANADA. I HAVE MY OWN CLASSROOM , A BRIGHT AND SPACIOUS ONE RIGHT IN THE CENTRE, IN THE FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL PART OF THE CITY. IT IS FULLY EQUIPPED, WITH MULTIMEDIA FACILITIES SUCH AS DVD, CASSETTE, VHS, TV, PC AND PHOTOCOPIER AS WELL AS THE BEST TEACHING MATERIAL AND UP-TO-DATE COURSE BOOKS.
I WARMLY INVITE YOU TO VISIT ME AND HAVE A LOOK AT THE CLASSROOM. I OFFER A FREE LEVEL TEST AS WELL AS A FREE FIRST LESSON TO ANYONE SHOWING INTEREST IN MY CLASSES. THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL ME IN ADVANCE AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. YOU WILL be under no obligation to TAKE LESSONS WITH ME AT ALL. I RECKON IT IS YOUR RIGHT TO MEET THE TEACHER BEFOREHAND AND SEE HOW YOU LIKE THE PERSON AND THE TEACHING. I TOO, OF COURSE, LOVE TO MEET MY STUDENTS AND GET TO KNOW THEM IF ONLY A LITTLE BIT BEFORE WE GO ON WORKING TOGETHER.
Could you tell me what your prices are?
|THE PRICE YOU PAY PER HOUR WILL DEPEND ON THE NUMBER OF HOURS PER DAY AND PER WEEK. ALSO, PRIVATE ONE-TO-ONE TUITION IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN SMALL GROUPS. SMALL GROUPS ARE MORE FUN BUT OBVIOULSY YOUR TEACHER WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FOCUS ON YOUR ESPECIFIC NEEDS THE SAME WAY. SMALL GROUPS ARE GREAT FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PRACTICE SPOKEN LANGUAGE.|
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