You will have to book the first week as a separate booking. Then if you like the school you can make a new booking for more weeks. This will however be more expensive than making one booking for all the weeks together. And we cannot promise that there is a place for you after the first week. Our policy is that people who book and pay get the first places on a course.
If you cannot attend classes because of illness, we cannot compensate you in any way or form. However you can contact the school to get information on what you have missed in class and try and keep up by studying at home. If you cannot continue in the class when you are well again, then we will try to move you into another class.
We are often asked this. The question should perhaps be "Why are the other language schools in Barcelona so expensive?"
We have qualified and experienced native Spanish teachers, we are in the centre of town, we have nice & well equipped classrooms, an organized course plan and groups of maximum 10 students. We also got a vibrant student community with planned activities several times per week.
Yes. All the materials and books are in Spanish (immersion method) and the teachers teach the class in Spanish from the first day. It´s the best way to learn a new language. This way you will pick up a lot more words and grammar and you will get used to using Spanish at all times. The reason we prefer not to use English in class is because languages contain different structures which means it´s not useful to just translate from one language to another. Besides that there might be students in class who don't know English well enough.
Our Spanish course are "communicative" spanish lessons, which means that we teach a mixture of grammar, conversation and exercises, while covering a range of practical topics such as meeting people, travel, accommodation, shopping, working, excercising, health, etc.
To see an example of a typical course structure for a week click here. This example is from the 4 hour a day beginners course.
Yes. If a student has a level that is either lower or higher than the group, then the student can change the level. It is always in the best interest of both student and the school that our students are placed in their corresponding level. To avoid problems of changing groups it is important that you thoroughly complete our level test so that we can get the level right from the beginning.
Instruction books are not included in the course fees. We use the books "Gente Hoy 1 & 2" for our levels A1, A2 and B1, "Abanico" for the B2 level and “Ventilador” for C1 and C2. We also use supplementary exercises from other reference books.
Yes. 3-4 times a week we offer cultural and social activities, which could be anything from Barcelona walking tours, salsa dancing classes to weekend trips to Costa Brava. Most of the weekly activities are free, but the paid ones are not included in the course fee. You can read more about our activities here: http://www.speakeasybcn.com/student_activities.asp
Speakeasy Language School is in the very centre of Barcelona. In between the 3 busiest metro stations, Catalunya, Paseo de Gracia and Universidad, and only a 2 minute walk from the central square of Barcelona, Plaza Catalunya. You can see our location here.
It´s not possible to get free trial lessons. Having students entering and leaving classes to see if they like them disrupts the class. This is not fair on the students who have already paid for a Spanish class.
So how will you know if the class is right for you? Before you join a class we check your level by having you complete a free level test and if necessary we can have a teacher check your level too by having a short conversation with you in Spanish. Based on this we recommend a course. You can also book for one week and then decide to book for more weeks after having followed some classes.
This is a difficult question to answer because there are many factors to take into consideration. Most people have a goal of being able to participate actively in a business or social conversation in the target language.
The best advice we can give you is that of Woody Allen. "90% of success is showing up!" If you attend classes regularly, put in the effort of homework and do not space out your classes too much, then generally speaking this can be achieved after 2-3 months of intensive Spanish classes i.e. 20 hours a week.
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