We adjust our teaching methodology as your language abilities advance.
Classes focus on meaningful communication
rather than only studying grammar rules in a
rigid class environment. In this approach,
students are given cooperative tasks to master
a correct and controlled use of language.
Classes employ peer communication in group
activities to encourage students to focus on
their own goals and needs, while the teacher
maintains the important role of facilitator and
An important part of learning a language
consists of being able to understand and
produce lexical phrases. Students are trained
to be able to perceive patterns of language
(grammar) as well as to have meaningful set
phrases at their disposal. Such set phrases
make up a larger portion of spoken dialogue
than unique words and phrases, so instruction
focuses on mastering oral
skills and vocabulary over grammar.
Students are given tasks (such as playing a
game, solving a problem, sharing information,
talking about their experiences, or providing
their personal point of view) that they must
complete using their Spanish skills.
Activities reflect real life, and students focus
on meaning, which helps them to develop
language fluency and confidence. This
approach is considered a branch
of Communicative Language Teaching.
Modern teaching approaches have moved away from traditional lesson formats where the focus was almost exclusively on mastering grammar and lexical phrases through controlled activities such as memorization of dialogs and repetitive writing exercises.
While grammatical competence is an important dimension of language learning, it is clearly not all that is involved in learning a language, since one can master the rules of sentence formation and still not be very successful at using the language for meaningful communication.