Easter is fast approaching and it is time to plan your holiday. A break from your usual routine is what everyone needs once in a while. Have you been thinking about travelling to a different country but have no idea where to go or what to do once you´re there? If you choose to learn Spanish at Escuela Delengua during Easter, not only will you improve your Spanish, but you will also experience Granada´s typical Easter traditions!
Easter week, known as “La Semana Santa” in Granada is an important and religious celebration. Easter Week this year takes place between the 9th and the 16th of April. Every day during this week there are different types of activities happening and processions taking place. Every day there are various processions in which religious figures are carried through the streets of Granada on the shoulders of many men and women. Bells ring throughout the city and everyone gathers to watch the processions and follow them through the streets. The carriers practise for months before, as the figures are very heavy and a lot of skill is required to navigate them through the smaller and narrower streets of Granada. These processions are an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
During Easter Week, we take our students who are learning Spanish to watch the processions and to participate in the Easter traditions. We encourage our students to get as involved with Spanish life as possible, in order to gain the full experience of living in Spain. One of the ways to do this is to take advantage of the many traditions and celebrations Granada has to offer.
If you are also looking for somewhere to stay, we offer different types of accommodation as well. You can either stay with a Spanish family, which is highly recommended for full Spanish immersion, as you will experience what it is like to live in the true Spanish way. Otherwise, we offer a shared flat with other students, which is also enjoyable, since you get to live with students you might also share some classes with.
For more information about learning Spanish you can check out our website which includes all the prices and dates.
Have you always wanted to pick up a new language but never know when the right time to start is? Well now is your time! The start of a new year is the perfect time to either learn Spanish from scratch, brush up your rusty Spanish from the past, or even just practise speaking Spanish in Spain!
Here at the Escuela Delengua in Granada, we offer Spanish courses for absolute beginners all the way up to proficient users. Therefore, there will always be a class suited to your level. By coming Spain and taking one of our Spanish courses, you will experience and learn so much more about Spanish than just the grammatical and lexical structures you would from a textbook in your own country. Spanish is not only limited to Spain; it is spoken in over 20 different countries. In this way, we aim to open your eyes and mind to the vast and rich cultures throughout the Spanish-speaking world. By being able to communicate with a Spanish-speaker in their native language shows that you are able to understand their culture and their lifestyle. By trying completely new experiences, whether that may be tasting new foods or simply joining in with a typical Spanish tradition, will expose you to a whole new way of thinking and behaving.
At Escuela Delengua, after taking part in the Spanish course, we encourage our students to take their Spanish outside the classroom with our daily activities. These include cultural visits such as visits to the impressive Cathedral or the magnificent Alhambra, as well as watching Spanish films and enjoying Tapas; typical Spanish delicacy. In this way, you have the opportunity to put everything you have learned in the classroom, into practice with the real Spanish-speaking world.
So what are you waiting for? 2017 is your year to come to Spain and experience what it´s like to live as a true Spanish person!
At Escuela Delengua we offer Spanish courses in Spain throughout the year, but at Christmas we take a well-deserved break! Whether or not you´ll be coming back to the school in the new year, it´s important to keep practising your Spanish over the festive period so not to forget everything you´ve learnt. Here are some ideas to help you keep up with your Spanish whilst enjoying the festivities:
-Learn a Spanish Christmas carol: If you´re taking part in the intensive course in the weeks leading up to Christmas, ask your teacher to teach you a Spanish Christmas carol. Singing in a foreign language is a fantastic way to improve your pronunciation and learn new vocabulary, whilst listening to Spanish Christmas carols will help improve your listening skills. Take the time to look up the words you don´t recognise and figure out the meaning of the lyrics. And best of all, impress your friends and family at home with your knowledge of Spanish music!
– Write Christmas cards in Spanish: Do you have the post-holiday blues after returning home from your amazing experience learning Spanish in Granada? We have the perfect remedy: stay in touch with the teachers and friends you made on your Spanish courses by writing them Christmas cards in Spanish! This is a great way to practise your letter writing skills, and to learn the Spanish Christmas greetings.
-Watch your favourite Christmas film dubbed into Spanish : You don´t have to force yourself to study over the Christmas period to keep learning Spanish, and watching a film in Spanish is a great way to relax whilst keeping your ear tuned into the language. If your level is basic, choose a Christmas film that you´ve seen a few times and find a version dubbed in Spanish : that way you´ll know what´s going on and it will be easier to work out the words that you don´t understand. If you´re feeling more adventurous, try to find a Spanish Christmas film. You could even ask your teacher for a recommendation before finishing your course.
-Follow a Spanish Christmas tradition: You might be surprised at how differently Christmas is celebrated in Spain. Ask your teacher to tell you about some Spanish traditions and try celebrating them at home. You could try cooking a Spanish Christmas dish or even celebrate according to the Spanish calendar…which might mean waiting until 6th January to open your presents! This might not do much to improve your language skills, but will increase your understanding of Spanish culture.
We wish you all a merry Christmas and look forward to welcoming you to our school in the new year! In the meantime, be sure to follow us on facebook or take a look at our website.
Learning grammar and vocabulary can be boring. Here at Escuela Delengua, we aim to make our classes as interesting as possible by using a range of teaching methods that appeal to all types of learners. We believe that whatever your level, there´s a fun way to practise and improve. Here are a few examples of activities we´ve used as part of our Spanish courses in Granada:
-Practising the imperative with yoga: Have you ever resented being stuck indoors on a beautiful summer´s day? We believe that leaving the classroom environment every now and then keeps our students alert and engaged, so they´re more likely to remember what they´re learning. After teaching them the imperative tense as part of the intensive course, we took one of our groups up to the terrace to help them practise what they´d learnt through the art of yoga. Our students agreed that this method helped reinforce the grammar they´d learn in the classroom, and helped them familiarize themselves with the new verbal conjugations.
-Improving listening skills with a tour of the city: We encourage our students to explore our beautiful city, and sometimes incorporate walks in the centre into our Spanish courses in Granada. One popular activity amongst our students is following the route of graffiti. Whilst the controversial street art may not be to everybody´s taste, we explain the history of Niño de las Pinturas, a famous street artist from Granada, and ask our students to interpret what his paintings say about Granada and its people. This activity helps students to practise their listening and comprehension, but also gives them a deeper insight into the culture of the city.
-Testing speaking skills with a board game: Sometimes a bit of friendly competition can motivate our students to try a little bit harder in class. We regularly use interactive board games, such as Taboo, which help our students build confidence in their speaking skills whilst also increasing their vocabulary. These games also boost energy levels in the classroom, and give everybody an opportunity to speak, even those who are usually less confident.
-Learning food vocabulary through a cooking class: Our weekly programme of activities is designed to help our students continue learning outside the classroom. One of our most popular activities is the Masterchef night, on which we teach our students how to make a traditional Spanish dish. All instructions are given in Spanish and this is a great way for our students to learn specific food vocabulary.
To find out more about our activities and classes, be sure to visit our website and follow us on facebook.
Once you´ve signed up for courses at our Spanish school in Granada and sorted out your accommodation, you may be wondering what your first few days at the school will entail. For some of our students the experience might seem a bit daunting: it may be the first time they´ve travelled alone, their very first visit to Spain, or maybe they´re a complete beginner in Spanish. Whatever your worries, we´ll do everything we can to help you settle in as quickly as possible. Here´s a list of what you can expect in your first few days:
-Moving in: Many students opt to stay in Delengua accommodation, which may be in a shared student flat or with a host family. Shortly before you arrive, we will send you information about the address of your accommodation and where you can pick up your keys on the first day. All of our rooms are located a short walk from the school, and some are even in the school building.
-Introduction: Our intensive classes usually take place in the mornings throughout the week, with classes beginning at 10am. However, on your first day we´ll ask you to arrive at 9am to take part in an introduction. You´ll meet one of our teachers who´ll give you a tour of the school and explain the timetables of the Spanish courses and activities. We´ll also ask you to introduce yourself and talk a little bit about your reasons for learning Spanish. If you´re a complete beginner don´t panic! We simply want to hear your level of spoken Spanish to make sure we´ve placed you in the right group according to the placement test you took before you arrived. After the introduction, you´ll have time to ask any questions you may have and to grab a coffee before classes begin at 10am!
-Classes: At Delengua we offer maximum flexibility, meaning students can start classes any Monday and choose the length of time they wish to study at the school. It´s likely that some of the students in your class have already been at the school for a while, whereas others might be in their first week of classes. Our teachers are used to welcoming new students each week and making sure that the level of the class is appropriate for everyone. Expect to be given a bit of homework to do each day, and be sure to ask questions in order to take full advantage of your Spanish courses in Spain.
-Tapas: Monday´s activity is always tapas night. We take our students to various tapas bars around the city to experience one of the many perks of Granada: free tapas! This is a great opportunity to meet other students at the school, get to know some of the teachers and start finding your way around city.
We look forward to welcoming you to our school very soon! Remember to follow us on facebook and don´t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about our Spanish courses.