ABOUT OUR COURSES
Learn Spanish in Granada Nicaragua
Granada Spanish Lingua offers an integrated program structure which assures high quality of service at school while at the same time providing the physical and social environments for a totally unique experience at school location. The features of our Spanish programs include:
Arrive any day of the week and start any Monday of the year. The standard program week with family homestay is Sunday through Saturday, with classes Monday through Friday, and you can also reserve extra homestay days and extra tutoring for before or after your basic program weeks to accommodate any arrival schedule. Tutoring, transportation service, excursions, and homestay services are available separately from the basic combined program for registered students.
GSL's total immersion language acquisition program helps you rapidly make measurable gains in your Spanish speaking, conversational comprehension, writing and reading comprehension skills, as wells as communicative expression and grammatical knowledge.
Classes takes place in an exclusively Spanish speaking atmosphere using a participatory conversational method which combines visual, auditory and kinesthetic activities to engage all your senses in the direct-learning process. Class curricula and content are guided by ongoing evaluation of your progress and by your expressed interests with the goal of making your classes engaging as well as instructional. An exceptionally supportive staff, hospitable host families, and relaxed Nicaraguan culture will help you to quickly lose self-consciousness and gain natural confidence in your ability to communicate effectively en Español.
Placement evaluation put you in a class of your own level. The placement evaluation is a varied oral and written examination administered on the first day of your classes which investigates your language ability, cultural knowledge, and your personal interests so your teacher can structure your classes to be both instructive and interesting.
GSL's program have six organizational levels and its own level (grammar) book: Beginner: A1, Advanced beginner: A2, Intermediate: B1, Advanced intermediate: B2, Advanced and conversational: C1, which are defined by each student's ability in speaking, comprehension, reading, writing and grammatical knowledge.
Experienced Native Nicaraguan Spanish teachers are dedicated, simpáticos, and strive to make learning Spanish a pleasant and fun experience for all our students.
All GSL teachers are trained in GSL's second language "Functional" teaching method, participate in creating the teaching materials, and lead and participate in the complementary afternoon activities at school.
Class materials are included in the programs price. GSL materials are created by the teachers at GSL school who draw upon second language learning texts from Latin America and Spain as well as a variety of locally produced printed and visual materials. Each student receives a basic Spanish grammar text (in Spanish) designed for Spanish language students.
If the student requires:Certificate of Completion at the end of your program. You will receive documentation of each week's class and tutoring hours with comments and evaluation from your teachers and a certificate, suitable for framing, documenting your participation and completion, signed by the General Cordinator of the school.
Afternoon cultural activities, educational mini-cursos, and visits with local service organizations are an integral part of the courses, facilitated by the school' teaching staff in an exclusively Spanish speaking environment so that students have the opportunity to practice their Spanish skills. Activities include visits to clinics, museums, cooperatives, artisan shops, small factories, farms, NGO and Government projects; dance, music, art, and handiwork classes; visits and lectures by community leaders, hikes, local tours y más. Topical mini-cursos (en Español - mainly for intermediate and advanced students) provide an insightful understanding of important topics in Nicaragua such as: the economics of progress and poverty, Nicaraguan history and politics, the public health and education systems, natural ecology and conservation issues, social and gender relations, religion, Nicaraguan art forms, y más! (See some samples with descriptions)
*Volunteer opportunities are available through school with local public service, health, education, cultural, and ecological conservation organizations. You can arrange to visit specific kinds of organizations to find a match with your interests. Available volunteer work may include teaching, medical, office work, health care and education, building a school, putting up public service signs, clearing land, cleaning a beach, planting trees, spending time with children, etc. (See individual school descriptions for some ideas.) Volunteer jobs are arranged personally through visits with local organizations once you arrive at the school location.
Group study packages can be customized for larger groups. All transportation, special outdoor activities or mini-courses, visits with community organizations and volunteer activites, weekend trips... we can set it up for you and make it work.
Assistance with travel and program preparation: Over the last five years, GSL has facilitated a lot of successful programs for students of all ages, of many professional backgrounds, from many different countries all over the globe. We know Nicaragua, we understand your concerns, and can offer you an unforgettable, safe, full immersion learning experience. Please browse our website as much as you can, see our Questions & Answers page, and then e-mail or call our Granada office and we'll answer whatever specific questions you may have remaining about Nicaraguan, our program, and the GSL application process.
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