Having lived and worked in Spain for over 25 years, I have seen little change in the approach towards English language learning in the educational system. I think that most people would agree that in spite of the many years of obligatory study, the level of communication skills is unbelievably low.
This is not due to a lack of ability or aptitude, but simply because there is no “incubation period” for people to assimilate and internalize the language. Being exposed to a language on a continuous basis offers a clear example of how it works, and how it really sounds too.
With time you internalize these model responses and can modify them accordingly to fit the circumstances. When English is spoken spontaneously within a real meaningful context, rather than a theoretical one, the words become imprinted on the mind.
Individuals or couples, over 18, who want to brush up on their English communication skills; perhaps with a view to work abroad, travel, take an exam or enter the job market better prepared. Some of the students I have coached, explain their motives for wanting to improve their English in this way:
What are your aspirations regarding English?
How can we help you reach them?
Acquiring a language is more effective than learning it, and although you are not led to believe so, mastering a foreign language is more of a social skill than an academic one. You cannot study your way to becoming fluent alone. These issues can be focused on in one-to-one classes, along with diagnosis and addressing of specific difficulties encountered during the stay... away from study/classroom environment. We also concentrate on opening your mind and your ears to acquiring the language.
help you set realistic goals for your stay
focus upon the aspects of language acquisition which match your priorities
adapt to your needs
help resolve your doubts and difficulties
offer strategies to help you
give you feedback on your progress
give you tips how to use and adapt your vocal tract for better pronunciation
You would be surprised that even a C1 student can have problems pronouncing seemingly simple words such as "orange and pear". Click links below to check correct pronunciation.
We know that you learn more if you are relaxed, comfortable and happy - We welcome you to become part of our family for the week.
be exposed to everyday informal language that you don´t hear in the classroom
By the end of your stay you will be more confident in your ability to understand and respond. With an increased awareness of the language you will be better attuned to deciphering meaning rather than trying to capture every single word. You will certainly be more confident in your abilities, and as we all know confidence is the key if you want to communicate successfully.