The Expanish Spanish Teaching Methods
THE COMMUNICATIVE APPROACH
The teaching method we use at Expanish is called the Communicative Method which means students are encouraged to speak and interact as much as possible in the classroom. During the classes students are presented with a variety of texts exploring Argentina’s culture, current affairs, and issues that will interest students. Our professional and friendly teachers will provide the necessary support to help the students build their on their vocabulary, work on their grammar, and improve their writing and speaking skills.
THE FOUR KEY LANGUAGE SKILLS
Expanish Spanish classes encourage the development of the four key language skills: speaking, writing, reading and listening. We tackle all four skills through different interactions such as small groups activities, class discussions, and multi-media audio and visuals. This integral approach to Spanish learning is the most complete way to gain proficiency in the language and will help you to learn formal and correct grammar, through usage rather than memorization.
The Complete Immersion Experience
Our strongest belief is that learning Spanish while living in a Spanish-speaking country is the best way to achieve a true understanding of and proficiency in the Spanish language. The more you fully immerse yourself into the language by practicing speaking and listening in real-life situations, the faster you will develop confidence in your new language skills.
We encourage you to use Spanish as much as possible outside of class. To facilitate this, we offer:
- A program of activities throughout the week
- Class excursions to locations around Buenos Aires such as traditional bars, museums, and historic sights that complement class material
- Accommodations with Spanish speaking families or shared accommodations with Spanish speakers
- Regular homework to ensure that students are practicing and using new grammar and vocabulary
You will find that the only way to maximize learning development during your time in Buenos Aires is by speaking to classmates and homestay families as much as possible as well as by reading and listening to materials of interest, such as newspapers and radio programs or television.
Students learn better when they feel confident and comfortable, which is why we offer small group classes, with an average of 6 students. Our small classes allow for more personalized attention from the teacher in a relaxed and comfortable environment which enables you to feel confident when practicing Spanish aloud.
All of our programs are aligned with and based on the Cervantes Institute. The curriculum and teaching plans are framed by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
We pride ourselves on recruiting only the best Spanish teachers in Buenos Aires to ensure top quality Spanish teaching. All of our teachers are not only native Spanish speakers but also dynamic, professional and passionate about teaching Spanish.
The goal is to make sure you learn the most Spanish possible in the shortest possible time. The teachers are willing to provide guidance and ongoing support, helping to build your confidence and giving constant feedback on your progress.
Our very own teachers and academic support have designed the educational materials page-by-page with you, the student, in mind. We are proud to offer books that incorporate lessons from everyday situations in Latin American countries while also including useful and fun Argentine slang so you experience a dynamic approach to learning how to speak and understand Spanish.
We have a different book hand-crafted for each level: from A1 (beginner) to C1 (advanced). Inside, you will find written activities for in-class lessons plus assessments and vocabulary sheets for extra practice. These stimulating and imaginative books are included in the price of your program. Plus, they are lightweight—perfect for taking with you to continue your studies as you travel or after returning home.