Our immersion method

The main objective in all our Spanish courses is to develop the students ability to communicate. Our immersion method favors the communicative aspect of theory: grammar put to practice.

Our teaching style is based on constant practice in real communicative situations. Grammar and vocabulary are an essential part of daily class work. Our objective is that students communicate in Spanish fluently and accurately in the shortest time possible.

We combine a solid grammatical approach with real communicative situations to consolidate the learning process.

Giralda Center-Spanish House (SH) is part of the network of centers accredited by the Instituto Cervantes in Spain, a guarantee of academic quality.

We offer six learning levels

Our classes, in reduced-size groups, are based on constant practice and the active role of the student.

We use an array of teaching material, created and developed by the Giralda Center’s team of Spanish teachers. These materials follow the European Framework for Languages guideline and have been specifically designed with our students’ profiles and their specific needs in mind.

Giralda Center shares its teaching material with the international community of Spanish teachers worldwide through the blog Ticele.

We offer six learning levels: A1-A2, B1-B2, C1-C2. Each level requires a minimum of 80 class hours (4 week standard course).

All this is possible thanks to the years of dedication, research and enthusiasm of our teaching staff.

Giralda methodology and teaching

Common Reference Levels: global scale

A1

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way.

A2

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on
familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate Basic need.

B1

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain
for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and Independent disadvantages of various options.

C1

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of Proficient meaning even in more complex situations.