Gap Year Spanish Course
12 weeks in Seville
I expected after 3 months in Seville to be more or less fluent in Spanish, to gain greater confidence in myself and my language abilities, I also expected the lessons to be partly in English. After 4 ½ months in Spain I wasn’t fluent in Spanish but I do believe it is possible if you work super hard and only speak Spanish. Read More
Read Gemma’s reports from Seville
She’s just spent 2 weeks out there / December 2010
Avoiding all our recent UK weather (lucky thing).
Yes there was some rain, but there was plenty of sunshine
and most importantly – no snow! Read More
Susanna Pettigrew : 8 weeks in Seville
I hoped that after the first four weeks I would be able to know the basics of the Spanish language, such as numbers, colours, food, clothes, family etc. I was a bit concerned though as I went out there with no previous knowledge of the Spanish language. Read More
“ I expected quite an academic approach to learning Spanish, in particular with reference to the grammar aspects of learning. I also expected most people to be much younger than me (I’m 35). Linguistically the course proved more challenging than I first imagined – the pace of learning was extremely quick. The other students were far more sociable than I had thought they would be. This became fundamental to the learning process in the classroom environment. The lessons went very quickly, a consequence of the enjoyable nature of the teaching process. My teacher used a variety of teaching methods including music and role-play, with two-way conversation being the most common and popular method of learning. The one to one mini group seniors were outstanding, although mentally tiring at times. Read More
Before arriving on the course I hoped that I would be able to achieve a firm grounding in Spanish in preparation for an EU work placement in Barcelona during the Summer. Having not enjoyed languages at school I had only a vague hope that I would be able to communicate in simple Spanish by the end of the month.
By the end of the course my expectations were surpassed, linguistically and generally. I was still a long way off achieving anything close to fluency, however I had gained a great deal of confidence in terms of being able to try out the language at every opportunity.
The lessons were superb, challenging but very interesting and enjoyable. The class size was just right (around 8 people) and our professor (Alberto) encouraged everyone to participate. As well as the language we also learnt numerous interesting facts about Spanish and Andalusian culture. Read More