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Paraninfo, academia en Madrid

+34 91 543 31 39 - info@paraninfo.com
C/ Princesa, 70 - 1º - 28008 Madrid

Cervantes British Council Oxford
academia español madrid

I want to
learn Spanish
in Madrid.

Learn Spanish in our School

In today's world with the unstoppable rise of the Internet and the importance of communication, learning Spanish has become something useful, enriching but also necessary. There is a huge demand and the reasons for studying Spanish are vast:

  • Spanish is the official language in 21 countries and is the 4th most spoken language in the world and speakers will soon reach 500 million world wide, rapidly strengthening its role as an international communication medium.
  • It is the second most used language in international communication and third in politics, economics and culture.
  • The culture and Latin people have become very popular these days: singers, actors, directors and movies are world famous and iconic.
  • Tourism to Spanish speaking countries in the Americas has multiplied and helped to spread as well as make Spanish fashionable

Methodology

The aim of Paraninfo Spanish school´s teachers is to enable students to communicate in Spanish in a natural and fluent way.

A pleasant and cosy work atmosphere exists in the academy with a dynamic style that lets the student feel comfortable and at ease.

We know that each person learns in a different way and that everyone has a different personality. We thus give each student individual attention.

Levels

Levels of our courses correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) whose aim is to provide a common base for the drawing up of languages programs, curriculum guidance, exams, manuals and materials for European teaching.

There are three main levels and each is divided into two secondary levels:

  • A1 AccessOpen or Close

    The capability to understand and use common everyday expressions such as simple phrases to handle spur of the moment situations.

    To be able to ask for and give basic personal information about the students home, belongings and people he or she knows.

    To have an elementary conversation with someone speaking slowly and clearly and is willing to cooperate.

  • A2 PlatformOpen or Close

    Have the capability to understand frequently used phrases and expressions in relevant fields (basic personal information, information about his or her family, shopping, places of interest, jobs etc.).

    Knowing how to communicate when doing basic everyday tasks that require basic conversational exchanges.

    Can describe, using basic terms, things about his or her surroundings in relation to immediate necessities.

  • B1 ThresholdOpen or Close

    The capability to clearly understand the most important parts of a text in standard language about familiar matters whether to do with work, study or free time.

    To manage the majority of situations that could come up while on a trip to an area where the language is used.

    To be able to produce simple and coherent texts about familiar matters or of personal interest.

    Can describe experiences, events, wishes and aspirations and so briefly justify his or her opinions and explain plans.

  • B2 AdvancedOpen or Close

    To have the ability to understand the main ideas of complex texts about abstract themes as well as the technical nature that are in the students field of specialization.

    To be able to speak with a sufficient degree of fluency to native speakers and to do it in a natural way as not to require effort from either party.

    Produce clear and detailed texts relating to diverse themes such as defending a point of view on general topics and giving the pros and cons of different opinions.

  • C1 Efficient SpeakerOpen or Close

    To be able to understand a wide variety of high level extensive texts and be able to identify implicit meanings.

    The ability to express himself/herself in a fluent and spontaneous way without showing evident effort in finding the correct expression.

    To use the language in a flexible and effective way in social, academic and professional situations.

    To produce clear, well structured and detailed texts about complex themes showing the correct use of organizational mechanisms, articulation and cohesion.

  • C2 MasterOpen or Close

    Understanding with ease practically all that is heard and read.

    Knowing how to reconstruct information and arguments from different sources, whether it be spoken or written, and presenting it in a cohesive and summed up way.

    To spontaneously express himself / herself, with a high level of fluency and a degree of precision which allows students to differentiate between nuances in meaning as well as in very complex situations.

Our Spanish teachers

Our teachers are highly specialized and qualified in teaching Spanish and have had extensive training. They are highly motivated, dynamic and with lot of experience.

The teachers know and are familiar with all the techniques used to learn Spanish from traditional methods to the latest dynamic tendencies. They know exactly what resources to use for each group and person and how to use them.

Students

Before starting the course, students have to take a placement test in order to determine their level and ensure that they are placed in the correct group. Once the course starts, a teaching mentor remains in frequent contact with the students, monitoring their academic progress to identify any weaknesses and address them accordingly.

Spanish Level Test >>

Activities

Alongside our academic programmes we also offer various extracurricular activities so students can have fun and learn at the same time. Madrid is the ideal city for going out at night, having some “tapas”, or visiting some of the most important museums in the world. The activities are designed for students to continue using and improving their Spanish outside of the classroom, enjoying themselves and getting to know our culture better.

Activities include: guided tours of Madrid, visits to museums, workshops, conferences, dinner and flamenco shows, a photography contest, the opportunity to try international cuisines, a Carnival costume party, Music Week, Book Week and various excursions to nearby cities.

Activities >>