A communicative approach in the classroom means that lessons will emphasize interaction as both the means and the ultimate goal of learning a language.
You will learn to express the functions that best meet your own communication needs focusing on enabling you to communicate effectively in everyday situations you may find yourself in. In our classrooms you'll:
* Use as much Spanish as you can in every activity
Our lessons are organized for you to enjoy the lesson as you learn. Also you will be able to develop your communicative competences in the four main skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing. The lessons provide you contextualized grammar and expose you to the local culture.
Materials and Homework: You'll have homework to do eventually. remember that this will give you the opportunity to continue learning Spanish outside the school.
No translation: Taking a language lesson with other international students is the best way to push yourself into speaking only the language in common: the one you're learning. In our classrooms Spanish is the only language and that helps you to relate Spanish expressions to situations and not to another expression in native language.
Focus through tasks: You'll use Spanish in everyday situations and specific activities. That way you'll feel comfortable enough to speak Spanish without fear to make a mistake.
Practice: Practice makes perfect in every aspect of life and language learning is no exception. in our school you'll find a nice place to Spanish your tonsils out practicing the new language every day everywhere.
Group and Individual Activities: We combine the two types of activities in our lessons. Group activities are great for acquiring Spanish skills and to rehearse every day situations with your mates before going outside and living it with a local. But sometimes you need time to process what you've been learning and individual activities seem to be the fit.
Teachers have two main roles. The first one is to enable the communication process between all participants in the classroom, and between these participants and the activities and texts. The second role is to act as an independent participant within the learning-teaching group.
Teachers will be there to help you throughout your learning process but they will also just step a side and let you speak by yourself giving you resources.
You need to enjoy the lessons from beginning to end. When else will you have the chance of focusing on learning a language and nothing else? Some tips for you are:
- Be as participative as you can
- Express your interests because, as you know, the more you know about a particular topic, the easier it will be for you to talk about it in Spanish.
- Speak some more
- Ask questions. There is no silly question.
- Focus on the process of communicating rather that mastery of the language
- Mistakes happen and there's no reason to be ashamed about that. Keep speaking.