Teaching methodology and class structure
We follow a communicative approach as described by the Instituto Cervantes and the Council of Europe in their Common Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages. The CEFR was developed to provide an international standard and common basis for the explicit description of objectives, content and methods in foreign language education:
_It adopts an action-oriented approach, describing language learning outcomes in terms of language use.
_It has three principal dimensions: language activities, the domains in which they occur, and the competences on which we draw when we engage in them.
_It divides language activities into four kinds: reception (listening and reading), production (spoken and written), interaction (spoken and written), and mediation (translating and interpreting).
_It provides a taxonomic description of four domains of language use (public, personal, educational, professional) for each of which it specifies locations, institutions, persons, objects, events, operations and texts.
For reception, production, interaction, and some competences the CEFR defines six common reference levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2), using “can do” descriptors to define the learner’s proficiency at each level. These common reference levels provide a basis for comparing foreign language curricula, textbooks, courses and exams. Together with the rest of the CEFR's descriptive apparatus, they are also used to support the design of curricula, teaching programmes, learning materials, and assessment instruments (language passport).
Classes are conducted monolingually in Spanish without the use of the students’ own languages, even with absolute beginners, by our team of highly trained and experienced native teachers. No previous experience whatsoever is required.