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# Frequent questions

Class duration, timetables and dates

All our courses are 1 hour = 60 minutes, being the only exception the intensive+ course. This course runs for 4 hours everyday, but has a 20-30 minute daily break after the first two hours, so in terms of minutes, each day students spend 215 in class on average (something like 1 hour = 53.75 minutes if you prefer to see it that way, although not how we would put it as it may be confusing). The rest of courses, since they have no break, are not affected.

Courses can take place at different times and on different days as detailed on the courses section of our website:

Intensive: Monday to Friday 10.00-12.00 (mostly), 12.00-14.00 (often) or 14.00-16.00 (rarely).
Intensive+: Monday to Friday 10.00-14.00 (mostly) or 12.00-16.00 (often).
Private: Monday to Friday at any available time 08.00-20.00.
Extensive: Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday 15.00-17.00.
Extensive+: Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday 15.00-18.00.

From time to time (during high season, for instance), there may be additional options.

Times are determined by the school based on the level, number of students, availability and other organisational aspects. Schedules cannot be chosen, but we encourage students to let us know their preferred time and we will try our very best to comply with their needs. It is not until the week before courses start (usually by Thursday or Friday morning the latest) that we have the definitive schedule, though. Students limited to a specific time are therefore recommended not to complete their booking until they have confirmation of the timetable.

We could put you in the list and keep you updated so that, when we have all necessary details, we can inform you. We understand it is not fair to keep you waiting, but that is the best we can think of…

Keep in mind also that the special rate (in case it is requested and is applicable) admits no changes: should you complete your reservation and not be able to attend because the time does not suit you, it will not be possible to change or postpone classes.

We follow a syllabus of contents that is organised weekly. Therefore, since our classes are not standalone sessions, it is not possible to come at different times on different days because students would end up missing important information from the previous day that might be necessary to understand what they are doing in each class. That is why we assess the level of all students before they start their course, to have a better understanding of what their specific needs are and which group could be best for each.

Students can start (provided there is availability) any Monday they like (unless they are absolute beginners) if they go for one of our intensive courses (intensive or intensive+), any day of the week (Monday to Friday) if doing just private sessions or the first week of September, November, February or April if they choose an extensive course (extensive or extensive+).

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