FAQ – Spanish lessons
There is a maximum of 6 students per group. However, the average number of students per group is 3 – 5. If you are the only student at your level, we will offer you 3 hours of individual lessons instead of the group lessons.
Your classes will be Monday to Friday, starting in the morning from 9:00 till 12:00 depending on the course. You can request extra private lessons after 4:30pm or in the weekend.
This depends a lot on the person. Our experience shows that a person who does not speak any Spanish, can achieve a low intermediate level in four weeks of group lessons. This is enough for traveling around and/or for starting your volunteer work. It means you can understand easy, slowly spoken sentences and that you can make yourself understood at a survival level. You will mainly be using the present tense but have already an idea of some past tenses.
Our goal is that a beginner in his/her first week will learn to have a basic conversation: how are you, where are you from, how can I get to …X, how much is… etc. and understand the answers. You will review the present tense (mainly regular but a couple of irregular verbs) and you will be able to understand easy, slowly spoken sentences.
For beginners, we recommend group lessons, as it is more fun and there is more interaction during class. Of course it is also possible to take individual classes, which will give you more opportunity to talk and to adapt the classes to your specific needs. We recommend this option especially for older students and students with specific learning goals. For more advanced students, who want to focus on a specific area or who need to learn Spanish quickly, we recommend you take individual lessons, although we offer group classes at all levels, from basic till very advanced.
The idea is that all the work is done in class. However, especially at the beginner levels, your teacher may ask you to do some exercises at home or to memorize some vocabulary to help you progress the following day.
Yes, The Amazon Spanish College is located at only one block from Parque Santander and the main cathedral in Leticia. Two blocks from the college there are many restaurants, shops and bars.
Every Monday, at 8:00 am, all new students come together for the placement test. This test, both oral and written, will give us an exact idea of what your level is. The placement in a group of a certain is accordingly.
Included in the course price are the following: The amount of hours specified of each course in Spanish classes, five hours of cultural activities, course material, free airport pick up in Leticia, placement test and certificate.
All of our teacher to speak (some) English, however, the class will be held in Spanish.
You are not the only one! Every week we start with one, two or three groups of complete beginners, people you haven´t studied any Spanish before arriving to Leticia, just as you. Don´t worry. Your Spanish will be improving quickly.
The minimum age for enrollment is 18. However, younger students are welcome if another adult is there official representative.
At Sunday we expect you to be here at the school at 4:00 for a Welcome meeting and a walking city tour. This ends around 5:30 – 6:00. Most of the students go for a drink afterwards. Monday morning at 8:00 am all the students come together for the placement test. If you live in the College, you can have your breakfast at 7:30. However, if you are living with a host family you will have to get up a little bit earlier. Around 09:30 our academic coordinator will inform you regarding your group. Your first class will be at 09:45 ending at 12:45 the first day, if you have a general Spanish course.
If staying with a host family you might go back for lunch around 1:00, if staying at the college, you might get together with some other students and find a nice little fancy restaurant nearby. At 6:30 there is a lecture in Spanglish regarding the college, some tourist topic, background and practical information about a tourist site you might want to visit the following days. After that, refreshments and snacks will be served at the college and you have the possibility to get to know your fellow students as well as the Amazon Spanish College staff.
This depends on the change you want to make. E.g., if you want to change from group to individual classes, you just pay the difference without any additional charge. If you are uncertain about what is the best for you, please consult and we can give you advice.
Any Monday throughout the year for group classes, and any day for private classes.