Spaneasy: A new approach to language teaching
Text: Kiki Deere | Photos © Spaneasy
In the heart of the Spanish capital, Spaneasy is a school with a difference, offering a new approach to learning. “We have chosen not to use a traditional method of teaching. Rather, we focus on communication and practical tasks, often holding classes while exploring the city, so students can really put into practice what they have learned,” explains founder Araceli Marqués.
With an enviable location on Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, Spaneasy offers a welcoming, homely environment where students feel right at home.
“We try to help our students as much as possible. As well as teaching them Spanish, we mentor and guide them, helping them organise everything they could possibly need during their stay, from accommodation to transport. We can even help them open a bank account. We support them closely from day one,” says Araceli.
As a result of the friendly and caring atmosphere, students inevitably develop good relationships with the teachers and staff. “We spend hours carrying out different activities together – cooking classes, cinema workshops and walking tours, so our students are immersed in an all-Spanish environment,” she adds.
Classes are small, with only six to ten students. “Small classes allow for plenty of student-teacher interaction. Teachers can address the students’ individual strengths and weaknesses, giving each person more attention as well as focusing on individual interests.”
Founded in June 2016, Spaneasy is a relatively young company. “One of our major achievements is that we have received plenty of positive feedback since opening. We are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes as a centre for teaching Spanish as a foreign language, a recognition of the high level of teaching and overall quality our school provides.”
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