THE SPANISH LANGUAGE
is the second most spoken language in the world due to the number of speakers who claim it as their native tongue (after Mandarin Chinese). It is spoken as a first and second language amongst 450 and 500 million people. It is the third most spoken language as a first or second language after Mandarin Chinese and English combined, and is the mother tongue to 400 million people worldwide... Read more
SPANISH SCHOOL IN SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Discover the exotic-Caribbean flair, the easy-going vitality, openness and hospitality of its people studying at our School in the Dominican Republic, one of the largest institutions offering Spanish classes to foreigners. The students can choose between two locations: the country's capital Santo Domingo, a Caribbean-style metropolis with more than 2.5 million inhabitants, or the small sea town of Sosua, famous for its incredible beaches and variety of water sports activities.
The school in Santo Domingo is located in the Zona Universitaria and faces the UASD (Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo), the country's biggest and most famous university. The central location of the Institute makes it easy to seek out and explore many places of interest. The class and communal rooms of the school are furnished in Caribbean style. A small garden surrounds the building, creating together with several terraces and a cozy cafeteria a personal atmosphere.
If you want to learn Spanish and at the same time acquire a deeper insight into the cultural, historical, and social aspects of Dominican everyday life, then our school in Santo Domingo is the best place to be.
The key concern of our school is to get students to speak, because the school concept is that teaching a language is a communicative process. Likewise, our staff wants to encourage students to speak from the very beginning. Our school focuses greatly on providing students with the opportunity to practice speaking also in class. For this reason our group courses are limited to 7 students maximum per group. Group courses usually take place in the morning.
There are both group courses and individual classes, at all levels and you can choose between a program of 20 or 30 classes per week. One class is 45 minutes. If there is no group on your Spanish level at the time of your course, you will receive private lessons instead for the same price (respectively 15 or 22.5 private classes instead of 20 or 30 group classes).
It is very important to identify the right starting level for each student. This is why all students with some prior knowledge of Spanish are asked to take a placement test prior to their course. This test contains questions on various difficulty levels and takes 60 minutes maximum. Upon successful completion of the course the students receive a certificate of participation. We use personalized, specifically designed teaching materials supported by modern audio-visual media to help students improving their speaking ability.
There are four course levels: beginner, elementary, intermediate and advanced.
Spanish & Dancing
is for all those who want to discover the Dominican attitude towards life not only through the foreign language but also through the people’s dances and music. In the mornings, the students tackle Spanish vocabularies, and in the afternoons, native dance instructors teach them the steps and passionate body language of the “Latin movement“. Dance lessons are held at a dance academy only a few minutes walking distance away from the school.
Of all the rhythms that enriched the cultural heritage of the Dominicans, the Merengue is the most collective expression of the people’s soul. As a popular musical form, it is very dynamic and varies from one generation to the next.
The staff is composed of Dominicans, Europeans, and Americans. Teachers are native speakers who in addition to being qualified, they are widely experienced in the field of teaching Spanish as a foreign language. They are not only expected to demonstrate high standard teaching skills, but should also be capable of empathizing with the students in order to motivate them. At many times they are also after class competent advisers on everyday questions.
All our guest families are carefully selected and belong exclusively to the Dominican middle-class, living in good to very good social circumstances in residential areas. The maximum distance from the school is from 10 to 40 minutes by public transport. Students get a single room with shower/toilet and half-board (breakfast and dinner). Bed sheets and towels are provided.
Students can also choose to stay at a shared apartment in just 2 minutes walking distance to school, located in Zona Universitaria. This flat has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, one living room and one dining room. There are no meals included in this option. Single room with king-size bed, cable-TV and fan. Wireless LAN available for free. Cleaning 3 times a week. Bed sheets and bath towels are provided.
Music and dance are at the heart of Dominican life. The school organizes dance courses of Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa and provides valuable insider tips to those eager to become better acquainted with the more traditional and original dancing spots.
There are also other leisure activities such as BBQ in the school’s garden, visit of cultural events, concerts, museums, a sightseeing tour to Zona Colonial and other cultural sights nearby, as well as excursions to the beach
For many people this Caribbean island symbolizes the perfect exotic holiday location, a paradise of sun, sand, and sea all year round. The country offers a variety of natural treasures which are unique in the Caribbean: lush, subtropical vegetation, fertile valleys, mountain ranges up to 10,400 feet (3175 meters) high, and hundreds of kilometers of its famous palm-lined white sand beaches and shimmering turquoise sea. Its nature as well as its moving history, the vivid everyday culture and its people make it worth visiting this beautiful country. All this turns the Dominican Republic into a wonderful place to learn Spanish. Discover the exotic-Caribbean flair, the easy-going vitality, openness and hospitality of its people.
The capital of the Dominican Republic is a fascinating, typical Caribbean metropolis. Here you can explore museums, discover the colonial history of the country and dip into a bustling night-life. Many bars and dance halls play the Latin-American rhythms far into the night. A great place to meet people and practice your newly acquired skills in Spanish and dancing.
The capital of the Dominican Republic, is located on the south coast of the country on the Caribbean Sea. With a population of more than 2.5 million inhabitants it is a vibrant and lively typical Caribbean metropolis where are many things to be seen and to be discovered.
The historical face of the city in its colonial district, the Zona Colonial, has been carefully restored to retain its original charm and in 1990, UNESCO declared it World Heritage Site. Many early 16th-century buildings and the Ozama Fortress bear witness that Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the New World, where the settlement of all the Americas began. In recent years many young gallery owners, fashion designers, restaurants, and clubs have discovered the Zona Colonial and set up business there.
There are many options for leisure time activities and excursions like BBQ in the school’s garden, sightseeing tour to Zona Colonial, the Old Town of Santo Domingo, or excursions to the mountains and beautiful Caribbean beaches. A variety of sports activities is available, too, like playing tennis or golf and of course taking dance classes.
WE RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL BECAUSE:
- The school is located in the Zona Universitaria and faces the UASD the country's biggest and most famous university.
- The small garden surrounding the building, creates together with several terraces and a cozy cafeteria a personal atmosphere.
- Santo Domingo is vibrant and lively metropolis where are many things to be seen and to be discovered.
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