Textbooks are Only a Tool: your Teacher is the Key
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNICATIVE METHODOLOGY...
The communicative method belief is that it is important to not be restricted by a specific Spanish language textbook. Never feel that textbooks must be used from cover to cover. They should only be used as tool, as a starting-point. With a little inspiration and imagination, a Spanish language textbook can be manipulated and rendered for a more communicative purpose. Teachers must free themselves from it, rely more on their own command of language and professional expertise as to what linguistic items, skills, idioms, phrases, words, need to be drilled, exploited and extended.
Throughout your Spanish course you will receive all the Spanish study materials you need. These materials have been carefully prepared by our teachers following the guidelines of our methodology. We have an extensive bibliography at our center and we adapt those materials to each and one of our students. For each of our six Spanish levels we have designed our own complete textbooks that we continually improve mainly through research and our teacher's experiences in the classroom. The cost of these textbooks are included in our course's fees (as long as you sign up for 40 hours of lessons). If you wish to purchase a textbook of another level that you won't be taking at our school you can do so for only $15 USD.
Before you start classes you will receive valuable information about learning strategies, tips for language learners, the grammatical and functional contents of each level, more info about our language methodology, a list of cultural and social activities offered at our Spanish Schools and information about ecotourism in Boquete, Panama City and Bocas del Toro.
Once you start classes you will receive a chronogram detailing what you will be learning. A large part of the study material is presented in the form of practical activities and exercises through which you will learn to understand and speak Spanish almost without noticing. In class, we also make use of audio-visual materials. The largest part of the material is worked on in class, although you will be expected to do some homework and continue practicing your Spanish outside of the classroom.