Spanish schools in Spain offer a variety of Spanish courses that enable students to learn Spanish fast. In the Intensive Spanish courses students learn Spanish grammar and vocabulary and at the same time they learn Spanish conversation and listening skills. Course materials include Spanish books that cover grammar, vocabulary, and conversation exercises, while supplementary materials, such as news and magazine articles, develop and understanding of Spain, its way of life, its customs, traditions, way of thinking, and issues important to contemporary Spanish society. The Spanish courses are designed to advance students one level per month. (For a breakdown of the different levels of Spanish courses read Learning Spanish in Spain – What are the Spanish Course Level Equivalents in Spain?
Learning Spanish in Spain – Types of Spanish Courses
1. Standard Intensive Spanish Course
The Standard Intensive Spanish Course is the core Spanish course offered by Spanish school and universities in Spain. It consists of 4 Spanish classes per day (20 Spanish classes per week, 80 Spanish classes per month). Most students at Spanish schools select this course, as it covers Spanish grammar, reading, writing, and listening skills. The course almost always takes place in the mornings and ends before lunch, so students have plenty of time to explore and experience Spain outside of class.
2. Intensive Spanish Course “+”
This Spanish course is a Standard Intensive Spanish Course plus an additional hour of class per day. It is popular with students who, in addition to learning Spanish in the Standard Intensive Spanish Course, want to spend some extra class time focused on an area that interests them, such as Spanish Conversation, Spanish Art History, etc.
3. Super Intensive Spanish Course
Super Intensive Spanish Courses add an additional 2 Spanish classes per day to the Standard Intensive Spanish Course. A typical Super Intensive Spanish Course involves 4 Spanish classes per day in the mornings, plus 2 Spanish classes per day after lunch in the afternoon. The 5th hour and 6th hour of Spanish classes in the afternoon consist of Spanish elective classes and pre-programmed classes organized by the school. These extra classes allow students to solidify the Spanish they have learned earlier in the day while introducing additional, new material.
4. Immersion Spanish Course
Some Spanish schools refer to the Super Intensive Spanish Course as an Immersion Course. More often than not, however, the format is the same.
5. Spanish Conversation Course
Spanish Conversation Courses consist of an extra hour of class per day dedicated improving your Spanish conversation skills. Both speaking and listening skills are improved through guided activities meant to simulate real-life communicative situations.
6. Spanish Culture Course
The Spanish Culture Course is designed to help students understand different aspects of Spanish culture in Spain. Such courses typically cover the customs and values of Spain as well as the political, historic, and geographical facets of Spain. While such themes may be covered periodically in a Standard Intensive Spanish Course, the Spanish Culture Course focuses on them in greater depth.
7. DELE Preparation Course
DELE is the acronym for Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language). They are official titles that certify a level of competence and mastery of the Spanish language. DELE diplomas are granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. Most Spanish schools in Spain offer DELE preparation courses in which students learn Spanish with a focus on taking and passing the DELE exam. Such courses often include DELE practice tests. DELE exams can be taken at 6 different levels of Spanish.
8. Spanish Art History
Spanish Art History classes are offered as Spanish elective classes and cover the main periods and trends of art history of Spain. Lectures cover the most important Spanish artists and works of Spanish art, sculpture, and architecture in various periods of Spanish art history. Some Spanish schools also organize class trips as part of the Spanish Art History class (or as a general school activity) that allow students to visit local museums and other local sites of cultural and artistic heritage.
9. History of Spain
Spanish history courses introduce and analyze different periods, events, and figures from various periods of Spanish history. Typically these courses give you an overview from prehistory to contemporary Spain and improve students’ understanding of contemporary Spain, its traditions, and values.
10. Spanish for Tourism
Spanish for Tourism classes are designed for students that are learning Spanish and that would like to work in the tourism or hospitality fields. Spanish for Tourism classes cover the specific Spanish vocabulary frequently encountered in the hospitality and tourism industries, as well as introducing students to the specifics of the tourism industry in Spain. Students who complete this Spanish course will improve their technical vocabulary and have a deeper understanding of the role of tourism in Spain.