Information about the school

Useful information about our Spanish school for foreigners.

Spanish classes

  • Intensive.
  • Semi-intensive.
  • Extensive.
  • Culture immersion.
  • Spanish and selectivity.
  • Conversation classes.
  • Spanish for business.
  • Spanish on Skype.
  • DELE Preparation

Learning objectives

The objectives of the Spanish student vary depending on the level they are at. The School's teachers, therefore, work to ensure that their students improve their linguistic levels in the four basic skills:

  • Oral expression.
  • Written expression.
  • Oral comprehension.
  • Written comprehension.

Course content

The contents, collected in different areas, are related in a way flexible so that the programming can be adapted to the peculiarities of each group of students. The center offers its students the option to progress in their learning of Spanish, starting from the first level of access to the language and reaching the level of mastery.

According to Common European Framework of Reference For languages, programming has been carried out based on common reference levels. 

Methodological orientation of the courses

The School is committed to a communicative methodology. However, the particularities of each level mean that the methodology changes from one group to another.

At level A (initial) of the language, strategies are used in which the teacher can control the students' emissions. Strategies such as decks of questions or dramatizations are carried out.

At level B (intermediate) The student has a competence in Spanish that allows him to function in most communicative situations. Some of the strategies used are brainstorming, the group of experts and other dynamics also used at the previous level.

At level C (advanced) The speaker is capable of functioning in any common communicative situation and must perfect those more particular communicative situations. In addition to the strategies proposed for the previous levels, the simulation of a trial is proposed, in which students can assume different roles. 

Teaching materials used by the School

The Spanish School for Foreigners gives students the teaching materials suitable for the correct use of its courses, as well as its own activities created by the School's teachers. For those students who book at least one month of group classes or 10 classes one to one The material is free. The books for all levels have been created by our teaching team and are adapted to the MECR and the Curricular Plan of the Cervantes Institute.

Furthermore, during the course of classes, teachers regularly use multimedia content as support for the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.

Age of the center in ELE training

The Luis Vives Study Center begins its teaching activities in 1999 September.

These activities cover various areas of non-regulated education and, among others, Spanish for Foreigners courses are developed.

During the period from September 1999 to June 2003, these Spanish courses for foreigners were developed under the name Linguamater. From this last date and until July 2008, the Center abandons the teaching of Spanish to dedicate its efforts to other activities (basically preparation for access to university and higher-level training cycles).

As of July 2008 The teaching of Spanish as a foreign language is resumed. The courses taught until February 2012 are held as the Luis Vives Study Center.

From February 2012 to the present, the teaching of Spanish in our center is carried out under the name of Luis Vives – Spanish School.

Calendar of school days

Calendar of school days.

Number of annual students and their origin

Among the different courses of our Spanish school for foreigners, each year they pass through our Spanish school for foreigners between 50 and 100 students which are distributed evenly throughout the year.

By origin, the most common origin of our students is the following:

  • European Union countries.
  • United States of America.
  • South Korea.
  • Russia.
  • Morocco.
  • Brazil.

In classes, students are mixed, which improves group dynamics and student integration.

Duration of classes

The standard duration of classes is 50 minutes each. On occasions and by agreement between the Center and the students, this duration may be modified.

Level test and student classification method

Before the beginning of each course, students complete a level test which determines the level of the course to which you will be enrolled. This level test is totally Delivery to Italy takes one or two business days and without obligation for the student and does not count as teaching hours.

Composition of classes in terms of nationality or age

To make the composition of each of the classes, only the level accredited in the level test is taken into account. That is to say, no type of classification is made or discrimination or because of nationality, age, sex, religious or political beliefs or any other type.

An exception to the above is the case of group classes contracted as such (for example classes for companies or for groups of students on a temporary visit to Madrid) in which case the classes are organized according to the needs of each group.

Evaluation tests

In each course there will be at least an evaluation test at the end of it.

In addition to this, each teacher will establish the evaluation tests that he deems necessary and convenient for the fulfillment of the objectives of each course.

Certificates of attendance and achievement issued by the center

The certificates issued by the Luis Vives Study Center are free, have no official character and are valid indefinitely unless some type of limitation to said validity is expressly indicated therein.

Information regarding obtaining study visas

The registration certificates issued by Luis Vives Escuela de Español are free and valid for obtaining a study visa by the student. The visa application procedures will be carried out by the student himself at the Spanish Consulate of the country of residence or other competent official authorities. In the exceptional case that the visa is denied, for any reason, the student must send reliable proof of this to Luis Vives Escuela de Español. In such cases, the student may take advantage of the cancellation and return conditions set out in the study contract.

Extracurricular activities 

All courses at the Spanish school for foreigners include, at no additional cost to students, the following extracurricular activities related to the Center's academic project:

  • Visit to places of cultural interest (held on business Fridays, with a minimum of two visits per month).
  • Language exchange with students of the Center whose mother tongue is Spanish (take place on days determined for each case, with a minimum of one exchange each calendar quarter).
  • Conferences about Spanish culture: history, art and geography. Conferences will be held with a minimum of one per quarter.

In addition to those mentioned in the previous section, the Center organizes other activities for its Spanish students. Some of them can be seen in this link.

The cost and program of these activities are informed to students before registering for them and are the official programs and costs of each of the activities. The Center does not directly or indirectly receive any commission for these activities, neither from their organizers nor from the students.

The extracurricular activities organized or suggested by the Center do not have any general limitations of a medical, physiological or cultural nature.

Each student must know their own restrictions and take them into account under their responsibility in the specific activity in which they participate. Thus, for example, if a student for medical or religious reasons cannot eat products derived from pork, if they carry out the activity called “Tapas por Madrid” in which products of this type are offered, they must be careful not to consume such products.

Quality surveys

At the end of the course, each student will be offered the voluntary completion of an anonymous survey in which they can reflect their level of satisfaction with the services offered by the Center. These surveys are systematically analyzed by the Center with the purpose of improving the courses it offers to its students.

Teaching plan