The Spanish language programs offered by don Quijote are designed to enable you to speak Spanish as rapidly as possible. At our various Spanish language schools, you will have the opportunity to choose from small classes, individual instruction, or a combination of both options. At some of our Spanish language schools, specialized programs are available for doctors, nurses, lawyers, business people, MBA's, etc.
In the classroom, teaching techniques will focus on the communicative approach to learning Spanish. From day one you will begin working on improving your conversational skills. Generally speaking, the process for novices begins by covering basic topics such as who you are, where do you live, etc. As students become more proficient in Spanish, topics may range from economics to politics. As you explore new topics, you will find yourself quickly learning new vocabulary and grammar, and how to effectively use them. In a very short period of time you will find that you will be able to effectively communicate in Spanish!
Why Are Immersion Programs The Most Effective Way For Individuals To Learn Spanish?
With a Spanish language immersion program, learning does not stop when you leave the classroom. Since you are living in a country where Spanish is the first language, you will have to utilize what you learned in class, out on the streets. Just going to the store to buy a Coke means that you will have to use Spanish. Though challenging at first, in no time you will quickly acquire the Spanish language skills needed to deal with this, and far more difficult situations.
Why Does Your Spanish Increase At Such A Rapid Rate?
Because you are using Spanish all day, every day! Remember, the only way to really learn a language is to practice it. When you participate in an Spanish language immersion program you will have plenty of time, and countless opportunities to practice your Spanish language skills.
Why Are Homestays With Local Families Offered As Part Of An Spanish Immersion Program?
A major reason why Spanish language immersion programs are so effective relates to the fact that you have the opportunity to live with a host family (some locations offer apartment and/or other options as well). All host families (and any other accommodation option available) are located, approved and overseen by each respective language school.
When staying with a host family, you will have the chance to practice the Spanish you learned in class in a natural family setting. Because of their interest in your progress, you will find that staying with a host family is a non-threatening environment where you can practice and improve you Spanish. As your relationship with the family grows, your motivation to learn Spanish will increase.
Another great benefit of staying with a host family relates to the fact that in many cases, you will find yourself participating in family activities. As one former student stated: "In my immersion program, the host family I had was great! They took me to restaurants, local markets, professional soccer matches, and on various trips within the city and its surrounding areas. Thanks to my host family, my Spanish rapidly improved, and I now have a much better understanding of the local culture".
General Host Family Information:
- Host families are middle class by local standards.
- Each student will be given a private room and study area (if cost is a concern, students can share a room at some locations).
- Laundry service is provided at many of our programs.
- Students will receive 1-3 meals per day (depending on location).
- For the majority of schools and programs, there will only be one student per family.
- Homestays are located within either a short walk or bus ride to the school.
- Students will be provided with a key to the house and their room, and will be allowed to come and go as they please.
- Host families and other accommodations are located, approved and overseen by each individual language school.
- For more information about Spanish language immersion programs please continue browsing our website.