Advancing in you language skills

We focus on 1:1 or 1:2 (for couples) classes; Most of our students are travelers that want to learn as much as possible in short time and this is the way to adjust learning velocity and items to be taught to your individual abilities and previous knowledge. At first sight 1:1 classes apear more cost intensive than group classes. Only “at first sight” because the advances a student makes in 1:1 are much faster than in group courses and in the end you pay for a certain “amount” of knowledge obtained rather than time spent in a classroom.

On your first day of classes your teacher will make an evaluation of the knowledge you already have and according to this combine the material for the coming lessons. In group lessons, let’s say you finished A2, you will be put in a B1 class and run through the material of B1. In individual classes we can completely ajust the material to your level of knowledge and at any moment we could go back and repass any specific item of A2 you still may struggle with.

Group classes have their benefits when you are just starting language studies - where you learn a lot of grammar - but as soon as it comes to interaction, 1:1 clearly gains. Therefore our combined programs Santiago - Pucon usually start wit group lessons in Santiago to get the basics, followed by 1:1 in Pucon to learn more profund.

In 1:1, if you split 50-50 between listening and speaking, in 60 minutes of 1:1 you would talk 30 minutes.
In a 6 students environment - tipically marked as small group - applying these parameters: in a 60 minutes class your active time is reduced to 5 minutes.
...of course in real class-life you might speak more or less- according your level and the topic of todays class.

As many other schools we refer in our teaching goals to the CERF, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It describes the 6 stages of mastering a new language describing the use you are able to make of the language.

Level Level name Description
A1 Breakthrough or beginner
  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2 Waystage or elementary
  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1 Threshold or intermediate
  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1 Effective operational proficiency or advanced
  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2 Mastery or proficiency
  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

To give you an idea what you can expect from 1:1 classes (which of course depends on your individual pre-condition: learning ability, previous language experience etc.): to measure the advances we generally use the CEFR standards; You achieve A1 level after 1 week of 1:1 classes: You achieve A2 level after another week of 1:1 classes: To achieve B1 and B2 it takes 2-3 weeks each level in 1:1 classes.

A rough estimation is that we obtain the results that is estimated for 4-6 weeks of studies in group classes in as much as 2 weeks of 1:1 teaching.

The homestay we offer is part of the studies, a family pension. For this reason our families for example don’t receive more than one guest at a time (exception couples). Homestay should help you to immerse more in the language and culture, practicing what you have learned at school in real life (instead of speaking Spanish just at school and than English with the other travellers in your hostel) and is proven to be a very helpful instrument to speed up the learning process. As the families should make you part of their daily life, and meals are an important part of it we offer Homestay only as full board.
 

Packages and Special Offers for Spanish courses

Several weeks Spanish Courses or city combinations where you study Spanisch in Pucon and Santiago or Bariloche, Spanish course including accomodation or seasonal offers for Spanish courses.

Fronside of the spanish school

Special Package 1:1 + Homestay

1 week, 15 hours
7 nights in homestay, all meals with the family
pick-up from bus station, Pucon city tour
1 week : 390.000 CLP/ 600,- USD*
2 weeks: 750.000 CLP/1110,- USD*
3 weeks: 995.000 CLP/1530,- USD*

Group of students in Spanish course

Special Package 1:2 + Homestay

1 week, 15 hours
7 nights in homestay, all meals with the family
pick-up from bus station, Pucon city tour
1 week : 350.000 CLP/ 550,- USD*
2 weeks: 660.000 CLP/1025,- USD*
3 weeks: 910.000 CLP/1400,- USD*

Student in 1:1 spanish course

Special Package 1:1 + Hostal

1 week, 15 hours
7 nights in dorm in hostel
1 week : 260.000 CLP/ 395,- USD*
2 weeks: 490.000 CLP/760,- USD*
3 weeks: 690.000 CLP/1095,- USD*

Group classes in Santiago

Santiago-Pucón Group + 1:1

Group lessons in Santiago 4 lessons per day
1:1 in Pucon, 3 hours per day
Homestay families in both cities
1 week each city: 960,- USD
2 weeks each city: 1760,- USD

groupclasses in Pucon

Pucón - Bariloche 1:1 + group

Group lessons in Bariloche 4 lessons per day
1:1 in Pucon 3 hours per day
Homestay families in both cities
1 weeks each city: 1000,- USD
2 weeks each city: 1800,- USD

2students in 1:2 Spanish course

Group course Pucon + Hostel

2 weeks group course
12 nights in dorm in Hostel
360.000 CLP/ 550,- USD*



*Our prices are in CLP, prices in USD may change with mayor changes in exchange rate, please inquire.**prices may change in high season Dez-Feb

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  • spanish school email icon spanish@lingua-plus-chile.com
  • Phone number spanish school icon0056 9 53392063
  • Adress of spanish school icon Street: Uruguay 235 -Pucón
    open: MO-Fr 9.30am to 1.30pm and 3.30pm to 6.30 pm

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