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Learn Spanish in Playa del Carmen: Teaching

Students are encouraged to speak Spanish and only Spanish for the very first day. Of course you will cover the four core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, with structured learning of grammar and vocabulary work included to develop all the essential Spanish language skills.

Teaching Method in Playa del Carmen

The curriculum is structured on 12 theoretical language levels, with a natural duration of approximately two weeks, at each level. This involves elements of traditional teaching methods and classroom activities such as language games, pair work and role-plays aimed at developing communicative fluency.

The main objective of the Spanish courses is to improve your communicative skills. The emphasis of classroom activities is therefore the development of your abilities to speak and understand spoken Spanish. For this reason, classes are conducted entirely in Spanish and you get plenty of opportunity to practise the sort of language you are likely to need outside the classroom.

The school don’t just want you to know Spanish, we want you to be able to use it!

Due attention is also paid to grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing skills, and a wide variety of materials is used, including published materials from many different sources as well as materials which have been written by our own teachers. If students have particular special needs, private classes are always an interesting option. For them, course materials designed specifically to meet your individual requirements.

Apart from the time students spend in the classroom, the school also offer other activities in the school – the social programme and a student exchange programme – which provides further opportunities to practise your Spanish out of class. The teaching and the course programme are carefully supervised by the Director of Studies, who is also responsible for ensuring that you are placed in the appropriate level and that your progress is satisfactory. While the atmosphere in the classroom is relaxed and informal, you should be prepared to work hard and participate fully.

Spanish language levels

The table (below) gives an idea of how the Spanish language school levels compare to those established by the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF, in Spanish the MCER) and by the Instituto Cervantes for its Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) examinations.
In reality students chose to attend a short course or a longer “Languages for Life” course according to their linguistic goals, personal wishes and time constraints.

School systemCEFDELE descriptions
Allow approx 2 weeks (40 lessons) per level
PrincipanteA1Diploma A1
ElementalA1/A2Diploma A2
Intermedio IB1Diploma B1 (Incial)
Intermedio IIB1
Intermedio IIIB1
PreavanzadoB2Diploma B2 (Intermedio)
Avanzado IB2
Avanzado I AltoB2
Avanzado IIC1Diploma C1
Avanzado II AltoC1
PerfeccionamientoC2Diploma C2 (Superior)

On the first day that you begin a Spanish course, there is an oral placement test.
Lessons will begin on the following morning (generally speaking Tuesday AM)

Tests & Certificates

You can take a free placement test before arrival by following this link:
Pre-arrival placement test

All non-beginners will be set an oral test and then students are divided into various classes, in line with their ability and lessons should commence at 09:30 hrs the following day.

If you don’t take the pre-arrival placement test, the oral on the first day is enough for the teachers to assess your level. The teachers will talk to new arrivals at break time to make sure they are in the correct class for their level.

At the end of your course, you will be given a certificate, which indicates the number of hours you have studied with us and the level of ability you have reached.

Course Start Dates

If you already know some Spanish, you can start your intensive course any Monday of the year (except holidays).
If you have no previous knowledge of Spanish, choose from the start dates for beginners.
See also the holiday dates, shown on the same page. Note that classes lost due to holidays are not made up at other times.

Playa del Carmen Spanish Teachers

All of the Spanish teachers hold a university degree and they have all successfully completed a rigorous training course that prepares them to teach Spanish to foreigners. These teacher training courses combine theoretical input sessions on language acquisition and teaching methodologies and techniques, with extensive teaching practice. At the end of each training course the teacher trainers are able to determine which course participants will be successful Spanish language teachers as they have seen the trainees working with practice students in an authentic classroom environment throughout the course.

The quality of all the school’s teaching is guaranteed by this initial training and by the fact that the language school only recruit those teachers who have demonstrated their ability on the course. Regular in-service training courses and seminars are held in the schools and these training sessions, combined with frequent visits to and from other schools, help to ensure high teaching standards – and the language school’s reputation – are constantly upheld.

Playa del Carmen Spanish Students

Students come from across the world, though predominantly from Europe and America.  As a rule the students are drawn from a wide range of ages as well, although most students are aged 19 yrs to 30 yrs of age.