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Learn Spanish in San Sebastian: Language Courses

Languages for Life Course

  • Open to 17 yrs+ age group
  • 8 to 20 weeks language course duration
  • 20 group Spanish lessons per week
  • Max. 12 people per class
  • Timetable: Monday to Friday
  • 09.30 to 11.00 & 11.30 to 13.00 hrs
  • or 14:15 to 15:45 & from 16:00 to 17:30 hrs

A long term Spanish language course ideal for Uni/ post Uni or adult students looking to learn Spanish in depth over two or more months for maximum impact and progress in the beautiful northern Spanish city of San Sebastian.  Study Spanish across a wide range of language levels, from beginner to advanced level.
To optimize your time, the school offers small study groups with a maximum of 12 students per teacher. The core group course consists of two 90 minute group classes taught 5 times per week for a total of 15 hours per week.  Following this lesson format over 2, 3 or more months will seriously improve your Spanish language skills. In no time you’ll be understanding and communicating with your new Spanish neighbours!

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Gap Year Course

  • Open to 17 yrs + age group
  • 12 weeks language course duration
  • 20 group Spanish lessons per week
  • Max. 12 people per class
  • Timetable: Monday to Friday
  • 09.30 to 11.00 & 11.30 to 13.00 hrs
  • or 14:15 to 15:45 & from 16:00 to 17:30 hrs

Fabulous value + great Spanish tuition
Study Spanish in San Sebastian for 3 months, on set start dates three times a year, to take advantage of really good prices.
You will participate in discussions, group-activities, oral practice, written work, and a variety of other learning techniques to ensure a well-rounded education. Each group course caters to your Spanish level and will cover everything from daily conversation topics to advanced expressions. This Spanish language course offers great value for money, ideal for Gap Year, Uni/ post Uni or adult students looking to study Spanish in depth over several months for maximum impact and progress.

Note the special rates on the Shared apartment accommodation if booked with this programme – excellent discount offered!

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Standard Course

  • Open to 17 yrs + age group
  • 1 to 8 weeks language course duration
  • 20 group Spanish lessons per week
  • Max. 12 people per class
  • Timetable: Monday to Friday
  • 09.30 to 11.00 & 11.30 to 13.00 hrs
  • or 14:15 to 15:45 & from 16:00 to 17:30 hrs

A short term Spanish language course aimed at those who need to build on current linguistic skills or who want to learn Spanish from beginner level on an immersion course in Spanish. Students participate in discussions, group-activities, oral practice, written work, and a variety of other learning techniques to ensure a well-rounded education in Spanish. This is the core Spanish group course for the school, 100% focused on perfecting your Spanish skills in daily life. Each group course caters for a specific Spanish language ability level and will cover everything from daily conversational topics to advanced expressions, in accordance with the group’s skill level.  It is designed to immerse you in the culture of San Sebastian, combining Spanish studies with the opportunity to live life in this fabulous city.
The Spanish Standard programme is particularly popular in the warmer months of the year, and as July and August courses are especially busy early bookings are recommended.

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Spanish & Surfing Course

  • Open to 17 yrs+ age group
  • A supplementary surfing programme (generally combined with the Standard Course)
  • Timetable: Monday to Friday
  • For all surfing levels, from novice to advanced
  • 5 group surfing lessons per week / year round
  • Max. 6 people per surfing group

Learn Spanish in San Sebastian and learn to surf, by combining your Spanish studies with a week (or more) of surfing lessons. The Atlantic rollers make San Sebastian’s coast a mecca for surfers year round and the surf club is run by experienced Surf tutors who are able to teach total beginner to advanced level (Good swimming skills are essential). The course consists of a 1 hour surf class per day for 1 week taught in Spanish (with some English when needed).

Low season (November- May): 14.30 – 15.30 hrs
Minimum number of students: 3
If there are less than 3 students the number of hours will be reduced to:
#1 person: 3 hours per week
#2 people: 4 hours per week

High season (June- November): 16.00 – 17.00 hrs
Minimum number of students: 5
The minimum number is almost always met!

All the equipment is included on the price: surfboard, wetsuit and insurance.
Students should bring: bathing suit, beach towel, bottle of water and soap / shampoo

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Intensive Course

  • Open to 17 yrs+ age group
  • 1 week + language course duration
  • Offered : June to September each year
  • 30 group Spanish lessons per week
  • Max. 12 people per class
  • Timetable: Monday to Friday
  • 09.30 to 11.00 & 11.30 to 13.00 hrs
  • or 13:15 to 14:45 & from 15:00 to 16:30 hrs
  • If there are only 2 students the PM class time will be reduced to 60 minutes
  • If there is only 1 student the PM class time will be reduced to 45 minutes

Build on the Standard Spanish course with an additional Spanish language course aimed at those who need to improve their current skills (from elementary to advanced ability) or learn Spanish from beginner level.  The additional 10 classes per week are made up of up to 8 students and help ensure deeper more rapid comprehension of the Spanish language and more opportunity to put your Spanish into practise.

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Combined Course

  • Open to 17 yrs + age group
  • 1 week + language course duration
  • 20 group Spanish lessons per week
  • + 5 or 10 private tuition lessons per week
  • Max. 12 people per group class
  • Timetable: Monday to Friday
  • 09.30 to 11.00 & 11.30 to 13.00 hrs
  • or 14:15 to 15:45 & from 16:00 to 17:30 hrs

Each group course caters to your Spanish level and will cover everything from daily conversation topics to advanced expressions. While this is an excellent way to learn Spanish, if you wish to accelerate your learning, the school also offers private tuition in-conjunction with the group course (the Combined Course). The individual lessons are an excellent way to focus on specific topics and get one-on-one lessons catered to your learning needs. This personalised lesson structure allows students of all disciplines and backgrounds to advance rapidly and efficiently. Adding one or two daily “one-to-one” lesson will reinforce what you learnt in the Spanish Standard course. Students work on frequently used Spanish expressions and build confidence with a native, internationally accredited Spanish instructor. Practice the specific topics you want to learn, or focus on problem areas, the time is yours!

Combined Course: 20 + 5 private lessons

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Combined Course: 20 + 10 private lessons

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Teenage Programme

  • Open to 14/17 yrs age group
  • 1 to 4+ weeks language course duration
  • 25 group Spanish lessons per week
  • Max. 12 people per class
  • For further details please check out the “Teenage Courses on the Spanish Menu”

Specifically aimed at younger students looking for a fun summer language course, where they can improve their Spanish and enjoy their language holiday, with their peers. Half-day activities organised on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and full day activities on a Saturday. Accommodation is arranged with selected host families, on a full-board basis. NB: Students will have free, un-monitored time on Tuesday & Thursday PM and on Sunday.

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DELE Exam Preparation

  • Open to 17 yrs+ age group
  • 4 weeks language course duration
  • For Intermediate plus levels only
  • DELE offered at: B1, B2 & C1 levels
  • 20 group Spanish lessons per week
  • +10 DELE preparation lessons per week
  • Max. 12 people per class
  • Timetable: Monday to Friday
  • 9.30am to 11.00 hrs & from 11.30 to 13.00 hrs – Standard Course
  • plus 13.15 to 14.45 hrs – DELE exam preparation

Specifically aimed at those who wish to prepare for the DELE exams in May, August or November each year. The D.E.L.E. (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) is recognized worldwide.

More details can be found under “Teaching”
The DELE preparation course is designed to be a 4 week course in order to prepare you for one of the 3 levels of the Instituto Cervantes [Inicial (B1: intermediate I), Medio (B2 Intermediate II), Superior (Proficiency)]. The school will also accept students who require shorter stays depending on their previous knowledge of the Spanish language (and of course you are welcome to take a long term course prior to a 4 week DELE preparation to ensure you have reached the relevant level of proficiency to sit a DELE exam.

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Executive Course

  • 1 to 4 weeks course duration / Open to adults only
  • 40 private tuition lessons per week
  • Only one student per tutor
  • Timetable: Monday to Friday
  • Morning sessions: from 9.00 to 11.00 & from 11.30 to 13.30 hrs
  • Afternoon sessions: from 15.30 to 17.30 hrs
  • Lunch / Dinner with your professor: from 13.30 to 15.00 or from 21.00 to 23.00 hrs

The course comprises of 40 one-to-one lessons per week, accompanied by a meal each day with your professor (lunch or dinner). The price includes the meals and all other necessary materials.
This programme offers a truly intensive revision of your Spanish language skills or specific linguistic needs, providing total immersion in Spanish for the business person. It is ideal if you have minimal time available. To ensure maximum impact the course allows you to encounter the Spanish language not only through intensive, structured lessons but also in social situations, outside the classroom. Your class based private lessons are complimented by regular meals with one of your tutor’s – for example lunches on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday plus an evening meal with a tutor on Thursday night.

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Private Tuition

  • Open to 17 yrs+ age group
  • 1 week+ language course duration
  • 20, 25 or 30 Spanish private lessons per week
  • Timetable: Monday to Friday
  • 09.30 to 11.00 & 11.30 to 13.00 hrs
  • or 14:15 to 15:45 & from 16:00 to 17:30 hrs

An extremely intensive Spanish language course, ideal for those who want to learn Spanish whilst making maximum language progress over a one or two+ week period. Aimed at business people or those who need to develop their Spanish for academic or professional reasons and for whom time is of the essence. The school can build you a personalised course according to your needs, interests and pace of learning. This ensures that you learn what you want, when you want.

Want to learn in a small group with friends, family, or colleagues? We’d be happy to create personalised lessons for any group (Max 6 people).

Before arriving, CESA will discuss your goals and requirements for the class. To best serve you, this information should include the subject matter you wish to study (specific vocabulary/grammatical themes, history, culture, etc) and the days and hours you’d ideally wish to have classes. We will also send you an evaluation test that will enable the school to design the course to best suit your current Spanish language ability.

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