Who is the course for?

Have you always wanted to find a way into the food, music, cinema or literature of the Spanish-speaking world?

This course is for students who want to continue developing their knowledge and understanding of the society and culture of Latin America and to extend the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will also develop your critical, analytical and intercultural skills. The module is structured around six themes, which give a broad introduction to different aspects of society and culture in Spanish-speaking countries.

This course is designed for those wanting to develop good communication skills and learn how to analyze, evaluate and present ideas and arguments effectively; and will become adept at relating to other people and being open to different points of view, all of which are highly valued skills in many professional settings.

A much deeper lesson structure will be given on the following grammatical and course contents.

Course contents.

The imperfect subjunctive
The past perfect (pluperfect) subjunctive
Spanish verb tenses: Overview
Indicative vs. Subjunctive II
If-clauses
Relative pronouns, relative clauses
Por vs. para
The passive voice
Phrasal verbs and verbs with prepositions
Indirect speech
Stories to read
Revision

With the Indicativo you will learn:

Present tense
Preterite
Perfect preterite
Imperfect
Pluperfect
Future
Perfect future
Conditional
Perfect conditional

With the Subjuntivo you will learn:

Present tense
Imperfect
Perfect preterite
Pluperfect

The full time course is 4 hours a day, five days per week. Which includes 20 hours of one-to-one tuition, all course materials and afternoon activities. The study materials we’ve carefully created are structured and graded, and provide ample opportunities to practice the language in realistic contexts.

This course can include accommodation with one of our local families. The price is for seven days and six nights with three meals a day (full catering) from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, our students are expected to look after their own catering needs.

What topics will you cover?

This course is based around six themes: Leisure and culture; Geography; Work, employment; History; Celebrations, customs and traditions; and Society. Through each theme, you will gradually develop your Spanish knowledge and skills by:

  • familiarising yourself with core vocabulary and grammar
  • learning about and reflecting on language, culture and intercultural communication skills
  • engaging in a wide variety of speaking and interactive activities
  • practicing direct translation to support your language learning
  • working independently and in collaboration with others
  • reviewing and monitoring your progress using checklists, and reflective questions

Cost:

Per Week US $
Total hrs
Hourly lessons per dayTeaching MaterialsAfternoon ActivitiesHomestay (full catering)
$ 150
20
4
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$ 170
20
4
YES
YES
NO
$ 250
20
4
YES
NO
YES
$ 270
20
4
YES
YES
YES

Please note: Afternoon activities are for a maximum of two-weeks. From Monday to Thursday, there is one activity per day. They include visiting the Cathedral, The forte, The Ruben Dario museum to name a few. Homestays are with Nicaraguan families in Nicaraguan homes with three meals a day from Monday to Saturday.


Should you wish to find your own accommodation, we can suggest a range of places to stay to suite your budget level. For example, there are serviced apartments very close to the school, through to backpacker style hostels. If you require airport pick up or pick up from other locations within Nicaragua, please visit our additional services Additional services


What will you achieve?

By the end of the course,  if you are a beginner you’ll be able to communicate with locals, buy in the market, negotiate prices with the taxi drivers. If you are intermediate or advanced you will feel more confident with your Spanish skills.

You will be able to work with NGO’s in any Spanish speaking country and interact with locals to learn from them about their needs and what your NGO can do for them. Give you the ability to conduct a conversation with accuracy and fluency.
Enables you to fluently express and defend a point of view as well as refuse and accept other opinions. To be able to actively interact and debate using expressions at an advanced level about complex issues.

Summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

Can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

A selection of our advanced students working one-to-one with their teachers. 

I loved my time at Dariana Spanish School. I spent a summer there taking one-on-one lessons with some lovely teachers that helped me improve my speaking skills. My teachers were able to tailor the lessons to my needs instead of making me start over at a basic level. My speaking skills improved, and I could carry out a conversation with a local Nicaraguan by the time I left. The course definitely gave me more confidence to communicate during my travel around Latin America. This was such a good experience! Nicole Kuha review


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