The Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles is coordinating a trip to the autonomous region of Castilla Leon, birthplace of the Castilian language, aimed at teachers, heads of modern languages departments, or administrative staff in charge of coordinating student travel abroad.
Kristal Bivona sets her mind on turning tourism into professional development
Teaching, in general, is a profession that demands ongoing professional development, be it learning about cutting-edge pedagogical approaches, new classroom technology, or new teaching standards. As language teachers, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to travel abroad for our professional development and spend time immersed in the cultures that we teach. Even seasoned teachers with a lot of experience or natives of the target languages they teach return from trips abroad with fresh ideas for the classroom. The most mundane experiences overseas have the potential to teach a language teacher about the current events and cultural phenomena of today. continue reading
May 12th, 2016 | Leave your comments
The Institute for International Education’s new book offers insight to students, educators, advisors, and parents.
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The UK is an exciting place to live too, with a rich mix of history, culture, global influences, and opportunities to learn and progress in any chosen career. This year is particularly exciting politically, thanks to the “Brexit” referendum in June, which will decide whether or not Britain remains in the European Union. One advantage for international students is that the uncertainty has weakened the UK’s perennially strong currency—the pound.
In Brazil, there’s also a new campaign to attract even more students. English is GREAT: Speak to the World is a major, multichannel English UK campaign to promote the UK to Brazilians as the world’s premier English-language-learning destination. Funded by the GREAT UK Challenge Fund, this campaign aims to reach more than 17 million people through traveling classrooms, two video competitions, social media, and a digital video wall of current and prospective Brazilian students sharing “what English means to me.”
May 12th, 2016 | Leave your comments
The Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles, along with the Valencia Tourism Board and Fedele (Spanish Federation of Associations of Schools of Spanish as a Foreign Language) are looking for 8 U.S. agents that sell Spanish language courses in the U.S. or U.S. study abroad advisors to join a complimentary familiarization trip to Valencia, Spain from May 22nd thru May 28th, 2016.
Accommodation, food, and land transfers in Valencia are fully covered. Participants will receive a $500 voucher to cover part of the cost for the round trip flight to Valencia. The remaining cost of the flight will have to be covered by the participant.
Here is the tentative itinerary:
· Sunday 5/22: US-Valencia outbound flight.
· Monday 5/23: Arrivals in Valencia
· Tuesday 5/24: Guided tour of the city of Valencia. Visit to the City of Arts and Science and the Turia Gardens.
· Wednesday 5/25: Workshop with Fedele “Spanish Federation of Associations of Schools of Spanish as a Foreign Language).
· Thursday 5/26: Day trip to a town outside Valencia and/or visits to language schools (TD).
· Friday 5/27: Day trip to another town outside Valencia (TD)
· Saturday 5/28: Return to the US.INBOUND FLIGHT VALENCIA-US
Should you or any decision maker in your company/institution be interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
May 9th, 2016 | 1 Comment
Judy Heflin assesses the option of teaching English in China while learning Chinese
China has been busy promoting its language and culture worldwide, and President Obama is hoping for a million Americans to learn Mandarin Chinese by the year 2020. But, while we know that learning Chinese is a great investment for the future, few of us have the resources to commit to truly immersing ourselves in the language. One of the best solutions is to teach English in China while gaining experience, traveling abroad, and being immersed in the language and culture. For those who are interested in teaching English in China, it is important to go through reputable programs to ensure a safe and positive experience. Here is a list of trustworthy organizations that have programs for teaching English in China. The requirements for each program vary, but all include competitive salaries, opportunities to travel throughout the country, and Mandarin Chinese language classes.
March 7th, 2016 | Leave your commentsTags: China, Chinese, english, teaching
100,000 Strong in the Americas has announced that its Competition 6, the second funded with support from Santander Bank, will open January 15, 2015 and close March 6, 2015. Competition 6 is open to Higher Education Institutions in all countries in the Western Hemisphere without any thematic restrictions.
There are several new and revised pages on the www.100KStrongAmericas.org website of interest to you to prepare for this competition:
If you have questions once you have had read the RFP, submit them by January 29, 2015. Questions can be submitted here or by copying to your browser bit.ly/100KAmericas6Qs. Answers will be posted no later than February 5, 2015.
In addition to being able to ask questions there will be two informational webinars. The webinars were created for the Santander Universities network but will be open to representatives from all higher education institutions in the Western Hemisphere.
- The first webinar will take place on January 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM EST and will be in English. To read more about it and to register click here.
- The second webinar will take place on February 3 at 12:30 PM EST and will be in Spanish. To read more about it and to register click here.
January 12th, 2015 | Leave your comments
Building on the recently announced 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative, Mexico’s President Peña Nieto and U.S. President Obama agreed to boost student exchange between the two countries during last week’s trilateral conference with Canadian PM Stephen Harper in Toluca, Mexico.
Peña Nieto explained the plan, “Specifically, we talked about education. We have set a goal of having more academic exchanges so that more Mexican students can study in the U.S. and, reciprocally, students from the United States come to study in Mexico. The number of students so far is somewhat low, considering the potential that we have. And, from the 14,000 students from Mexico that go to the U.S. to study, we plan to increase that figure year by year and reach 100,000 Mexican students a year that study in the U.S., and 50,000 students from the U.S. to Mexico.”
“We want more students from the United States studying throughout the hemisphere, and we want more students from places like Mexico and Canada studying in the United States — so that they’re developing familiarity and partnerships and friendships that will serve them and serve our countries well for decades to come,” added President Obama.
February 26th, 2014 | 2 Comments
There’s never been a better time to take that much-anticipated study trip to Spain
The economy is on the rebound, so there’s optimism but prices are still relatively low. And a positive aspect of the recession is that it has led the people of the country back to the roots of their culture.
Spain announced last month that it has retaken the number-three spot in world tourism in 2013, overtaking China by welcoming a record 60.6 million international visitors. Foreign tourist arrivals surged by 5.6% in the year, the government said, boosting the economy after a long recession.
“The new figures for 2013 allow our country to retake the number-three position in this indicator after having overtaken China,” Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy boasted.
Spain now stands behind only France, with 83 million international tourist arrivals, and the U.S., with 67 million, Rajoy said.
Income from foreign tourists hit record levels, too, a significant contribution to the Spanish economy, which has just emerged from five years of stop-start recession that left the nation with a 26% unemployment rate.
Spending by international tourists in the first eleven months of 2013 surged by 8.7% from the same period last year to 55.9 billion euros, government figures showed.
Even without the official figures for the whole year, it is already possible to say that 2013 was a record in terms of tourism spending, Rajoy said. The tourism industry accounted for 10.9% of Spain’s total economic output in 2012 and 11.9% of all jobs, the prime minister said. Its tourism industry association Exceltur predicts the industry will grow by 1.8% in 2014.
Spain’s economy emerged from a two-year downturn by posting 0.1% growth in the third quarter of 2013, and it expanded by 0.3% in the final quarter, Spain’s prime minister said.
Spain’s diversity makes it a cultural powerhouse. Size doesn’t hurt. It’s Western Europe’s second-largest country (after France) in terms of area, and the world’s third-largest exporter of wine, fruits, and vegetables. And it’s the incredible diversity of its people and passions that holds the key to understanding Spain’s eternal appeal.
After the dictator Francisco Franco’s death in 1975, a new, ultra-liberal constitution broke up centralism by handing over sweeping autonomy to the country’s 17 regions. The result was a reinvigorated sense of regional pride that had a ripple effect on every form of culture. Each region has its own distinctive personality and characteristics, which can be seen in monuments and cities, during festivities, and in traditions and gastronomy.
Spain’s Most Popular Regions for Spanish Immersion
Andalusia is a land of culture, history, fiestas, nature areas, and excellent food. Along with its outstanding monuments and wide variety of different natural landscapes, the region offers visitors the chance to take part in several unique popular events and sample a range of delicious gastronomic products. One way to discover the culture of Andalusia is by exploring the sites which have been awarded the UNESCO World Heritage designation. In Granada, there’s the Alhambra palace, the Generalife gardens, and the mediaeval Albaicín neighborhood; in Cordoba, its historic center with its great mosque; in Seville, the cathedral, the Alcázar palace, and the Indies Archive; and in Jaén, the monumental sites of Úbeda and Baeza. There are also festivals such as Easter Week, the Carnival in Cadiz, El Rocío pilgrimage in Huelva, and the April Fair in Seville. Landscapes range from the beaches of the Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz, and Almería to the extensive olive groves of Jaén, as well as the Doñana National Park — also declared a World Heritage Site — and the snow-laden Sierra Nevada.
Castile-La Mancha is a land famous for its arts and crafts, for the unique monuments to be seen in its towns and cities, and for being the setting for the adventures of the famous literary hero Don Quixote of La Mancha. Any trip to this area in inland Spain should definitely include a visit to its World Heritage cities, such as Cuenca with its famous hanging houses and Toledo with its cathedral and Alcázar fortress. Some of the oldest examples of rock art in Spain can be found at Castile-La Mancha’s four archaeological parks, and the region is one of the territories in Europe with the largest number of officially designated nature reserves, nature areas, and national parks, including the Tablas de Daimiel and Cabañeros.
Castile-La Mancha hosts a wealth of traditional celebrations, including the Corpus Christi in Toledo, Easter Week in Cuenca, the Albacete Fair, and the Drum Festival in Hellín. And as befits a land of traditional customs, it also produces a variety of typical gastronomic products, such as honey from La Alcarria and marzipan from Toledo, as well as being home to numerous wineries where visitors can enjoy tasting a range of wines, including the world-renowned Valdepeñas.
Castile-León offers probably the greatest diversity of natural landscapes in Europe, as well as spectacular monuments and a varied and abundant gastronomy. It has a whole host of places well worth visiting, including towns like Avila, Salamanca, and Segovia (all three World Heritage cities) and unique attractions such as Burgos Cathedral and the Atapuerca archaeological site, which contains traces of the first settlers in Europe. The famous Way of Saint James also runs through the region and is one of the world’s most important pilgrim routes. There are nearly 40 protected natural spaces, such as the Picos de Europa National Park, with some of Spain’s finest Atlantic forests. All these areas are perfect for climbing, cycle touring, and kayaking.
The regional capital is the city of Valladolid, which is the setting for the Easter Week religious processions, declared of international tourist interest. The city also hosts a well-known film festival, the Seminci International Film Week. The province of Valladolid is also famous for being a land of castles. There are over 30 in total, including the castles of Peñafiel, Íscar, and Medina del Campo.
Each year, thousands of students come to Salamanca to learn Spanish, turning this city into a point of reference as far as language tourism is concerned.
Salamanca is a vibrant, friendly, dynamic, safe, and well-looked-after city. The prestige and tradition of its university, one of the oldest in Europe, along with its accredited teaching centers, make it the perfect destination to learn Spanish. It’s no coincidence, therefore, that the University of Salamanca is in charge of the DELE certification, an examination that is sat in over 50 countries and issued by the Spanish Ministry for Education.
Catalunya offers spectacular beaches in areas such as the Costa Brava, world-class gastronomy, and the works of famous artists such as Gaudí and Dalí. Culture abounds, from unique buildings in Barcelona (known as “the capital of Modernism”) like the Sagrada Familia Cathedral or the Palau de la Música Catalana auditorium to the outstanding archaeological site at Tarraco, the monastery of Poblet in Tarragona, the churches of the Boí valley in Lleida… all declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO. What’s more, visitors can opt to enjoy a whole range of events thanks to the programs of world-class museums like the National Art Museum of Catalonia and the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres.
Visitors to this area in northeast Spain should also make a point of stopping off at the spectacular beaches of the Costa Dorada, Costa Barcelona, and Costa Brava, with such internationally renowned resorts as Salou, Sitges, Tossa de Mar, Cadaqués, Lloret de Mar, and Roses. Catalonia also has numerous marine resorts, and for outdoor types, there are the Catalan Pyrenees (with plenty of ski resorts) and the National Park of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici.
Madrid is not only Spain’s capital city but also an autonomous region. The capital city is home to some of the most frequently visited museums in Spain, and its surroundings offer the chance to visit several outstanding monumental sites. The city of Madrid is open and welcoming, modern yet traditional, stately yet popular, lively yet peaceful… But more than anything else, it is a cultural paradise. It is home to what is known as the Triangle of Art, which contains within a limited area the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Art Center, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Tourists can also visit such impressive monuments as the Royal Palace, explore places with their own particular charm like the Plaza Mayor square or the grand avenue known as the Gran Vía, or enjoy what is considered the most exciting nightlife in Spain… as well as wander in large green spaces such as El Retiro Park and drop in to typical bars and taverns to sample a range of delicious tapas. The surrounding Madrid region offers more, such as the cities of Aranjuez, Alcalá de Henares, and San Lorenzo de El Escorial, all of which have been declared World Heritage sites, or small picturesque towns such as Chinchón, and charming mountain villages.
Spain’s other regions are just as inviting, and each offers visitors its own, unique flavor.
February 21st, 2014 | 1 Comment
South America offers an array of immersion destinations to befit a continent of the future
The common language to more than 20 countries (in the Americas, Spain, and Asia), spoken by more than 400 million people, second only to Mandarin in its number of native speakers — with an additional 60 million speakers as a second language and 20 million students as a foreign language — Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and is used as an official language by the European Union and Mercosur. Ergo, Spanish is an asset in anyone’s career and cultural growth.
Latin America has gained significant world recognition for its capacity to strive out of an opaque past towards a brilliant future. Economic growth, innovation, cultural richness, biodiversity, fast-growing tourist destinations, and vivacious cities make South America a continent for the future.
Colombia, at the northwestern edge of South America, has the third-largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, after Mexico and Spain. It is ethnically diverse, and the interaction between descendants of the original native inhabitants, Spanish colonists, African slaves, and 20th-century immigrants from Europe and the Middle East has produced a rich cultural heritage. This has also been influenced by Colombia’s incredibly varied geography. The majority of the urban centers are located in the highlands of the Andes mountains, but the country also encompasses Amazon rainforest, tropical grassland, and both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines.
In recent decades, Colombia has become a vibrant nation and an attractive destination for its consolidated economy and democracy, as well as its cultural relevance as an up-and-coming place to visit. Building on its natural wealth, the government, hand in hand with the people, has launched outstanding initiatives to make Colombia secure and attractive to foreign investment and tourism. An example of this is the launch of the website spanishincolombia.gov.co, which showcases all the options to learn Spanish in this magical country. To cite a recent campaign: “If you are wondering about the right place for an unforgettable Spanish-learning experience, choose Colombia, where the only risk is wanting to stay.”
As Colombia has grown, Berlitz has grown too. It opened its first language center in Colombia in 1982. Today, it has ten language centers across the country offering people a wide range of services including language instruction, cultural training, specialized language courses, exam preparation, and immersion courses. Berlitz has a strong position in both the consumer and corporate segments, offering clients a true solution for an increasing need in the country: speaking another language. Doors are open to those who want to work, learn, and live in a fantastic cultural experience. As the country continues to grow academically and economically, Berlitz is now broadening its horizons and offering Colombian and foreign clients a world of opportunities.
The Spanish World Institute in Bogotá has adapted its Spanish programs over the years according to the context of daily life in which the students learn how to communicate as natives, while looking for the best teaching tools.
Programs are designed for students of all levels, thanks to personalized learning plans and small-class sizes. The learning process is fast, due to the proper materials to develop each linguistic skill combined with the commitment of their highly educated teachers.
Through elective subjects and activities, the institute also offers the opportunity for students to get into Colombian culture, history, and customs.
In addition, there’s the cultural experience of getting to know Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, and its surrounding areas, renowned for their clear Spanish accent.
EAFIT University’s Spanish Program provides total immersion in Latin American culture and Spanish in Colombia.
EAFIT offers the chance to have daily intensive Spanish lessons at a vibrant university campus surrounded by the friendliest people. Living with a local host family helps students boost their command of the language and get to know Latin American culture. The EAFIT University program in Medellín is internationally accredited by the Cervantes Institute and ACCET, ensuring quality Spanish language training. Outside of class, students can connect with conversation partners who help with the acquisition of colloquial language.
Medellín is one of the world’s most exciting cities. Students get to know Colombia and its culture through mixing with the locals and traveling in the region. Studying there is an exhilarating way to improve Spanish proficiency and become a part of the local culture.
Founded in 1991, the language center offers high-quality language programs based on the communicative approach. Students can choose from classes that last two weeks, four weeks, or ten weeks. The center also offers a conversation program that provides participants with the opportunity to practice Spanish with native speakers on a one-to-one basis. The center’s cultural orientation programs also allow students to become familiar with Colombia’s diverse culture.
The Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar offers a communicative, content-based, four-skills approach to learning Spanish through three competency levels: basic, pre-intermediate, and intermediate.
Course design is based on adult learning principles and second-language teaching techniques. Materials include Protagonistas Student Activities Manual.
The program’s expert teachers are Colombian, are Instituto Cervantes certified, hold university degrees, and use the most up-to-date teaching methods.
The Open Access Language Center designed the Español para Extranjeros program to promote Spanish language learning and the Colombian Caribbean culture.
The basic program requires no prior knowledge of Spanish. Through a variety of learning modules, students will learn to describe basic needs and to understand and use common everyday expressions, along with simple sentences aimed at speaking in any location in the Spanish-speaking world.
The pre-intermediate program (120 hours) gives students sufficient linguistic competence to understand and appropriately respond to the most common situations of everyday life and to communicate wishes and needs in a basic manner. Students speak the language, read general texts and simple literary texts, and write letters and compositions on general aspects of everyday life.
The intermediate program (150 hours) enables student to get by in most everyday situations that don’t require any specialized use of language. Students are able to argue points of view, present arguments, and use idiomatic expressions or other stylistic resources that allow a creative use of the language. Students speak, write, and read comfortably.
Vive Español is a Spanish program run by Universidad de La Sabana´s Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures in Chia , Colombia. The main objective of the program is that students learn the language and improve communicative competences by working in the four language skills.
The program has eight different courses that students can choose from: General Spanish, Spanish for Tourism (conversational), General Spanish and Volunteer work, Spanish for Business Meetings, Spanish for Professionals (Business, Medicine, Law and Aviation), Tailor-made Spanish programs for companies, summer courses, and private lessons. The programs are flexible so students can choose when to start and for how many weeks.
All the facilities on campus such as the library, the university clinic, sports fields, and restaurants are shared with Spanish students. Accommodation and transportation assistance is provided by a dedicated support team. Students can take dance and culture classes at no additional cost.
With the Amazon rainforest occupying almost half of its territory and the nearby Galapagos Islands beckoning, Ecuador is a paradise for the adventurous types. The Yasuní National Park, declared an International Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1979, flourishes with thousands of tree species and over 600 bird species. Surfers can ride the wave of Montañita on the southern coast. Ecuadorians are known for their awe-inspiring artisanal crafts and friendliness.
Spanish teachers bring language to life when they travel to Ecuador with their students. Intercultural Student Experiences’ (ISE) educational travel program to Ecuador immerses students in the language and culture. The itinerary provides numerous and intentional opportunities for students to engage with Ecuadorians and speak Spanish. A local guide accompanies the group full time, providing valuable insights into the culture and language. After morning Spanish classes at Academia Guayasamín, students practice what they’re learning while exploring fascinating Quito, the capital city. With one foot in each hemisphere, students walk the equator line during an excursion to La Mitad del Mundo. A visit to Otavalo, South America’s largest handicraft market, is a treat for the senses and provides countless opportunities to speak Spanish, learn about Ecuadorian textile art, and sample the regional cuisine. Students deepen their experience of Quiteño culture and stretch their language skills while living with host families for five days, enjoying meals at home, and participating in a cooking class. An optional four-day excursion to the Galápagos Islands includes opportunities to snorkel and swim with sea lions, witness spectacular volcanoes, and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Peru has long been a favorite destination of students and backpackers alike. With its iconic Machu Picchu ruins of the great Inca empire, breathtaking mountainous landscapes, and impressive coastline, Peru has much to offer.
Peru’s cuisine is becoming increasingly praised internationally, as quinoa has been dubbed a superfood and ceviche is a staple at many seafood restaurants around the world. Nikkei, a unique fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine also growing in popularity, is another reason to visit Peru.
Peru boasts a mixture of the modern and the ancient. Lima, the cosmopolitan capital, offers countless cultural events and attractions. Meanwhile, the Incan ruins and mountains tell of a pre-Colombian past. With Peruvian language schools scattered about the country, any student can find an ideal setting for language study abroad.
What country is home to one of the New Seven World Wonders, is the world’s number one culinary destination, and offers great surfing, mountain climbing in the Andes, and exotic Amazonian adventures? Answer: Peru. The most popular destination in South America for Hands-on Spanish Travel (HOST)’s secondary educational travel and study abroad programs, Peru has it all. HOST’s platform for meaningful culturo-linguistic immersion travel allows students and faculty to truly live the reality and royalty of Peru. HOST travelers live with top-ranked host families in Lima and engage in HOST’s signature Three-Way Collaborative Action Projects (3-Way CAPs), where they collaborate with a Peruvian sister school to advance projects at a third institution, usually a school or orphanage in need. HOST’s philosophy of travel revolves around an intimate abroad experience with purposeful culturo-linguistic immersion, sustainable tourism practices, and programming that fosters cross-cultural competence, resulting in educational travel that makes a difference.
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a nonprofit organization that enables volunteers to make a meaningful contribution to the community by working side by side with local people while gaining a new perspective and insight into the culture and themselves. The volunteer work is with carefully selected local organizations, all of which are dynamic and inspiring community-led initiatives. The CCS experience also includes cultural and learning activities so that volunteers can learn about the local culture. These include an in-depth orientation, language training, guest speakers, and more. There is also plenty of free time to relax, reflect, or explore the community. Volunteers enjoy the flexibility of choosing from twelve countries, start dates year-round, and programs from one to twelve weeks long. CCS offers international volunteer programs in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand.
You know about Machu Picchu and the Inca trail. Now, with Caminante Spanish School, say “hola” to the rest of this amazing country. They have eleven branches around Peru located in the jungle, on the coast, and in the mountains. Caminante Spanish Home School can offer students a unique fulfilling experience. Caminante believes in an immersion and cultural program in which students do most of their communication in Spanish; the program confidently states that living and studying with a host family is the most efficient system for learning a language. Their immersion program focused on living and studying in a host family or teacher’s house is the first school in Peru of its kind. Caminante Spanish Home School lessons are suitable for all ages from three-years-old and up. Students can choose the dates which suit them as the program operates all the year round; they can also choose the hours of teaching per week and stay as many weeks as they like. Caminante offers a variety of programs to meet students’ needs, including individual and group lessons. Their volunteer program is focused on helping students find volunteer projects where they can put their Spanish into practice, along with their professional knowledge and their desire to help others.
Peruwayna is a private Spanish language school in the bustling heart of Lima, Peru, that aspires to be the best language school in South America. Ninety percent of their teachers have completed a graduate specialization degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, all instructors are certified examiners for the DELE international exam in accordance with the requirements of the Instituto Cervantes, and all programs are in accordance with the European framework of reference for languages. Peruwayna offers a wide variety of classes, from survival Spanish for travelers to advanced courses for serious students, as well as extracurricular activities that make learning fun and help students appreciate Peruvian culture. Peruwayna has partnerships with numerous local businesses for the benefit of students, arranges various housing options for independent travelers, and organizes several events per week taking students to different cultural sites in and around Lima. Finally, what sets Peruwayna apart is the dedication and passion of its staff, and it is their goal to make sure that every student not only learns the most Spanish possible, but also becomes part of their warm and caring community.
Chile boasts an excellent university system, a seemingly endless coastline, and one of the world’s finest wine regions. It’s no wonder year after year thousands of students flock to Chile for studies and for fun. On a given day in Chile, some may be skiing and others may be surfing and sunbathing. The country’s interesting geography, ranging from the dry Atacama Desert to Patagonia with temperate climates in between, makes Chile a country where students can enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities regardless of the season.
Chile’s rich literary history and tumultuous political past will attract students who seek a striking cultural context for their Spanish language studies. Between its history, culture, and beautiful geography, Chile is an ideal place for all types of students.
The primary mission of the Instituto Chileno de la Lengua Instituto Chileno de la Lengua (ICHIL) is teaching Spanish to foreigners who come to Chile. To fulfill this mission, ICHIL is committed to the educational level of each teacher — all of whom have university degrees and significant teaching experience. For example, before being hired by ICHIL, each teacher must attend classes and then teach at all course levels at the Institute. This allows ICHIL’s management to see if students respond positively to their methods and approach — and thus ensures the quality of language education throughout the Institute. ICHIL offers the possibility to learn or improve one’s level of Spanish in the heart of Santiago, one of the most dynamic and attractive capitals in Latin America. The objective of all the Institute’s Spanish courses is to help students and professionals learn the basics or strengthen and improve their Spanish. ICHIL focuses on the challenges posed by grammar — addressing progressive degrees of potential difficulty, and ultimately giving all students the means to meet head-on the challenges they will face in daily life and work. To achieve these objectives, ICHIL offers four levels of teaching: elementary, intermediate, advanced, and confirmed.
Ecela operates two schools in Chile, one in Santiago, and another in coastal Viña del Mar. Clients can easily combine the schools as they use the same curriculum and schedule.
Ecela Santiago occupies a restored white and blue mansion on a quiet side street in Providencia. Conveniently located, students enjoy easy access to cultural hubs as well as social meeting points.
Ecela Viña del Mar is a smaller school and is located just a few blocks from the beach. It is also easy to get to neighboring Valparaiso, a little gritty but fabulous for photography.
Top-ranked instructors lean on the “intensive” side of the teaching spectrum. Those looking for a very relaxed experience can be intimidated by the pace and might prefer a more informal, “backpacker” option.
The student population breakdown is about 25% each of Americans, Brazilians, Europeans, and “elsewhere.” About half are under 25, 10% are seniors.
Academia de Idiomas del Norte (AIN) has been teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language in sunny northern Chile since 1980. The language school is Swiss-owned and located in the coastal city of Iquique, a summer resort and port in the north of the country.
The school has a list of carefully chosen accommodations. Students are picked up at the airport or bus stations and looked after throughout their entire stay. Students enjoy small class sizes or individual lessons, and afternoons free to tour the city, visit the beach, or head to the hills of the nearby Atacama Desert to sandboard.