AMIGOS provides up-to-date information on Spanish language immersion studies.
We list Spanish schools, courses, classes, institutes in Latin America and
Spain as well as a developing list of other Spanish language links and links
to Latino culture. We also have a listing of developing Spanish language
schools in England and the United states. We have an online store for Spanish
software, fiction and non-fiction Spanish study needs, including lists of
books, music and videos (CDs, and DVDs).
of a second language requires an understanding of the context of the language
in order to bring it to life. It also requires an intensive integration of
producing spontaneous speech. We receive many inquiries from students who
have studied Spanish in high school, universities, and colleges that start
with the familiar refrain: "I know a lot about Spanish, but I can't speak
much. Even though many colleges and universities place more emphasis on "natural
learning", "the natural approach", "the communicative method" and other
methods, these do not compare to the immediacy of in-country language
immersion. Language immersion study provides a living, breathing laboratory
for the student to experience "en vivo" learning for language integration.
It also brings an immediacy to using the language. One must, in essence,
"sink or swim". A vital part of an in-country immersion experience
is living with a homestay family. This helps the student
produce continuous spontaneous speech in real world conversations which better
integrates small group or private class on campus learning. This helps
the student integrate the language in a more natural way.
MOST SPANISH IMMERSION programs integrate small classes or individual, one-to-one
(mana-a-mano) classes with homestay family experiences, excursions and other
learning integration activities. These programs provide combined didactic
structured learning combined with the opportunity to live in the culture
and begin using the language in a more spontaneous manner.
SPANISH LANGUAGE SCHOOLS begin new classes at all levels every Monday throughout
the year. They are able to do this because the small group Spanish class
materials are formatted into one week modules. Private classes are individually
negotiated between the instructor and the student to individualize the learning
plan. Most offer homestays, school arranged apartments or housing or outside
hotel or apartments/houses. Although many students go to study for one week
serious periods of studies begin at two and three weeks.
begin dreaming in Spanish or forgetting how to say something in your native
language, you know you are getting there! This level of integration may take
a few weeks, although if you have considerable background in the language
before studying "in country" this may begin to happen even somewhere in the
second or third week of your studies.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS regarding Spanish language immersion studies please
YOUR CURRENT LEVEL OF SPANISH?
Here is how many Spanish language schools ask students to
code their level of Spanish prior to arrival.
Most have many more levels to offer you than these six noted
1) Complete beginner
2) Knowledge of some words or phrases
3) Can hold simple conversation
4)Beyond basic survala speaking ability
5) Able to deal with most any topic
6) Near native level of competence
Our focus is on helping students develop their understanding of the Spanish
language in the context of Latino culture.
Another effective method of developing your Spanish is through live
online classes via internet, phone, Vonage and other services.
Please refer to our sponsor site for live classes with an
immersion instructor with many years of in-country immersion instruction
experience and more than 5 years of live online instruction experience:
SpanishTutoring Live Online: First two lessons