We have had students at the school aged between 16 and 70. However, the majority of the students learning Spanish with us are between 18 and 35 years old.
The amount of time students attend Cristóbal Colón Spanish School varies greatly and depends on students' travel plans and level of Spanish. The amount of time one spends in class each day can also vary. It is up to you to decide how long you want to stay with us and what level you would like to reach. However, we recommend that Beginners take at least 20 hours of classes, and Intermediate and Advanced students take 40 hours.
Absolutely not! We tailor our classes to your needs so that you can take as many hours of classes as you want and when you want. Just ask us and we will find a teacher that suits your needs.
Based on our extensive experience, we have seen significantly better results when students work with a teacher on a one-on-one basis. This method of teaching ensures that our teachers can effectively attend to your learning style and pace. However, group classes are possible for a pre-existing group. Please have a look at our SPANISH COURSES page for more details.
No, you don't have to speak or understand Spanish before joining. Our teaching methods are designed to help you with the first steps of learning a new language all the way to the advanced level. If you are already familiar with the language, we will ask you to do a preliminary written test before starting your classes which will allow us to tailor your course to your needs from day one.
All of our teachers speak some English, but we teach all the lessons in Spanish only which obliges you to learn faster (English may be used as a last resort!)
Your progress is tracked and the academic director José keeps a record in Quito. A personal record of your progress is updated and communicated to all teachers regardless of your location. Furthermore, all teachers follow the same basic teaching structure which ensures uniform progress from week to week.
Yes! We encourage you to make full use of the different school locations around Ecuador. Normally, we require a week's advance notice regarding any changes. For more information, please have a look at The Other Schools in Ecuador.
We currently have 15 teachers. All of our teachers are qualified with many years of experience in teaching students of all levels in Spanish.
They mostly come from the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. But we have also had a few students from other countries around the world.
We have a variety of HOST FAMILIES adjoining our school (3 block and less far) where many of our students stay. This allows for a wider social group as you can mix with both students in the school and those who stay in the House. Also please have a look at our TUTAMANDA HOSTEL website. The hostel is located right next door. Do not feel obligated to stay there. You can stay at the hostel or in at the Host Family without taking classes, and take classes without staying at the Tutamanda Hostel or at a Host Family.
Our homestay option is very popular because it improves your Spanish and makes it much easier to find new friends. Our homestay families are all middle class and are very pleased to have students stay with them. They enjoy helping students with their immersion in the Ecuadorian culture. we will try to match any specific requirements with the families that we work with. If, for whatever reasons, you are unhappy with your particular family, please let us know and we will move you to another family.
Yes, shortly before your departure we will inform you of your family's name and contact details.
Of course! There is no obligation to stay with a family or in our hostel. All of our locations offer a range of hostels/hotels. We would be happy to help organize something for you if you'd like.
We accept travellers cheques or cash. Credit cards can be used to withdraw cash at most banks and ATMs in Quito.
No. Although our prices are quoted per week, you can stay additional days.You will be charged a daily rate based on a pro-rated weekly rate.
We understand that you are a traveller and that you cannot be restrained by a timetable. You can start lessons any day of the week, at any time. We want to work alongside your plans to help you have the best experience possible in Ecuador.
No, we do not have an application procedure. However, in order for us to arrange a teacher for you, we need at least 2 hours notice. For example, if you want to start your lessons on a Monday at 9 am, we need to know about your intentions at 7 am at the latest on Monday morning. You can just send us an email or call us at 00 593 2-2506508 or 00 5932 2222964. Emergency calls to José's cell phone : 00-593-998784872.
Yes, if you wish. The certificate will state the period of time studied and the level obtained.
We have extensive experience working with travel agents offering tours throughout the country. We will also be happy to offer independent advice to our students and to facilitate bookings when requested.
We have a free WiFi connection at the school. You can also use our computer at the school.
Cristóbal Colón Spanish School has been authorised to operate as an educational establishment by Ecuador's Ministry of Education since 1996, Nª 029-SD-DINEPP. Moreover, our Ecuadorian founder and director, José Aguirre, is a professional in the field of education, especially in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language, with over 15 years of experience in different Latin American & European countries. Click here for a look at his profile.
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