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Spanish learning in Southern Spain Language School
This 2-week Spanish language and culture immersion experience is designed for the 50+ age group who would like to spend a sunny two weeks in southern Spain, learning Spanish and getting to know Andalucia. Enjoy relaxed lessons, cultural activities and full day-trips to local cities in order to get a true taste of authentic Spain.
With almost 40,000 citizens, Ronda is the perfect city to learn Spanish. The warmth of the people, the fun and motivated native speaking staff and the extraordinary setting of the city make it the ideal place to become fully immersed in the Spanish culture and really get to know Andalucia and its people.
Surrounded by 'white towns' and beautiful mountains, Ronda is situated in the south of Spain, in the Andalucian province of Malaga. Known worldwide for its deep El Tajo canyon of over 100 metres, the city is divided in two unique areas connected by the city's famous 18th century bridge. In the new part of the city, you will find the main shopping streets, the lively Spanish bars and the more urban areas. The old town, which is much more tranquil, stands out with its beautiful, narrow street, unexpected hidden corners and typical white houses. It is in this part of the city where the Spanish school is located, in a modernised and restored building only a few steps away from the main sites of interest of the city.
Thanks to the Romans, Arabs and Christians, Ronda is home today to important cultural sites, making it one of the most representative Spanish cities in terms o history and culture. Conveniently located, it is only 45 minutes away from the sunny Costa del Sol, and less than 200 kms from Granada and Seville, two emblematic cities in Andalucia.
This program is comprised of 3 hours of classes per day, Monday to Thursday. Lessons follow a total Immersion Language Methodology Approach with engaging and enjoyable student-centred communicative activities to practice the four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Our teachers are all native and qualified and our class groups a maximum of 8 people.
Students will combine intensive in-classroom experience with the fun and authentic activities and trips that are put on at the school. All in Spanish, they highlight the linguistic and cultural value of the Spanish language and offer a way to practice your classroom knowledge in a real-world environment. In this way, you don't learn from a book - you learn from people!
Learning is taken outside of the classroom into a real context where you can learn and practice Spanish, in a significant way. We propose an activity every weekday afternoon / evening, with a full-day excursion on the Fridays. The weekends are then free to spend how you wish.
We recommend that students stay with local host families, who are eager to meet and get to know you. Trained families will provide 3 meals a day, allowing you to totally immerse yourself in the Spanish way of life. They will provide transport to where you need to be if necessary and are there to help with anything you may need. Hotel accommodation can be arranged for those who prefer this.
Other dates and week-long programs available homestays or hotel accommodation. Email [email protected]
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Arrive at Malaga airport before 2pm for group transfer to Ronda (included) or separate arrival by train from Madrid or Granada. Welcome and settle in at your home for 2 weeks.
Appraisal or your level of Spanish then a 2-3-hour Spanish Language lesson in the morning. Lunch. In the afternoon, a tour on foot of Ronda with our friendly experienced guide, getting a true understanding of the local history and culture.
Cooking in the Vineyard
Morning Spanidh lesson. Lunch. With traditional recipes and seasonal ingredients provided, learn how to create Spanish dishes and taste the best organic local wine.
Hiking and Picnic
Morning Spanish lesson. In the afternoon, explore the trails through the 100m El Tajo gorge, picnic lunch provided
Morning Spanish lesson. Lunch. Watch some Spanish cinema with the group, enjoying a snack/drink while you do so
Day excursion to Granada.
This fascinating University city teems with mystery and beauty. We visit the Alhambra and tour the winding, narrow streets of the Albaycin with a local guide, who will describe the finer details of this city, which has transformed itself into a cultural hub of art and tradition in Andalucia.
Morning Spanish lesson. Lunch. Flamenco evening where you can learn the steps of this traditional Spanish dance with professional dancer and have fun to the music!
Morning Spanish lesson. Lunch. Learn how to cook the best traditional dishes with a local chef and enjoy an unforgettable meal among friends.
Morning Spanish lesson. Lunch. Work on an organic garden here in Ronda with local gardeners, learning about our local produce and practicing your Spanish in a relaxed environment.
Morning Spanish lesson (your last!) . Lunch. Free afternoon. Enjoy a Spanish style BBQ and language exchange. Get together with locals to enjoy a farewell BBQ and a language exahnge during this relaxed evening.
Day excursion to Pueblos Blancos
White towns tour: guided tour of our famous 'pueblos blancos', with an olive oil tasting experience included. see some truly unique villages, guaranteed to provide an interesting history and excellent photo opportunities.
Free day in Ronda for your own sightseeing
Group transfer to Malaga airport or private departure.
"Homestay and activities have been superb, and it was great value for money. My classes were for 4 hours per day rather than for three, and since my 2 fellow students of the first week had a 4 hour class on the Friday I was invited to join that too. In the second week I was offered 2 extra classes of an hour and a half each. Activities ran even with just 1 participant: my flamenco class and leatherwork class consisted of just me and my accompanying intern. For the gardening, it was just me and the gardener. The amount of material presented in classes has been a bit overwhelming, and I struggled because my listening skills were initially poor and the accent here is said to be almost the most difficult there is. I did improve a little, but need a lot more practice! All the time spent on activities did eat into time for consolidating class material, but I wouldn't cut back because they were useful Spanish episodes too. Obviously you know how spectacular Ronda is, but it throws in extras. The first night my hostess and I stumbled on a religious procession, with traditional clothes and a float pulled by 2 oxen. Last weekend there was a big festival, organised by rotary, that included precision flying and aerobatics by 5 helicopters over the valley in front of the Alameda park. For the last week there has been an international guitar festival in the ancient chapel of the former convent near the bridge. I've been to 2 matinees, one classical, one flamenco - for the latter, 6 beautiful guitars were played, and all the makers were in the audience, as was the man who appears to have a monopoly on supplying the strings. I don't think I would recommend homestay for an absolute beginner. It could be too difficult if the hosts don't speak adequate English. My hostess and I have had to use online translation a lot - and have had a lot of laughs over some of the results. She is learning English and I have some Spanish, and even with the help of Google and Deepl we have had some slight misunderstandings. I ended up not having an ensuite because my allocated host had health problems just before I left home and an alternative had to be found in a hurry. I don't think they have an unlimited supply of homestay options, and luckily this has turned out really well." Christine - June 2019
These two weeks have been food for my soul. I feel so cared for in Ronda by Mar and everyone at the school. Geli and Paco are so beautiful too and I feel part of the family The city is magical too. I have been wandering and exploring everyday. I would love to stay longer...thank you so much for your ongoing guidance and care as well in the days before my arrival. Forever grateful...Norma, Vancouver Canada
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