Learn Spanish in Granada

Learn Spanish among ancient Moorish monuments Get a taste of traditional Spain Study or relax in beautiful city parks

Programmes


Location

Learn Spanish in Granada

Granada is an ancient Moorish town situated in the south-east of Andalusia. With the Sierra Nevada (3.480 m) mountains just 30 km from the city, it is considered one of the most compelling locations in Europe to enjoy winter sports, while only 75 km north from the famous Spanish Tropical Coast and its sunny beaches.

City Highlights

The Legacy of the Moors
Granada was the last kingdom to be re-conquered by the Christians from the Moors. Its heritage is evident throughout the town, but especially in the Alhambra Palace, the Generalife - one of the most visited monuments in the world – and in the Albaicín, the ancient Moorish quarter with its narrow cobbled lanes and squares and traditional houses.

City of Flamenco
Flamenco in Granada is centered on the district of Sacromonte, inhabited by gypsies who have become singers, dancers and guitarists. It is from here that they have spread their art throughout the world.

The University
Granada is home to one of the oldest (over 500 years) and biggest (60,000 students from all over the world) universities in Spain. Walking the ancient streets and visiting the famous tapas bars, you will find the student life that gives Granada such a typically Spanish character.

Cultural Events
Semana Santa (Easter), "Spring" Party, Día de la Cruz, Corpus Christie (Feria de Granada), International Festival of Music and Dance (Summertime), Festival Flamenco, Flamenco Joven, Certamen Internacional De Guitarra, Fiesta de San Cecilio, Festival de Cortometraje, Jazz Festival, Zaidín Quarter Festival, International Tango Festival (March), Summer in the Corral del Carbón (theatre and Flamenco), and many more.

Nightlife

Granada is a bustling, cosmopolitan city and 60,000 Spanish and international university students guarantee a lively night scene, with everything from traditional gypsy flamenco to popular night clubs. The city hosts some spectacular fiestas and several international festivals, so check your dates in advance if you want your visit to coincide with one of these major annual events.

Whatever you want from an evening out, you'll find it in Granada. As in most Andalucian cities, the traditional start to the evening is a tour of the tapas bars; the whole city is awash with bars and restaurants but you'll find the biggest concentration in Pedro Alarcon and Plaza Nueva. Typical local tapas include squid in butter (calamares), olives wrapped in anchovy, strips of aubergine in garlic (berenjena) and the ubiquitous cured ham (jamon serrano).

If you fancy something more substantial there's a good choice of Spanish restaurants specialising in Andalucian dishes along with plenty of international restaurants (everything from pizzerias and burger bars to German beer kellers and Arabic kebab houses). If you can summon enough culinary courage you may want to try the typical festive dish of Granada, the Sacromonte omelette, made of fried bull’s brain and testicles.

One of the most famous Andalucian restaurants in town is the Sevilla, which has a magnificent dining terrace right next to the cathedral. You can sample typical dishes of the region in an enchanting atmosphere, created in part by the music of classical Spanish guitarists. This was a favourite haunt of Granada's most famous son, the poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. The guest list reads like a Hollywood Hall of Fame - Roger Moore, Brigitte Bardot, Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Alec Guinness and Bing Crosby, among the many stars who have dined here.

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School

Your Spanish Language School in Granada

Our Spanish language school in Granada has been offering Spanish courses since 1992. It also doubles as the FEDELE Granada centre, and as such issues Instituto Cervantes D.E.L.E. diplomas.

Teaching Methods

All the teaching is carried out in Spanish and without using any other language, resulting in a direct, situational and communicative method that relies on establishing direct mental associations between the concept and the word in Spanish.

Vocabulary and grammar are studied in a contextual way, placing particular emphasis on the students' participation in both the oral and the written production.

Every language programme the school offers has been prepared following the directives of the European Common Reference Framework for Languages (Council of Europe) and the Curricula Plan of the Cervantes Institute.

Before starting the lessons, participants take a placement test. As the classes are structured in oral and grammar blocks, it is possible to differentiate levels between these two areas. Therefore, participants could join two different groups, depending on their levels of proficiency in grammar and oral expression.

Every week, groups (levels) are "open" until Tuesday. Changing groups is possible upon receiving the approval of your teacher and the Director of Studies.

The Teachers

Our Spanish language school in Granada has a professional and dynamic teaching staff. All the teachers hold university degrees, teaching training certificates (CAP) and benefit from methodological preparation in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, provided by the school. All the teachers are Spanish native speakers.

Learning Facilities

  • Library
  • Video library, with VHS and DVDs
  • Computers with free Internet access
  • WiFi

Examinations

It is possible to take the following official examinations at the school:
  • D.E.L.E. (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera) Exams. The school is the accredited FEDELE Granada centre, and as such issues Instituto Cervantes D.E.L.E. diplomas. Annual examinations are held in May and November and – by special arrangement - in August. The school offers preparatory courses throughout the year
  • The Madrid Chamber of Commerce examinations (Cámara de Comercio de Madrid) in Spanish for Commerce, Medicine and Tourism. These examinations can take place on any date, depending on the number of students interested

Cultural Activities

Our Spanish language school in Granada offers a wide range of activities to compliment your Spanish language course. There are always many things to do and see in Granada: concerts, festivals and museums, to name but a few. The school will make sure to inform you about all the events taking place in Granada during your stay.

Extras Included
On Mondays, we invite you to a guided city tour. We visit the most characteristic districts and help you discover the history and legends of Granada. The free tours include: Albaicín, Realejo and Sacromonte quarters, the historical city centre, the legends tour, the churches tour, and many other compelling routes.

In order to improve the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), our Spanish language school in Granada organizes free weekly workshops in writing, phonetics and Spanish music, as well as student debates on current events. The school also offers workshops and lectures on Spanish and Latin-American history, culture, literature.

To further compliment your course, every week the school offers two different levels of free tutorials about real-life situations (i.e. "En el Aeropuerto", "En los grandes Almacenes") and grammar, dealing with the most difficult issues (i.e. "Ser y Estar", "Preposiciones", "Por y Para", "Diferencias entre los pasados").

Activities available for additional fees
  • Visit to the Alhambra and Generalife
  • Visit to the Mansion of García Lorca in Huerta de San Vicente and in Fuente Vaqueros
  • Visit to the Mansion of Manuel de Falla
  • Visit to the Royal Chapel and the Cathedral
  • Visit to La Zambra Museum
  • Flamenco shows
  • Tapas' Tour: This is by far the most popular activity among students. The Province of Granada is known over the world for its tapas; it is not only a tradition, but also a way of life. Students will go to different bars, where for each drink you can taste one tapa for free (for example: a portion of tortilla española, potatoes, fish, meat in different styles, etc.)
  • International dinners: we organize dinners where students and teachers cook traditional dishes of their country or region. Everyone can try the different dishes and share traditions and recipes
  • Cooking Workshops: you will learn how to cook the main dishes of the Spanish cuisine and then enjoy tasting them

In order for scheduled activities to take place, a minimum number of participants is always required.

Excursions
The organization of these trips is done in collaboration with professional agencies. Their prices include: transport, guide, entrances to the museums and additional insurance. Every week, there are excursions available to places of touristic and cultural interest, such as:
  • Sevilla
  • Córdoba
  • Costa Tropical/Pueblos Blancos
  • La Alpujarra
  • Morocco

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Accommodation

Shared Apartments

  • Bedroom: bed, bedding, wardrobe, table and chairs
  • Living room with TV and DVD
  • Kitchen with fridge, washing machine, cooker/stove
  • Bathroom (towels are not provided)

Limited places: if there's no availability, the student stays in a flat with Spanish people without paying the difference in price.

Home Stay

  • Half board (two meals: breakfast, lunch or dinner) or full board (three meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Single or double room
  • Laundry once a week
  • Bedding is included but students need to bring their own towels.


Shared apartments with the Spanish

In this option, participants can share the apartment with a Spanish family or just with one person, with the possibility of using common areas. Bedding is included but students need to bring their own towels.

Hotels/Hostels and individual apartments

Please, ask us for more details.

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Directions

Flights


Buses

  • From Madrid / Malaga / Almería to Granada: www.alsa.es
  • Granada bus station: +34 958 185480

Trains

www.renfe.es

Transfers

Please, ask us for more information.

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