How to Select a Spanish Course

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Spain is a great holiday destination, especially if you fancy learning the language while you're visiting the country. Not only are there hundreds of Spanish schools in Spain, the teaching quality is also uniformly excellent, which means the money you pay is very rarely wasted.

Of course, it's important you select the right course when booking your trip. There's a wide variety of course types on offer, so researching things thoroughly is a must - as is deciding what you most want from your time in Spain learning Spanish. Here are a few things that you'll probably want to consider...

Where to Study

When it comes to choosing the destination of a Spanish school, Spain has more than enough options to consider. The Spanish courses Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Alicante offer are all first class - and that's to name only a handful of the possible destinations.

It may be worth considering whether you're looking to enjoy some beach action while studying at a Spanish school, as the proximity of the beach basically divides the above destinations in two (Valencia, Barcelona and Alicante are all on the shore's edge; Seville and Madrid are not).

What to Study

It may seem like a silly suggestion, but deciding what to study is key when it comes to selecting a Spanish course. Most people, it must be said, plump for the traditional type of course, which is heavy on general vocabulary and grammer, applying it with equal measure to reading, writing and speaking.

However, more 'exotic' courses are available. You could, for example, do a 'Spanish Culture' course, which will focus on the cultural history of the country through its literature, art, dance and film. Or you could do a 'Conversational' course, which focuses on speaking above all else.

How Long to Study

Spanish schools in Spain offer everything from one day to one year courses, so you'll need to decide how long you'll be staying before selecting a course. The average, it's probably fair to say, is a two week course, as this gives you just enough time to really get to grips with the language, whatever your level.

How Often to Study

Again, there's a variety of options here. Maybe you only want to study twice a week? Or maybe you want to study every day, but only in the mornings? Whatever the case, you should find a course that suits your needs - though be prepared to hunt around for a bit first.

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Paul Collins is a UK-based travel writer who specializes in all things Spanish. As a former language teacher, though, he's also an expert in finding the type of top-class Spanish school Spain offers.

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This article was published on 2010/03/31