Don Quijote proudly offers its students over 30 years of teaching and study abroad experience. Our teaching methodology has been carefully refined over the years to guarantee absolute success and satisfaction – regardless of your Spanish level, program and destination.

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Teaching Methodology

Our method of teaching Spanish follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and focuses on learning through action and the communicative approach. We create authentic environments in which social interaction and consistent feedback is fundamental. We use real-life situations as valuable learning tools in which students always play an active role. 

We take communicative and humanistic approaches where the student is not a mere recipient of linguistic knowledge but an active key player who is responsible for his or her own progress. Students experience personal and academic growth as they contemplate social interactions and intercultural understanding pertaining to language. The combination of both communicative and humanistic aspects results in a linguistic as well as an intercultural approach. We teach grammar and vocabulary as an instrument to achieve the ultimate goal: students are able to communicate, live and work in any Spanish-speaking environment. 


Our goal is not only to educate the student fully and comprehensively, but also to enable students to express themselves effectively and fluently. To this end, we guarantee small group classes and expert teachers who are dedicated to the success of their students.

At don Quijote, our students become fluent in Spanish while discovering our culture, history and traditions, as well as new perspectives and way of life. Join us for a unique and personalized Spanish learning journey that will inspire you.
 

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Our teachers

All of our teachers are highly trained and carefully selected to provide the highest quality courses for our students. All teachers are native Spanish speakers, have at least a university degree in Foreign Languages, Spanish Literature or Humanities and many also have a Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. Each teacher takes continuing education courses and receives additional educational training with our team. Along with positive personal traits and a passion for teaching, our teachers are highly effective and provide the highest quality service.

 

Educational excellence is our reason for being. Our teacher’s dedication, continuous training and many years of experience make us leaders in teaching Spanish worldwide.
 

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Spanish Levels

Your Spanish proficiency is determined by taking a specially designed test, which is scored on a scale of six levels from Basic (A1) to Mastery (C2). The levels of our courses are developed according to the curriculum Instituto Cervantes (PCIC) which follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
 

  • Basic - A1:
    This is the first level for new Spanish learners. You will learn to exchange information with brief questions and answers, as long as speech is slow and deliberate.
     
  • Beginner - A2: 
    Once you advance to the next level, you will learn to relate and express yourself in spoken and written Spanish, using simple language in everyday situations and cultural aspects.
     
  • Intermediate - B1:
    You will be able to understand the main points of texts written in clear, standard language about topics they already have an understanding of, communicate in the context of your daily environment and learn important problem solving skills.
     
  • High Intermediate - B2:
    At this level you will acquire the ability to interact in general situations where there is an exchange of information, express opinions about topics that are familiar or interesting and talk about personal experiences. This is the level you’ll need to qualify for most Spanish speaking universities and undergraduate programs.
     
  • Advanced - C1:
    At this level you will have the ability to understand and express yourself in multiple situations with complex linguistic structures with fluency and spontaneity. This level is what is needed to qualify for postgraduate studies at most prestigious universities.
     
  • Mastery - C2:
    In this last level you will be able to appropriately express yourself in any situation, mastering linguistic and cultural elements characteristic and you will be able to distinguish nuances of meaning.
     
don Quijote Teaching Method 1

Madrid

Sergio Ruiz

At don Quijote the student is the protagonist. In class, students learn Spanish with interesting concepts and real life situations. They speak and communicate in Spanish from the first moment regardless of their proficiency level.
 

don Quijote Teaching Method 2

Tenerife

Salomé Torres

I love working with don Quijote because by being at the school and planning my courses, I am able to establish a very personal relationship with my students. They are not numbers. I have the opportunity to get to know the students and build a curriculum based on what they already know, their needs and their interests. I love that at don Quijote we take a humanistic approach, and that it’s even more flexible and open. Small class sizes also allow us to create and customize our learning path day to day.

don Quijote Teaching Method 3

Salamanca

Jesús Baz

I am passionate about teaching at don Quixote because its small class size allows me to build such great relationships with the students that they end up becoming part of my family, or friends, or simply Facebook friends... But the best and most important aspect of the school is that we all learn from each other.

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