Susana was my teacher and she was so helpful. I started at a low intermediate level and, although I felt my reading and writing was ok, I struggled with speaking and understanding “real” Spanish. She spoke so clearly though and was always happy to repeat if I didn’t understand something, and after my first week I already noticed the improvement in my comprehension and fluency because the classes are so small and you can participate constantly.
The themes of the classes were always different – usually we had a new topic every lesson that we focused on and based activities on this. Sometimes the topic was to get us to speak, sometimes an aspect of grammar – it really varied. I never found myself bored in the lessons, and after 12 weeks of classes I can’t even describe how much my Spanish has improved! I have no problem speaking now and feel confident interacting with Spanish people.
The school was also a stone's throw away from Retiro Park (which was handy for after class sunbathing!!) and was just 10 short minutes on the metro to the centre of Madrid.
There were also free activities offered by the school everyday, which meant that I saw so much more of Madrid than I ever imagined! (Personal higlight was the noche de copas every Friday with all of the students and some staff - great way to practice Spanish and have a good time at the same time!)
I also stayed with a host family while I was there and they were so kind and welcoming. On my first day they made me feel like a part of the family and they made the most amazing food – I’m definitely missing that right now!
Really can’t recommend this school enough, had an absolutely flawless 3 months and was very sad to leave. If I felt like I needed any more Spanish classes I’d be back there in a shot!
Entonces, imaginar volver después de muchos años a una clase con estudiantes con los que no compartes nada menos tus faltas gramaticales no me apetecía mucho...De verdad, desde el primer día la escuela y las clases me gustaron mucho, y de repente cambié mi opinión: podía aprender y conocer a gente, que como yo, también sentía la necesidad de comunicarse a través de palabras (pocas) , sonrisas (muchas), y gestos (sólo entre algunas nacionalidades en particular ;).
Los compañeros de clase eran todos simpáticos, aunque al principio demasiado callados. Me acuerdo que las conversaciones durante la primera semana se desarrollaban sólo en el tiempo presente: no conocíamos otro tiempo verbal. Me encantaba esta situación: nadie tenía planes, ni pasado, pero todos estábamos muy centrados en vivir el momento.
Si alguien quiere aprender español en Madrid, AIL es una excelente oportunidad para estudiar, conocer gente y descubrir Madrid a través de las actividades sociales organizadas por la escuela durante la tarde y a veces por la noche.
Lo que más aprecié de AIL fue la metodología de la enseñanza, que parecía más una charla entre amigos que una lección.
Lo que más me gustó de AIL fue que el profesor nunca se rió de nuestra manera de hablar, que de verdad, a menudo no tenía ninguna lógica (un besito a Edu)
Lo que AIL podría mejorar son las bromas de algunos profesores (No te enfades Edu)
¡Que todos los próximos estudiantes tengan tanta suerte como yo y puedan disfrutar de una escuela tan buena como esta!
By far the most important component to this, however, was Lucia. She was my teacher for the four weeks and was an exemplary teacher. I am not sure that I saw her become frustrated even once. Her activities and demeanor were always fun and engaging. She would go out of her way to give me extra material when I asked and would happily mark this work or sit with me to go through it. She was accomplished at recognising needs and tailoring activities to specific persons when required.
As a teacher myself it was refreshing to see and experience this from Lucia and the staff as a whole.
This school offers everything to make living in a foreign country easier for you
the Spanish language they offer a huge variety of leisure time activities
1) The accommodation was outstanding and the family I was blessed staying with were gracious and helpful. They not only shared their meals and conversation with me but helped me get around the city, took me on a trip, and drove me to the train station at the end of the stay.
2) The quality of instruction was excellent. A perfect balance of theory and practice with very knowledgeable and professional instructors. Every day I learned something that was fun and engaging. And I am a tough critic as I am a teacher myself!
3) The people at the school were excellent, helpful and very kind.
4) The extra excursions were fun and interesting ways to get to know the city and practice Spanish with the other students. It was very well organized.
5) The others students were from all over the world and of various ages. Mostly young but, as I am 56 I was worried I would be the only one over 25. Not the case, students of all ages where there for fun and learning. I even found out you are never too old to dance until 5 o'clock in the morning!
I came home with a good solid foundation in Spanish, and email connections to people all over the world.
Thank you AIL!