Methodology for Spanish

Spanish and Culture Courses


We offer seven language-learning levels that correspond to the six Levels of the Common European Framework. In order to enrol in any Spanish class at Carmen de las Cuevas, it’s first necessary to take the online Spanish level test posted on our website or take it here at the school if you’re enrolling on-site.

The Beginning (A1), Elementary I (A2.1), Elementary II, (A2.2) and Intermediate I (B1.1) levels will last two weeks. The Intermediate II (B1.2) and Advanced (B2) levels will last four weeks, divided into two two-week blocks and the Proficiency Level (C1-C2) lasts eight weeks, divided into four two-week blocks. At the end of each level or block, students take a final assessment test which, alongside benchmark evaluations done throughout their course of study, aids in deciding the next most appropriate level for them.

The beginning level starts every two weeks on the specific dates published in our yearly calendar. The rest of the levels begin every week.


The school works with a syllabus in which we clarify the objectives, content, and methodology, as well as the materials and system of evaluation to be used at each course level. In addition to these overarching guidelines, we make available daily lesson plans for each level. With this system in place, changes in teaching staff do not affect the consistency of the program and the students can move along through carefully scaffolded lessons and levels that provide familiarity and clarity to their learning.

Spanish class at Carmen de las Cuevas


At each level, students have a textbook as the base of instruction which is then supplemented with other teaching materials such as specialized texts, music, games, DVD’s, film clips, newspaper or magazine articles, literary works, comics, and other didactic materials that promote learning. Our teaching method centers around the communicative approach to language acquisition but it also incorporates many other strategies and methodologies that facilitate learning.

Instructions and all classroom interactions take place entirely in Spanish at every level and in all classes with a maximum number of eight students per Spanish or culture class. In our program, students actively participate in a context of total immersion all the while experimenting gradually with Spanish as their new vehicle of communication.


Every Spanish course includes a half-hour group tutoring starting at 9:30 every morning before the start of class. The classroom teacher runs the sessions which are meant to help those students who need a certain amount of extra language reinforcement in order to follow the rhythm of their daily classes. However, the tutoring is not limited to students seeking extra help and are open to all. On Mondays, the tutoring is dedicated to new students who need to become familiar with the classes they are about to enter.

Spanish class