Ixbalanque Spanish School
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A Little About Us
Whether you are a tourist visiting Central America, or a businessperson who wants to improve your Spanish skills, you can trust Ixbalanque to deliver the highest quality of instruction available. Our experienced, professional teachers are second to none in their commitment to enhancing your Spanish skills. Our roomy, attractive campus can accommodate up to 30 students at a time, and is located right in the heart of downtown Copán Ruinas.
Ixbalanque has a unique methodology in teaching Spanish; it was developed based on experience and practice. We have developed our own grammar books that start from easy to the most complex including explanation and exercises to strengthen each of the topics; we have also developed workshops for students from beginners to advanced level. Our programs are all designed for One on One classes. Individual learning speeds the student progress.
At the core of our methodology is based on three things: immersion, practice and relevance. We believe that the fastest and best way to learn is to immerse yourself in the language. In our classes we use acting, drawing, hand signs as ways to communicate the meaning of the Spanish sentences that we use rather than to use your language to describe. Secondly we have you speaking Spanish on day one. We help you to learn phrases that you can use when out in the community or with your host family (We highly encourage you to choose the Family Stay option). Part of your homework is to use the phrases outside of the classroom. Lastly we try to get to know each student as an individual. By knowing the students interests we can tailor our examples and practice topics to areas of interest so that the students want to do their homework.
Additionally we have learning modules with specific emphasis to meet the specific needs of our clients focused in areas of medicine, social development, history, economics, politics, and any other issues that our clients wish to strengthen. Additionally we can provide classes designed specifically for professions such as police, firefighters, nurses, missionaries, and NGO volunteers.
Our teaching philosophy is thoroughly modern and effective: full interactive immersion from the moment you enter our building. Your creative participation is the key to learning –and mastering– the Spanish language. Upon arrival you’ll take a brief entrance exam to determine exactly what areas you need to improve.
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Thanks to our high quality education we have been awarded the third Ibero place to educational excellence 2006 and recognized as the best school Spanish by EUS (United Students of Switzerland).
Highly Qualified Teachers
We typically provide one teacher for each student, ensuring that your unique developmental needs will be met. We will occasionally increase the number of students per class for specific high school or university groups, where the students share the same levels of ability.
The daily schedule consists of 4 hours of class, with a brief break in the middle of each session, for a total of 20 hours of classtime each week. We strongly emphasize practicing -individually, or in small groups- the Spanish words and grammar learned that day.
Whether your class takes place in a classroom, or on our flowered patio, or out on the streets of Copán Ruinas, our goal is to get you speaking Spanish.
Some classes will discuss various aspects of Latin American culture and society, so that you’re learning the language in the context of its culture. At other times we’ll organize your class around themes or subjects you personally find interesting.
Our Expert Staff
Our expert staff is specialized in drawing upon diverse teaching resources and tools to achieve the full participation – and maximum improvement – of the students.