Improve Your English in Spain
5-Day Total Immersion English Course
IN BEAUTIFUL MARBELLA, COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN
Would you agree that good communication is the most essential tool you can have in the world of business?
Then it’s time to ‘Improve your English in Spain’! Nowadays, the English language is used internationally in technology, medicine, science and finance. If your English communication skills are not as good as you would like or need them to be, you could find yourself being sidelined or overlooked at work.
English opens up doors all over the world and is fast becoming the ‘lingua franca’.
Whether chasing new contracts or maintaining existing clients, your ability to communicate is what makes you professional and separates you from the amateurs. It also connects you with clients and colleagues and helps hold those relationships together.
Individual tuition programmes in the heart of Old Town Marbella – the beautiful Casco Antiguo.
Just a 5 minute walk to the beach and the magnificent Mediterranean Sea and from where, on a clear day, you can see the mountains of Morocco and the rock of Gibraltar. Depending on the time of year, you can enjoy the orange blossom on the trees in the daytime, the aroma of jasmine at night. Stroll through narrow, cobbled streets and take a light lunch in the heat of the day and tapas or dinner and a chilled glass of wine in the evening. At night these same streets take on an enchanting ambience, lit by table candles and with the sound of flamenco music seeping through doors and windows; a magical experience.
With the ‘Improve Your English in Spain’ experience, you stay in an English-speaking guest house or small hotel in or near the heart of the Old Town – home comfort without extravagance – where you are treated like a person, not a number.
Morning classes are carried out indoors or on the roof terrace, depending on temperature and weather. Lunches and dinners are at local restaurants and tapas bars, chosen for the owner’s/waiting staff’s ability and desire to speak English with you. During meals, you will be accompanied by me or another English/Spanish-speaking colleague, so you never need to think about having to ‘change the chip’ back to Spanish. You have free time available each afternoon too, to spend alone as you choose, unless you wish to be accompanied on an excursion (*see below).
Classes are tailor-made specifically for each individual; based on a questionnaire sent to you in advance. I will create a unique programme especially for you.
‘Improve Your English in Spain’ complete 5-day Total Immersion Experience
- Arrival in Marbella on Thursday or Sunday afternoon/evening. Departure from Marbella the following Tuesday or Friday afternoon/evening.
- 5 nights accommodation, 5-lunches, 5-dinners, coffees, snacks, drinks, etc.
- English classes in the morning. Early evening strolls in parks or by the beach.
The daily programme includes:
5 days of 7½ hours contact English per day = 37½ hours in total:
- Morning 2½ hours = 11.00h-13.30h in class
- Afternoon 2 hours = 14.00h-16.00h lunch
- Evening 3 hours = 19.00h-22.00h stroll & dinner
What is not included:
Flights – Transportation to or from Marbella (closest airports Málaga 51km and Gibraltar 77km) – Insurance
Extras if requested:
- Private taxis to and from Málaga Airport: approx. €60 each way
- Car Hire/*Excursion costs: variable – Seville, Ronda, Puerto Banús, Málaga
Cost of full 5-day programme: €1,997
25 years’ experience teaching English and Communication Skills, qualified English teacher (CELTA) working both in large corporations and with private individuals in Spain.
Originally from Richmond, near London, I have lived in Barcelona, Tarragona and San Sebastián and am now based in Marbella, Costa del Sol.
Having published a novel ‘Living in Bright Shadows’, e-books and articles in English and Spanish, I have also translated books, articles and web pages into English.
I regularly travel to Barcelona for client visits, work online through Skype and hold fluency conversation sessions over the phone. My speciality is teaching Communication and Presentation Skills techniques.
My problem was a lack of in-depth knowledge of the English language and the inability to communicate confidently with clients and in social situations. Previously, I had tried private classes and one week in a London language school but, since taking Jean’s course, I now realize that a direct and intense relationship with the teacher is what makes total immersion into the language.
For me, the best part of the course was the mixing of grammar and conversation in real situations. Also, improving my knowledge of the language, fluency of common expressions, and giving presentations in English. I think this is a very useful program, mainly because of the close relationship with the teacher.
It was also interesting how Jean combined her role of coach with that of teacher; this makes you not only learn the language but also how to prepare a presentation, as I did. Being located in Marbella, this course allows you to get to know not only an area with a good reputation of high level beach tourism, but also with special shops and restaurants.
For accommodation, I stayed at the Finlandia Hotel. It is well situated between the beach and the Old Town, with wonderful and generous owners who not only speak English but also keep the hotel clean and beautiful.
For me, this has been a very stimulating way to learn. Jean is an open and cultured person who can converse on many different subjects. She also has the ability to know when to change direction to help the flow of conversation and discussion.
Isabel López Vilalta
Interior Designer, Barcelona