Foreign Language Teaching Methodology

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Foreign Language Teaching Methodology

  • In Letra Hispánica we integrate the Communicative methodology with the best aspects of other approaches.
  • The Communicative Approach is based on the theory that language is acquired in a process whereby the information, which goes into our short memory storage, needs to be stimulated in order to be transferred into the long memory storage.
  • In a communicative class the material is presented and practiced with creative, task-based learning activities. These communicative type activities stimulate a transference whereby the information goes from the short memory storage to the long memory storage.
  • This approach ensures and encourages your active involvement in the learning process and puts greater emphasis on development of communicative, as opposed to merely linguistic, competence.
  • You participate in discussions, role plays, problem solving exercises and small group activities. Small groups classes ensure extensive and individualized practice using Spanish. Our teachers encourage accuracy and language development through constructive feedback.
  • We also pay great attention to reading and writing, in addition to listening and speaking, by exploring the significant differences between spoken and written languages.
  • From The Natural Approach, which believes language acquisition can take place through constant exposure to real and natural language through communicative activities in a relaxed atmosphere, Letra Hispánica is specially interested in the insight it has provided about the importance of the psychological factors and attitudes of students in the process of learning.
  • Our professors take into account the differences in learning styles of each student in order to incorporate diverse teaching techniques in the class and ensure that you are provided the opportunity to learn to the best of your ability. Therefore, your active participation is very much encouraged.
  • Classes are lively and creative. You learn in a friendly atmosphere in class and also outside of class, talking to professors, collaborators and friends of Letra. The goal of extracurricular activities is to get you closely involved in real life situations, so that you can develop, at the same time, social interaction skills.
  • Tertulias (gatherings in a coffee place to chat) and Intercambios (meeting Spanish students to exchange language practice) have this same purpose. Other cultural activities, such as the Cineforum or Humanities classes (i.e. Art, Civilization, History and Literature) will increase your knowledge and passion for Spanish culture.
  • Finally, in our Voluntariado (Volunteer Program) if you choose to do so, you will be involved in projects which help some under-privileged sections of the community. This will also give you the opportunity to learn about Spanish society from a different point of view.

Letra Hispánica

C/ Peña Primera, 18.
37002 SALAMANCA (Spain)
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Phone: 0034 923 262 018

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Accreditations

Centro acreditado por el Instituto Cervantes

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