Spanish school recommendations for HS student?

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texasdiver
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Spanish school recommendations for HS student?

Post by texasdiver » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:34 pm

My wife and I are thinking of sending our HS daughter to Chile for the summer (July-Aug) to spend time with family and do some intensive language study.

We *should* be a bilingual family as my wife is from Chile and all her family are in Santiago. But we haven't really raised our kids with much Spanish at all. We do go back to Santiago about once a year to see family on holidays but that isn't enough time to really absorb the langauge and the family are all upper class with perfect English so that doesn't help.

So we are thinking of finding a language school that does intensive language study for say 4 hours a day or so and then let her stay with one of her aunts or cousins. We have family in Vitacura, Los Condes and Providencia so she has a variety of places to stay. For that matter, also family in Coyhaique but that might not be the best July-Aug destination.

Anyone have any suggestions on the best way to do this? Through one of the traditional language schools or are there other options? Any recommendations on schools? It would be great if there was one close to family so she could walk or take metro.

Oh, our daughter is also a dual US-Chilean citizen if that makes any difference on what options might be available.

Thanks,

Kent

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Re: Spanish school recommendations for HS student?

Post by paladin » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:35 pm

I suggest you get in touch with a language institute such as Berlitz. I know they can offer individual intensive classes in Spanish at time to suit the student. They obviously arent cheap, but it’s probably what you want. They have locations close to Escuela Militar metro , Pedro de Valdivia metro and in downtown if you want. The good thing about individual classes is being able to start a course whenever you want and at times to suit you.

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Re: Spanish school recommendations for HS student?

Post by wellthisisweird » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:30 pm

There are some schools where you can get in contact like Poliglota and Ecela Santiago.
Still I think your daughter will be fine, in 6 months she'll be super OK with spanish, not with like, speaking it perfectly but she'll be able to manage communication and such (since 6 months isn't that long haha).
Ehm, are you guys sendin' her to a bilingual school, right?
Because if you aren't then there'll be a few problems since all the classes (at least from non-particular and semi-particular schools) are taught in Spanish, she'll kinda just go and have fun but she'll lose a semester of school so I don't recommend it, since children don't understand English at all and some teachers don't speak it either, so maybe a native Spanish speaker whom is an English teacher could help her with private classes so she can understand what she wrote on her notebook hahaha.

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Re: Spanish school recommendations for HS student?

Post by frozen-north » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:56 am

wellthisisweird wrote:
Still I think your daughter will be fine, in 6 months she'll be super OK with spanish,
Six months? I think you need some stronger coffee. :)
texasdiver wrote:
My wife and I are thinking of sending our HS daughter to Chile for the summer (July-Aug)

So we are thinking of finding a language school that does intensive language study....
My understanding is that the instructors in those language schools are not necessarily experienced teachers; that is something I remembered from many years ago, so I did a quick search and found some confirmation:

Profesor De Español Para Extranjeros

ECELA se dedica al Turismo Educativo,

Buscamos profesores de lenguaje, historia, inglés o traductores, periodistas o profesionales de carreras afín para impartir clases de español para extranjeros.

https://www.buscojobs.cl/profesor-de-es ... ID-5064102
Probably any unemployed professional could become a language instructor in any of these language schools.

Some comments from instructors:
Teaching English at Berlitz in Hamburg

https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/to ... n-hamburg/

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