The Spanish language is spoken literally worldwide. According to the latest statistics, only the native speakers represent the 6.15% of the world population (it will reach the 10% by 2050). It’s the third most spoken language in the world (after Chinese and English), with estimated 500 millions of active speakers. It’s also the third most used language on the Internet.
If you travel to North America and visit the States along the border with Mexico, or Florida on the east coast, or big cities like New York and Washington DC, it is nowadays rather common to hear Spanish everywhere. From civil servants to supermarket employees, you will find yourself speaking Spanish with almost everybody, and due to the ever increasing migration from Central and South America it’s possible that in the future Spanish will become the first spoken language of the United States.
If we consider only Spain, geographically and culturally closer to Turkey, there are plenty of reasons why you should learn Spanish. Universities in Spain are mainly public, and provide education in the highest level of quality. They are well connected with the international community through specific international agreements (i.e. Erasmus, Leonardo and other similar programs).
Academic and employment opportunities have increased exponentially in the last decade. Barriers within the European Union to the free movement of people are a nostalgic souvenir of the past. Education and Business are two good reasons to learn the Spanish language, hence start thinking that Spain can represent a valid alternative for your life and professional career. Besides this, Spain is one of the most visited country in the world for art, history, literature, cinema, landscapes and fine cuisine.
How long do I have to study?
According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), A1 and A2 levels consist of 90 hours of class plus 30 hours of individual work. B1 and B2 levels are completed in 90 – 100 hours of class plus 40 hours of individual work. C1 and C2 require a minimum of 120 hours of class and 80 hours of individual work.
This table below is an overall explanation of the different proficiency levels; for a more exhaustive explanation please check the CEFR.
|level group||level group name||level||level name||description|
|A||Basic User||A1||Breakthrough or beginner||Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.|
|A2||Way stage or elementary||Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.|
|B||Independent User||B1||Threshold or intermediate||Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.|
|B2||Vantage or upper intermediate||Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.|
|C||Proficient User||C1||Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced||Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.|
|C2||Mastery or proficiency||Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.|
One to one and private groups
For people who prefer to study individually, or in small private groups, because either they need to study specific subjects or they feel more confident in a less crowded learning environment, IDEA will provide you with what you need. For enrollment and fees, please contact us.
For professionals who need the linguistic tools to interact effectively in a business environment.
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IDEA is running, in specific periods of the academic year and for those who have completed at least the A1 level, specific Erasmus courses particularly designed for our exchange students.
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You can always come to visit us to take a free level test, so that we can put you in the most suitable class.
Usually all the Spanish books for foreigners are tailored for those speakers who come from a common background with Spanish or with the major immigrant in Spain. Our knowledge of Turkey and the Turkish language speakers inspired us to design a specific curriculum for our students, which does not necessarily follow any textbook in particular.
We constantly make use of appropriate audiovisual content and mostly original documents (not class-orientated artificial material), like newspapers articles, ads, TV shows, short movies etc. We personally select the material and make them available for didactics purpose.
We have all certified Spanish teachers with many years of experience teaching Spanish to foreigners, and particularly to Turkish native speakers.