El Cuélebre

Philosophy and Teaching Methods

Philosophy and teaching metods: Two course models.
The course models proposed below should not be understood as the only possible ones, but simply as examples, ideas that can have multiple variables.

 

REGULAR INTENSIVE COURSES

In these courses we try to achieve a perfect balance between learning Spanish and enjoying your stay, between the language and the outdoor and vacation activities.

All our courses are intense and suppose a complete and perfect immersion, enabling our students to improve their Spanish skills in a faster and more effective way than it is possible in other “normal” courses; however, in our regular courses we try not to lose a certain spirit of vacation and entertainment. The number of hours of formal class is relative and variable, and they can be between 10 and 20 hours of class per week, to say an approximation.

Why is it so relative and variable? Because we adapt everything to our student’s needs and requirements. Sometimes our students want and need to have more hours of “formal” class; in other occasions our students demand to practice more in a non formal way, and they prefer to spend more time doing other activities, activities in which they practice their Spanish.

Our methods are a bit unconventional in certain aspects: we don’t believe that in order to explain, for example, a grammatical point it is absolutely necessary to be sitting in a classroom with a whiteboard. Being our courses so exclusive and personalized, it often occurs that a grammar explanation or a Spanish oral activity take place during meals, or while we walk in one of our excursions, surrounded by a beautiful and unspoiled nature.

We like to think that some of our “classes” resemble a bit some of those philosophical sessions that used to take place around Aristotle and Plato, where disciples and master used to walk around while discussing profound philosophical topics. Ours sometimes can be “peripatetic Spanish classes”, interactive and intense, but not necessarily boring or depressing

 

EXECUTIVE, SUPER-INTENSIVE COURSES

Always with the same methods and philosophy explained above, these courses are designed for those who need an ultra-fast learning process, for those who really need to start speaking Spanish as soon as possible or who need to improve their level in a very intense and effective way.

Here the main focus will be placed in the language itself, in the practice and improvement of your writing, reading, understanding and speaking skills.

This option is specially suitable for professionals or anyone with not much time to start speaking Spanish or to start speaking it fluently

In this occasion the number of hours of formal class per week are between 20 and 40. In any case, just let us know what you need and we’ll do our most to adapt to your needs.

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El Cuélebre
5 Stars - Based on 51 User Reviews
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  • What a delightful couple ! Jimena and Alfredo are two well-experienced Spanish teachers, sensitive and attentive to your particular needs in learning their language - with least effort. They welcome you into their home into a spacious room with en-suite... read more

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    Judith Christie
    3 months ago
  • 5 star ratingExcelente manera de aprender español ¡Qué encantadora pareja! Jimena y Alfredo son dos profesores de español con mucha experiencia, sensibles y atentos a sus necesidades particulares para aprender su idioma, con el menor esfuerzo. Le dan la bienvenida a su hogar en una habitación espaciosa... read more

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    Judith C
    3 months ago
  • 5 star ratingAprende español y camina en las montañas de Austuria. Pasé 6 días encantadores con Alfredo y Jimena aprendiendo español; Formalmente en las mañanas y de manera informal durante las comidas y mientras camina por las hermosas montañas del parque nacional de Somiedo. El Cu lebre se encuentra en un... read more

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    CDtrabel
    5 months ago
  • 5 star ratingUna experiencia maravillosa aprendiendo español Me quedé con Alfredo y Jimena durante 9 días, con la intención de mejorar mi español como vivo en Asturias ahora, pero obtuve mucho más de lo que esperaba. Una de las grandes cosas es que te adaptan el curso... read more

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    ruth_heronmoor
    6 months ago
  • Yo disfruté el curso muchisimo!!!!
    Alfredo and Jimena are great hosts and go to a lot of effort to tailor the course to your particular situation. OF course the walks in Somiedo are fantastic, seeing the footprints of a brown bear...
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    Ruth Credo
    6 months ago
  • If you’re reading this review, you’re probably reading the others here, too. From our personal experiences, every glowing comment about El Cuélebre is absolutely true!

    We are a retired couple from Arizona, USA, and have just ended 2 incredible weeks studying...
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    Mary Jane
    11 months ago
  • I took the courses for 2 weeks, and every single day was fantastic! Alfredo and Jimena were very attentive and passionate, they explained thoroughly the tons of questions that I asked about Spanish and the Hispanic culture, and it was... read more

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    陳又紅
    1 year ago
  • 5 star ratingUna experiencia increíble para aprender español y la cultura española en profundidad Tomé los cursos durante 2 semanas, ¡y todos los días fueron fantásticos! Además de los cursos en el aula, Alfredo y Jimena fueron muy atentos y apasionados, y tuvimos muchas conversaciones mientras comíamos y hacíamos trekking, lo que hizo que... read more

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    Traveler729654
    1 year ago
  • If you want to escape the rat race and immerse yourself in Spain's language and culture, this is the place for you. La Peral is a stunning location, so peaceful and beautiful. Your hosts, Jimena and Alfredo, have created a... read more

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    James Kelly
    1 year ago
  • My short review is: I went to El Cuelebre. I loved it. I want to go back.
    My longer review is: The mountain setting is beautiful. The walks are exhilarating and will give you an even better idea of the beauty...
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    Nigel Cooper
    1 year ago
  • 5 star ratingUna experiencia fantastica Me quede con Alfredo y Jimena en las montanas seis dias en invierno. Era una experiencia fantastica. Me encanto las lecciones con Alfredo y los paseos en las montanas y los pueblos. Habia mucha nieve! Mi... read more

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