Philosophy and Teaching Methods
Philosophy and teaching methods: Two Spanish 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 Spanish immersion in Spain, 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.
Google and Tripadvisor reviews
The Best Travel Experience and the Best Way to Learn Spanish Most people know that the best way to learn a language is through immersion. But the idea of immersion can be intimidating – or it certainly was to me. Well, how about immersion tailored to your specific needs and desires,... read moreCorinne Westphal3 months ago
The Best way to Learn Spanish by emerging your self all day long Just got back from a fabulous week with Alfredo y Jimena. Initially thought 2 hours a day formal sessions was not enough but by joining them for meals and going out walking was enough to begin to refresh my previously... read moreyvettew_126 months ago
Nous venons de passer une semaine à la Peral de Somiedo.
L'environnement est magnifique et la chambre où nous logions est confortable et trés agréable,avec une vue superbe.
Notre séjourne fut pas seulement un semaine de vacances mais un enrichissement culturel... read moreBernard Pradat6 months ago
My week with Jimena and Alfredo was absolutely unforgettable. The natural beauty of the area served as a springboard for my Spanish learning. During my time with these wonderful teachers my life indeed was in Spanish—whether hiking in... read moreKaren Buglass6 months ago
Epoustouflant Un séjour à El Cuélebre est une pleine réussite sur tous les plans. Le site est magique, même en hiver ,isolé, reposant. Les randonnées sont magnifiques, adaptées à chacun. Le logement agréable, poétique même. La cuisine délicieuse, l'ambiance familiale et... read moreClaudine, 70 ans.7 months ago
El tiempo pasado en El Cuélebre fue simplemente fenomenal! La atencion de Alfredo y Jimena es permanente. Fue mimada!
Aprendi tantas cosas de la lengua actual y de la historia de Espana (y otros paises) y de Asturia y leon, que ahora no puedo sonar en frances, sino en espanol.
El... read moresylvie gout8 months ago
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 shower room with magnificent views... read moreJudith Christie1 year ago
Excelente 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 moreJudith C1 year ago
Aprende 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 moreCDtrabel1 year ago
Una 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 moreruth_heronmoor1 year 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... read moreRuth Credo1 year 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... read moreMary Jane1 year 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陳又紅1 year ago
Una 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 moreTraveler7296541 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 moreJames Kelly1 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... read moreNigel Cooper2 years ago
Una 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 morejuliahockey2 years ago
I have just spent a week with Jimena and Alfredo. I fully endorse all the positive opinions left here! I could copy-paste them;-)! Jimena and Alfredo created for me a perfect mix of holidays and work and an equally perfect... read moreAgnieszka Porebska2 years ago