All classes at the Carranza Academy of Languages are:
real classes, conducted in real time by a live professor from a real classroom.
Whether you take group or individual classes, you will meet and come to know your instructor.
All classes are immersion classes, taught almost exclusively in Spanish.
This is not a problem but an advantage – you will learn more quickly.
English is our reference language and some of the materials are written partially or wholly in English.
And your professor can answer your questions in English. But you will need very little English when you
complete the first level, Basic A1.1.
Driving right in and beginning to swim is the fastest way to become fluent in a language.
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Individual, one-on-one classes are great. You get 100% of your professor's time and attention. And together
you can create a totally customized learning program just for you. But we recommend you seriously consider
Group classes are better in several ways.
You will learn a lot from your classmates, especially in listening to their pronunciations, considering their
questions, responding to their reactions and – not to be overlooked – having time to collect yourself before
your next turn speaking. For the latter reason, group classes are a little more relaxed.
Group classes are usually more fun and speaking in front of a group of all your classmates will help you overcome
any stage fright you might have about speaking Spanish in public. The ability to communicate orally with other
Spanish speakers is one of the most important skills you will acquire on your journey to becoming fluent in
Spanish. Group classes will really help.
You get the benefit of learning as a team with your fellow classmates; this can be really helpful if you make it
work for you. Every student in a group will have access, via a private chat page, to their classmates. You can
study together, practice together, encourage one another, discuss any classroom issues. Participation in
these chats is not mandatory and none of your classmates will have access to your personal information, just
your classroom name.
Although each class is necessarily the same for every student in the group, you and your instructor will interact
personally to make sure that your needs are being met, that you are keeping up, that you receive coaching if
you are having problems, that you have the materials that suit your learning style. We are committed to
providing Spanish Your Way for every student.
All group classes are limited to no more than six students; you won't get lost in a crowd.
And most important for many, group classes are substantially less expensive.
We are presently scheduling classes in Introductory Spanish, levels A1.1 and A1.2, and pre-intermediate Spanish, levels B1.1 and B1.2.
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.
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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.
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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 whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics,
including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
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.
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
Can express him/herself 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 organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
Can summarise 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 more complex situations.
Group classes at higher levels – intermediate and advanced – are available on request, subject to
If you are confident that you know the level where you want to start, that's great. Go on to registration where you
can find a class schedule that works for you.
If you are uncertain, try the following steps.
1- Take a look at the syllabuses; they might have the answer.
2- If you ask, we will send you a brief questionnaire that will enable us to help you determine your starting level.
Other levels of frequency can be arranged on request, subject to demand.
For students in a hurry, you can design with us a customized program with multiple classes every day.
For a maximum-speed program we recommend three hours in the morning, a three or four hour break and two
hours in the late afternoon or evening. The pacing is up to you.
We will work with you to design a quick-learn schedule with multiple classes every day. Ordinarily, these will be
individual classes but, if there is demand, we can also schedule a complete learning program for a group (for
example, employees or family and friends).
We can create custom programs for organizations – businesses, NGOs, or governments – planning to send a
group of employees to Latin America or Spain. For information see Spanish for Business.
New group classes begin every Monday (or Tuesday).
There are some holidays and vacations. There is a schedule of holidays through spring 2022 available here.
Note that the time-zone tables are for summer time (where applicable) or in your local time if your location does
not observe summer time. Group classes at other times can be scheduled on request, subject to demand.
New group classes begin everyMonday (or Tuesday) for both A1.1, A1.2, B1.1 and B1.2.