School - classes, language courses, one-to-one lessons or Spanish
and schools all have different styles, so
the right language course for you.
Spanish Schools in
school is probably the best way to start your trip to Ecuador, with a
few lessons to brush up rusty intermediate language skills or a total
immersion course for complete beginners. There are over a
Spanish language schools in Quito
capital city is one of the
best places in the world to study Spanish. The local accent
easy to understand and most people in the highlands speak relatively
clearly. Compared to most developed countries, Ecuador is a
cheap place to attend a Spanish language school - one-to-one Spanish
classes here will probably cost less than a group lesson back home.
greatly, so look
around to find one that suits your learning style and objectives.
Ask about lesson plans and course structure and try a trial
or two before committing yourself. Be wary of any school
up front payment for a long course - you may find the teaching style
does not suit your way of learning. Ask fellow travellers or
hotel staff for recommendations, but remember that different Spanish
teachers within the same school will not be teaching in the same way,
and that other students might have varying learning styles or different
objectives, so you need to make your own decision.
on your Spanish
objectives before you search for a language school. Do you
an exam certificate and a good grounding in grammar? Or do you just
want to be able to chat with people and ask where the bus station is?
If you will be volunteering
in Ecuador, let
know about your project so you can focus on relevant
vocabulary in your Spanish classes.
Spanish language school in Ecuador
may not be a physical entity. Some of the more economical
avoid the costs of physical infrastructure and meet you for lessons at
your hotel or hostel, or in a cafe or shopping mall. This can
very convenient for students and avoid wasting time in traffic, as well
as keeping your Spanish lessons affordable.
learning happens not only in the classroom and many also organise
excursions, dancing lessons, homestays and other ways to have fun while
you learn to speak Spanish. Most students find that 4 or 5
a day of Spanish lessons is the maximum possible - by the time you have
done your homework as well, you will be exhausted. Any
course suggesting more than 5 hours a day of classes should be viewed
with suspicion. One to one Spanish tuition is an excellent
learn but it is often a good idea to include a few group lessons or a
course with a different teacher once in a while, for variety.
is not the only place to find Spanish schools and courses in Ecuador.
another highland city, is also a popular
destination for language students wanting Spanish classes.
Coastal destinations have
Spanish teachers and the strong local accents on the coast make
learning Spanish much harder for students. People in
and Guayaquil, for example, tend to speak very fast with a thick accent
and run all their words together - a challenge even for experienced
students of the Spanish language!
are not many
opportunities to study Spanish formally in the Galapagos
those you do find will almost certainly cost much more than on the
mainland. Your best bet is probably to invest some time in a
Spanish school in Quito before you travel to the islands, then do some
self-study while you are there.
you decide to study
Spanish, and however many hours
of lessons you take each day at
your Spanish language school, you can back up what you are learning by
talking with local people, reading the Spanish version of information
in museums or other tourist attractions and by staying in
accommodation where nobody speaks English. You should be
to organise reliable homestay accommodation by a good Spanish school.
Schools in Ecuador
Quito is full of Spanish schools offering formal courses, group
classes, one-to-one lessons, Spanish immersion programs and other
Spanish teachers and language schools vary in style and
students should find one suitable for their learning objectives and
style. Note that no responsibility can be taken for the
external links or for reliance on any of the suggestions on this site.