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  • Yasuni Ecological Reserve in Ecuador » Yanapuma Spanish School - Resources for Students
    traditional lifestyle there This reserve is under constant threat from development and the clear narrative in Spanish explains the current situation making it an interesting video to watch to practice your Spanish skills while learning more about the ecological and cultural variety of Ecuador It is fascinating to consider that this original environment exists less than 250 kilometers from the modern city of Quito within easy reach for a visit

    Original URL path: http://www.yanapumaspanish.org/wp/yasuni-ecological-reserve-in-ecuador/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Spanish comprehension and politics » Yanapuma Spanish School - Resources for Students
    a short video that talks about the old politics of Ecuador before Rafael Correa came to power with the party Alianza Pais It offers some insights into how politics has worked in the past in Ecuador and is quite amusing The diction is very clear and the vocabulary is very relevant to everyday Spanish speech in Ecuador This post has no tag Search Recently Added Yasuni Ecological Reserve in Ecuador

    Original URL path: http://www.yanapumaspanish.org/wp/spanish-comprehension-and-politics/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Study and Travel in Ecuador » Yanapuma Spanish School - Resources for Students
    Ecuador from the Amazon rainforst to the Andean Sierra and from the Pacific coast to the Galapagos Islands Students can visit some of these beautiful places with their Spanish teacher on one of our Study and Travel programs We have agreements with lodges in the Amazon rainforest and cloud forests as well as having designed some of our own routes that explore different environments and cultures You can learn more

    Original URL path: http://www.yanapumaspanish.org/wp/tourism-video-of-ecuador/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Yanapuma Spanish School -2014 so far! » Yanapuma Spanish School - Resources for Students
    forged ahead in the development of our methodology and academic principles aligning ourselves with the Instituto Cervantes of Spain and analyzing the system offered by the Common European Framework of Reference and the ACTFL of the USA In each of our first 5 years we continued to grow before hitting a flat patch in our 6th and 7th years We realized we could not continue to grow when most of our students arrive through our own website This is already well placed in Google and although we could probably increase its visibility some more this would not bring us more than another 20 25 growth With this in mind we have begun to move towards more group than individual classes with a standardized curriculum so that we can sell more classes via agencies At the same time we have been developing programs that combine Spanish classes with service learning programs study abroad programs and global citizenship programs These involve volunteer placements while students study Spanish With preferred start dates we hope to be able to offer a range of small group classes at different levels Our new school in Cuenca has been another significant factor giving us new options for students some of whom choose to split their study time between our school in Quito and our school in Cuenca Others do the same but throw in one or more Study and Travel programs and or a week in the Galapagos on one of the land based tours that we offer through Academy Bay Diving The last strand of our current development are the online classes With over a 100 students studying online with us this form of learning Spanish is increasing in popularity While we continue to develop these classes gradually we recognize that there is significant room for

    Original URL path: http://www.yanapumaspanish.org/wp/yanapuma-spanish-school-2014-so-far/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Why Ecuador? Why Yanapuma? » Yanapuma Spanish School - Resources for Students
    the Amazon rain forest on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other side and reaching out to the famous Galapagos Islands Ecuador offers a wealth of micro climates and environments where a stunning variety of flora and fauna have developed This megadiversity accounts for 10 of all the world s plant species and 15 of all the world s bird species just to give you some idea Add to that the diversity of cultures that have developed to fill these environmental niches with more than 22 indigenous groups and 14 distinct languages there is plenty for the curious tourist to investigate and explore So why Yanapuma Firstly Yanapuma is an NGO a non profit foundation dedicated to helping preserve the cultural and biological diversity of the country carrying out projects with indigenous and marginalized communities around the country in sustainable agriculture reforestation cultural preservation community development and education All the profits from our school go towards these activities so your presence as a student helps us to carry out this work Secondly Yanapuma has developed a series of programs that allow you as a Spanish student to explore this cultural and biological diversity along with the fascinating history of this region With two schools one in Quito and one in Cuenca students have the chance to study in both locations taking advantage of our Quito Cultural and Cuenca Cultural programs that combine Spanish classes with visiting sites of cultural and historical interest in these beautiful cities In addition we have a series of Study and Travel programs that explore different regions of the country with a teacher the perfect way to combine sightseeing with Spanish classes Finally Yanapuma has developed a teaching system and methodology based on the very latest research and advances in our understanding of how

    Original URL path: http://www.yanapumaspanish.org/wp/why-ecuador-why-yanapuma/ (2016-02-17)
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  • ¿Cómo aumento mi vocabulario? » Yanapuma Spanish School - Resources for Students
    en situaciones que lo ameriten La respuesta depende del método que se esté usando para lograr este objetivo A continuación enumeramos algunas de las tradicionales formas de enseñar vocabulario Dar al estudiante listas de palabras agrupadas por tema Dar al estudiante listas de palabras en orden alfabético Hacerle escribir al estudiante todas las palabras que no conoce de una lectura Hacerle escribir al estudiante todas las palabras que no conoce de una conversación Subrayar palabras en un texto Hacer que los estudiantes elaboren tarjetas con las palabras y su traducción en la parte posterior Si bien algunas de estas formas de trabajar podrían ayudar en algo al estudiante a mejorar su vocabulario no garantizan que el porcentaje de retención sea el apropiado para considerarse efectivo Las actuales tendencias nos orientan hacia el trabajo del vocabulario en unidades léxicas Esto es trabajar cada palabra o frase de acuerdo a los siguientes principios Traducción como referencia Ubicación de la palabra en la oración Otras connotaciones comunes Usos sociales de la palabra Estructura y origen Fonética y fonología del término Sinónimos y antónimos Si trabajamos con nuestro vocabulario tomando en cuenta estas consideraciones podremos tener más oportunidades de retener y usar las nuevas

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  • Spanish School as a Social Enterprise » Yanapuma Spanish School - Resources for Students
    aim of helping indigenous and marginalized communities to develop sustainably and the Spanish school was set up at the same time to help to fund this work At the start the school struggled to survive in a competitive market for Spanish classes in Quito but soon began to grow steadily The Spanish school now provides the core funding to maintain the offices and related expenses of the foundation giving it a security that many other NGO s lack In addition each Spanish student is charged a 25 registration fee which goes in its entirety into a fund for providing scholarships to children in the village of Estero de Plátano on the Pacific coast of Ecuador In 2013 we are supporting 13 children to complete high school At times students also leave donations after they have finished studying with us Some may have visited one of the communities that we work with while they are studying Spanish on our Study in and Indigenous Community program and be moved to contribute to our ongoing work there Others just leave us a donation to use at our discretion In any case we commit 100 of these small donations to direct project costs Additionally the Spanish school generates a fund which is used to complement other funding that the foundation now receives from international sources In our experience conditions on the ground are often changing and in the lapse between an application for funding and the arrival of the funds which may be more than a year in some cases and the result is that we need to adapt the proposed project to fit the new situation So it is vital to have these extra funds available to fill in these funding gaps Overall the social enterprise model that Yanapuma has developed since 2006

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  • Introduction to Yanapuma Spanish School » Yanapuma Spanish School - Resources for Students
    the foundation in indigenous and marginalized communities in Ecuador You can also read about the experiences of some of our students who are also volunteering with some of the organizations that we are partnered with in Quito and in Cuenca while they study Spanish on the Volunteer Quito or Volunteer Cuenca packages And lastly you can learn about some of the many social and cultural events that take place in

    Original URL path: http://www.yanapumaspanish.org/wp/hello-world/ (2016-02-17)
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