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  • Online Spanish Classes, Volunteering, Volunteer Teacher Quito, Ecuador
    the free trial class your teacher will work with you to define your learning goals and set up an individualized course of study The teacher will produce a plan for each class that will move you week by week towards your defined goal And we will monitor your progress regularly with quick surveys to ensure that you are receiving the best service Click on this link to register Our online booking system will automatically award you one free credit for a class On the right are two videos to help you get started I am studying Spanish online both to be able to use it at work I work in sales and because I like to learn the language anyway I have enjoyed the regular contact with my Spanish teacher and learning about Ecuador from home I have also been working with some of the free online materials there is plenty out there but it is a great help to be able to sit once a week with a live teacher and process all that I have been working on by myself correct my errors improve my pronunciation and generally feel like I am improving my Spanish speaking ability I have no hesitation in recommending this form of learning as the best way to improve and recommend Yanapuma s online Spanish courses as an economical and professional option Who can benefit from online Spanish classes For the absolute beginner online classes offer the perfect introduction to the Spanish language This is also a great option if you intend to come and study with us in Quito especially if you would like to volunteer at the same time This way you will be able to jump right into your project as you continue to learn Spanish Students of International Relations Global Studies Development etc will especially appreciate Yanapuma s commitment to sustainable development through our own foundation Professionals who need to learn Spanish but who do not have the time to study abroad Medical and other health professionals social community workers who are working with Hispanic populations Business people Educators from kindergarten to university level Government workers working with Hispanic populations Students who need to learn Spanish as part of their studies Those who simply want to learn a new language in a fun exciting way without leaving their own home Retired persons who want to learn Spanish as an interesting activity Click here to find out more about how our online Spanish lessons work Free Trial Class with no obligation About our online spanish classes Yanapuma has been offering Spanish classes and courses on line since 2007 Some of our teachers have chosen to specialize in this form of Spanish education offering online Spanish classes to students from 7 years old up to retired persons and at all levels of ability from beginner to advanced Sign up for a free trial class Free Trial Class No Obligation Medical Spanish online for doctors nurses medical students and health workers in all

    Original URL path: http://www.yanapumaspanish.org/onlinespanish.html (2016-02-17)
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  • DELE Exam Preparation, Volunteer in Quito, YanapumaSpanish.org
    Spanish that is spoken in Spain rather than Latin America For this reason Spanish teachers in Latin America need to be specially prepared to deal with the differences in vocabulary usage and accent as these differ from Spanish usage Yanapuma offers teachers who have been trained to teach students to prepare for the DELE exam Like any exam it is intended to be a general evaluation of a student s abilities in the Spanish language However there are specific ways that a Spanish student can study for this exam paying special attention to its format and past patterns in order to be as fully prepared as possible Yanapuma s DELE trained teachers will work with specific materials that include past exam papers and multi media materials to prepare students to perform optimally in the DELE exam at their particular level We can offer DELE classes to students in our schools in Quito and Cuenca as well as offering DELE preparation classes via online Spanish classes for those who cannot attend the school personally Taking a few classes online is a good way to complement ones own study program for the DELE exam I would definitely recommend anybody to take at least a few classes for the DELE in addition to preparation on their own Studying with C was key for me in nailing the listening and oral exam parts of the exam To find out more about studying for the DELE exam with Yanapuma please email us About the dele DELE stands for Diploma en Español como Lengua Extranjera It is an exam administered by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish government It is given at 3 levels Inicial Intermedio and Superior depending on the level of the student at the time of taking the exam DELE the

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  • Yanapuma's Methodology for Teaching Spanish Courses
    to go beyond what they may have learned before and develop new and more dynamic ways of interacting with their students The range of activities in my classes kept everything fresh and it was fun to interact with the other students in the different games and things I really appreciated the focus on learning to communicate and each day I found that I could understand and talk more to my host family In our teaching we believe that The student should be seen holistically This means taking into account his her personality social environment age motivation gender family background sociocultural standing personal expression educational level etc as these affect his her current situation and need or desire to learn Spanish The student has his her own learning objectives defined by personal circumstances for which he she is studying Spanish The student has his her own learning style Regardless of whether this is a correct learning style it is one the student has identified as the best way to learn The student participates consciously in the process of learning Thus he she is capable of reasoning about his her strengths and weaknesses related to learning Spanish and can provide insight for the teacher in this respect The student will always learn when the teaching method correctly relates what they already know with active stimulation to learn something new Grammar is not the central feature of language learning but part of a wider spectrum of processes The central objective in learning Spanish or any language is not to think about grammar but to communicate realize actions and obtain the benefits of successful communication The active participation of the student in the process of learning Spanish is of primary importance The teacher is a facilitator of this process and not the center of attention The four aspects of the language reading speaking writing and listening unfold in parallel The student may choose to emphasize one over the others but this is only a matter of emphasis Communication is the active principle of language learning Vocabulary readings conversational themes etc will be adjusted in class to the particular necessities of the student As language is a medium of expression the student will learn to express him herself within a certain social and cultural context in which words express the desired meaning and achieve a specific communication Learning of a language takes place within a framework of contact with a different culture and meaning context and not only within a theoretical context Thus the student learns within a nested set of activities that go beyond the classroom to workshops activities games excursions etc beyond the conventional classroom Each student is unique and different Thus the methods with which we work are diverse and focused on particular needs although they are all based on the same methodological framework The teacher takes material that the student presents from their personal life experiences and preferences to create suitable programming of class activities Learn More About the Classroom Materials

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  • An Overview of Our Spanish School and Teaching Methods
    ongoing training for our Spanish teachers and are in the process of formalizing this training into a system to become the second organization in Ecuador approved to certify Spanish teachers Our teachers bring experience from their professional lives in other areas as well including knowledge of the history culture traditions politics and customs of Ecuador and Latin America Through this experience they have the talent and dedication for teaching Spanish in a manner that is both professional and engaging sharing their experience and knowledge with the student Our methodology is based on the work of the Instituto Cervantes of Spain as the foremost authority in the teaching of the Spanish language Our text books and materials are developed using the latest methodological insights into second language learning assuring our students of the very best in Spanish language tuition At the start of your first class your teacher will provide you with all the information that you need to get the most out of your classes This will include two short questionnaires that explore your learning style and preferences so that class activities can be optimally oriented Many of our teachers use laptops during class to take advantage of the wealth of online materials news channels etc that exist We also encourage students to explore Quito s many attractions with their teacher during classes as an addition to more formal in class study These outings can include trips to Quito s Old Town walks through the New Town and the Northern sector museums zoo universities markets and other places of interest Our students are regularly surveyed by our administrator to see that they are receiving the correct balance of activities and learning materials so that the curriculum plan can be adapted accordingly Yanapuma has been a great experience The school has been consistently responsive and helpful and both my teachers were excellent Their lessons were organized and sequenced well The material was interesting and appropriate and they were knowledgable responsive and fun We run two types of small group classes at Yanapuma Standard Immersion Courses and Intensive Immersion Courses Both courses run at various levels and follow a set format designed to cover the basics over a 4 week period You can read all about them here For a couple or friends studying together the format is essentially the same as above for the individual classes with the teacher taking into account the requirements of each student and working out a curriculum and plan that satisfies the needs and learning style of both The learning environment at Yanapuma is different from many schools We strive to provide an optimal learning environment in a relaxed atmosphere to permit the student to learn Spanish at an optimal pace We encourage students to feel at home and use our facilities as a comfortable base from which to explore Quito Look around our school Another important aspect for students are the opportunities for social engagement with other students We offer a regular calendar of extra

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  • Spanish Tuition Materials and Textbooks, YanapumaSpanish.org
    and most importantly conversation skills Our focus is not only on learning Spanish from a textbook but on learning based on real world experiences and Ecuadorian life and culture Grammar Our Spanish teaching is based on grammatical rules recommended by the Real Academy of the Spanish Language We present in a simple and easy to understand manner with clear examples and follow up with daily exercises and homework for practice Writing Spanish writing practice includes written in class short exercises take home practice exercises compositions and dictations all according to the level of the student Reading Our library and on line materials offer the student reading practice in Spanish magazines local newspapers and books by Ecuadorian and world authors Reading is assisted by the teacher and after reading the student will be asked to explain his or her understanding and opinions of the material Audio We offer equipment including a television DVD player cassette recorder and CD player for practice in comprehension of spoken Spanish We have a selection of movies and other videos on DVD and varieties of Latin music for practice Conversation In each class period after working with the themes introduced that day students will have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned through Spanish conversation with their teacher Themes of conversation can be chosen by the student generally conversations are spontaneous relating to cultural political and social themes in Ecuador We encourage conversation based on the student s own experiences during their stay in Ecuador Methodology and teaching methods are an important area of development for Yanapuma and we are always taking advantage of the latest research in order to adapt and improve our teaching system for the benefit of our students My Spanish improved after taking a month of these classes I

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  • Spanish Tests, Internship Ecuador, Volunteer in Ecuador
    some Spanish and they can read Spanish and know the grammar but they cannot actually say much of anything If you would like to take an online Spanish test there is one FREE test that we recommend This will give you some idea of your current level But please read the comments below on Spanish tests to learn why we do not generally recommend them The test we recommend is offered by the Instituto Cervantes of Spain It takes about 30 40 minutes and adjusts itself to your level based on the answers that you give You can find it here http ave cervantes es prueba nivel registro test de clasificacion php origen webAVE Here s why we don t offer an online grammar test Any test must take into account all 4 aspects of the language reading speaking writing and listening Thus a short and purely grammatical test will never accurately reflect one s true understanding of the language Such tests are like a pop quiz with little real value A grammar test is the equivalent of a written driving test passing it does not mean that you can actually drive a car We believe that students should be evaluated by criteria that are relevant to them as individuals within the context of their own lives This implies first understanding the student s needs for learning the language and on that basis defining the most appropriate form of testing their current knowledge as well as subsequent progress At Yanapuma we take an integrated and holistic view of each student and their particular past experience and needs with reference to learning Spanish as well as their learning goals On this basis we can evaluate their progress during classes rather than through an abstract and generalized category of knowledge of grammatical rules Each student brings to a test their own cognitive structuring of their understanding of the language that may help or hinder their particular ability to complete the test A student may have learned partly through direct experience rather than through formal language study and thus possess understanding of the language that will not be evaluated properly by a test Thus each test should be a unique reflection of the needs of the particular student who is learning the language rather than a universal and uni dimensional test of grammatical ability A short grammatical test of a student s ability will reveal only a limited amount of information about their grammatical knowledge of the language A student may know a great deal about the grammar when given time to think but be hesitant to speak or may not understand what is actually being said Thus a grammar test can only be at best a rough guide to a student s actual ability and only a rough guide to their level of grammatical knowledge too As a student of a new language there are a range of relevant factors that will affect learning verbal abilities social interaction style personal psychology previous

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  • US and European Systems of Language Evaluation, YanapumaSpanish.org
    for Language CEFR and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ACTFL The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR or MCER in Spanish was created by the Council of Europe as a means of providing a method of learning teaching and assessment for foreign languages which applies to all languages in Europe As a means of validating a learner s language ability they have created 6 levels These are now widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual student s language proficiency The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language s ACTFL is the US regulatory body that oversees the promotion of the teaching of second languagesin the United States The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines have been created as a means of assessing the competency of a foreign language speaker These proficiency levels are set to define separately for ability in listening speaking reading and writing For students who need to learn within one or other of these systems we will be happy to provide suitable course materials The goals in both systems are the same but the difference lies in the cut off points for each system of evaluation Certain language topics are included in one system before or after they are included in the other for a similar level of evaluation While there are 6 levels in the CEFR system the ACTFL system uses 9 levels My Spanish improved after taking a month of these classes I feel more confident after a single month than I have in my two years studying at my home University If you have any questions or would like more information about our school and Spanish classes or to discuss your particular requirements please email us Find Out How Our Spanish Students Rate Us roots of our

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  • About Our Accommodations, YanapumaSpanish.org
    Apartments How our Students Rate Us Regular Activities and Excursions About Us Our Teachers Look Around Our Schools Student Resources Yanapuma Foundation FAQs About Ecuador About Quito About Cuenca About Ecuador Galapagos Tours Volunteer Prices Register Contact Us Register Host Families in Ecuador Click for location All Quito Homestays Cuenca Homestays Otavalo Homestays Quito Map Cuenca Map Hover over each photo and click on the box in the top right corner of each photo for more photos and details of that family Familia S Quito Familia RE Cuenca Familia D Otavalo Familia MY Cuenca Familia C Quito Familia CE Cuenca Familia OS Cuenca Familia H Quito Familia OF Cuenca Familia CO Cuenca Familia R Familia ME Cuenca Familia CO Familia MT Quito Familia JU Cuenca Familia CB Quito Our host families are all welcoming and sociable families that enjoy receiving international visitors to their homes while they study Spanish with Yanapuma in Quito or Cuenca or work as volunteers on projects We are in regular contact with them and do our best to ensure that each student and volunteer has a satisfying experience while staying with one of these host families Our Spanish School locations in Ecuador Guayaquil N9 59

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