Spanish Course for foreigners


65th Spanish Course for Foreigners 2019

From 13th January to 12th March 2020


A2-   9:30 -11:30h

A1-   11:30- 13:30h

B1.1- 15:00-17:00h

 Hours: 34 hours.

 Price: 320€  


 Information and Enrolment:

Instituto de Estudios Hispánicos de Canarias. C/Quintana, 18. 38.400 Puerto de la Cruz.The Canary Islands – Spain

Contact Information:

Telephone: +34 922 388607

Placement Test:

November 2019: 8th from 18.00 to 20.00h // and 22nd  from 11 to 13 h.

December 2019: 13 th from 10.30 to 13 h. // 18 th from 18.00 to 20.00h.

January 2020: 8 th from 17.30 to 20.00 h. // 10 th from 10.30 to 13.00h.


The courses are given by teachers who have graduated in philology and that are specialists in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. They have gained a wide experience from their extensive professional careers in working at different levels with foreigners of different nationalities The methodology used in these courses follows the latest communicative tendencies, the principal objective of which is to develop the pupil’s capacity to communicate in different areas of everyday life. To achieve this objective, a dynamic of interactive groupwork is used in the classroom. Also used are different types of activities to work on the wide variety of content necessary to train in a language as well as, of course, the practice of strategies for both comprehension skills and for oral and written expression (speaking, writing, listening, reading and interaction), which allows pupils to develop their capacities and strengthen their autonomy in learning, in and out of the classroom. All of this is done using a wide range of printed materials and suitable audiovisual resources and means.

 Levels and General Objectives:

 The teaching of Spanish in our centre is structured into different levels or modules of knowledge and ability. There is a reduced number of pupils per group (a maximum of 16 pupils). Levels:

 A-1: Pupils will be able to understand and express themselves in spoken and written Spanish using basic resources in day-to-day situations which require a direct exchange of simple information.

A-2: Pupils should be able to use simple resources in different kinds of general situations which require exchanging of information and expressing personal attitudes.

B1.1: Pupils should be able to express themselves in spoken and written Spanish with a reasonable level of correction and suitability in many diverse situations which may require complex linguistic operations.

B1.2: Pupils show a high level of correctness, using complex expressions and having a good command in any linguistic situation within their own personal experience. They can also respond in a suitable way in unfamiliar situations.

 Cultural Activities:

 Another aspect to which a great importance is given on this course is that of teaching pupils not only the Spanish language but also its socio-cultural context in the Hispanic world. To achieve this, the Spanish language course is accompanied by a wide range of cultural activities to do with the customs, traditions, history, geography, literature, art, gastronomy, music etc of the Spanish speaking world and specifically of Spain and the Canary Islands. Pupils will be able to participate in excursions, guided tours, dance workshops, film showings, food tasting sessions, trips to museums, talks and discussions.


At the end of the course, pupils who have attended at least 80% of the classes will receive the corresponding Certificate showing this.

Pupils who wish to receive a Diploma, having attended 80% of the classes and having previously paid the examination fees, must pass the test which corresponds to their level.


 The following are the steps to follow in order to enrol on a Spanish course:

1.    Sit a written and an oral test to determine the pupil’s level within the set dates (from November until January by appointment)

 2.    Register in the Secretary’s office at the centre by filling out a form with your information.

3.    Pay the fees by making a deposit, bank transfer or in cash.

4.     Enrolment is considered completed once payment has been made within the established period.


1.    Once you fill in your registration form you will have a week to pay the enrolment fees for the course. Otherwise, it will be cancelled.

 2.    In order to pay the enrolment it is necessary to go to the bank Caja Siete- which is located in Puerto de la Cruz.

4.    After paying at the bank you must bring the receipt back to the office at IEHC. (Instituto de Estudios Hispánicos de Canarias)


 5.    The money can only be refunded if a course is cancelled or if the Centre is responsible. Any personal reason for non-completion or not being able to attend the course will not be subject to refund.

 6.    If the student gives a reason for not attending he/she has to inform the organization 10 days maximum before the beginning of the course, the Centre might consider whether money could be refunded or not. In this case there would not be a total refund but 70% of the fees.

 7.    Registrations are not transferable, that is to say, if you have to leave the course nobody could attend the course instead of you.


The following are the textbooks that will be used for the different levels this year:

A-1:  Aula 1. ELE ACTUAL A1. Editorial SM.

A-2: ELE ACTUAL A2. Editorial SM.

B1.1: AULA 3. Editorial Difusión.

l B1.2: AULA 4. Editorial Difusión.



The following are the bookshops where you can get these books:

Librería SIDDHARTHA: Avda. Blas Pérez González, s/n. Puerto de la Cruz

Librería LEMUS: C/ Heraclio Sánchez, 64 y 54. La Laguna


The Instituto de Estudios Hispánicos de Canarias is an institution devoted fundamentally to the dissemination of Canarian culture. For years, the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language has been part of its cultural activity. The first Spanish course was run in the year 1953 and the centre, therefore, was one of the pioneers, at a national level, of this kind of teaching.

The Spanish course is aimed at foreigners visiting or living on the island who are interested in learning or improving their knowledge of the Spanish language in its Atlantic variety as well as gaining a more in-depth knowledge of the culture of the  Canary Islands.

 The course is run in collaboration with the Servicio de Idiomas de la Fundación Empresa, University of La Laguna and is also backed by Puerto de la Cruz town hall.