Spanish Classes

10
Jul

Transitioning from the Spanish GCSE exam to AS level to A2 level

This summer: What can you expect as you transition from language GCSEs to A Level and then uni? Here’s what I explore: Managing expectation levels Prepping for uni Developing your opinions Honing your presentation and research skills Learning about issues that matter! Gaining a wider outlook of the world Introducing film and literature Consuming news and language tools Adapting to
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17
Jun

What does the future hold for face-to-face learning?

Here’s what I touch upon in the latest video: 1. Most of our students have been learning online and this trend has been growing exponentially year after year. 2. On the whole, most have found it to be a positive experience, are comfortable with this medium and will continue this way. 3. On the flip-side, some miss having a physical
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30
Sep

Our brand-new website: The Spanish Academy is now My Language Lab

We’re excited to be merging The Spanish Academy with My Language Lab! We’ve come a long way since we began teaching in our living room... We started The Spanish Academy in Cardiff and as our team of tutors grew, we set up another centre in London, where our HQ is now based. We noticed a trend of students wanting to
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11
Sep

2019 GCSE and A Level Results Are In!

Congratulations to our hardworking students on their recent results. 2018 was a successful year for us and 2019 was even better! All GCSE grades received have been 6 upwards, including 9’s (equivalent to A*-B). Our A level students achieved 100% A*-A grades, which is even better than last year’s results of 100% A*-B grades! What a fantastic achievement! Well done
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10
Jul

Booking a language study trip abroad

Choosing to study abroad can be a daunting yet exciting prospect for many students. In this article, we look into more detail about the benefits of learning a new language whilst spending time in the country where the language is being spoken. The programmes are varied so that they’re flexible and tailored to your learning requirements. By selecting a study

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16
May

Textbooks and Screen Time – Are You Really Studying?

Parents may notice their child looking at their iPhone, laptop or another device and they may jump to the conclusion that their child is not performing anything productive. This may well be the case. Whereas if a parent were to see their child fully ‘engaged’ in a textbook, that could be seen as doing something productive. But is it really?
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9
Jun

Why are French teachers helping with the shortage of Spanish teachers in school?

There’s no denying the fact that the number of full-time teachers is falling and this is backed up by studies and research. There are many reasons as to why this is happening such as workload and pay but Modern Languages is one of the areas being affected. Spanish in particular is one language that’s affected as there aren’t enough qualified

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14
Apr

6 ways to overcome lack of motivation in language learning

Learning a new language such as Spanish is an exciting prospect but you might find that you lack the motivation that you once had but don’t worry, that is usual. This lack of focus or drive is common, so how can you keep yourself motivated when taking part in Spanish classes or Spanish lessons? Change your attitude When learning Spanish,

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18
Feb

Skype calling!

Skype Classes – What are the benefits? Learning a new language is no longer about sitting in a classroom because the world has changed. Access to languages and Spanish in particular has been enhanced through the implementation of Skype as part of the tuition experience. The majority of people have access to the internet whereas not that many people have

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14
Jan

New Year, New Start? Finding work in Spain

There is a lot to love about Spain. There is the year round sunshine, the stunning coastal areas with glorious beaches and the beautiful cities with unmistakable art and architecture. It is little wonder that more and more people are looking for a change of life by moving to Spain, which does require them to find work that suits them.

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12
Dec

How will Brexit affect the British moving to Spain? 

Many people choose to move to Spain to take advantage of the laid-back lifestyle, the great weather and the culture but has the Brexit vote resulted in a rise in concerns for individuals who were thinking about moving to Spain? Following the Brexit vote, those who were thinking of moving to Spain have a concern about how much time they

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14
Nov

Spotlight on Business Spanish

There is no denying that world is a lot smaller than it used to be. This is because communication is easier and faster but also because businesses are spreading their wings and working in other countries throughout the world. Whether you are an international banker or a production supervisor, Spanish in the workplace is in demand more than ever before.

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30
Jul

Why students give up language learning and how to maintain the rhythm

It’s not easy to reach a high level of a language, and unfortunately many language learners give up when things get tricky and they never push past that intermediate level. Language learning seems to be a little like long distance running – it gets harder and harder as you get faster or as you acquire more vocabulary, until you reach

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16
Jul

Will Brexit affect language learning in Great Britain?

Being a largely monolingual nation, Britain has always struggled a little bit when it comes to learning foreign languages. With the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, what is the future of foreign language learning and use in Britain? Will studying foreign languages become less useful and more discouraged? Will it be easier or harder to find employment if

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30
Jun

Brexit: What is the future for all of our students with homes in Spain?

With approximately 1.3 million British expats living in Europe, it is no wonder so many of our students here at The Spanish Academy have properties in Spain and other countries in Europe. They are probably currently making the most of them in the wonderful heat of the summer! However, with the results of the Brexit vote, students are probably wondering

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2
May

Business Spanish Classes – Alicia’s Video Podcast

The Spanish Academy has many students who study Spanish for business related reasons. There are an estimated 399 million Spanish speakers in the world, thus Spanish can be extremely useful for employability in numerous job sectors. Alicia is one of our business specialist tutors, based in our London centre. Originally from Argentina, she has a business background and is knowledgeable on

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27
Mar

Tutor Podcast – Spanish Resources and Materials

At The Spanish Academy we use a wide range of resources and materials in our Spanish classes. Each lesson contains a variety of different reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises, according to the requirements of each student. Here you will be able to watch Lucía discussing the types of materials that we tend to use in beginner’s classes. As Lucía

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12
Feb

The Spanish Academy has arrived in Bristol!

The Spanish Academy is delighted to announce that it has opened its third centre in Bristol. We’ll be providing excellent quality one-on-one Spanish tuition to GCSE and A level students, business clients, holiday makers and anyone else who is interested in learning! We teach in a central location on Portwell Lane with modern teaching facilities, and offer both centre and

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27
Dec

A Daily Dose of Spanish

Learning a new language takes time, patience and concentration – something a lot of us don’t have much of with all of our other daily duties. For this reason I’d like to share a few tips about ways in which you can keep your Spanish going on a daily basis. 1.) Listen If you can find 10 minutes a day

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19
Dec

How to Master Spanish Spelling

Getting used to the orthographic rules in any language can always be a little tricky and may take some time. However, it is crucial for accurate communication and can be especially important for formal settings, such as in business contexts. The good news is that in Spanish spelling is not as intricate as many other languages and it can usually

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12
Dec

Differences Between Spanish from Spain and Latin American Spanish

As part of the UK education system, it is common for schools to teach Spanish from Spain, due to the proximity to the UK. However, many students who pursue their studies in Spanish go on to travel to South or Central America on their gap year, or work in companies that have links with Latin America. Thus, it is important

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5
Dec

Best Ways To Improve Your Spanish Accent

Pronunciation is something that everybody wants to improve when learning a language. While having a perfect and native-sounding accent is not at all essential in order to communicate fluently in a language, having clear and accurate pronunciation can definitely help us to be understood and can also give us the confidence we need to progress in a language. Here I

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28
Nov

Summary of our Spanish tutors

If you are interested in starting Spanish classes and are wondering who our tutors are, what experience they have and what areas they specialise in, below you will find a short and concise summary of each of our in-house tutors at The Spanish Academy in London: Evie Oswald – Spanish tutor and Language Co-ordinator Evie has completed a course in translation
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16
Nov

A typical holiday Spanish course outline at Cardiff Spanish Academy

If you have a holiday planned to Spain or Latin America, you’re probably going to need the language basics to get yourself about. Therefore, at Cardiff Spanish Academy we have put together a specialised holiday Spanish course outline so that you can impress the locals with your language skills and so you don’t have to embarrass yourself by asking them

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16
Nov

Spanish Skype classes

Busy, busy, busy – if you hear this word coming out of your mouth several times a day, you’re probably thinking you’ve got no time to take up a hobby, like learning a new language. Your diary may seem full to the brim with work, school, university, cooking, cleaning, children, a work out at the gym, Christmas shopping and planning….just

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9
Nov

Spanish GCSE & A level Exam Preparation

Many students and parents worry about how well their school is preparing them or their children for their GCSE or A level language exams, as the results have a big impact on the universities that they will be able to apply and be accepted to. For that reason, many parents choose to put their children into private tuition in order

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4
Nov

Starting Spanish from Scratch

Many people find the thought of starting a new language from scratch a bit overwhelming. Maybe you need Spanish for work, in which case you probably are under of a lot of pressure to improve your knowledge and ability within a certain time frame. Maybe you are moving to a Spanish speaking country because your partner’s work is taking you

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26
Oct

Group Classes vs. Private Tuition

At Cardiff Spanish Academy we often receive enquiries from adult learners who have taken part in Spanish courses, perhaps after work or at the weekends, but then decided to give it up for various reasons. At Cardiff Spanish Academy we like to take these reasons into consideration and ensure that we provide a unique and customized service. Take a peak

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26
Oct

Learning Spanish for work – how can we assist you?

At London Spanish Academy we are proud to provide excellent customised Spanish tuition for our students. While we have experience in tutoring school and university exam students, holiday Spanish students as well as providing tuition to those who want to brush up their skills after a while without studying, we also have a significant amount of experience in assisting students

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20
Aug

GCSE Results Day and A level Spanish

GCSE results are out - hopefully you will be taking a big sigh of relief when you open up your results envelope! We certainly have faith that you will have received the grade that you were hoping for, or better. If you are perusing your studies and taking them to A-level standard, you won’t regret it! Studying AS and A2
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18
Aug

GCSE Results!

If you took your GCSE Spanish exam this year you are bound to be anxious about your results, which are just days away! Perhaps you are wondering about the opportunities that are available to you if your results are as you hoped for, or maybe you have not quite reached that level yet and you are still deciding whether or

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12
Aug

AS and A Level Spanish Results Day

As AS and A level results day beckons tomorrow, we examine the importance of how studying Spanish at this level prepares students for future skills. Here we’re highlighting some of the main differences between AS and A2 and also discussing how taking Spanish at A2 level can provide you with many useful skills for your future. What are the main differences

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10
Aug

Let’s talk degree-level Spanish

The wait is nearly over for some of our AS and A2 Level students so this post is dedicated to Spanish exam students. Now that the day has arrived you might well be considering taking your Spanish to the next level – university. Maybe you’ve always known that you would go on to study languages and use them in your career, or

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25
Jul

Back from holiday, now back to the books!

Are you eager to keep your Spanish language skills up to scratch but don’t have the time or means to travel to or live in Spanish-speaking countries? Don’t be dispirited, many people are in the same boat as you. Here at London Spanish Academy we have plenty of students who have come back from trips abroad, having practiced and improved

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17
Jun

BBC Radio discussion on the importance of language learning

In the last 2 months, I’ve been asked to appear on BBC Radio to discuss the teaching of languages in primary up to degree level education. Both talk-ins explored the reasons why younger pupils weren’t taking up Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in school and centred on the government’s initiatives to learn a foreign language from an earlier age. The discussion

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23
Apr

Bienvenidos – welcome to our new site!

Cardiff Spanish Academy are excited to launch our new website after a recent re-branding. 2015 has been our busiest year yet, with more students taught per week than in any other year and this looks set to rise over the coming months. This month, we are preparing GCSE, AS and A2 level students for their forthcoming Spanish exams. Students are

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14
Apr

Our appearance on BBC Radio to discuss foreign language exams

Source: BBC News, Education correspondent Sean Coughlan, 13th April 2015 I was asked by BBC Radio to appear on their Good Morning show to discuss whether foreign language exams, especially at GCSE level, are too outdated and need to be more relevant to the younger generation. My thoughts on this are that generally, across all the boards I tutor in (OCR, Edexcel,

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24
Mar

Avoiding common GCSE Spanish exam mistakes

As we approach exam time here at London Spanish Academy, we’ll be releasing a series of blogs dedicated to avoiding the common pitfalls of the Spanish GCSE, AS and A2 level exams. This guidance will apply to all exams taken across the board: AQA, OCR, Edexcel, CIE and IB Spanish students: Here are some common mistakes students make in their

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27
Jan

Second venue now open & extended tutoring times

A second teaching venue: London Spanish Academy are pleased to announce a second teaching venue. For those that are unable to attend our venue in Bayswater, W2, we are now offering private one-to-one classes and group training in our new venue in Kings Cross/Angel, N1: York House, 207-221 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9UZ. Don’t forget we can also teach at your
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28
Oct

Learning Business Spanish

Why Learning Spanish Is Increasingly Important In Business In The British Council’s 2013 “Languages of the Future” report, which ranks non-English languages in order of importance for British citizens to learn based on a thorough analysis of cultural and economical factors, Spanish topped the list. There are an estimated 550 million Spanish speakers as a native or second language and

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24
Sep

GCSE, AS & A2 Spanish assessments

This month’s blog post is about the influx of exam level students we have had who are seeking guidance and support from us as they adjust to the next year in their Spanish level, from GCSE to AS Level or from AS to A2 Level Spanish. The jump from GCSE to AS and then again to A2 Level can be significant. The

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21
Jun

Bienvenidos a la academia

This month has been our busiest yet with a record number of students starting Spanish lessons with us! We’re welcoming new students who are learning for various reasons: to improve their Spanish conversation, study for their Spanish GCSE exam, to grasp some holiday Spanish and also to learn business Spanish to communicate with their clients. Some have already put their

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14
Apr

GCSE, AS and A level Spanish exam preparation

Hola, This post is for exam students who are taking GCSE, AS and A level exams this year and beyond. We offer exam preparation classes if students are experiencing difficulties in class. Often, students want extra tuition to bring their grade up a few boundaries, would like help with assessments or improve their general confidence in exams. The difference between

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17
Mar

New students and Spanish AS Level revision courses

In the last few weeks, we’re proud to say that we’ve taken on even more new students who are learning for a variety of different reasons, including those that have a holiday home in Spain, those learning for the pure fun of it and those who one day hope to live in a Spanish speaking country so a big welcome

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