Learn Spanish through cultural immersion

When you visit a new place are you the type of person that wants to soak everything—the culture, history, people and the language?

 Cristina takes two of her students on a walk through the streets of Seville to practice what they are learning. Cristina Expósito photo

Cristina takes two of her students on a walk through the streets of Seville to practice what they are learning. Cristina Expósito photo

LaCasa Sevilla teaches you Spanish through immersing you into the culture while you are learning practical communication skills.

You will not be sitting in a classroom. 

Learn in real situations—not in the classroom

The lessons take place in the streets of Seville.  Your teacher will teach you not only the language but the culture, history and gastronomy.

Imagine sitting in an outdoor cafe in the streets of Seville learning how to order a coffee or tapas. Later take a leisurely walk through the old part of the town and soak in the history and culture. Now your teacher will get you to practice the language you have learned there on the streets of Seville.

 Students learning how to order coffee in a real situation. Cristina Expósito photo

Students learning how to order coffee in a real situation. Cristina Expósito photo

Innovative teaching technique

Travelling around Spain talked to the founder of this centre, Cristina Expósito to find out more about this innovative teaching concept.

Cristina said that even though she originally studied journalism, she soon realized that she had a passion for teaching the Spanish language to foreigners. She changed gears and went to Madrid to get her masters in the Spanish language.

Cristina didn’t lose any time and jumped into teaching as soon as she was qualified. She taught in England and California but finally went back to her hometown, Seville.

“Through my own experience I could see that the traditional classroom method isn’t what students actually want or need,” said Cristina.  “A student shoved into a classroom and learning from books could often pass exams, but later when the student had to communicate in a real situation he wasn’t able to speak enough Spanish to express himself in a way to be understood correctly in daily situations like buying groceries or ordering in a restaurant.”

 

LaCasa Sevilla was born

The idea for LaCasa Sevilla was born.

Cristina said the goal is to break away from the traditional and rigid teaching methods. She wanted the students to enjoy the experience and learn practical expressions and ways of communicating rather than sitting in a stifling classroom.

 Students are learning Spanish as they get to see Seville. Cristina Expósito photo

Students are learning Spanish as they get to see Seville. Cristina Expósito photo

LaCasa Sevilla offers dynamic classes which are tailored to the needs of the student and the experiences that they want.  

How do the classes work?

Cristina, or one of the other teachers, meet with the students at a cafe in the city centre. The student is taught how to order a coffee or tea, helped to understand what the waiter might say to him or her.

Once this initial introduction is finished, the teacher and student may walk through a market, sample wines and learn to converse about the Mediterranean cuisine and learn how to buy groceries.

If a student wants to learn about Flamenco dancing and Flamenco culture the class will be dedicated to related vocabulary.  

The class can also take place by simply walking through the maze of small streets in the old section of Seville. Students will learn how to tell and ask directions, learn how to converse with shop attendants when buying souvenirs as well as learn some of the local history.

The opportunities for learning are endless.  

 Cristina Expósito is the director, founder and teacher of La Casa Sevilla. Photo courtesy Cristina Expósito

Cristina Expósito is the director, founder and teacher of La Casa Sevilla. Photo courtesy Cristina Expósito

If this sounds like the type of Spanish class you would enjoy, you can contact LaCasa Sevilla at www.lacasasevilla.com and make the arrangements.  

You’ll be chatting in Spanish in no time!