Teaching Method

Our key concern is to get you to speak.

We use personalized, specifically designed teaching materials supported by modern audio-visual media to help you improve your speaking ability. Likewise, we want to encourage you to speak from the very beginning. That is why some course units are taught outside the institute. On our “salídas pedagógicas” we take you to stores, schools, museums, markets, the beach, or to restaurants where you can practice your newly acquired knowledge from class among the locals and can get a feel for the real country and culture.

The grammatical basis of the concept we teach is the Standard Spanish (Castellano). The linguistic differences to the Spanish spoken in Latin-America are pointed out during the course as well as the linguistic, semantics and the cultural implications of the local “Dominicanismos” (Dominican expressions).

Customized courses

We focus greatly on providing students with the opportunity to practice speaking also in class. For this reason our group courses are limited to 7 students maximum per group.

In private lessons, we meet your linguistic, personal, and professional conditions and interests, and together with you, we create the program that serves you best.

4 Regular Course levels

Beginner (no Spanish knowledge)
Elementary (A1 and A2)
Intermediate (B1 and B2)
Advanced (C1 and C2)

IIC follows the guidance of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (levels A1 to C2).

Placement test and Certificate

It is very important for us to identify the right starting level for each student. This is why all students with prior knowledge of Spanish are asked to take a placement test prior to their course. The test contains questions on various difficulty levels and takes 60 minutes maximum.

Upon successful completion of the course the students receive a certificate of participation.

Academic credits and Bildungsurlaub

IIC’s intensive Spanish courses are accredited for university credits through Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania (US) www.setonhill.edu

In Germany, our one- and two-week Spanish intensive courses are recognized as Bildungsurlaub (Accredited Language Study Abroad for Professionals).

Idealists with academic background

Our teachers are native speakers who, in addition to being academically qualified, are widely experienced in the field of teaching Spanish as a foreign language. They are not only expected to demonstrate high standard teaching skills, but should also be capable of empathizing with the students in order to motivate them. At many times they are also after class competent advisers on everyday questions about Dominican life and culture.