Residential Language Courses

Courses for teenagers and adults

Learn Spanish with Blanca in the magnificent city of Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain, staying in a typical Galician house and combining classes with excursions, sports and activities.

A thorough grounding in Spanish language and culture.
A unique, extremely positive experience.

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Learn Spanish in Santiago de Compostela

In this wonderful, safe city, Blanca Fernández Piñeiro, an English language graduate with extensive experience in teaching Spanish, organises courses in her own home for a maximum of three children at a time, so that they can receive a thorough grounding in Spanish language and culture.

​The course consists of one week of intensive learning, with specially adapted classes for 3 hours in the morning, 5 days a week, and the opportunity to continue practising the language during the rest of their stay. The course is adapted to their needs – preparing oral exams at different levels and going over what they have learned at school (years 9 to 13, 6th form, International Baccalaureate).

Spanish as a Second Language

This is completely different from a normal language school course: the children live and study in the teacher’s home or at her office in a business centre, receiving lessons at their own rhythm, from the moment they are collected at the airport until they return home.

The daily routine begins with classes in the morning. The children then help out in the kitchen, laying the table and doing other tasks that help them to learn vocabulary. In the afternoons they explore the city together with Blanca, discovering its buildings, museums, parks and businesses.

Meals at Blanca’s home are traditional Spanish and Galician recipes, although they can be adapted to the children’s tastes.

During the week, the children must be prepared to take part and discover new things, with an open-minded attitude that helps them to make the very most of their stay.

Exam Preparation

Preparation of GCSEs, iGCSEs & A Levels (based on the requirements of the main examination boards – AQA,OCR, Edexcel, etc.).

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Private Tutoring

Francalingua offers a variety of private tutoring in all levels, from beginners to advanced.

General Course

Fees – one week course

1,200 Eur if there is only one child in the course.

725 Eur per student if there are 2 students in the course.

600 Eur per student if there are 3 students in the course.

This course includes tuition, accommodation, all meals, picking and dropping the student at Santiago airport. In summer Blanca also arranges visits to the beach (if possible) which are included in the price.

Other optional activities include table tennis, gym, rock-climbing, painting, “zumba” lessons, stand-up paddle in the beach, etc.

Spanish course aimed to IB students currently doing the diploma programme

Blanca organises a one-week Spanish course in her home in the old town of Santiago de Compostela for pupils who are completing International Baccalaureate. The course is aimed at honing the necessary skills to deal with university life, and prior to it, the important stage of the International Baccalaureate course that is writing the Extended Essay.

Pupils are presented with a wide variety of authentic texts throughout the week, helping them to perfect their critical and communicative skills, making observations and reaching both objective and subjective conclusions to help evaluate the topic in question in great detail.

This is an excellent educational opportunity, which favours the pupil’s development at intellectual, emotional, and ethical level, guided by Blanca towards preparing for university studies. During their stay in Santiago, the pupil acquires the necessary abilities to develop and complete an independent research task. Over this week, Blanca and the pupil work independently, but also collaboratively, as she helps to open their eyes to new perspectives through her deep cultural background, discovering diversity and learning in context. 

Based on these study criteria, during the one-week course pupils work on topics of their interest, also practicing linguistic aspects of the Spanish language that will help them to improve their level. In addition, Blanca offers different free-time activities such as trips to the beach, tours around the city, visits to exhibitions, Zumba classes, films, or concerts. 

One student in the one-week course: 1,350 EUROS per week (15-hour private tuition focused on the IB main goals, one-to-one tuition)

Two students in the one-week course, sharing a twin-bed room: 850 EUROS per week and per person (15-hour private tuition focused on the IB main goals, two-to-one tuition).

This course includes tuition, accommodation, all meals, picking and dropping the student at Santiago airport. In summer Blanca also arranges visits to the beach (if possible) which are included in the price.

Spanish course for adults

In the case of adult students, the experience is further enriched, not only by learning the language, but also by having the opportunity to share daily activities with Blanca: social events, experiencing the city during the day and at night, chatting with her and her friends over wine and tapas, and in general discovering in person how the Spanish really live, and what they get up to in their free time! Adult students are more aware of the learning process, and with Blanca as their teacher, host, and guide, accompanying her in her daily activities, their knowledge of Spanish language and culture will be greatly enhanced.

As adults, we are no longer looking for typical language courses, but instead a process of cultural and linguistic immersion, with new experiences along the way. We do not want to feel like foreigners, and we are eager to come into contact with the country’s inhabitants, learning about the way it works, and discovering all of the different quirks that make it unique. During the one-week course, Blanca opens up her house to visitors, offering all of her knowledge and teaching skills, and dedicating all of her time to ensure that students reach the objectives they have set themselves.

As former students have commented, after a week of intense activity in Santiago, they not only leave behind a dedicated Spanish teacher, but also a great friend.

Adult Course Prices

In the case of the courses for adults, students normally come alone, in which case the price is 1,200 EUROS per week and per person.

2 adults in the course (sharing a twin-bed room): 725 EUROS per week and per person.

3 adults in the course (sharing a twin-bed room, and/or single room): 600 EUROS per week and per person.

This course includes tuition, accommodation, all meals, picking and dropping the student at Santiago airport. In summer Blanca also arranges visits to the beach (if possible) which are included in the price.

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