Teen Study Program in Benalmadena, Spain

Quick Facts
Start: June through August
Age: 13-17
Cost: $ 995 +
Num. Weeks:  1 - 6
Level:  Beginner to Intermediate
Attractive coastal town of Costa Del Sol
Fun upbeat atmosphere at the school.
School offers excellent modern facilities and 5 minute walking distance from the beach.
Excellent teen program.

For Ages: 13-17
Absolute Beginner to Intermediate Spanish
Semi-Supervised Program

The Teen Program combines formal classroom work with a varied program of leisure activities to introduce teens to the Spanish culture, sports and lifestyles. All levels are taught, from beginner to advanced, and formal classes are held in the morning consisting of 15 hours per week in small groups. At the end of the course, every student will receive a full report on his/her work and progress, as well as a Course Completion Certificate.

The Center is considered one of the leading youth organizations in the south of Spain and is a member of FIYTO (Federation of International Youth Travel Organization).

The teaching facilities are modern with 12 large, bright classrooms, all with air-conditioning and audiovisual facilities. There is also a library, a video room, a dining room and cafeteria, and sports grounds. Students also have access to e-mail and the internet. The school teaches foreign languages to Spaniards as well and prepares them for university exams, hence students are generally interested in conversational exchange.

The Spanish conversation and discussion techniques used is class are based on real life situations, helping the student to develop thier skills in the areas of oral comprehension, idiomatic usage, and fluency. The materials used in the courses are comprised of recognized publications for foreign language learning with the supplementary audio/visual system and supplementary material prepared by the school's skilled staff.Classes are on weekdays in the mornings (total of 15 hours per week). There are 2 levels: Beginner and Intermediate. A placement exam is given at the start of the course. There is a maximum of 11 students per group, with an average of 5 - 8. An Attendance Diploma is given after a final examination.

There are four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking which need to be studied and developed from the start of the program. The emphasis on these four areas helps to enable the student to use their knowledge of the Spanish language in day - to - day communication. An immersion approach to the language is used for all levels – this means that from day one only Spanish is spoken in the classroom. This approach helps the student to become comfortable with the Spanish language quickly. Teachers use authentic material in the classroom, role playing, and an adaptive approach to grammatical structures and vocabulary which become progressively more complex as the student advances between levels. At advanced levels different types of text are used to encourage the recognition and reproduction of different language styles.

Modern teaching methods and equipment are accompanied by skilled and friendly teachers and administrative staff. Teachers have been carefully selected after considering their qualifications, previous teaching experience and personalities. The school is a member of AEDAV (Asociación de Agencias de Viajes de la Costa del Sol) and the founding member of AEEA (Asociación de Escuelas de Español en Andalusia).

Day-At-A-Glance

Time MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT SUN
9.30-13.00 (1:00PM) Placement Test, City Tour & 1 Spanish Lesson Spanish Lessons Spanish Lessons Spanish Lessons Spanish Lessons 8.00 Depart for full day excursion by bus to Granada: Visit the world famous Alhambra Palace.

Bag lunch provided by host family

Dinner upon return provided by host family

Departure transfer to Malaga, return flight home OR

Afternoon with host family if staying for 2 weeks

Afternoon and Evening Conference on Picasso Sports activities at the school

Dinner and evening with host family

Spanish movie and Flamenco lessons at the school Evening: Bowling at the Plaza Mayor Half-day visit to Malaga: visit to the Cathedral and the new Picasso Museum Dinner and evening with host family Cable car to the local mountains and trekking Dinner and Flamenco show Sports activities School party in the evening
Activities & Excursions
There are a number of both social and cultural activities included in the program. The activities are designed to engage the student in the Spanish culture, and to help ensure that they enjoy there program. The activities also give students a chance to meet with other teens from around the world, and practice their Spanish in a friendly, fun environment. The excursions give the student a chance to see Spain, and provide an excellent opportunity to explore the local region and its attractions. It also gives students a chance to practice their Spanish outside of the classroom.

Past Afternoon & Evening Activities Have Included

  • Sports: Badminton, Football (soccer), Basketball, Among others
  • Dance Lessons: Sevillanas, Salsa, and Latino Dance
  • Various Organized Social Activities
  • Swimming at the Municipal Pool & Local Beach
  • Fancy Dress Parties
  • Spanish DVD Cinema
  • City Festivals
  • Bowling
  • Amusement Parks
  • And Many Others

Every Saturday students will attend a chaperoned full day excursion to areas of interest around Benalmadena. Past excursion have included trips to Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba, and Ronda. When the students are on the excursion all entrance fees are paid for them, and they will be provided a bag lunch from their host family.

Accommodations - Homestay with a Spanish Family

Accommodation is provided in a homestay that has been carefully selected by the lodging coordinator in Benalmadena. Each student shares a room with another student of similar age, but of different nationality. Homestays provide the  student with breakfast and dinner daily, and lunch is provided in the dining room at the school. On weekends, all 3 meals are provided by the host family. On the first day, each host family will accompany their students to the school at 9.30. Landry service is included (one load per week), so that each student is complete taken care of.

Homestays provide students with a truly unique view of the Spanish culture. Not only does it extend their chance to practice Spanish with native speakers, students are generally welcomed to participate in most family activities. This gives each student a cultural perspective that is almost impossible to gain anywhere else.

Included in the Program

  • Spanish Lessons for the Beginner or Intermediate Levels
  • 15 Hours of Group Spanish Lessons per Week
  • Small Groups (8-10 students per class)
  • Placement Test on Arrival.
  • Homestay Accommodation in a Double Room.
  • Organized Afternoon & Evening Activities
  • Full Day Saturday Excursions to Local Points of Interest
  • 3 Meals Daily
  • Textbooks & Teaching Materials
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers From Malaga Airport (for arrivals and depatures on Sundays)
  • NRCSA Emergency Insurance (for program study dates in country:)
    • Accident insurance up to $10,000
    • Emergency medical evacuation up to $25,000
    • Emergency reunion up to $5,000
    • Repatraition up to $7,500
    • Life insurance up to $5,000
    • 24 Hour emergency worldwide multi-lingual telephone assistance.


2015 Start Dates

  • EASTER : Start Dates: March 23, 30, or April 6, 2015 (1 or 2 weeks)
  • SUMMER: Start Dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 2015
  • Last day of classes August 21, 2015

2015 Program Fees

  • 1 Week: $ 995
  • 2 weeks: $ 1,955
  • 3 weeks: $ 2,785
  • 4 weeks: $ 3,665
  • 5 weeks: $ 4,395
  • 6 weeks: $ 4,995

Benalmadena, Spain - City Info
Benalmadena is a small town with approximately 30,000 inhabitants, located on the Costa del Sol which lies south of the Iberian Peninsula and stretches along the Mediterranean coastline. It sits on a hill at the foot of the Mijas mountain range in the Malaga province. Originally, a sleepy Andalusian fishing village with beautiful white washed houses, Benalmadena has developed into a small but lively town which retains it old charm and character.

The choice of a language course in Benalmadena offers two advantages: the first is that the town is small enough to provide a peaceful and secure environment, while large enough to offer good shops, restaurants, an open-air cinema, etc.; the second is the town's cultural richness and its close proximity to other fascinating cities. Those really worth visiting include Granada, with its Alhambra, surely one of the great wonders of the world, dated 1238, Cordoba, the center of Andalusian culture, and Sevilla, with its monumental cathedrals and churches.

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