Teaching Methods

Communicative language teaching

Communicative language teaching focuses on interaction. We strive to provide you with the tools to make yourself understood in everyday situations and gain confidence in you command of the language. By constantly putting into practice what you have learned in everyday situations you will be immersing yourself further into the local culture. In class, you will:
  • You will work on the four basic skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
  • Use innovative approaches to practice grammar.
  • Put knowledge into action.
  • Learn special idioms and expressions of the area.
  • Take advantage of state of the art learning material.
  • Learn about topics that interest you.
  • Synthasize real life dialogue in the classroom.

Kayla Skeen

USA, 20

"Before coming to Córdoba a teacher told me that this would be the best experience of my life. I thought she was exaggerating but she was right! I have changed so much because of my time here in Córdoba. I have learned so much not only about Spanish but about culture, life and about myself. It´s going to be hard to go home because a piece of my heart will always be with COINED."

In the classroom

COINED lessons are carefully planned to fulfill your expectations. The teachers make their best for you to develop communicative competence in the four main skills.

Comfortable learning environment: A nice and welcoming atmosphere is created in order for you to feel safe and engaged in the activities and do not be ashamed of making mistakes. Most of the exercises are oral ones, so you must feel comfortable to be able to express yourself.

Language Practice: The best way to learn a language is to constantly put into practice what you have learnt in class. As you will be already immersed in the local culture, you will have the opportunity to test yourself in real conversations with the locals.

No other languages allowed: By only speaking in Spanish, you will be able to profit from the lessons. This is the time to make the most out of your experience, so try to use Spanish all the time!

Individual and group activities: In each class, you will be able to take part in both types of activities. Individual ones are planned for you to process the new information on your own and check if you have understood the topic. Group activities are generally to improve your speaking skills and learn by interacting with your classmates.

Homework: You will not have to do homework on a regular basis; however, on some occasions, you will be given extra activities to do at home in order to reinforce certain topics.