¡Vive el Español!

¡VIVE EL ESPAÑOL!

Learn Spanish in Gran Canaria

 

Learn Spanish at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University Language School (Aula de Idiomas) and continue praticising while you learn to surf, scuba dive, windsurf, cook and many more activities.

 

For the last decade, there has been a growing interest amongst most European countrie in the Spanish language and culture, with the inclusion of Spanish in school curricula of primary and secondary schools, the creation of Spanish language and literature departments at the majority of European universities and the proliferation of private language schools where Spanish stands as one of the most requested languages ​​by students of all ages.

 

Spanish is the second most spoken mother tongue in the world after Mandarin Chinese. In total there are 460 million people who speak Spanish as a first and second language.

 

¡Vive el español!, our immersion program designed for foreign students, makes it easy to learn Spanish through a comprehensive educational, cultural, sports and entertainment curriculum, that integrates the following learning areas:

Aula de Idiomas de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Spanish courses with native teachers in small groups of a maximum of 16 people. In addition to teaching grammar and vocabulary, our teachers create all kinds of activities designed to encourage students to speak Spanish from the first day in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

 

The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University Language School is an official trainer and examiner of the DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) run by the Instituto Cervantes, the foremost authority on Spanish Language Teaching in the World.

Host Families

During your stay in Gran Canaria, you will stay and live with a host family with whom you will have the opportunity to experience how a Spanish family lives. The Human Tour team considers that living with the host family is the most important aspect in the overall educational experience of the student. Several international studies show that cohabitation and contact with the local people increase the ability to learn the language exponentially.

Daily Activities

After attending class, you can choose from a wide variety of exciting outdoor activities and enjoy one of the world's mildest and beautiful climates throughout the year. Our daily activities include: surfing courses, scuba diving, windsurfing, Spanish and Canarian cuisine, salsa and latin dancing, tennis and many more.

 

Weekend Activities: hiking in the spectacular island of Gran Canaria, outdoor barbecues, parties, music, film and theater.

 

The Aula de Idiomas offers an attractive quality education program endorsed by 20 years experience and a team of experienced, enthusiastic and knowledgeable teachers in close contact with the needs of each individual student. Our teachers follow an eminently communicative methodology . The most important part of learning a foreign language is to communicate and being able to express our ideas to others. Therefore, right from the very first class we propose pair and group activities properly supervised by the teacher.

 

The teachers are highly qualified and have several years of experience in teaching foreign languages ​​to adults. They are constantly creating activities that foster a more comfortable and enjoyable environment for our participants to interact and make use of the language in a fluid and natural way. As well as encouraging participants to make the language a constant communication tool, our teachers will guide them, prepare them and monitor their progress in order to lead them to achieve the best results in their examinations.

 

If you want to learn a language for the first time, improve your skills and /or achieve a graded official language certificate, you have chosen the right place for your training center.

 

Prices

WEEKS 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Price 242 363 494 605 726 847 968 1089 1210 1331 1452
Price for reduced groups 334 501 684 835 1002 1169 1336 1503 1670 1837 2004
Prices in EUROS.
20 hours per week from Monday to Friday.
Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1.

 

PRICES

General rates for all students of Spanish who want to secure a place in the Aula de Idiomas through The Human Tour. This fee is cheaper than the official rate ​​thanks to the collaboration agreement signed by both parts. Prices for small groups: for groups of less than 8 people who want to have classes exclusively as an independent group.

 

TEXTBOOKS

Depending on the group level, the teacher will decide whether the use of a textbook would be appropriate. If that would be the case, students will have to buy their own text and activity book as recommended by the teacher. Students will get photocopiable material to work on grammar, vocabulary and oral activities.

 

 

Aula de Idiomas factsheet
Year established: 1992
Class size: Max. 16
Minimum Age: 18
Duration of each class: 4 h
Course length: 2 to 52 weeks
Academic levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1

 

 

The best way to learn Spanish is by living with a host family with whom you will be able to share their daily life and activities. The Spanish language learning process will be greatly accelerated by staying with a host family. Here you can find the different types of accomodations:

 

 

Before the arrival of our students, we run a compatibility test between them and their potential host families in order to ensure a satisfactory experience for both parties.

 

Among other things, we ask our students about their eating habits, cultural and sports interests, if they like animals, what do they like to do in their leisure time, etc. We will choose those families who best suit the student´s profile.

 

Prices

WEEKS 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Single room With breakfast 340 510 680 850 1020 1190 1360 1530 1700 1870 2040
Single room Half board (Breakfast and dinner) 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 2200 2400
Single room Full Board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) 460 690 920 1150 1380 1610 1840 2070 2300 2530 2760

 

Rooms are cleaned weekly by the host families. Each student is entitled to a key to the house, a weekly laundry in the family´s washing machine, and all booked meals.

 

 

We offer a range of city apartaments in the Las Canteras beach area. Prices range from 35-55 € per day.

 

 

High quality and very clean ecohostel opened in Feb 2013 and located in the Las Palmas Old Town of Vegueta, 20 min. distance from the Aula de Idioma by bus. This hostel is suitable for the enviromentally concious students.

 

Shared kitchen with all mod con, self laundry, wifi, toilets, meeting area, computer area. Bunkbeds are of excellent quality and there are rooms for 4, 6 and 8 people.

 

Prices range from 20-25 € per person per day in shared 4-, 6- or 8-bunkbed rooms.

 

Please, be advised that due to a collaboration agreement between Ecohostel Bettmar and The Human Tour, room prices will be cheaper if booked through The Human Tour.

 

 

Beautifully restored old Canary house located in the Old Town of Vegueta, 20 min. distance from the Aula de Idioma by bus. Please, be advised that due to a collaboration agreement between La Casa de Vegueta and The Human Tour, room prices will be cheaper if booked through The Human Tour.

 

 

Fully equipped self-catering student residence located in the Las Canteras beach area. Each floor has one shared kitchen, two shared toilets and 6 single rooms.

 

Price: 21€ per day

 

 

We offer a wide selection of rural houses located 20-30 min driving distance from the Aula de Idiomas. Please, be advised that due to a collaboration agreement between our rural houses and The Human Tour, room prices will be cheaper if booked through The Human Tour.

 

 

TAFIRA Campus University Residence Las Palmas University Residence TAFIRA Campus apartments
Accomodation Full board (4 meals a day) Self catering Self catering
2 weeks (14 nights) 370,37€ 335,86€ 266,03€
3 weeks (21 nights) 493,08€ 445,20€ 445,20€
1 month (30 nights) 650,85€ 585,78€ 468,75€
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Description
  • Single rooms. All rooms feature a work desk and a bathroom. The rooms are cleaned three times a week and bed linen is changed once a week. The residence is located 5-minute walk from the Aula de Idiomas​​ and 20 minutes by public bus from Las Palmas.
  • The residence has three separate study rooms, computer and television areas, sport center, auditorium, cafeteria, mess room, 24 hour reception and self laundry (3 €).
  • Computers room with Internet access are available for students.
  • The rooms have telephone, broadband Internet access, a fridge and a making for television. Students must have their own TV. In your free time you can use the TV lounge or enjoy the wonderful terrace where you can relax and share with colleagues.
  • There are shared kitchens on each floor and they are equipped with microwave oven and ceramic hob. Kitchen utensils are not provided and they must be brought by each student.
  • Linen change is performed once a week. We have 24 hour reception 365 days a year, so you will never feel alone or neglected. There is a protocol for emergency.
  • Double rooms. Self Laundry (€ 3), iron andi ron board.
  • The residence is 20 minutes by public bus from the TAFIRA campus.
  • The complex was opened in 2003. It consists of 77 double apartments with single rooms, kitchen and bathroom.
  • They are distributed in 27 modules offering a total of 154 beds.
  • Newly built and surrounded by gardens, the apartments have been designed to meet the needs of all those who, like you, have chosen to study in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and want a comfortable place to live.

 

 

 

The island of Gran Canaria is not only known for its enviable climate and striking mountain landscapes and rich biodiversity, but also for its excellent conditions for diving all year round. Its volcanic underwater seascape -of ravishing beauty- makes it the perfect stage for both the starting and experienced diver. Even on the capital's main beach, Las Canteras, divers can enjoy one of the most admired submarine structures in the World: the Cathedral.

 

Also, the island of Gran Canaria has a wide variety of marine biodiversity and shipwrecks, which make the experience of diving even more special.

 

In partnership with BOJU, The Human Tour offers our Spanish students the opportunity to start learning or practising scuba diving. The courses are issued and certified by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

 

Courses Discover Scuba Diving SCUBA DIVER PADI Diving OPEN WATER PADI Diving
Duration 1st sea immersion, baptism 1-2 days 4-5 days
Allow This title will allow you to dive up to 12 meters deep with instructor. This title allows you to dive up to 40 meters deep.  
Dives One Three Five
Price 75€ 240€ 360€

 

Both during the Scuba Diver and Open Water courses, students will receive 4-5 theory lectures.

The PADI qualification students will have to perform two tests after watching a scuba diving educational DVD and read the scuba diving manual handed out in class.

 

The duration of the practical sessions in the sea will be of 2 hours and a half, with the preparations, checking of the bottles, explanations, etc.

 

Each dive has a duration of ½ - ¾ h depending on the learning progress of the students.

 

For those students who already hold a PADI title, we also offer advanced specialized courses:

 

EAN, Enriched Air Nitrox Digital Underwater Photography Night Diver
Price 75€ 240€ 360€

 

We also offer unique experiences on the island:

 

Turtle & Stingray watching Archeological diving Underwater Yoga Discover snorkelling
Price 35€ 35€ 35€ 35€

 

All courses include:

- Theory

- Diving Manual

- Dives

- Equipment

- Material

- Card and Certificate issued by PADI International.

- Glossary of Spanish terms specific to diving so the student´s language learning process is complete.

 

Students are covered by two liability insurance underwritten by The Human Tour and BOJU respectively.

*A medical certificate is required before enrolling in any of the scuba diving courses and/or activities.

 

 

Where in the world could you go surfing right in the heart of the city and within 15 minutes of your Spanish school? In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, of course!

 

The Human Tour, in partnership with University Surf School offers surf lessons on one of the best urban beaches in the world: Las Canteras.

 

In an environment of security, professionalism and fun, you can learn this exciting sport throughout the year while still practising Spanish as you interact with your instructor and your classmates. Learn to communicate in Spanish while you surf the waves.

 

1 week (Intensive) 2 weeks (Intensive) 1 month (Option A) 1 month (Option B)
Lessons 5 10 2 per week 3 per week
Price 80€ 160€ 135€ 170€

 

The courses include:

- Certified Instructor by the Spanish Surfing Federation and the Spanish Sports Council.

- Maximum students per instructor ratio: six.

- 1 Coordinator (Bachelor of Physical Education).

- Soft material surfboard specific for initiation.

- Neoprene wetsuit and identifying lycra.

- Liability insurance.

- Sports accident insurance.

- ISDIN sunscreen sample.

- Glossary of Spanish terms specific to surf so the student´s language learning process is complete.

 

 

Did you know that Gran Canaria has some of the best wind conditions in the world for windsurfing? In fact, the World Championships are held on the beach of Pozo Izquierdo, southeast of the island.

 

The Human Tour, in partnership with Hullon, offers windsurf courses specially designed to learn to windsurf while communicating in Spanish with your instructor and classmates.

 

Weeks Days Prices
2 4 130€
3 6 195€
4 8 260€

 

The courses include:

- One 2-hour lesson per day.

- Theory lectures.

- Practice sessions.

- All educational material specific to each level.

- Windsurfing equipment (inc. windsurfboard and sail).

- Wetsuit.

- Liability insurance.

 

 

Windsurfing classes take place in Bahia Formas, Arinaga, 30 minutes from Las Palmas by bus.

 

To get there, go to San Telmo Bus Station in Las Palmas and take the Line 01 Bus.

- Destination stop: Centro Comercial La Ciel, Vecindario.

- Get off at the shopping center and take a taxi to Bahia Formas.

- Driving time: 5 min. approx.

- Taxi fare: 10 € return trip to / from Bahia Formas – Centro Comercial La Ciel. Approximate prices.

- 10 trips bus card (5 trips outbound & return): 30,80€.

* Get the Bus time schedule

 

 

Local cuisine is one of the most genuine cultural expressions of each human community in the world. By learning to cook Canarian cuisine, students will delve into one of the most important aspects of the life of the canaries –its food!

 

Canaries love to eat and they use food as an excuse to relate to others. Family breakfasts , lunch with coworkers and dinner with friends, food is always at the center of all their social gatherings.

 

The Canary cuisine uses fresh produce, such as fish , vegetables and meats. Among the most famous dishes of our cuisine are the papas arugadas (potatoes with mojo sauce).

 

In this fantastic Canary cooking course , The Human Tour, in association with Sabor a Gloria offers Spanish students a unique opportunity to learn the secrets of the most popular Canary dishes : potatoes with mojo, watercress and cheese salad, etc .

 

Participating students will receive a glossary of specific cooking terms to be used during the duration of the course.

 

Course Duration Price
Six 2-hour lessons including dinner 2 weeks 120€

 

The groups will have a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 12.

 

Students will learn the basic cooking techniques and at the end of each session they will have dinner from the dishes prepared by all participants.

 

 

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and Spanish Diploma as a Foreign Language (DELE)

 

 

To enjoy while learning is possible

Study and improve your language skills while preparing for the Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE).

 

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Language School offers its services as Academic Guidance Centre and Centre for Preparation for the DELE.

 

Do you want to get a Diploma?

The DELE are internationally recognized official qualifications with permanent validity. Examinations are held in May, August and November.

 

For all matters relating to DELE (enrollment periods, calls, dates and venue of the examination, academias, etc) and its issuing institution, the Instituto Cervantes, please contact:

The Human Tour

Certification Department

Camino de Las Rochas, 18-1º

35300 Las Palmas

Spain

academic@thehumantour.com

T. +34 928 641 125 / +34 610 767 919

 

DELE Levels

The Aula de Idiomas academic team will advise and report more accurately the DELE exam that best fits your needs. Ask us to find out your level. For a more detailed explanation of each level, click the link you'll find inside on them to visit the official website (*)

 

 

This diploma certifies that the student is able to deal with elementary language communication situations that involve immediate needs or very common everyday topics.

 

* DELE Level A1 official website info

 

 

This diploma certifies that the candidate is able to understand sentences and frequently used daily expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (eg very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment, etc..).

 

* DELE Level A2 official website info

 

 

Formerly known as Pre-Intermediate

The B1 DELE diploma certifies that the applicant has already got a significant level of Spanish which is slightly above the beginner category.

 

This diploma certifies the ability of language users to:

1. Understand the main points of oral and written standard varieties of the language and are not overly localized, whenever they deal with known issues, be they related to work, school or daily life.

 

2. Deal with most situations and contexts in which these areas are part of use.

 

3. Also produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest, such as the description of experiences and events, dreams, plans and aspirations or the expression of opinions. 

 

* DELE Level B1 official website info

 

 

Formerly known as Intermediate

The B2 DELE diploma candidate provides the security of having achieved an advanced level of Spanish that lets you successfully navigate both oral and written.

 

This diploma certifies the ability of language users to:

1. Understanding the essence of complex oral and written texts, even relate to abstract topics, presented in several varieties of Spanish or have a technical character, mainly input on areas of expertise to which they had access.

 

2. Interact with all kinds of speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity so that communication does not involve efforts by any party.

 

3. Produce clear, detailed text on various issues, including those involving dialectical analysis, discussion or defense of a point of view.

 

* DELE Level B2 official website info

 

 

It's time to move forward

From November 2011, the DELE C1 level, first released in November 2010, has gone through major improvements and changes regarding the format of the tests.

 

The DELE C1 ensures that the student's progress in the language has been successful and that it has an advanced level of Spanish.

 

This Diploma accredits sufficient linguistic competence to:

1. Understand a variety of texts with a certain level of demand, and recognize implicit meaning.

 

2. Knowing to express oneself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

 

3. Being able to use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes, and to produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

 

* DELE Level C1 official website info

 

 

Reaching the summit

On the occasion of the adaptation process of the DELE to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), the Instituto Cervantes has implemented the neccessary changes to the Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language DELE C2 level.

 

Level C2 DELE diploma is the Spanish language proficiency equivalent to Masters Level (C2), the sixth of the six-level scale proposed in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​of the Council of Europe.

 

THE DELE C2 level accredits the necessary linguistic competence to function in any situation with complete efficiency, showing a spontaneous ability to adapt to any context with a high degree of accuracy. The user displays a subtle mastery of the nuances that gives all their interventions a natural fluency.

 

* DELE Level C2 official website info

 

 

The Island in the Sun

According to a study by the University of Syracuse, USA, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria enjoys one of the most privileged climates on the planet. The average temperature is 20 -23 ° C during the day and 17 ° C overnight. In January, the coldest month, temperatures range between 18-23 ° C during the day. The average sea temperature in winter is 19 º C.

Nature at your doorstep

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with its 385,000 inhabitants, is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city that lives facing the sea. Las Palmas boasts five beaches within 10 minutes drive from any point in the city. On the other hand, the closest mountainous areas are only 20 minutes from it. These two factors are very important in order to perform daily activities after school; the lack of long travel times allows you to do many more things on the same day.

Comprehensive Educational Programs

In the field of educational and cultural tourism, The Human Tour, in association with the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University Foundation (FULP), offers a complete comprehensive immersion program that combines the highest quality educational standards of Spanish Language Teaching with custom made cultural, sports and leisure activities necessary for a real-time and effective assimilation of Spanish.

 

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