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Instituto Castellano y Leonés de la Lengua in Burgos: Spanish Language Courses for Foreigners in Burgos
Paseo de la Isla, 1
Burgos
09003 BURGOS
Our centre offers you the possibility of studying in the cradle of Spanish language.

Our bylaws define Fundation´s aims: to promote use and knowledge of Spanish language and to give support to Spanish as a second language teachers formation.

In order to achieve these aims our centre has an Investigation Area, which organizes different activities related to Spanish language, especially to Spanish language origins. These activities are developed in Palacio de la Isla or anywhere in Castilla y León.

We count with “Centro de Conocimiento Orígenes del Español” (an archive with more tan 25.000 cards about Latin inscriptions of Península Ibérica in Roman Age. Also, we have just published a study and a facsimile edition about “Cartularios de Valpuesta”, first proof of written Spanish. These are different documents from 9th to 13th century discovered in Santa María de Valpuesta
(Burgos). The documents have changed the guidelines in the field of Spanish Language Origins study.

Our materials count with the academic value given by the presence of our four sponsor universities: Burgos, León, Salamanca and Valladolid. We also collaborate with experts in field of Spanish Language Origins.

Why to study Spanish in Burgos?

As well as being a beautiful monumental city with an extended historical and cultural tradition, Burgos is quiet and safe. Any parent would be happy to send their children to learn Spanish
here. People from Burgos are friendly, open-minded and always ready to talk to tourists and students, who can thus learn the language and culture in a faster and easier way.

Its proximity to the northern coasts and beaches makes Burgos even more attractive for foreign students.
The city is surrounded by areas of environmental interest, rich biodiversity and mountainous settings of magnificent beauty. Moreover, Burgos is near Madrid, where you can find all types of entertainment, art and culture. All in all, Burgos is a main attraction for tourists and students who choose to learn Spanish and enjoy themselves.
Spanish Schools in Spain
Level Coures
A1 Elementary
Basic level.
Simple, everyday phrases. Isolated words or expressions.
Our method is based on a communicative approach. It
focuses on the communicative competence and aims at
the eventual performance of communicative tasks, primary goal of any foreign language teaching. Lessons are structured in a dynamic way, including tasks, role-play activities and projects. In order to do so, we use different audiovisual techniques.
Besides, we carry out a careful monitoring of the
progress of every student. We try to foster the cooperative learning, as well as the autonomous learning.

We also encourage the student’s cognitive,
social and affective strategies.
A2 Pre Intermediate
Plain and simple language.
Our method is based on a communicative approach. It
focuses on the communicative competence and aims at
the eventual performance of communicative tasks, primary goal of any foreign language teaching. Lessons are structured in a dynamic way, including tasks, role-play activities and projects. In order to do so, we use different audiovisual techniques.
Besides, we carry out a careful monitoring of the
progress of every student. We try to foster the cooperative learning, as well as the autonomous learning.

We also encourage the student’s cognitive,
social and affective strategies.
B1 Intermediate
Understanding of everyday language . Clear expression of ideas. Sufficient knowledge to workplace activities.
Our method is based on a communicative approach. It
focuses on the communicative competence and aims at
the eventual performance of communicative tasks, primary goal of any foreign language teaching. Lessons are structured in a dynamic way, including tasks, role-play activities and projects. In order to do so, we use different audiovisual techniques.
Besides, we carry out a careful monitoring of the
progress of every student. We try to foster the cooperative learning, as well as the autonomous learning.

We also encourage the student’s cognitive,
social and affective strategies.
B2 Upper Intermediate
Structure of language (oral and written) . Expression safely in almost any situation and understanding of the native language partners.
Our method is based on a communicative approach. It
focuses on the communicative competence and aims at
the eventual performance of communicative tasks, primary goal of any foreign language teaching. Lessons are structured in a dynamic way, including tasks, role-play activities and projects. In order to do so, we use different audiovisual techniques.
Besides, we carry out a careful monitoring of the
progress of every student. We try to foster the cooperative learning, as well as the autonomous learning.

We also encourage the student’s cognitive,
social and affective strategies.
C1 Advance
Almost total understanding including typical expressions of language. Similar to the mother tongue even in situations of complexity level.
Our method is based on a communicative approach. It
focuses on the communicative competence and aims at
the eventual performance of communicative tasks, primary goal of any foreign language teaching. Lessons are structured in a dynamic way, including tasks, role-play activities and projects. In order to do so, we use different audiovisual techniques.
Besides, we carry out a careful monitoring of the
progress of every student. We try to foster the cooperative learning, as well as the autonomous learning.

We also encourage the student’s cognitive,
social and affective strategies.
C2 Proficiency
Commonly spoken foreign language and accurately . Using idioms.
Our method is based on a communicative approach. It
focuses on the communicative competence and aims at
the eventual performance of communicative tasks, primary goal of any foreign language teaching. Lessons are structured in a dynamic way, including tasks, role-play activities and projects. In order to do so, we use different audiovisual techniques.
Besides, we carry out a careful monitoring of the
progress of every student. We try to foster the cooperative learning, as well as the autonomous learning.

We also encourage the student’s cognitive,
social and affective strategies.
Courses
Intensive Course 30
30 hours per week
Intensive Spanish courses. Aimed to those who want
to learn or improve their Spanish level during a brief
stay in Spain.

Dates:Year round (a week minimum)
Frequency per week: 30 hours 10 extraacademic
activities hours
Levels:All
Participants: Minimum 4, maximum15
Extensive Course 3
3 hours per week
Month course (September – May)
540 lessons (15 hours / w.)
Full board accommodation in students hall for 1 month.
(Individual or double room)

We offer you the chance to complete your training by doing
any studies you are interested in at any nearby educational
institution.
Cultural activities and excursions
Preparation DELE
DELE: Diploma Español como Lengua Extranjera.
DELE are the only official certifications recognised by the Spanish Government.

Designed for those students who are interested in
studying in Spain for a Master degree and/or who need
the DELE certificate for finding a job, etc.

Dates:Year round (a week minimum)
Frequency per week: 30 hours 10 extraacademic
activities hours
Levels: All
Participants: Minimum 4, maximum15
Teacher Training
For teachers of Spanish
Courses aimed at teachers wishing to learn methodology
of Spanish as a foreign language or update their
methodological knowledge from a theroretical and
practical point of view.

Dates:Year round (a week minimum)
Frequency per week: 30 hours 10 extraacademic
activities hours
Levels: All
Participants: Minimum 4, maximum15
Accreditation
Instituto Cervantes
Instituto Cervantes Accreditation is an integrated conditions and requirements related to academic activity and teaching staff , facilities and equipment , administrative organization and information and publicity referred to a center dedicated to the teaching of ELE (Spanish as a Foreign Language) indicators system.

The Centers Accreditation System Cervantes Institute aims to:

Promote commitment to quality and improvement of schools that offer teaching Spanish in Spain and outside of Spain .
Encourage the development of a system of homogeneous teaching Spanish in their standards and with full guarantee of services and complementary activities offered .
Easier for people interested in learning Spanish choosing a center that has been accredited by a state agency prestige.
Our centre offers specialized programmes,
DELE courses, programmes for Spanish teachers…all
them individual or in groups.

ILCYL is a member of Instituto Cervantes Associated
Centres Network and its educational method
is one following the Common European Framework of
Reference for Languages and Instituto Cervantes Curricular Plan. We collaborate with Instituto Cervantes since 2007, when both entities signed an agreement in order to organize programmes for Spanish teachers.
Activities
The following extracurricular activities (included in
the program at no cost) allow students to approach
the geography, history, economy, artistical expressions
and other aspects of the Community and Spanish culture.

· Guided tour of Burgos: El Camino de Santiago in the
town.
· Guided visit to the Cathedral of Burgos.
· Guided visit to the Monastery of the Huelgas.
· Guided visit to the Cartuja de Miraflores.
· Guided visit to a warehouse, includes explanations
on the process of production of the wine and the different
varieties.
·Visits to cultural centers, endowments and citizen services,
among others, to the Art Center of Caja Burgos,
La Casa del Cordón Showroom, the Province Museum
of Burgos.
· Go to popular parties or festivals in the town.
· Go to a show and a musical in the theater.
·Visits to companies.
·A one-day excursion around the province of Burgos:
Santo Domingo de Silos, Covarrubias, Lerma.
·Weekwend trip (leaving on a friday): Segovia and Madrid.
Accommodations
We offer you the possibility of taking a pack
(course accommodation maintenance).

If you take this offer you will be accommodated in San
Jerónimo, in an individual room with your own bathroom.
This accommodation is close to our head office
(three minutes walking) and two minutes walking to
Burgos Cathedral.
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