offer beginner and advanced courses as well as theme seminars
dealing with certain topics as mentioned below. All our teachers
are skilled linguists and have been teaching Spanish as a
foreign language for many years. Some of them teach as well at
the university of Havana.
We generally offer individual lessons, which is the most
effective way to learn a lot in little time. You will have to do
a little test in order to find out your level and then your
lessons will be adapted to your personal level.
generally take part Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except
recognised subsidised holidays, these courses take part from 9
a.m. to 5:20 p.m.)
a) Basic course
All levels. Beginning at any time (preferably on a Monday)
Minimum: 20 lesson hours (1 lesson hour is 45 minutes.) maximum:
Extension weeks can also be booked in the office of the tour
operator avenTOURa in Havana
Exceptionally, we can also offer less lessons per week.
Please tell us if you are interested in it.
The basic course we also offer in Santiago de Cuba! Please
send us an e-mail for further details.
b) Theme seminar
In the theme seminar
the students learn about Cuban literature, history, Cuban
culture, etc. We also offer courses as itemised Spanish, grammar
courses and more. Courses can be booked at 20 or more lesson
hours a week.
Theme seminars can
be combined individually.
TYPES OF COURSES
Basic course (beginner & advanced level)
seminar (advanced level)
recognised subsidised holidays
The teachers use
the following text books: CAMINOS and VEN, as these books
are one of the best teaching tools on the market. Due to the
special situation in Cuba we recommend to bring your own text
book if you prefer another teaching tool.
SEMINAR: “avanzado” or “superior”
Spanish (4 lesson hours)
This seminar offers
you a special itemised vocabulary according to your wishes
and needs. (for example commercial Spanish). The particularities
in the Cuban Spanish are also taught. We work with commercial
and technical texts.
Subjunctive (12 lesson hours)
of the biggest problems in learning the Spanish language is
the Subjunctive. This course focuses on the verbal difference
between the Indicative and the Subjunctive.
History (20 lesson hours)
The students learn
about Cuban history step by step. Columbus’ discovery, the
colonisation through to the Spanish crown, the first independence
battles at the end of the 19 century and the discussion of
the independence of Cuba and the “neo-colonial” republic,
the different steps of the socialism after the successful
revolution and last but not least the Cuba of Today.
Literature (20 lesson hours)
Cuban literature before
and after the revolution in novels, essays, poetry and in
the theatre. Alejo Carpentier, Eliseo Diego, Dulce María
Loynaz, Nicolás Guillén and Onelio Jorge Cardoso.
as a preparation for the exam of the D.E.L.E. Cervantes Institute. (75 lesson hours)
For the internationally
recognised exam of the Spanish Cervantes Institute. Students
can choose between the preparation for the level “básico”
or the level “superior”.
habla popular en Cuba (10 lesson hours)
Focusing on the colloquial
language in Cuba (and the peculiarity in the phonetics) and
the difference to other Spanish-speaking countries. The colloquial
language of every day life in Cuba will be taught as well.
Beginner Course (80 lesson hours)
of the text book VEN 1, the colloquial language of every day
life in Cuba, Cuban music, lyrics of a song and different
activities. We invite Cuban women who will tell us about their
life. There will also be some outdoor activities in old Havana
where the students fill in a questionaire. At the end of the
course we watch a Cuban film and discuss it.
Course (80 lesson hours)
This course will be
held as a seminar and different subjects will be discussed.
The students learn about the peculiarities in Cuban Spanish,
the phonetics, and the typical idioms. They get to know about
Cuba’s history, literature and the present situation in Cuba.
Havana offers a great deal regarding cultural activities which
we will involve in the course in order to practice what we