Spanish for life™ is the world’s most advance, inexpensive and convenient way to study Spanish anytime, anywhere at your own pace trough the internet. It was designed and developed by the Spanish Institute Mexico, a highly regarded Spanish Language School in Mexico.
Studying online Vs. studying in situ?
Studying online is cheaper, faster and more convenient. It is also better than studying at your local college or university, since it eliminates the effort that traveling to and from classes requires. Most teachers at your local college are not native speakers. All our teachers are native speakers and live where they want to live. Studying online is a great alternative to complement your study program. (group classes in your hometown, an immersion program abroad, or self learning with books, CD’s or videos. Read some testimonials here.
How soon can I begin studying?
Right away! All you have to do is fill out a Registration Form and choose your own schedule. A Professor will be assigned to you within the next 24 – 72 hours from registering (Monday to Friday).
How much do I need to know about computers?
Not much. All you need to have is basic computer knowledge (Internet browser, word processor, email).
Do I need web cam?
Web cams are optional for students, but ourteachers use them all the time, so you can view the class and interact with your teacher all the time just like in a regular classroom.
Do I need to download special software?
There is no need to install special software or download any other kind of program. We have developed an interface in which the class will be automatically displayed for you.
The iCenter™, is available 24/7. In this iCenter™, you can upload/download your assignments, view your progress, check your schedule, and interact with other students and T.A’s. (There is no need to download any software in order to use the iCenter™) All you need to do is to access our web page.
Will I need to buy any books or materials?
No, all the materials you need are included with the program price. You can access all these through our iCenter™ 24/7.
Do I need to know any Spanish to take the course?
No, either you are a complete beginner or have been studying Spanish for years, the Spanish Institute will provide you with the right instruction for you.
Are there any age restrictions?
No. Our oldest student is 72 and our youngest is 15 years old. All we care about is that you are serious to learn Spanish.
Can I take live classes any time?
During business hours yes. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
What can I expect in an average class?
Your class is going to be 100% interactive. Your teacher will guide you through the class with visual and oral techniques. You will cover grammar exercises, verb conjugation, reading comprehension, speaking and listening and more. Although you will cover all the aspects of communication, the class will aim specially to the speaking and listening skills. The reading and writing parts will be mostly cover with homework. This is because we want you to maximize the interaction between you and the professor during the class time. Practice is the only way for you to master the Spanish Language or any other language. You will be given plenty of opportunity to respond your teacher’s questions and to make questions your own. The course materials are set according to your Spanish level. Any homework is reviewed in the following class.
How long each class last?
Each academic hour is 50 minutes long. Our students can choose to take from 1 to 4 academic hours a day. If you have schedule more than 1 consecutive hour a day, you will receive 10-minute break between each hour. *Academic hours cannot be split.
If you are a beginner, we recommend you to study 2 hours a day and at least of 3 days a week (live class). The maximum we recommend for beginners is 10 academic hours per week. In order to obtain the best results from, we recommend you to practice at our iCenter as much as you can.
How long does the program last altogether?
Each level is designed to cover 80 hours class. In average, it takes 3 1/2 months for a common student to complete 1 level. If you take 1 hour a day 5 times a week, you will complete 1 level in 4 months.
We have 8 basic levels. So the program in total takes approximately 640 hours.
The tailor-made programs can last as long as the student wants.
If you have already bought any special material that you would like us to consider into your class, please contact your teacher in advance to the class, to find the adequate way to incorporate the material into your class.
You should expect to have 1 hour of homework per every 4 hours of class. Your homework will depend directly in to your course intensity.
The Spanish Institute office hours are from 9am – 6pm GMT-6, but you may take classes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Do I need to purchase the whole program?
No, you can purchase multiples of 40 academic hours.
Can I choose my schedule?
Yes, we will work with you toprovide you with a class at the time that best fits you.
Can I view my progress?
Yes, you can access the “My Progress” area on The Spanish Institute interface in order to review previous work, see how far you have advanced and plan what your next steps will be. Being able to access previous work and teachers’ assessments is one of the greatest benefits of Spanish For Life™, for it enables students to resolve problems and improve weak areas.
Can I preview the syllabus?
Sure: The Spanish Institute Syllabus
Will I receive university credit for taking the program?
Yes, after completing each level, you will take and exam and you will get an official transcript, sealed by the Mexican Ministry of Education.
Our Official transcript has been accepted by over a 100 universities worldwide.
Who trains your teachers?
The Spanish for Life™ teachers are trained by the Spanish Institute. (http://www.spanishinstitutemexico.com/), located in Mérida and Puebla, México.
Are the payments secured?
The Spanish Institute bank account is in American Dollars. You will not be surprised by exchange rates or any other fees. In add, we use a secure server and an encrypted page, in which you provide your credit card information. We also use PayPal. We have never experienced a problem with a payment.
Do I need to pay in advance?
Yes, all The Spanish Institute classes must be paid in advance. Before your credit expires, you will receive a notification, so you can purchase more hours. Or you can also set the monthly payment option.
Will you provide me with an Invoice?
Or course. All you need to do is provide us with a fax number. Within 24 hours after your payment is completed, you will receive an invoice (if requested).
Sure, please check our fee page for offers.
We take the privacy of our students seriously. We will not give nor sell your details to third parties.
Rescheduling a class
If for any reason you cannot attend one of your classes, you can always access the video at the “video library” section, inside the iCenter interface.
Communication problems during the class
The Spanish Institute cannot be responsible for breaks in communication arising from technical issues outside of our control. In the event of a fault with our system your teacher will arrange for you to be credited with extra time if necessary.