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You may enrol in General Spanish Courses, in Spanish for Specific Purposes (such as for Spanish teachers) and in Culture Courses.
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General Spanish Courses

You will never learn the subjunctive without also learning where, when and how to use it. To achieve this, we have developed our own didactic material: you will acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge (theoretical knowledge), four basic linguistic skills and ten superior.

It is the teaching of skills and our pragmatic focus that distinguishes our school from others. At the end of your course you will have the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively and confidently with Spanish speaking people.

For the group courses, students are placed into the appropriate level, with a maximum of six levels according to the norms of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

You have the option of receiving a certified diploma identifying your progress, your knowledge and your acquired skills.

We can also prepare you for the official DELE exam from the Instituto Cervantes.

Spanish for Specific Purposes

IEMA offers many different types of courses for specific purposes. Not all are listet here. Please ask for any programme you might be interested in and please contact IEMA for detailed information on each special course.

Culture Courses

Do you want to get to know Spain and its people? Do you want understand and live the Spanish way of life? During the afternoons you can participate, independently of your course and with students from other classes, in various culture courses. As a second option, you will have the opportunity to choose the classes that interest you most and gain a broad knowledge of all aspects of Spanish society and culture (course “Hispania”).

All classes are open to all levels (except for classes of Spanish Mysticism and Literature which are restricted to the advanced level students only).

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General Spanish Course:The Mini-Group Course
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This is our "classic" course, it has a maximum of 8 students but as Avila is not as well-known as larger cities, our groups tend to have an average of only four students.

It is designed for young people, high school and university students and even people who are enjoying their retirement.

It involves 27 lessons of grammar, communication and conversation per week. The hours are normally from 9:00 till 13:30.

Minimum 1 week. Beginners may start only at the beginning of a month - ask for exceptions.

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General Spanish Course: Course for 2
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It is designed for people coming together (couples, etc.) having more less the same knowledge of Spanish and desiring more intensive classes.

There are 27 weekly lessons of grammar, communication and conversation. The hours are normally from 9:00 till 13:30.

Minimum 1 week.

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General Spanish Course: Private Lessons
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These guarantee the highest quality, most effective teaching and learning. Being the only student in the class, your teacher can adapt the programme exclusively to your needs and interests, providing exactly what you require.

Generally students select 4 or 6 daily lessons which take place in the mornings and in the afternoons. We need to know which aspects of the language you need to study and your reasons for studying in order to provide the most effective lessons. Minimum 2, maximum 8 daily classes.

Another good choice is to combine a mini-group course with a number of private classes (cf. Mini-Group Course “Special”).

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General Spanish Course: Mini-Group Course “Special“
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More and more students are wishing to take greater advantage of their investment in coming for a Spanish course. This is the reason why we have decided to offer this new course.

This course allows you to have a faster progress and gain a very secure basis of what you are learning in the Mini-group course. This is possible as the Mini-group course "Special" includes 2 weekly sessions of 90 minutes where you are going to learn everything you need in a relaxed way with your private teacher.

If you wish to get more private lessons, choose the Mini-group course and combine it with a maximum of 5 weekly sessions of 90 minutes private lessons. However, in this case you might consider as well an exclusive private course, which might better suit your needs.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: Spanish Songs
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General Spanish Course: Facets of Spain
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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: ¡A que no sabes! Spanish Grammar
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¡A que no sabes! - Guess What! - Difficulties of Spanish Grammar

This course of 31 classes has 2 objectives:

1. To bring the teacher closer to becoming bilingual, allowing him or her to reach level C2 (maestría). This course offers Spanish grammar from a communicative perspective and deals with complicated aspects of the grammar.

2. It gives teachers a formula for teaching grammar: to take a more profound look at the methodological problem when teaching grammar in the classroom.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: Spain is Different?
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“¿España es diferente? - Spain is Different? - Dealing with Intercultural Situations

In IEMA we understand that the foreign language classroom is the perfect place to discover socio-cultural components that lead to global understanding for the Spanish Students, avoiding stereotypes and the disconnection between language and culture.

With this course we try to bring closer the universal culture of Spanish to the forefront for Spanish teachers familiarizing participants with the relevance of the language of culture as a fundamental block in the learning of the language.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: ¡A Hablar! Conversation
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¡A HABLAR! - Let’s Talk - Intensive conversational course for development of conversational skills, communication practice and socio-cultural knowledge

An intensive course of 25 or 31 sessions of conversation whose fundamental objects are to increase fluency of speech and lexicon, and to increase the sensitivity and consciousness of different cultural identities.

Participants are offered the possibility through various themes, always related to the Spanish culture (society, politics, economy, daily life, gastronomy, art, literature, cultural differences + similarities, histories and possibility of discussing an elected topic), practicing and developing communicative ability and conversational skills.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: ¡Recíclate!
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¡Recíclate! – “Renew Yourself!” - Methodology of the Teaching of Spanish Language and Culture

In this well known course (since 1990 - famous for its course leader Jose-Luís García) we give the participating professionals (teachers) supplemental information which allows for use and growth of previous knowledge. This course, in a dynamic atmosphere at a high speed pace, will be presented as an open forum, where participants can express doubts, problems and interests. One will delve into structure, methodology, culture, society and daily life.

This course is not only geared towards Spanish teachers who are already teaching Spanish: if you are going to start teaching Spanish, this course will be very helpful to you!

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: DELE preparation

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Preparation Classes for DELE - (Spanish Proficiency Exam)

Year round

The completion of our course prepares the student through practice, leading to the mastery of the five modules of the DELE exam , to be able to pass and be dominant of the language and communicative strategies of the corresponding DELE level.

To understand your advantages you must know the following:

IEMA is an accredited school of Instituto Cervantes and an official preparation site for the DELE exam held in cooperation with University of Salamanca and Cervantes Institute.

What is more, IEMA is participating in a working group at Council of Europe in adapting the language examinations to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (“CEF”).

IEMA’s general Spanish courses are adapted to these requirements. Therefore you benefit from a double advantage of learning Spanish according to the criteria of the “CEF” and the Cervantes Institute for DELE preparation.

This means that at the end of one of IEMA’s “General Spanish Courses” you will be able to express yourself, understand - in short: communicate. To demonstrate your knowledge and skills of Spanish 1. you will be offered by IEMA, after an exam free of charge, a document certifying your Spanish level according to the “CEF”; furthermore 2. you should sit the DELE exam – both is useful for your CV!

Preparation classes for DELE exams are designed to help you to pass DELE exams, through instruction in all 5 modules.

Classes will emphazise on grammar, lexique and some aspects of oral expression, as well as reading comprehension, writing, listening and oral expression.

What is the benefit from taking the preparation classes offered by IEMA?

To pass the DELE examinations an appropriate language competence is not enough. What you will also need is to know the format of the exam, the specific examination techniques and the skills of handling different types of exercises required at DELE examination.

Preparation classes for DELE exams therefore will familiarize you with the specific typology and character of DELE exams. You will be shown the different modules and types of DELE tests. We will also provide you with documents of former DELE exams. The teacher will guide you all the way to ensure serious, detailed and specific DELE preparation. So you will be able to pass the examination.

Preparation classes for DELE exam can be chosen as:

- Solely private lessons – you request the number of lessons
- Individual classes completing the general Spanish course
- Group classes completing the general Spanish course (the minimum number of participants is 5 participants per level/class), three times per week (90 minutes / class).

And during the first half of August: Special preparation course for DELE INTERMEDIATE. Please ask for details!

Before the classes start your Spanish level will be assessed by a test. We also take into consideration your individual requirements, needs and expectations.

Teaching materials for the DELE preparation have been carefully developed by IEMA on the basis of the requirements of the Syllabus of Cervantes Institute.

Finally, IEMA offers you help, free of charge, with the inscription for the DELE examinations and provides you with practical information about DELE exams at: www.examendele.com. CLICK HERE

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: Private Course in Teacher’s Home
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Year round

This course allows combining the advantages of a private Spanish course with total immersion through living with your teacher.

This programme is available throughout Spain. It includes food, accommodation, activities and 6 classes each working day from Monday to Friday.

Let us know which aspects of the language you particularly wish to study, why you need Spanish and what interests you besides Spanish classes. There is a great demand for this course. Number of placements is limited.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: Medical Spanish
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Salud Medical Spanish for the Health Professional

This program is recommended by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and IEMA has been welcoming students from all over the world, primarily from US universities, even teachers of Medicine, for example from Harvard University.

Since 1995, IEMA has been giving very different Medical Spanish courses and programs for Nurses. The fundamental objective of the intensive course (132 classes) is the learning and proficiency of Spanish based on contextual situations where specific medical Spanish is required.

Within this general objective, we divide the goals into two areas of professional development: 1) the relationship with professional colleagues (doctors, nurses and other professionals in the health field), and 2) the relationship with his/her patients.

In this manner, students develop a balance of related theory, grammar and lexicon on the one hand and the daily usage of communicative Spanish while practicing medicine on the other.

Upon completion of this course, we offer the student the opportunity to take the official exam “Spanish of the Health Sciences” offered with the collaboration of the Certification Board of Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Alcalá University (Madrid).

Besides the mentioned dates, it is possible to take the course privately. Groups may ask for special dates.

Please contact school director Dr. Rainer Rutkowski for the complete program: rutkowski @ iema.com.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: Legal Spanish
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Legal Spanish
and Introduction to the Spanish Legal System

The general objective of this course (54 classes) for the Law Professional is to familiarize the student with the professional relationships and law environments including basic concepts of Spanish legislation and judicial language.

Besides dividing the general program (Constitutional Law and the Spanish State Model, General Law, Civil Law and legislation as it refers to different themes), we adapt the program to the interest of our students.

Please contact school director Dr. Rainer Rutkowski for the complete program: rutkowski @ iema.com.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: Spanish for Business - Private
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Private classes in Business Spanish

Year round

The objective of this course is to have the student become a master in the knowledge of business Spanish related to the four skills that allow him to become communicatively competent.

In the event that the student’s objective is to obtain the Official Certificate of Business Spanish (in collaboration with Madrid Chamber of Commerce and University of Alcalá), we will work to familiarize him with the content and form of the exam so as to allow him to pass the exam.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: Spanish for Business - Group
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Certificate course

”Basic Certificate in Business Spanish”

This course is oriented to the acquisition of the knowledge and necessary skills for the student to become enveloped within the business environment and the adequate preparation to be successful on the official exam given by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Madrid and the University of Alcalá.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: Negotiate successfully in Spanish
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How to Negotiate Successfully in Spanish

Year round

This one week course (Fifteen 90 minute sessions and five 60 minute sessions) is geared towards professionals that develop their work in the world of Spanish business. The main objectives are to obtain a general insight into corporate Spain, and develop an understanding of cultural peculiarities and values along with a knowledge of communication both on a social and business level with Spaniards.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: ¡Con soltura! – Intensive Conversation
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¡Con soltura! – Intensive Conversation course

Prerequisite: Intermediate level Spanish

“¡Con soltura!” - “Speak like a Native!” is an intensive conversation course. Its objective is practicing and developing conversational skills. The students have the possibility of electing the themes for some of the classes, always relating to Spanish culture and society.

This course (20 classes) can be combined with the mini-group course.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: University Students
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Spanish for University Students

Why is Avila so especially fascinating for university students?

Avila is an ancient university city (the University of Saint Tomas was founded by Isabel the Catholic), so you will have the opportunity to make many Spanish friends.

As an optiojn, you may earn academic credit, in Europe we call them ECTS points. Please let us know.

Not many foreign students know that Avila is a university city (four, in summer even five universities!) and therefore you have the chance to meet and get to know first of all Spanish students - from all over Spain. Participate in their parties, social events and cultural exchanges!

And finally the Police Academy, with their 5000 students between 18-30 years of age from all over Spain, contributes further to the youthful atmosphere of Avila.

For these reasons, you can have a great deal of contact with the youth of Avila, and Spain for that matter, making Avila an ideal place for a university student´s course.

Thanks to IEMA´s collaboration agreement with Avila University Santa Teresa there are different options for students wishing to study at a Spanish University. This can be arranged by IEMA with or without a Spanish language preparatory course. Please contact us.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: School groups
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High School Groups

IEMA is specialising in programmes for groups of young people. As Avila is one of the safest cities in Spain it is a good place for this type of programme.

One of the principal objectives of this programme is that young people come to understand both Spanish mentality and lifestyle.

In addition, IEMA can organise accommodation with one of the excellent host families in Ávila.

We require information regarding dates, numbers of participants and areas of interest (language, society, excursions etc) so that we can develop and send you a plan of the programme.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: Spantrans – Spanish to English Translation
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Advanced Spanish to English translation


To provide a series of practical, small-group training modules addressing (1) the art and science of translating from Spanish to English and (2) the working practices of a professional translator.


Those individuals engaged in working or preparing to be examined and/or to work as a professional translator whether full or part-time, whether native speaker of Spanish or English, whose job specification current or intended involves in whole or part translation from Spanish to English and who wish to improve (1) their professional translation competences across the Spanish > English divide and (2) their business acumen. Numbers restricted.


The contents of the respective modules are selected for their practical and market-led nature addressing the programme's two themes:

1: Translation Skills Development (80% of course content) involving translation from Spanish of general, scientific, financial, agrochemical, leisure/tourism, legal and technical texts inter alia.

2: Routes to market (20% course content) involving general business practice (including setting up, marketing, indemnity, notarisation, working for end-users and with agencies etc.).

The core modules are complemented by (1) advanced language instruction in Spanish or English, (2) individual tutorials, (3) discussion groups and (4) social activities.


Four days (Tues - Fri incl.) of intensive programming involving 24 hours of presentations, lectures, practicals, workshops and fora supported by handouts, publications, e-learning and appropriate materials (realia) complemented by open access and pre/post-programming. Social programme includes welcome supper and farewell dinner.


Course delegates are required (a) to be either native speakers of English or Spanish with competence in the other language of no less than Grade 3 on a 5-point scale of competence (e.g., LLB Guidelines) of a level capable of following and contributing to a programme of this nature, (b) to be computer literate, (c) to have regular access to e-mail and (d) to have proven and appropriate capability across the languages divide such as may need to be confirmed by a test or independently verified. There is no charge for assessment prior to course commencement.

Course fee: Tuition incl. registration, course materials and accredited certification: EUR 495.00 (Four hundred and ninety-five euros) or GBP 345 (Three hundred and forty-five pounds: GBP). 25% discount for students in full-time education.

Course leader: Dr J L Kettle-Williams (Hispanist, translator, writer, trainer, broadcaster, export communications, cross-cultural and language consultant. See attached.)

Venue: Instituto Español Murallas de Avila, Spain

Dates: November

Accommodation: Opportunities exist for accommodation en famille, pension, hotel. Details available on request.

Registration: Application to be submitted in writing with deposit (EUR100 payable to IEMA or 75 GBP payable to Polyglot Solutions). Full balance (incl. course and accommodation) due 2 weeks before course start. Pre-programming commences on receipt of application.

Further details/Enquiries:

(Spain) Dr R Rutkowski
IEMA, c/ Martín Carramolino 6, El Patio Chico
E-05001 Avila, Spain
Tel. +34 920 222 773

(UK) Dr J L Kettle-Williams BA, MLitt, DipG, FCIL
Polyglot Solutions, KW Language & Communication Services, Clifton House, 6 Clifton Terrace, Southsea Hampshire PO5 3NL, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 23 9283 3121 Fax: +44 (0) 23 9287 2172

Terms and conditions apply

SPANTRANS is a joint promotion between IEMA (Spain) and Polyglot Solutions (UK)

CV Dr J L Kettle-Williams BA (Sp&Fr), MLitt(Sp.Lang/Ling), DipGuaraní, FIL(Sp)

(Doctorate: Language Selection in Paraguay - A Sociolinguistic Survey)

Dr J L Kettle-Williams holds qualifications in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Quechua and Guaraní. As a Hispanist, Jay Kettle-Williams has experience of Spain and the Americas where he has not only worked in a variety of business sectors but also conducted extensive academic research into language(s) and the range of cross-cultural issues faced by Amerindian and differing European cultures. As a Hispanic philologist & varietologist with interests in Arabic and Esperanto, he has published and broadcast extensively and lectured widely in HE, in which he was employed for 17 years1, and elsewhere in the business community with particular reference to language(s), linguistics and the cross-cultural issues of the Hispanic and related (European/Muslim/New World) areas and beyond.

Formerly National Coordinator to the Government's LX programme2 with responsibility to the DTI, the DES and the TA, Jay Kettle-Williams has many years of experience in the design and delivery of foreign language and all manner of language/culture-related programmes within the maintained Higher Education and independent commercial sectors3. He was a member for over a decade of the CNAA's senior subject specialist panel (Spanish Studies) to Higher Education (ref: Bristol, City, Coventry, Durham, Ealing, Kingston, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesex, North London, Staffordshire, Wolverhampton ...) and has worked in close association with institutes of Further and Higher Education, having been external examiner in Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies inter alia to universities (incl. Southampton and St Andrews) and former polytechnics (incl. Middlesex and Wolverhampton). A member of the HEFCE panel (Iberian Studies/Spanish Language, Linguistics), he broadcasts (BBC and Independent) and writes in the professional and general press on languages and related issues.

An experienced translator 4 (incl. UNO), trainer of translators and regular (court) interpreter for the police, for prosecution and for defence counsels as well as for international corporates, he also specialises as a Language Consultant to Industry on language(s) & all manner of language, language-related and (business) cultural issues (ref: Marcoms). In this capacity he not only directs and delivers in-company training programmes but is engaged as a Registered Business Language Consultant (ref: Routes to Market) to the DTI (LEXAS), now referred to as the Export Communications Review Service (UK Trade and Investment). Between 2002 and 2004 he was also engaged on a two-year part-time contract (DfES) as Regional Officer SE to the Regional Language Network (ref: National Languages Strategy). He is Director of his own Portsmouth-based company (Polyglot Solutions), sister organisation to Verbatim Language Services (Portsmouth-based), run by his wife Rosina, and to Bona Fide Translations (London-based) of which he is Co-Director.


1.Formerly demonstrator in Spanish language and then visiting lecturer (10 years) to St Andrews University, and in charge of the Spanish Studies Degree programme at Portsmouth Polytechnic (now Portsmouth University), he lectured not only on Spanish Literature, Contemporary Society and Language (for which he developed the entire Spanish examination syllabus at Portsmouth), but also on his specialist subjects: Linguistics; Philology; Varietology, Amerindian Linguistics and Specialised Translation. He founded the Language Centre at Portsmouth. In wider terms his responsibilities to that institution focused on marketing. He still lectures on regular invitation in Higher Education on Specialised Translation (Theory, Practice and Business Application) and matters linguistic.

2.With responsibility for the establishment (formation, professional development and business planning) of 20 UK venture companies (budget 4m x 2 under HMG matched funding) based on centres of HE complemented by commercial expertise/provision) to provide language and language-related/communicative/export services for international business.

3 In this regard, before establishing his own independent company, he was under a tapered contract to an international training organisation as National Marketing Executive responsible for the promotion of language and language-related services to British business.

4 As a Fellow of The Institute of Linguists since the 60's, he has regularly examined for the Institute and was the first Principal Examiner (Spanish) to the Institute Diploma in Translation; Founder of The Institutes Central Southern Regional Society; Regional Examinations Officer (15 years) and Editor for more than ten years to the Institutes journal. He is currently a Member of Council, formerly Vice-Chairman responsible for External Matters (Marketing, Membership, PR etc.). He regularly offers training programmes (commercial & academic) and consultancy for in-service translators and for linguists preparing to work as professional translators and language consultants.

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Spanish for Specific Purposes Course: Seniors 50+
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Seniors 50+ IEMA is renowned for its programmes for adults who come to Avila as a group. These include Spanish culture, society and language studies all in one programme. One of the principle objectives of this programme is that you get to know the mentality, culture, customs and lifestyle of Spanish people. As courses are held in Spanish we recommend at least basic Spanish level. Your accommodation can be in Spanish homes or in the best hotels (some in old palaces) close to our school. Inform us about dates, your areas of interest and preferences so that we can send you a proposal of the programme. You are going to greatly enjoy our school and Avila. Hereafter you will find a selection of possible programmes with a short introduction to each. Please ask for details of the programme you are interested in.

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Course "50+": Initiation to the World of Spanish Wine
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Year round (except September)

This seminar to the lovers and connoisseurs of wine that want to enhance their understanding of the culture of Spanish wines; and, at the same time, learn aspects of Spanish society and history. The student will learn to “taste” wines, visit a winery and they discuss the most important artistic and cultural aspects of Castilla-Leon. Some Spanish language classes are included so that the participants can feel comfortable in their daily encounters while in Spain.

The majority of these classes will take place in the restaurant “El Almacen” and will be directed by Julio Delgado, awarded the title “Nariz de Oro” (“Gold Nose”), one of the best sommeliers of Spain.

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Course "50+": Holy Week Programme
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Holy Week is a plethora of devotions and variety of rites that lead us to understand the intensity of the Spanish people in their own environment at a specific moment. It opens a door to the understanding of this language and the people who speak it.

Through this program we offer the student the possibility of becoming familiar with the mystical environment including games and typical foods associated with this holiday.

The morning classes include practical Spanish language and the afternoons are dedicated to enjoying cultural activities related to the Holy Week.

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Course "50+": “Avila – City of Legends"
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In this program cultural activities organized by the city itself for the student are taken into account giving the student the singular position of becoming a participant in the action rather than a spectator.

During these dates, the city of Avila transforms itself into a living representation of its legends put into place by theatre groups.

There will be duels fought, attacks against invaders of the city, stories of impossible loves… These legends and stories recreate other times and other people permitting us to travel back into a world of illusion perfectly combined with classes of practical Spanish.

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Course "50+": Tapas – Gastronomy in Miniature
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In this course, IEMA attempts to envelope its students in the knowledge of Spanish gastronomy in general, emphasizing the importance of Tapas (appetizers).

If Spanish cuisine is considered one of the best in the world, Avila, then is a perfect example of the mixture of Spanish gastronomy and its products.

This course also encompasses important cultural and artistic aspects of Spain. Some practical Spanish language classes are included so that the participants can feel comfortable in their daily encounters while in Spain.

The relaxed behaviour of the Spanish when they are “going out for tapas” and the Avila competition of Tapas allow us to present a program in a unique setting which is Avila itself.

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Course "50+": “Avila - A meeting with the Middle Ages”
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This course is directed toward those people that want to learn about Spanish culture and history, in a festive environment - during the famed Medieval Market of Avila. The city of Avila makes it possible to visualize and see all lessons directly related with Medieval times.

The program ends with conferences and discussions about the most important artistic and cultural manifestations of Spain and includes some practical Spanish language classes so that the student will feel comfortable in their daily encounters while in Spain.

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Course "50+": Flamenco and Santa Teresa
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Both the traditional Avila Flamenco Week and the feast of Saint Theresa take place in the second week of October.

This program has been designed for those people who wish to enhance their knowledge of the Spanish culture and history through the love and strength of Flamenco.

At the same time it attempts to bring the participant closer to the life, work and times of Saint Theresa.

We include discussion of the most important artistic and cultural aspects of Spain along with including some practical Spanish language classes so that participants will feel comfortable in their daily encounters while in Spain.

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Culture Course: A “¡Spain is Different!”
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Spain has been spoken about for thousands of years . In the Bible and in Greek literature there are references to Spain. “Spain” means “strange” (Strabon). All of them have said something similar: Spain is a remote, different and romantic country.

Many centuries have passed and we ask: How has the view that foreigners hold of our country changed?

We aim to show you without any prejudice what a foreigner can encounter in crossing this “piel de toro” called Spain. Undoubtedly this will bring a smile to your face and perhaps a moment of reflection.

Enjoy yourself while learning by laughing – and, through these classes, you will get to know and understand this amazing country better. There are 6 encounters.

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Culture Course: B Spanish Society, Politics and Economy
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Spain – traditional and modern society. Its vices and virtues. Comparing our society with others.
- Who are we? What are we like?
- How do we function?
- What do we think of others?
- What makes us different and at the same time unites us?
- How do we enjoy ourselves and what makes us bored?
- Our political system
- Our economy
- Our country as a part of the European Union

In a fun and pleasurable way we will show you the inside of a Spain that is not only flamenco and bullfighting. A country that does not only export olive oil, fruit, sunshine and seaside.

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Culture Course: C Art, History, Legends and Monuments of Ávila
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Art, History, Legends and Monuments of Ávila

Through this course we aim to offer a combined historical and political vision as rich as it is austere. Its history, literature, mysticism and art enrich the historical and cultural tapestry of Spain. This is done while not forgetting the notable historical figures, who have turned Avila into a World Heritage City. Showing you our town is rather like telling you the story of our own lives.


Proud of living in Avila we incorporate its history, art and literature in all our teaching, bearing in mind the saying: “Its nature sparkles and is reflected in the mirror of its history”.

We are aware that our course is not original but considering that traditions are part of private life of a population, we do our best to share our knowledge of these traditions with those who wish to learn something more than the language.

The course is structured in 8 sessions:

1st lesson: Celtic “Obila” and Roman “Abula”. Its legends.
2nd lesson: The walls and its legends.
3rd lesson: San Vicente basílica and its legends.

4th lesson: The cathedral. Its legends.
5th lesson: Avila´s palaces and their legends.
6th lesson: History and legends of Santo Tomás monastery.
7th lesson: Santa Teresa.
8th lesson: Markets, inns and squares in Avila. Their legends.

Each lesson lasts around 90 minutes

All sessions take place outside of school premises, they include texts and documents. .

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Culture Course: D History of Spanish Art
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From El Greco to Picasso without forgetting Velázquez and Goya, we will look for the why, the how and the when of these men who have achieved the highest levels in the painting world.

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Culture Course: E Spanish History
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With these lessons, you will come to clearly understand events that have occurred throughout the history of Spain, emphasizing above all the events of the 20th century.

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Culture Course: F “Spain is a Party”: Spanish Cuisine and Customs
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From north to south, from east to west, we show you the wealth of our customs and traditions among them, “The Living Dead” in the north of Galicia, the National Fiesta, the “toros” (bulls), and the impressive “Semana Santa” of the Easter period. We will also introduce you to our rich gastronomy.

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Culture Course: G Spanish Songs
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With a selection of songs of different styles and from different times we show how the songs mirror the development of Spanish society from the 1940s to the 21st century. With this course we aim to bring to life aspects of Spanish society and language through music.

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Culture Course: H Latin-America Yesterday and Today
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In this course you are introduced to the Latin-American world through its personalities, events, music, and art. It compares Latin-American society in various countries and regions.

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Culture Course: _ Masterpieces of Spanish Literature
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How can we understand the social development, the history and the traditions of a country without knowing the men and women who have written about them?

We cover such greats as El Lazarillo of Tomas, D.Quijote and La Regenta, not forgetting the writers of contemporary and today’s literature. Noted as especially fundamental to the Latin – American literary world are García Márquez, Borges and Cortázar.

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Culture Course: _ Spanish Mysticism
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Spanish Mysticism

Christian spirituality has fundamental reference points in Santa Teresa of Avila and San Juan of the Cross – both associated with Avila. We examine their personal experiences and stories along their path to God.

With this course in mysticism we aim to bring the student closer to a way of life which the true mystics do not consider to be a secret incommunicable kind of wisdom only for the initiated.

We can speak of mysticism of a period of a momentary understanding of a religious devotion already past. This is not so, it is not a distant lake, whose adherents thirst for an intense relationship with God; it crosses all philosophical and religious boundaries which today have spiritual significance for many men and women around the world.

Thus we can say that the mysticism of today is closer to us than we think. The intention of the course being to show this. We can use two of the most recognize exponents of mystical doctrine Saint Teresa and John of Cross whose initial memories and contact with God took place in Ávila the birthplace of Saint Teresa. Where she developed her thinking and meditation before writing about her day to day experience.

The student will understand, value, judge and analyse this doctrine with a view of the places which form part of religious literature which departs from Latin to use a Castilian with the intention to popularize it. Apart from what is said above about closeness, modernity, and Castilian literature. Mysticism is not only part of the Spanish Golden Century; it is something which belongs to all of us. It is past and present.

We have to look at mysticism as something relevant today. Mysticism is conceived as a union of wills, but not the essence of human will, which can survive apart from the will of mysticism. Even in order to reject divine grace. Malón de Chaide: “Is man so free that he can not want what God wants”.

The lessons will take place in class with trips to see the Teresian Route; the course is structured in eight sessions of ninety minutes.

Objectives of the Course.

What are we proposing for the student taking part in the mystical course. To bring together Christian spiritual literature. The specific aims of the course are:
- To get to know the most important exponents of mysticism which will help in the reading and studying of mystical texts.
- Meditate on an aspect of this little known literature to the ordinary reader.
- Discover how the mystical doctrine combines the values, literary and philosophical which we can find on the journey of the “Teresian Route”.
- To know and value the person of Saint Teresa.
- To know and value the person of John of the Cross.
- To find again the spirituality on the “Teresian Route”.

The course is held in Spanish, you need at least level B2 in Spanish. If you can easily understand the following information given in Spanish, you may enrol.

Fechas: ver lista de precios.
Destinatarios: Toda persona interesada en el mundo de la Mística.
Número de participantes: Mínimo 5, máximo 20
Requisito mínimo de competencia lingüística: B2, C1.
Profesorado: José Luis García.

Objetivos del curso.

¿Qué proponemos al estudiante que tome parte en el curso de mística? Un acercamiento a la literatura espiritual cristiana. Los objetivos específicos del curso son:
- Encontrarse con las figuras máximas del misticismo que le faciliten la lectura y el estudio de textos místicos.
- Meditar sobre un aspecto de la literatura bastante desconocido para un lector tradicional.
- Descubrir cómo en la doctrina mística se conjugan los valores, literarios y filosóficos, que podremos encontrar en un recorrido por la “Ruta Teresiana”.
- Conocer y valorar la figura de Santa Teresa.
- Conocer y valorar la figura de San Juan de la Cruz.
- Reencontrase con la espiritualidad en la “Ruta Teresiana”.


- El Centro de Interpretación del Misticismo.
- La prosa religiosa.
- Ascetismo y misticismo.
- La Mística española: rasgos generales y estilos.
- Las órdenes religiosas.
- La mística heterodoxa.
- Causas de la aparición de la mística y la ascética.
- Épocas
o Período de iniciación.
o Período de plenitud.
o Autores.
- Contexto histórico.
- Población y sociedad.
o Mentalidad.
o El estado y los acontecimientos políticos.
- Santa Teresa de Jesús.
o Esquema biográfico.
o La doctrina.
o Las obras.
o El estilo.
- La prosa de Teresa de Jesús.
o El Castillo interior.
- La prosa de Santa Teresa de Jesús.
o Las Moradas.
- San Juan de la Cruz.
o Esquema biográfico.
o La doctrina.
o Las obras.
o El estilo.
o La Noche oscura.