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Testimonials from our school of Malaga
I have just spent an amazing 2 weeks on the Seniors Course at the Alhambra Instituto Internacional School in Malaga. Having read excellent reviews before booking, I had high expectations, and was not disappointed! This is a small and cosy feeling school with the most wonderful and dedicated teachers, who clearly care a lot about their students(special thanks to the amazing Fran and Andrés!). There is a lovely mix of young and older students, and the staff go beyond to make the experience special. The teaching is of a very high standard, with a great mix of speaking, writing and grammar, with staff even helping with feedback on homework! The organised excursions were a wonderful and varied addition and make the whole experience an amazing blend of learning and culture together. Even the students from other local schools had special praise for the Alhambra teachers, in particular their patience and very informative guided tours, which really enhanced the whole experience. I can't recommend this school highly enough, and above all, the teachers gave me confidence in my ability to learn Spanish- I have returned full of confidence(finally!) for my future learning. A huge thank you to everyone at the school, and I will certainly be back!
17:27 23 Mar 18
MALAGAA couple of days ago I came back from my 3th visit to the Alahambra Instituto in Malaga. First of all Malaga is a great city with bars, restaurants and lots of museums, and the sea is always close by. Furthermore it helps of course that the weather is amazing and the people always are friendly (would that be a coincidence my Belgian mind wonders?)But there were more reasons to go back to the Alhambra Instituto : the teachers are really wonderful, the reception is warm and cordial, the material is top of the notch and above all : from day one you feel part of ONE BIG FAMILY. The contact with staff and teachers is very personal and the students hang out together and help one another when they can.The first two visits were merely meant to keep up the knowledge I had acquired previously and which seemed to fade away by not using the language frequently enough. By being in a stimulating environment of co-students who were there with similar objectives I picked up some fluency already after a few days.This time however the objective of my 3 weeks stay was to substantially increase my knowledge of the more academic spoken Spanish. By means of a individulised programme with classical lessons, one-on-one exercises and cultural excursions I managed to reach my targets. Thanks Lorenzo, Andres and Fran !!!Robert De VogelaereGent = Belgium
09:00 15 Mar 18
I have just returned from a special 'Seniors' course at the Alhambra Institute and would recommend it highly to any adult who is thinking of doing a Spanish language course. Having experienced different schools in different parts of Spain, what struck me most about the Alhambra was the warm and welcoming ambience. Its not a large school so you get to know all the staff very well and the teachers are fun, enthusiastic and inspirational and the teaching is of a high standard. On this 'Seniors' package all the activities were included and there was something every day: visits to the local museums, visits to important sites in the city including the fascinating central market, a Paella get together, and excursions to Cordoba and Granada at the weekends. You learnt as much Spanish on these outings as in the classroom. I am looking forward very much to a return visit next year!
14:50 05 Mar 18
I was so impressed all the class here and specially Fran. He was the best teacher I have met in my life. Hopefully, I want to study one more time if possible. At first, It was so hard to adapt learning spanish.but thanks to Fran,we could manage to study spanish easily. Fran!! Sidney and I will really miss you even in Korea. Thanks for everything you did for us.
11:42 09 Feb 18
It was one wonderful spanish experience for 2 weeks!! At the very first I didnt knew single Spanish but in just 2weeks I was able to make a simple conversation with Espanolas! Not only my spanish skills improved but the thing is that I really did enjoyed the time in Malaga with this wonderful Spanish school. My best and true Amigo y professor Fran! He really knows how to teach the Spanish beginner and moreover very funny. Maybe because the class was fun, my spanish skills just enhanced belong. Thank you so much for the splendid experience there in Malaga.Ps. You are the best Fran! Buena Suerte con tu perros y gatos!
10:51 09 Feb 18
My 2 weeks at Alhambra Instituto were outstanding, due to Fran, a true teacher, Spanish to Spanish method, excellent workbook, magic interactive white-board. Really a computer I could open up on my computer.I’m a Senior, thus slower. But within 15 days, I understood 50 to 80%, reading 50 to 70 %. Speaking was harder. There are Senior Courses too !Soy de Francia y también Estados Unidos. Lynne
Lynne Le Pottier
21:02 03 Feb 18
Estuve 2 meses maravillosos en Málaga, que pude disfrutar con la escuela Alhambra al máximo! Los profesores son muy abiertos, muy majos y explican el material bien. Estuve en el nivel más alto de la escuela, en el grupo C1-С2, done aprendimos muchas cosas peculiares de gramática, aumentamos el vocabulario y compartimos muchas experiencias culturales y gastronómicas. Viví la feria con la Alhambra y fue increíble porque estas rodeado de la gente joven, activa e inteligente. Los profesores son encantadores y te acompañan como los guías en las excursiones a otras ciudades. No te lo pierdas! Un abrazote a Lorenzo, Fran, Andrés, Lorena y Jose María!
14:04 09 Oct 17
Excellent teachers and facilities. Course prices are similar to other schools' ones but I don't think they would have treated us as good as here. I definitely recommend it.
14:45 27 Aug 17
I attended Alhambra for almost the entire month of June through an intersession abroad program from my university. This school was truly the best school I could have attended. They taught me everything I needed to learn to further my studies in Spanish. They not only personalize the learning so you can be successful at improving the language, but they also have such a positive energy when they teach.I had the pleasure of learning from Pilar, Andrés, Lorenzo and Fran. All of them push you to be a better student and Spanish speaker. They take their time to explain anything you are confused about and make sure you understand the content before moving on. In addition to the amazing teachers, Alhambra has amazing cultural activities and trips you can take part in throughout the week. These activities include visiting historical sites with incredible views, shopping at the local market, and taking a dive into the Mediterranean Sea through a boat ride.Through this school, I not only improved in Spanish, but I also became friends with people from around the world. If I have the opportunity, I will most definitely return to this school. I would highly recommend this school to anybody, no matter the age or the knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.
19:09 25 Jul 17
Lorenzo, Fran, Lorena, José, Andrés and the rest of the staff are amazing!! They went to great lengths to provide an amazing two weeks in Málaga, both for me and my students. They are very professional and personable. The Spanish lessons were interactive and the afternoon excursions were both educational and fun. We especially loved the paella party at the end of our stay. ¡Muchas gracias!
21:52 16 Jul 17
I spent two weeks at Alhambra and only wish I could have spent two months there! The school is great. Andrés, Elisa, Fran, Lorena, Lorenzo and Rocio we're all wonderful teachers; well prepared, experienced, enthusiastic and effective. I learned a lot and really enjoyed myself. The location in Pedregalejo is very nice, close to the beach and only a quick and easy bus ride to the city center of Malaga. The prices of their courses are very reasonable and I would highly recommend the school to anyone who wants to learn Spanish in the sunny south of Spain. Thank you Alhambra!!
13:43 30 Jun 17
Having studied at the Alhambra Institute last year I returned in April 2017 for another two weeks at the school. It was again an excellent experience. The teaching is professional, interactive and engaging. At times the classes are challenging but the teachers ensure that at the end the students understand the objectives of the class and are able to move forward. The teachers ensure that each student is involved in the class. I enjoy the changes of teacher during the week, as this enables the students to experience different teaching styles and accents. The extra curricular activities are also excellent, extremely enjoyable and well guided and informative. I highly recommend the school to anyone wishing to learn this delightful language. Málaga is a great town, safe, cultured, fun, with great food, bars and museums. Friendly people, good transport and sun.
09:23 02 May 17
I have been following my internship at Alhambra Instituto for 5 months and it was truly an incredible experience. The school is great and the teachers and the people at the school are really kind. I felt part of the team immediately, could follow some Spanish courses in order to improve my Spanish and they taught me more about the Spanish culture. I had a great time, met great people and learnt a lot. I recommend this language school to everybody who wishes to learn to Spanish language and be immersed in the Spanish culture. Thank you for the great time Alhambra Instituto!! :)
11:16 27 Jun 16
Highly recommended. I have just returned from taking a two-week course at the Alhambra Instituto and can thoroughly recommend it. The teachers are excellent, patient and encouraging, and they cover a lot of ground in the time available. It’s hard work but fun. Lessons are often light-hearted, which makes learning enjoyable. There is a friendly atmosphere at the school with a mixture of younger and older people. The school recognises that the over-fifties often like to have classes with others of their own age, and the Instituto specifically caters for this, although everyone mixes well and chats to each other during break times. I’m now hoping to move forward from beginners Spanish to learn more in the future.
15:58 19 Feb 15
|Malaga discover the city: The first or second day of your Spanish course we will visit the old part of Malaga and its historical centre. Activities & excursions for students visiting the city of Malaga. This city is a wonderful place where you can learn Spanish and also explore Andalusia, a fascinating part of Spain, full of Moorish influences, famous for its relaxed, easy-going way of life and friendly locals. The climate is sunny throughout the year, with cooling sea breezes during the warm summer months.|
|Visit the Central Market in Malaga: It is a great place to go if you want to learn new vocabulary. Worth a visit for any student of Spanish, the market hall with its impressive entrance door, displays some of what the city has to offer.
The look of tons of fish and the beauty of flowers, fruits, vegetables and seafood. Outside the market hall, we will stop in one of the oldest bars or “bodega” of Malaga: “Casa El Guardia”.
|Karaoke: Not just the Japanese enjoy the power of Karaoke. Also Spanish people love to bawl to Madonna, Rihanna, etc. Once a week we are going to a Karaoke bar with our students and are having a lot of fun.|
|Chocolate y churros: This is a nice activity, we go with a teacher or person from the school to a special cafe. The typical Spanish delicacy of ‘churros y chocolate’ is a great treat during the cold winter months. Churros are a sort of cake, similar to a doughnut, but long and thin and dusted in sugar- usually created in a loop shape. In the “cafetería” they serve their churros with a hot chocolate that is so thick and creamy that it is generally enjoyed with a spoon or of course for churros-dipping!|
|Cultural and Historical visit of the city centre: This is a visit with a teacher that explains the main places of Malaga from a cultural point of view, is like a cultural Spanish lesson walking through the city.|
|Paella cooking lesson: Discover the secret of Spain’s most recognized dish, the Paella. This gives students the opportunity to learn how to cook typical Spanish dishes and afterwards, of course, they get to eat them. The idea of this lesson is not only to learn how to cook the paella, but simultaneously enjoy yourselves as in small fiesta with relaxed and great atmosphere with the other students and teachers.
You have to learn the vocabulary and the recipe in order to make correctly when you will be back.
|Mountains Promenade: Time to time -depends on students- our school organizes an excursion to the mountain near Malaga. It is a good exercise and you enjoy the fantastic view of the Malaga Bay. In very clear days you can see the north of Africa.|
|“Safari de Tapas”: The Tapas in Malaga are influenced by many parts of Spain, but especially from Andaluasia. During the “Málaga Tapas Tour”, we’ll take you on a stroll through the city to try specialties like “pescaito frito”, seafood like “concha finas”, the best jamón and sweet Malaga wines.
We’ll also introduce you to culinary traditions from the Malaga’s region and point out some great little places for tapa hopping while you’re learning Spanish in Malaga.
|Volley at the beach in Malaga: very often (during summer months 3 times per week) the school organizes a Volley at the beach and it is very popular.
At the beach in Malaga you can also practice surfing and do other sports.
|Learn Spanish and Flamenco dance (Sevillanas): We organize courses in the afternoon for the students who are interested in learning to dance Flamenco. We offer groups or individual “one to one” lessons. Click here to see a video of our lessons.
The Sevillana is not an extremely energetic dance, compared to Salsa or Flamenco for example, so it is perfect for those who want a more relaxed session of exercise. You could also choose it as a complement to a more vigorous dance, in order to have a good balance. Do not be fooled however, you will still have to work hard to learn the steps as it does have its own peculiarities. If you want private lessons of Flamenco dance after your Spanish lessons, then our Intensive Course along with Individual lessons of dance is the right option for you
|Learn Spanish and Salsa or Tango dance: You can combine your Spanish language course with lessons of Salsa or Tango dance lessons. You’ll be surprised how quickly you will learn the language and how much fun you have dancing! Make your study holiday more interesting and enjoyable! Feel the vibes of Spanish and Latin American dance run through your veins.
If you want private lessons of Salsa dance after your Spanish lessons, then our Intensive Course along with Individual lessons of dance is the right option for you
|Bike Tour: We organize with the company “Málaga Bike Tour” a funny excursion in Malaga. It is the perfect way to get truly orientated and feel immediately home in the winding streets of the historical centre and the wide boulevards of El Parque and the Maritime promenade.
Thanks to the bicycle, you will ride through tiny back streets and pass through hidden plazas that most visitors never get to see. With our knowledgeable and entertaining guides, you will find your way through three thousand years of civilization, ride through the tropical gardens of El Parque and take a breathe of the fresh air from the sea at the beachfront promenade.