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Spanish Club 50+ course, Madrid
Our Spanish Club 50+ courses in Madrid take place at our Retiro Park school, which is just a short walk from the famous park of the same name. This city-centre oasis is one of the largest green spaces in Madrid and boasts a multitude of attractions including the ‘Crystal Palace’, a beautiful 19th-century glasshouse, and the Velazquez Palace, which now houses a collection of contemporary art. Spear-headed by a husband-and-wife team, the Retiro Park school opened its doors to international students in 1956 and now has over 60 years of experience under its belt! With 11 classrooms and a maximum of 9 students per group, this language centre can offer you personalised attention and tuition that is tailored to your needs. During your course you can make use of the two student lounges to relax, socialise, or catch up on schoolwork. Both lounges have coffee machines, so you can get refreshments between lessons without even needing to leave the building! The school also has a library with free textbooks and video resources.
The area surrounding the school has lots of greenery and beautiful buildings, and it’s packed with cafés, bars, and restaurants serving authentic local fare. There’s a metro station just around the corner, so you can easily access the best historic sites and cultural landmarks the city has to offer, such as the Prado and Reina Sofia Museums in the Golden Triangle, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Alcalá Theatre, where you can watch engaging Spanish-language dramas and musicals. Whilst remaining a large cosmopolitan centre and sophisticated business hub, Madrid simultaneously offers a charming, friendly, and impressive backdrop for improving your Spanish!
Our Retiro Park school is accredited by the Cervantes Institute, the government authority responsible for the promotion and assessment of Spanish-language education worldwide. It is also a member of the International Association of Language Centres (IALC), an organisation committed to maintaining high-quality language tuition. With these credentials, we can guarantee that the standard of tuition at this school is very high. What’s more, the school’s prime location in this vibrant capital city makes it the ideal location for an immersive Spanish experience.
Courses in Madrid (Retiro Park)
The Club 50+ programme offered by this school consists of 20 Spanish lessons each week (4 classes per weekday) in groups of no more than 9. Lessons take place between 09:00 and 12:30 and are followed by a selection of social/cultural activities designed with mature students in mind. Tuition is suitable for students with A2 - B2 level Spanish experience, so is not appropriate for complete beginners or advanced-level learners. Classes follow the same format as the standard Intensive programme, with the exception that students must be over the age of 50 to be eligible. As with the general adult courses offered by this school, the Club 50+ course is supplemented with 4 complementary culture lessons per week, providing a well-rounded insight into Spanish life.
The Club 50+ course can be taken for 1 or 2 weeks at a time and has specific start dates throughout the year.
- 20 Spanish lessons per week
- Small class sizes that benefit mature students
- Free course materials
- 4 additional culture lessons per week
- Half-board homestay lodging
- Daily activities (excludes Sundays)
- A full-day excursion to a local town or city
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure
Accommodation in the home of a local homestay host is included in the Club 50+ package. You’ll stay with a native Spaniard and be able to practice Spanish with them, allowing you to carry on learning even outside the classroom. Hosts live up to 40 minutes’ travel from the school by public transport, and all offer a safe and comfortable living environment. Hosts offer private single or twin* bedrooms and 2 meals per day as part of your accommodation package (breakfast and dinner). A small supplement is applied for students requiring special diets, such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-/lactose-free, etc. You will share the living and bathroom facilities with your host(s) and any other students in the home. Bed linens, towels, and a weekly laundry service are included in the accommodation package. You will have your own key to come and go as you please, but you must respect house rules and schedules.
If you prefer complete privacy in your accommodation, we may be able to arrange studio apartment lodging for you. Available apartments vary in size and cost; please contact us if you would like to explore this option. Do note that this lodging option will affect your package price.
*Twin rooms are only available to students travelling together.
Accommodation is available between the Sunday before the start of your course and the Sunday after your course finishes. Check-in and check-out times are usually very flexible.
The Club 50+ package includes a selection of social and cultural activities designed to supplement your Spanish tuition and give you the best possible experience in Madrid. You’re guaranteed to have 5 activities per week, though others may also be available.
Possible activities may include:
- A welcome drink
- Walking tours of the city
- Free language workshops
- Seminars on topical issues affecting the Spanish-speaking world
- Trips to flamenco shows and/or music concerts
- Local food- and drink-tasting
- Spanish film screenings
- Visits to attractions such as the Prado Museum and the iconic Plaza Mayor
- Excursions to local points of interest such as Toledo or Segovia
You are also welcome to attend the sessions offered to all students on the general activity programme if you wish.
This programme is ideal for mature students wanting to study Spanish with other international learners of a similar age. Tuition is suitable for students with A2 - B2 ability level and is therefore not appropriate for complete beginners or advanced-level learners.
Please contact us if you are unsure if this programme would be suitable for you; we will be happy to advise you.
How to get there
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport is around a 20-minute drive from the city centre and is easily accessible from most European cities.
A transfer service on arrival and departure at this airport is included in the Club 50+ package. A driver will be waiting for you when you land and will take you directly to your accommodation. You will be collected from your lodging on your last day and taken back to the airport in time for your departing flight. Transfer services between 22:00 and 08:00 incur an additional supplement.
You should arrange to arrive in Madrid on the Sunday before the course starts and depart on the Saturday after the course finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed.
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