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Spanish course for Teenagers, Tarragona(13-17)
The Spanish course for Young Students in Tarragona is located right in the centre of this coastal city, just a 10-minute walk from the seafront. This is an ideal location in which to learn Spanish and enjoy the wide range of activities and facilities on offer.
15 Spanish lessons per week + activities and excursions* + full-board accommodation either in the homes of local host families or in the school’s student residence.
Families can be located within walking distance of the school or easily accessible by bus. In cases where students are allocated to homes that require taking public transport to school, they are provided with a free bus pass. Students stay in double rooms with another international student of the same gender and of similar age. Laundry is included, and bed linen and towels are changed weekly. Students eat breakfast and dinner with their host family and are provided with a packed lunch each day.
The student residence is located 10 - 15 minutes’ walk from the school building. Students stay in double rooms with another international student of the same gender and of similar age. Rooms have an en-suite bathroom, including a shower and WC. The residence building has a television lounge, a computer room, study rooms, and a gymnasium. Washing machines are available for students to use for a small charge. The building is manned 24-hours a day by the reception staff, and members of the school staff stay at the residence during the programme to be on-hand for the students.
Spanish lessons take place between 10:00 and 13:00, with a short break in between. There is a maximum of 12 students per class, allowing each child a highly-personalised language experience. Course materials are included in the cost of the programme. Students can choose to book the full programme or just tuition at our school. Activities are included in the programme price and are scheduled in the afternoons and evenings. These activities - supervised by qualified staff or instructors - are designed to be fun and age-appropriate and can include:
- Guided city tours
- Dance classes
- Beach trips
- Visits to various historical sites including the Roman amphitheatre, the Roman circus, and the collection of ancient artefacts in the National Archaeological Museum
- Castellers workshops
- Half-days at Port Aventura or Aquopolis theme parks
- Weekend excursions to local points of interest, including Barcelona
Permission to go out in pairs unaccompanied can be given to certain students, providing parental permission forms are signed and returned prior to arrival at the school.
This course is suitable for students of any nationality aged 13 - 17. The programme is suitable for students of any ability, even complete beginners.
Start Dates: Please view the prices tab to see all the available start dates for this programme, or contact us for further details!
If you want to have fun, improve your Spanish skills, meet students from across the world, and experience Spanish culture in a beautiful coastal location, this is the course for you!
Our school in Tarragona is located on the famous Rambla Nova, the main hub for shops and restaurants in the city. This wide, tree-lined avenue runs right down to the seafront and is dotted with statues and sculptures including the impressive Monument als Castellers, celebrating the Catalonian tradition of human-tower building.
With 30 years’ experience in teaching international students of all ages, the school’s staff are able to provide high-quality, personalised tuition to every child who attends the programme. The building, a 3-storey facility complete with a sun-terrace and balconies, has 7 spacious classrooms, a study area, and a student lounge for studying or relaxing after lessons.
Situated just a short walk from local attractions such as the City Park, the Roman Forum, and the Balcó del Mediterrani - with its spectacular views of the ancient Roman amphitheatre - the school is ideally placed for guided exploration of the city in the afternoons. Though Catalan is the native dialect of the city, the school teaches Standard Castilian Spanish, the form that is recognised worldwide.
Once the capital of Roman Hispania, Tarragona is an ancient and beautiful port city on the eastern coast of Spain. Its sandstone architecture and crumbling ruins are contrasted by lush spaces of vibrant greenery and modern complexes such as the Parc Central shopping mall, the Central Market, or the decorative Ximenis House.
Tarragona boasts 15km of coastline, and its beaches - many of which have been given Blue Flag Awards - are known for their fine golden sands (hence the area’s name Costa Dorada, or ‘Golden Coast’). The seafront’s long beaches that steadily slope away beneath the waves are perfect for youngsters, thanks to the natural shelter offered by the surrounding coastline. The sea is very important to this coastal city, reflected in the local cuisine; traditional dishes such as Suquet de Peix, a mixed seafood stew, Esqueixada, a salt-cod salad, and Escalivada, anchovies atop toasted bread and grilled vegetables, are regulars on many local tables.
The city embodies the unique Catalonian identity, which is at the same time inclusive of and separate to wider Castilian culture. This identity - a mix of Iberian and Southern French heritage - contributes to the characteristic atmosphere of eastern Spanish cities such as Tarragona. The area’s native language has a long history of oppression and, as such, locals are keen to preserve it by any means. Signs, labels, and menus around the city are often written in both Catalan and Spanish, meaning visitors experience two distinct cultures during their stay.
Almost nowhere else does the strange and ancient tradition of building human towers - or castellers - come more alive than in Tarragona. Dating back to the 16th-century, this activity is celebrated in a striking monumental artwork by local artist and doctor Francesc Anglès. The sculpture is comprised of 222 life-sized figures creating a tower that is 7 tiers tall, and it’s just a short walk from our school! As with many Spanish cities, Tarragona has its own vibrant cultural calendar, including delights such as the Corpus Christi celebration in June - a parade featuring towering giants and traditional dances - and the Noche de San Juan - a concoction of fireworks, witches, and bonfires. Both of these coincide with annual casteller events, making summer the most exciting time to visit.
How to get there
A transfer service on arrival and departure is included in the programme price, offered at Barcelona El Prat Airport. We may also be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure to fit in with students’ flights.
Students should arrive in Tarragona on the Sunday before their classes start, between 08:00 and 21:00, and depart on the Saturday after their classes have finished, also between 08:00 and 21:00. Transfers can be provided outside of these times but there will be an extra charge for this out-of-hours service.