Spanish School

Spanish School


About us

The Spanish School is part of Flamingo Coworking, a tropical hub on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. With shared offices, classrooms and meeting rooms, the best internet connection in Santa Marta and large communal areas specially designed for professionals on the move, it is a perfect environment to learn Spanish!     

Vision: We want to be the best alternative for learning Spanish in Santa Marta by providing an excellent atmosphere for learning and studying as well as for meeting and mingling with new friends.

Academic approach: The educational approach is based on the principles of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT). Communicative Language Teaching is the approach to teaching a foreign language with the emphasis interaction as both the means and the ultimate goal of learning a language.

CLT focuses on the following competence objectives:

  • linguistic competence (knowledge of grammar and vocabulary)
  • sociolinguistic competence (ability to say the appropriate thing in a social situation)
  • discourse competence (ability to start, enter, contribute to, or end a conversation)
  • strategic competence (ability to communicate effectively and repair problems in the communication)

CLT methodologies are based on activities that require exchanging information and solving problems, communication activities with “real-world” situations, and by taking into account the learner’s background, needs and goals.

The professors

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CARLOS EMILIANO OROZCO CASTILLO

Carlos is from Santa Marta. He has his degree from UNIVERSIDAD DEL MAGDALENA, and he has more than 10 years experience in teaching both Spanish and English. His profound knowledge of English is an advantage when teaching the basic levels, and enables him to understand the challenges on an entry level. Carlos is a very positive, calm and patient person.

PAOLA YEPES

Paola is from Bogota and has a degree in Industrial Relations. She has been teaching Spanish for 15 years from preschool to foreigners students. She loves teaching and showing the most beautiful things about Colombia such as language, music, food and magical places.

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AMIRA PAOLA MELO SILVA

Amira is a Spanish teacher certified by the UNIVERSIDAD PEDAGÓGICA NACIONAL with over 10 years of experience teaching at the Universidad de la Sabana, Universidad Externado de Colombia and the Universidad del Norte de Barranquilla, Santa Marta. She also worked overseas teaching Spanish to high-level government officials as part of a Colombian cultural exchange program.

CRISTIAN DAVID CASTIBLANCO BRITTO

Cristian is a young professional with a lot of energy. He has a broad experience managing groups as a teacher and interpreter. With his energetic personality, he inspires students and creates a pleasant learning atmosphere.

Schedule


Courses & Methodology

Target group: Travellers that want to be able to communicate Spanish on a basic level, not aspire to learn the language profoundly, just enough to handle regular travel situations.

Objective: Give the student a set of phrases to use in social settings such as traveling, eating and drinking at bars/restaurants/hotels or meeting people.

Course structure: 2 classes per week;  Monday through Wednesday from 4.30pm to 7.00pm or Saturday from 9.00am to 1.00pm, Sunday from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. Total of 8h. (Max 8 students per class)

Course Material: Included in the course fee is a Booklet with relevant tasks and texts for the student to keep. The material is based on the Book “Enlace” which is developed by CEPEX de la Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Social activity: During the week, there are always social gatherings or events. A dance class, an excursion up to a village in the nearby mountains, a pub crawl or a day at the beach.

Download the Academic plan Spanish for travelers course →

The course structure and levels are following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR 1). During the 4 weeks, the course covers level A1 and B2 defined by CEFR.

Target group: Students who want to learn Spanish in a longer time, who want to establish a profound basis for further learning, focusing on both speaking and reading skills, as well as developing an understanding of the grammatical structure for further studies.

Objective: Give the student a solid foundation and understanding of the Spanish language. A basis for further studies at Flamingo or other schools. Since we are following international levels and teaching principals, the student will be able to continue any given school/academy that follows the same standards. 

Modules and structure: The program consists of 4 modules, each module has 4 hours x 5 days – a total of 20 hours per week. The student would enter the appropriate level based on a placement test. The student can choose the join for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 weeks; max 8 students per class.

Entry test: Students that want to join the classes who have some previous knowledge of Spanish must complete a short test to determine their level; this is important to be able to assign into the right level, to ensure that they get the most out of the class.

Course Material: Included in the course fee is a Booklet with relevant tasks and texts for the student to keep. Each week has a separate booklet. There is also a separate book with grammar and tasks available to buy. The material is based on the book “Enlace” which is developed by CEPEX de la Universidad Externado de Colombia

Social activity: During the week, there are always social gatherings or events. A dance class, an excursion up to a village in the nearby mountains, a bar crawl or a day at the beach.

Download the Academic plan 5-Day Course →

The professors are also available for private lessons. 

If you’re interested in private lessons, please indicate it in the enroll form.

Pricing & Packages

The basic of Spanish on how to get yourself around while traveling.
PRICES & PACKAGES
CLASS
DORMITORY
PRIVATE ROOM
Only class$280,000  
Class & Accommodation* $350,000$750,000
Class, Accommodation, 2x Meals* $450,000$850,000
(Prices are in $ COP)
*) Invoiced as a touristic package including accommodation, consumption and Spanish class
 
Spanish as a foreign language, Levels A1 to B2
PRICES AND PACKAGES
CLASS
DORMITORY
PRIVATE ROOM
Only class$540,000  
Class & Accommodation* $650,000$1’350,000
Class, Accommodation, 2x Meals* $775,000$1’475,000

(Prices are in $ Cop)

*) Invoiced as a touristic package including accommodation, consumption and Spanish class

Download the Academic plan 5-Day Course →

Personalised course based on your level and your schedule.
1 Class (50 minutes) $50,000
5 classes (4 hours) $230,000
10 Classes (8 hours) $400,000
Group lesson (Max 3) $80,000
(Prices are in $ Cop)

Testimonials

I enrolled one of the Spanish courses Flamingo Coworking has. I had Paola as a teacher and she was excellent and very patient. I learned a lot and I feel that my Spanish has improved a lot in just five days. I would recommend one of the courses for anyone who wants to better their Spanish.

William M. – July 2019

Accommodation

Stay with us at Flamingo Coliving while you’re learning Spanish.

How to apply?

To sign up to one of the courses above, simply click the button below to direct you to our enrolment page. 

Where are we?

We are located in the historic center of Santa Marta in Flamingo Coworking. Calle 14 #3-42 Santa Marta.

Payment method, terms and cancellation

When we have determined the right class and package for you, we will send you an email with all the details and the price. For the payment, we will send you a PayPal link. When entering into PayPal, you can use your account or proceed as “guest” and pay with your preferred credit card. The payment request will be sent from Dore Brothers SAS. This is the company that owns and runs Flamingo Spanish School (www.dorebrothers.com).

We charge 50% of the price in advance – the rest upon arrival. The reservation is confirmed when we receive the 50% payment. The reservation is held 2 days after the payment email is sent.

We will refund the 50% advance payment if you cancel more than 30 days before your arrival. The refund is also handled through Paypal.