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Affordable prices, expertise and a positive learning environment.

The Spanish classes we offer in Quito take place in our school on an individual basis, as well as in small groups of 2 to 4 students

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Paula Rabaey, professor St. Catherine University: 
Banana Spanish School was one of my best experiences in Quito! Nancy and Arturo, made occupational therapy students from St. Catherine University feel welcome and comfortable. It was a great learning environment and I learned so much in three weeks! They were easy to work with and made learning spanish fun. My students commented that learning spanish enhanced their experience while in Ecuador.

I enjoyed my experience so much that I have continued Skype lessons to keep improving my spanish. I would recommend Banana Spanish school to individuals and groups to enhance your experience while in Quito, Ecuador! . 
parabaey@stkate.edu


Richard Kidd: 
As a retired 70 year old from England who recently emigrated to live permanently in Ecuador, I would like to strongly recommend Banana Language school to any other aspiring students of Spanish.

  1. The school caters for all ages of students
  2. The teachers are all very experienced and classes can be tailored to suit every individual’s particular needs: what initial standard, hours of classes, one to one or in groups and over whatever period classes required.
  3. The school is situated in La Mariscal and within easy walking distance to most amenities, most importantly to hostels of known family houses.
  4. The owners will arrange the aforesaid accommodation on request and if required assistance on arrival at Mariscal Sucre airport.
  5. classes are also available to include a stay in the Selva in a lodge with classes to suit.

I never thought that learning to speak a foreign language could be such an enjoyable experience!

Rckidd99@yahoo.com


Dirk Lange, Germany:
From the first until the last Day I was totally satisfied with everything in Banana Spanish School. During my 8 weeks of Spanish classes, I learnt by well educated and experienced professors, Nanci and Wilmar, a super Spanish. I was very happy, because they adapt individual to every student without loosing their concept, cause that is very important when you like to learn or teach a language. Every time I could feel by myself and hear from other students, that the learning success of the students is very important for them. There were no day I did not laugh with my Professors and we build up a very good rapport. I was glad with my school every day. But that is not all, the Professores support you with everything and arrange beside super homestays contacts to everything which you need and offers you sometimes special Tours for weekends. Anytime I would return to Banana Spanish School and can recommend them by heart. Thanks for everything !!!

Dirk.L72@web.de


Doris, 28 years, Austria:
Two years ago I decided to go to Ecuador, to see the people and the culture, to do some volunteering and of course to learn spanish. When I left Austria I just was able to speak in a very basic level. In Quito I worked at Cenit (El Centro de la niña trabajadora; Centre of the working girl). At the beginning I nearly hate my work, because the lack of spanish. However soon I started a spanish class at “Banana spanish school” and the work at Cenit was getting better day by day. Suddenly I understood the children and they could also understand me!

I really liked “my” spanish school, the teachers, the atmosphere…. We always had a lot of fun there. The introduction was comprehensible and practiacal and the teachers had a big sense of humor!

do1@gmx.at


Alexandra Müler, Germany: 
In august 2007 I was studying spanish in the “Banana Spanish School” in Quito, Ecuador. It was great! The atmosphere is very friendly and all the teachers are professionals. They are all very helpful and intent on making one’s stay as pleasant as possible, not only concerning the spanish language.

The activities they offer (cooking- and salsaclasses) are great fun! Back home I’m still cooking some of the recipes Narciza taught me.
I couldn’t imagine a better place to learn spanish, especially because Ecuador is known for it’s easily to understand spanish and it’s beautiful landscape. The capital Quito is namend as world heritage site, so there’s a lot to discover.

After having classes for a few weeks I was working as a voluntary with market-children in the south of Quito. If someone’s interested in working as a voluntary aswell, the Banana-staff will gladly help with finding the right organisation.
All in all I would alsways come back and I’m really in favour with “Banana Spanish School” for giving me such a great time in Ecuador!

alex.ml@hotmail.de


Annie Moers, Germany: 
I attended the spanish-school banana in August and it was marvellous. I learned a lot and still had fun. I enjoyed working with the teachers and the material provided was comprehendible and good to study with. I will never forget this experience. Thank you so much for everything!

anniex_m@hotmail.com


Heleen Masscho, Belgium:
Hi! I studied at the Banana Spanish School for almost 4 months. I would recommend this school to everybody. My teacher and all the other teachers are very friendly and open people. They are all very experienced in teaching and you certainly notice that. The classes take place in a pleasant atmosphere and the one to one courses make it possible to learn at your own tempo. It’s more like talking to a friend instead of to a teacher. I learned very much and I loved going here.

heleenmasscho@hotmail.com


Rachel Abel:
“When I first arrived in Quito to do volunteer work I thought I wouldn’t need Spanish classes since I had studied Spanish for years.  I quickly found, however, that speaking Spanish in Ecuador was about more than just grammar.  My teacher helped me improve my conversational skills, provided insights into Ecuadorian culture and helped me understand Ecuadorian Spanish, which often differed from the ‘standard spanish’ I had learned in school.  His easy manner put me at ease and I found him to be an extremely competent teacher who could explain things in a very straightforward and easy to understand way.”


 

 

 

About Ecuador

About Ecuador

Ecuador & Quito Map

Capital: Quito Largest city: Guayaquil Official language: Spanish Area: 256,370 km² / 98,985 sq mi Population: 14,500,000 Density: 53.8/km²

Ecuador is located in northwest part of South America, and is bisected by the equator; it is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, and can be divided into four main geographic regions: the coast, the Sierra or highlands, the Amazonian jungle and the Galapagos Islands.

 

 

As the country is small, each of the regions is easy to access, and offers the interested tourist a real variety of ecosystems to explore, including mangrove swamps, cloud forests, tropical and dry forests, as well as snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, and beaches.

Quito is the capital city of Ecuador, and is located at an altitude of 2,880 meters above sea level. The city is home to approximately 2,000,000 inhabitants and is a declared United Nations Cultural Patrimony site for its rich history and traditions. The Spanish spoken here is nearly unaccented, clear and grammatically correct, making Quito a perfect place for a student to take Spanish language class and share in an unforgettable cultural exchange …You could be the next!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Makes Our Classes Different?

What makes our classes different?

Our Spanish classes are different because we adhere to three simple principles: Affordable prices, expertise and a positive learning environment.

AFFORDABLE PRICES:
Because the teachers of the BANANA SPANISH SCHOOL are also the owners and managers, students are charged only for the classes they take, eliminating extra administrative and enrollment costs, as well as costs to middle men, which are common in other Spanish schools in Quito.

EXPERTISE:
The professors who work at our school are trained professionals with years of on-the-job experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language. We are committed to helping students develop skills in four main areas, including reading writing, listening, and basic conversation.

POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:
A supportive and positive learning environment makes learning Spanish comfortable and pleasant. We believe that students benefit by interacting with their  professors as friends, and we provide shared activities such as conversation clubs, dance classes, goodbye parties, traditional Ecuadorian cooking classes, and excursions to make learning more fun.

Summer Spanish Course

Summer Spanish Course

Overview

In this program you´ll get the opportunity to get to know the nature areas of Ecuador and at the same time practice your Spanish. This program consists of 4 weeks: 2 in Quito, 1 in the Amazon and 1 on the coast. The Spanish lessons are in groups. For Accomodation in Quito you will live with a host family where you can practice your Spanish and get to know the Ecuadorian culture.

The classes start at 08:30 and will end at 12:30

 

Schedule

Day 1
Morning Spanish Classes
Afternoon Free
Day 2
Morning Spanish Classes
Afternoon Visit the historic center
Day 3
Morning Spanish Classes
Afternoon Salsa Lessons
Day 4
Morning Spanish Classes
Afternoon Visit of the museum “Banco Central”
Day 5
Morning Spanish Classes
Afternoon Ecuadorian cooking classes
Day 6
All day Ride the Teleférico to the volcano Ruco Pichincha
Day 7
All day Day off
Day 8
Morning Spanish Classes
Afternoon Visit the fruit market
Day 9
Morning Spanish Classes
Afternoon Salsa lessons
Day 10
Morning Spanish Classes
Afternoon Visit the museum “Guayasamin”
Day 11
Morning Spanish Classes
Afternoon Visit the botanic garden and in the night “La Ronda”
Day 12
Morning Spanish Classes
Afternoon Sports activities
Day 13
All day Journey to Otavalo, Cotacachi and Lagun Cuicocha
Day 14
All day Day off
Day 15
All day Jungle Program
Day 20
All day Trip to la Mitad del Mundo, Ruinas de Rumicucho (Incas) and el cráter del Pululahua.
Day 21
All day Day off/Transport to Puerto López in the night.
Day 22
All day Puerto López Program
Day 27/28
All day Free time

 

Price for program: US$2200

Internships and Volunteering

Internships

Banana Spanish School offers internships in Ecuador for students and individuals. We have agreements with private institutions to allow participants to develop projects based on their needs and interests. This program promotes intercultural personal communication and provides the opportunity to develop complementary academic knowledge and practical skills in professional, linguistic and intercultural fields.

Areas Offered:

  • Education
  • Ecology Projects
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Tourism
  • Engineer
  • Law
  • Biology
  • Social work

Volunteering

After finishing their Spanish classes in our school many of our students like to stay in Ecuador for longer to work as a volunteer. With our volunteer work program students have the opportunity to work together with different communities and to practice and improve their Spanish at the same time.

The volunteers have the option to work in Quito in a kindergarten, with street children or disabled children. If the volunteers prefer they also can work in a national park, an organic farm, rescue stations for animals or work in natural protection organizations in different areas of the country.

We work together with different organizations that hire volunteers. As a volunteer looking for work you should always keep in mind that the majority of the organizations accepting volunteers for a short time require that they self finance their accommodation and supply including a little of donation for the organization.

 

Spanish Classes Online

Links of Interest

These classes are great for individuals who prefer the one-on-one classes from home, your office, or anywhere in the world that has access to a broadband internet connection!.

All our tutors are fully qualified and trained to teach in an online environment. Your time is precious, so we are flexible.

Courses range from basic to advanced, so whether you are a complete beginner or have been studying Spanish for years, we will provide spanish instruction at the right level for you.

What are the technical requirements students are required to have?

Computers with an internet connection along with head phones (camera is optional).

High speed connection or setup process of the software when needed.

Each hour of class costs $10              first class (30 minutes) is free!

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Study Plan

Study Plan

BEGINNER LEVEL


  • Articles: definite and indefinite
  • Nouns
  • Adjectives
  • Conjugation of regular verbs and irregular in present tense
  • Direct and indirect object pronouns
  • Simple (preterit) past tense
  • The Imperative

Upon finishing this level, students can interpret, produce and form basic oral exchanges, such as: greetings, restaurant menus, requesting information, producing presentations, notices, brief letters and giving and receiving orders.

 

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL


  • Adverbs
  • Imperfect past tense (uses, comparison with simple past
  • Present perfect tense
  • Prepositions
  • Imperfect future tense
  • Simple Conditional tense: formation and uses

At the end of this level, students are able to participate in and understand common daily conversations, understand radio programmes, speak on the telephone, understand the context of newspapers, give information about their surrounding and understand others. Their knowledge is sufficient to establish a good level of communication.

 

ADVANCED LEVEL


  • Relative Pronouns
  • Future perfect tense: formation and uses
  • Perfect conditional tense: formation and  uses
  • Subjunctive
  • Conjunctions
  • Present subjunctive tense: formation and uses
  • Imperfect  subjunctive tense: formation and uses
  • Subjunctive vs  Indicative
  • Complete periphrastic structures

By the end of this level, students can both understand and read all types of texts, including literary ones. They can also explain, narrate and discuss facts and circumstances with appropriate vocabulary and fluent dialogue. Students have an excellent grasp of grammatical structures. They can ask and respond like native Spanish speakers with minimal errors.

 

PROGRAMS


Spanish Lessons in Quito

The Course

The Spanish classes we offer in Quito take place in our school on an individual basis, as well as i small groups of 2 to 4 students.

The daily schedule is flexible, ranging from 4, 5, or 6 hours a day depending on the needs of students. Classes include lessons in grammar, reading, vocabulary, writing, and conversation, all complimented by audio, video, and internet aides.  Students wishing to spend 6 hours a day in class will be assigned two different professors, one for the first 4 hours in the morning and one for two hours in the afternoon.  In addition, we offer classes of 1, 2, or 3 hours in the afternoons, evenings, or on the weekends.

Our courses include current subject matter such as the economy, social sciences, and current national and international politics.  We offer intensive classes for students coming to Quito to work as  volunteers, geared especially to meet their language needs and schedule.  We also offer classes for travelers, and for those preparing for their DELE exams.

If you do not have a lot of time in Quito, you can take one-to-one Spanish classes for one day. Three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. During the morning from 9am to 12pm you will have the opportunity to learn some important verbs, vocabulary and useful expressions for your travels in Ecuador. During the afternoon from 1pm to 4pm you will go to visit the churches, the squares and the handicraft market in the historical center of Quito, together with your teacher. This time will also be a great opportunity to practice what you have learned during the morning classes and do some conversation.

BANANA SPANISH SCHOOL

We would like to extend a warm welcome and our best wishes to you for a wonderful time in Quito, in Ecuador, and especially in our school, the BANANA SPANISH SCHOOL.

Study programs take place not only in Quito, but at the Puerto Lopez, in the Amazon Jungle at either Tena or Coca and the Galapagos Islands.

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